Abi Pollokoff

Abi Pollokoff - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

Passionate about bringing your best words to life. Specialities in nonfiction (history, cookbooks), poetry, children's. 10+ yrs experience.

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Overview

I've been working with words for nearly a decade... but I've been a reader much longer than that. I have a BA in English, French, and Italian and an MFA in poetry, and I cut my teeth at Pelican Publishing (Gretna, LA), one of the largest trade publishers in the South. I've since edited both freelance and professionally across diverse genres.

A bit about my editorial approach: My goal as an editor—no matter where in the process—is to ensure that the reading experience is the best it can be. By making sure the language is consistent and understandable, I can help you hone in on the best way to communicate your meaning and connect with your readers. That means supporting and sharpening your voice—not advocating for my own. I stay positive, productive, and professional across the working experience.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
History
Photography
Travel
Fiction
Picture Books
Poetry

Awards

  • SCWBI Crystal Kite Award
  • Louisiana Literary Award, Louisiana Library Association
  • Silver in general nonfiction, Florida Book Awards

Work experience

Managing Editor

Poetry Northwest Editions
March, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

Freelance Editor

Self
June, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Associate Editor

Pelican Publishing
May, 2012 – June, 2014 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (19 selected works)

In a While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow Cooker Recipes

Kononchek, Patrice, Keller, Lauren, Palumbo, Michael

New Orleans Homes at Christmas

Warren, Bonnie, Laborde, Peggy, Gerber, Cheryl

Chester Nimitz and the Sea

Sutcliffe, Jane, Kodera, Craig

Cool Kids Cook: Fresh and Fit

Eliana, Kid, De Las Casas, Dianne, Lisette, Soleil

When Not Performing

Spielman, David, Lyon, Fred

The Boy Who Wouldn't Read

McConduit, Denise, Harrington, David

The Boy and the Dragon

Ode, Eric, Harris, Jim

Scandinavian Classic Desserts (Classic Recipes Series)

Sinclair, Pat, Butkowski, Joel, Ojakangas, Beatrice

Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans

Garvey, Joan, Widmer, Mary Lou, Spiess, Kathy, Chappetta, Karen, Molony, Jane

Theorem

Bradfield, Elizabeth, Contro, Antonia

RaceLens: Vintage Thoroughbred Racing Images

Von Borries, Philip, Mooney, Bill

Not the Met

Janel Halpern, Harvey Appelbaum

Peek into some of New York City's other museums. Travel to museums and experience exhibits through the authors' eyes with this informative vignettes. Readers will enjoy having a profile of the city's art community in the palms of their hands. Eighty-one museums are featured along with photographs, directions, helpful tips, and the authors' impressions. From the Museum of American Illustration ... read more

Peek into some of New York City's other museums. Travel to museums and experience exhibits through the authors' eyes with this informative vignettes. Readers will enjoy having a profile of the city's art community in the palms of their hands. Eighty-one museums are featured along with photographs, directions, helpful tips, and the authors' impressions. From the Museum of American Illustration ... read more

Abi has 9 reviews

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Maurice LaTier
Working with Abi was wonderful! Her edits and suggestions were on point and true to my story! I'm looking forward to the next time we work together!

Maurice LaTier, May 2022


Stevie S.
Working with Abi was one of the best decisions I made in the process of self publishing. She proofread my poetry collection with an eye for detail and provided crucial feedback on key moments I wouldn't have recognized on my own. I felt that my work was in great hands, and Abi really understood where I was coming from creatively. Her notes were thorough without being at all overwhelming, subtl...
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Stevie S., April 2022


Jennifer Mighton
I highly recommend Abi. She provided insightful and constructive feedback during the editorial assessment, which helped to solidify my direction for the project.

Jennifer Mighton, April 2022


Kelly Birdsong
Abi is a pleasure to work with. Her feedback is helpful. I highly recommend working with her.

Kelly Birdsong, April 2022


Shetal Shah
Abi was wonderful to work with! Based on her review and feedback, it was clear she spent much time and effort reviewing and editing my manuscript. Her feedback was detailed and she also offered some good ideas. She took my work to a whole new level and I'm very grateful. Thank you!

Shetal Shah, March 2022

Abi Pollokoff
Thank you so much, Shetal! It was wonderful to work on your project and to be a part of your writing journey. Best of luck!

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