Greg Michalson is co-publisher of Unbridled Books. Previously he was a founder of BlueHen Books, an imprint of Putnam, and general editor of fiction at MacMurray & Beck where he helped develop an acclaimed novel series. He also spent twenty years with the Missouri Review.
He’s published the first novels of such writers as William Gay, Steve Yarbrough, Susan Vreeland, Nancy Zafris, Debra Earling, Emily St John Mandel, Peter Geye, Shann Ray, etc. He’s also published notable books by best-selling and prize winning authors such as Ed Falco, William Harrison, Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Jack Fuller and many others.
Over the years he’s published the first books of authors who have won or been finalists for numerous national awards, including the National Book Award, PEN Hemingway and PEN Faulkner, many regional book awards and Indie Lit Awards for fiction. Several of his authors’ books have been named #1 Indie Next Picks and B&N Discover New Writers selections.
"Working with Greg Michalson and the entire workshop crew during the 2016 session was a compelling tutorial in the value and importance of saying what you mean. Of being precise and not flabby. Of rendering scenes and characters with honesty and integrity rather than hoping lyricism and magic will carry the day. Greg came to the workshop having done a detailed and thoughtful reading of the first 200 pages of my novel draft. He then tackled the difficult labor of helping me realize that I needed to make some major shifts in my approach (from second to third person, from present to past tense). His experience, insights, patience and good humor left me in a place where I fully agreed — and was enthusiastic about — the new direction. Throughout, he (like all the workshop leaders) maintained a genuine respect for the work as presented — never trying to write a story of his own imagining but rather helping us to write our own best stories. With such rich experience as a writer, reader, editor and publisher, Greg had so much to share — which he did with grace and good timing as we all worked to understand the strengths and opportunities of our writing. I was happily exhausted and energized by working with Greg and the whole team, and I am grateful for the community they created both during and after our time together." --Charlie Watts