About Me

Short Bio

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the Acquisitions Editor for Dagger, an imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books, a consultant with 22 Literary and former editor-in-chief of RT Book Reviews. A freelance editor specializing in mystery/suspense/thriller, science-fiction and fantasy, she is also an instructor with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guide To… and has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, Serial Killer, featuring authors Jeffery Deaver and Eoin Colfer. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016.

Full Bio

Chantelle Aimée Osman is a the Acquisitions Editor for Dagger, the mystery/suspense/trhiller imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books, as well as consultant with 22 Literary and former editor-in-chief of RT Book Reviews. 

Outside of her work as freelance editor and author consultant, Ms. Osman is also an award-winning mystery writer, whose numerous short stories and flash fiction have appeared in anthologies, literary journals and e-zines. She is an Anthony Award nominee for The Sirens of Suspense blog where she interviews and blogs with authors on all things writing and publishing, a contributor to Suspense Magazine, and has served as editor for several successful anthologies and judge for ITW awards. She teaches writing at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, as well as with LitReactor and Authors at Large.

As former head of business affairs and development for production companies in Hollywood, Ms. Osman has experience in all aspects of the film industry—from dealing with agents, studios, and independent productions, to casting and editing scripts. In the past, she has greenlit projects ranging from A-list blockbusters to made-for-TV movies. She is a recurring judge for the Phoenix Film Festival screenplay competition.

Prior to working in the film industry,  Ms. Osman obtained her law degree, and managed political campaigns. Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, she worked as a lobbyist on the state and federal levels, fighting for such issues as awareness for organ donation programs, and gambling addiction prevention. Ms. Osman is a graduate of Arizona State University College of Law, holds degrees in Psychology, French and Art History, and speaks five languages. She divides her time between New York and Arizona.

Workshop & Conference History

  • Albuquerque Comic Expo (2013, 2014)
  • Bouchercon (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Cape Cod Writers Center Conference (2014, 2015)
  • Central Coast Writers Conference (2015, 2016)
  • Cocoa Beach Writers Conference (2013-Keynote)
  • Convolution
  • DragonCon (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • DFW Writers Conference EuroCon (2016)
  • Florida Writers Conference (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017)
  • GAMA Trade Show (2015, 2016)
  • Hampton Roads Writers Conference
  • League of Utah Writers Conference
  • Left Coast Crime (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guest of Honor)
  • Muse Online Writers Conference (2009, 2010)
  • Northern Colorado Writers Conference (2015)
  • Origins (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Oxford Literary Festival (2016)
  • Phoenix Comicon (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference
  • Screenwriters of Brevard (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Space Coast Writers Guild Screenwriting Workshop
  • Texas Mountain Trail Writers Spring Retreat
  • Thrillerfest/PitchFest (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Tucson Festival of Books (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Whidbey Island Writers Conference
  • Wisconsin Writers Association Fall Conference
  • Write on the Sound Writers Conference