BluePen was founded in 2015 by Emily Haynes and Leigh Saffold. After a combined thirty years in the book business, working in senior editorial and project management roles for a handful of top publishers, they decided to change the way they work. The result is BluePen, a company that builds on their editorial development, writing, and project management expertise. BluePen aims to help authors and publishers in every stage of project development, from brainstorming a rough idea to executing a polished draft, as well as managing the various stages of book design, review, and production before final publication.
Emily Haynes knew she wanted to be an editor and writer from the time she took her first writing course at Barnard College. Almost twenty years later, she has acquired and edited over one hundred books, including half a dozen New York Times bestsellers, as well as numerous national and indie bestsellers. Notable titles include Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins, No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandvi, This is NPR, the Art of series with Pixar and Disney, The Little Book of Hindu Deities and Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel, and They Drew as They Pleased by Didier Ghez. Her editorial life began at The Ellen Levine Agency (which has since been folded into Trident Media Group), continued at Penguin, and then at Chronicle Books. She is the author of The Art of Kubo and The Two Strings (Fall 2016), Designing with Pixar (Spring 2016), The Animator’s Sketchbook, and co-author of the picture book, Ganesha's Sweet Tooth. She lives in Oakland, California with her fiancé and their son.
Leigh Saffold has spent the past 15 years editing and project managing books for Chronicle Books, Parallax Press, and UH Press in categories including art and gift, company biographies, mindfulness, literary anthologies, food and drink, children's, and more. She took a circuitous path into book publishing; after graduating from UC Berkeley in comparative literature she started her first career as an elementary school teacher. From there her love of writing led to developing K-12 curriculum, and eventually to journalism where she wrote news for the local NPR affiliate station. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in literary studies and creative writing at the University of Hawai’i. There she learned the artistry and grace of editing and ultimately fell in love with book publishing. She lives in her hometown of Oakland, California, with her husband and two sons.