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Are you curious about the editorial process between authors and editors—and in particular, the relationships they form? Join Perrin Davis, a Chicago-based freelance book editor, and Maureen Schulman, coauthor of The Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook, for a discussion about the editorial process as it relates to working with authors and also insights into the nature of the author/editor relationship throughout the lifecycle of a book's development. Your questions will be welcome throughout the discussion.
Perrin Davis has been in publishing for more than 26 years, and she has edited more than 80 published titles. In 2016, one of those titles, Dinner at Home, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award for the Children, Youth, and Family category. In 2015, another title, Charcuteria, was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Book Award and a Gourmand award; three other books she has edited have been finalists for IACP Cookbook Awards. After 10 years as the lead nonfiction editor of Agate Publishing, an independent press, she decided to strike out on her own and partner directly with publishers, agents, and authors to create beautiful, reader-friendly books with her own business, Three Muses Creative.
Maureen Schulman, the coauthor of The Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook, is an award-winning publicist and a photographer who has been a part of the Eli’s cheesecake story since the beginning, when along with her father-in-law, Eli Schulman, and husband, Marc Schulman, she helped launch Eli's cheesecake at the first Taste of Chicago in 1980. She is director of public relations of The Eli's Cheesecake Company, serves as president of the board of The Happiness Club, sits on the board of the Magnificent Mile Foundation, and is a presidential appointee to the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She lives in Chicago with her family.