Allison Serrell

Allison Serrell - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

I'm a seasoned editor and author specializing in lifestyle books and media.

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Overview

I'm a seasoned author and editor specializing in lifestyle books and media.

I am the editor of the following titles:

The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook (Parallax Press)
Herbal Medicine Cookbook (Callisto Media)
Pottery Barn Workspaces (Weldon Owen)
Essential Succulents (Callisto Media)
Nature Activity Book for Kids (Callisto Media)

I am the author of the following titles:

At Home in the Hudson Valley (Chronicle Books)
Haven: Cozy Hideaways and Dream Retreats (Chronicle Books)
Nest for Two (Chronicle Books)
New Cottage Style (Sunset/Time Inc.)


I love working with both new and experienced authors. My style is collaborative and hands-on. I will help you shape your ideas, voice, and narrative for the utmost clarity and relevance. I can help you create an outline and draft, edit an existing draft, or work with you on whatever your manuscript needs. Also happy to brainstorm book ideas, help you find a publisher, or polish your proposal.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families

Work experience

Self-employed

Self-employed
January, 2000 – Present (almost 20 years)

I am the author of the following books:

At Home in the Hudson Valley (Chronicle Books)
Nest for Two (Chronicle Books)
Haven: Cozy Hideaways and Dream Retreats (Chronicle Books)
New Cottage Style (Sunset/Time Inc)

I was the developmental/project/consulting editor for the following titles:

The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook (Parallax Press)
The Herbal Medicine Cookbook (Callisto Media)
Essential Succulents: A beginner's guide (Callisto Media)
Nature Activity Book for Kids (Callisto Media)
Pottery Barn Workspaces (Weldon Owen)
Foraged Art (Weldon Owen)

I also provide editing, writing, and social media services to design and architecture firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Surface Design, and Colour Studio.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

At Home in the Hudson Valley

Allison Serrell

It has been called America's Loire Valley, the Napa Valley of the East, and the new Hamptons. Deemed by the US Congress "the landscape that defined America," New York's Hudson River Valley is a region rich in history, boasting exceptional architecture, celebrity residents, lush landscapes, and a burgeoning art and cultural scene. Each year, 50 million visitors flock to the counties along the r... read more

It has been called America's Loire Valley, the Napa Valley of the East, and the new Hamptons. Deemed by the US Congress "the landscape that defined America," New York's Hudson River Valley is a region rich in history, boasting exceptional architecture, celebrity residents, lush landscapes, and a burgeoning art and cultural scene. Each year, 50 million visitors flock to the counties along the r... read more

Haven: Cozy Hideaways and Dream Retreats

Allison Serrell

Haven brings together unique homes in which the dream of retreat has been made a reality. Each of these twenty hideaways offers something for every tastefrom a rustic barn to a desert oasis, from a modest tent cabin to an architecturally significant modern masterpiece. Throughout, the focus remains on communion with our natural surroundings and the peace it brings, on sanctuary from the noise ... read more

Haven brings together unique homes in which the dream of retreat has been made a reality. Each of these twenty hideaways offers something for every tastefrom a rustic barn to a desert oasis, from a modest tent cabin to an architecturally significant modern masterpiece. Throughout, the focus remains on communion with our natural surroundings and the peace it brings, on sanctuary from the noise ... read more

Nest for Two: Creating a Harmonious Home

Allison Serrell

She loves her antiques. He's a modern minimalist. Bringing the best of both worlds together is a labor of love made easier with a little expert guidance. Nest for Two celebrates the shared dwelling with 225 inspiring color photographs showcasing the cozy corners, romantic details, and practical solutions that help couples savor the pleasures of home life together. From the living room to the b... read more

She loves her antiques. He's a modern minimalist. Bringing the best of both worlds together is a labor of love made easier with a little expert guidance. Nest for Two celebrates the shared dwelling with 225 inspiring color photographs showcasing the cozy corners, romantic details, and practical solutions that help couples savor the pleasures of home life together. From the living room to the b... read more

New Cottage Style: A Sunset Design Guide (Sunset Design Guides)

The Editors of Sunset

Rich with inspirational photography and design advice, The Sunset Design Guide series brings together a talented panel of today's top design and building professionals. New Cottage Style: A Sunset Design Guide offers an updated take on the well-loved design genre of cottage decorating. New Cottage Style offers not only inspirational photography, but also expert design advice on how readers can... read more

Rich with inspirational photography and design advice, The Sunset Design Guide series brings together a talented panel of today's top design and building professionals. New Cottage Style: A Sunset Design Guide offers an updated take on the well-loved design genre of cottage decorating. New Cottage Style offers not only inspirational photography, but also expert design advice on how readers can... read more

Essential Succulents: The Beginner's Guide

Ken Shelf

Learn to grow and design with succulents using the simple, step-by-step guidance in Essential Succulents.In recent years, succulents have become increasingly popular for their low-maintenance use as indoor decoration and in home gardening. In Essential Succulents, budding succulent enthusiasts will gain the know-how needed to begin growing, decorating with, and enjoying these amazing plants.Fr... read more

Learn to grow and design with succulents using the simple, step-by-step guidance in Essential Succulents.In recent years, succulents have become increasingly popular for their low-maintenance use as indoor decoration and in home gardening. In Essential Succulents, budding succulent enthusiasts will gain the know-how needed to begin growing, decorating with, and enjoying these amazing plants.Fr... read more

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health

Susan Hess, Tina Sams

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook is the definitive kitchen reference to transform everyday meals into natural remedies.Your kitchen is the heart of a holistic life. The Herbal Medicine Cookbook infuses everyday cooking with the healing power of everyday herbs to nourish your body with healthy, homemade meals.From Elderberry Hot Toddy Elixir to Sunday Roast with Chimichurri Sauce, this cookbook off... read more

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook is the definitive kitchen reference to transform everyday meals into natural remedies.Your kitchen is the heart of a holistic life. The Herbal Medicine Cookbook infuses everyday cooking with the healing power of everyday herbs to nourish your body with healthy, homemade meals.From Elderberry Hot Toddy Elixir to Sunday Roast with Chimichurri Sauce, this cookbook off... read more

Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature

Peter Cole, Leslie Jonath

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter’s first snow might be carved into glowing luminaria. Whether you love to look for heart-shaped flowers or want to make a peacock made with flower petals, readers will find gre... read more

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter’s first snow might be carved into glowing luminaria. Whether you love to look for heart-shaped flowers or want to make a peacock made with flower petals, readers will find gre... read more

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