Amy Treadwell

Amy Treadwell - Editor

Contoocook, NH

Freelance editing for non-fiction titles, particularly cooking and baking, cocktails, crafting, and parenting.

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Overview

I am a freelance book editor and writer with 19 years expertise acquiring and editing cookbooks and other illustrated non-fiction titles. I love working on titles related to anything food and drink, crafting, quilting, and parenthood.

After nearly two decades with Chronicle books, I decided to branch out and help aspiring authors with their projects, from structural edits to the finer details of grammar and spelling. You can see a selection of my work below and I would love to hear from you if you think I can help with your project!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Home & Garden
Weddings

Work experience

Writer/Editor

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

• Project management (from acquisition to files to the printer)
• Developmental editing (evaluation and organization of content including recipe testing as needed)
• Book proposal development
• Proofreading and copyediting
• Americanization of English language text (from the U.K. or Australia and beyond)
• Ghost writing
• General writing on food and lifestyle topics
• InDesign proficient
• Office Suite fluent (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
• Strong affinity for the baking and beverage categories in particular

Senior Editor

Chronicle Books
July, 1999 – June, 2017 (almost 18 years)

In my 18 years at Chronicle Books, I edited hundreds of food and lifestyle titles and led the team in identifying trends and suggesting topics to publish. I have created and maintained strong relationships with agents and authors. When I left Chronicle Books to pursue a freelance career I was acquiring and editing approximately 15 titles a year. I negotiated book deals with authors and agents. As an ambassador for the company I attended trade shows and have been a speaker at the IACP Conference.

Author
Whoopie Pies, Chronicle Books, 2010. Co-written with Sarah Billingsley. I developed 20 of the 40 recipes in the book and wrote the frontmatter and basics text for the book. The book went on to sell 140,000 copies.

We Love Madeleines, Chronicle Books, 2012. Recipes celebrating the wonderful madeleine. Half of the recipes in the book were developed by me, the others were crowd funded through a Facebook page. The book was “authored” by Miss Madeleine, a fictional character, and all her recipes and text by her was written by me.

The Red Book of Luck, Chronicle Books, 2018 (not yet published). This is a collection of traditions about luck from around the world, covering anything about luck, both good and bad, superstitions, rituals, and the charms and talismans people make and keep to ensure a happy, healthy, and wealthy life.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

Bakerella, Angie Dudley

What's cuter than a cupcake? A cake pop, of course! Wildly popular blogger Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley) has turned cake pops into an international sensation! Cute little cakes on a stick from decorated balls to more ambitious shapes such as baby chicks, ice cream cones, and even cupcakes these adorable creations are the perfect alternative to cake at any party or get-together. Martha Stewart l... read more

What's cuter than a cupcake? A cake pop, of course! Wildly popular blogger Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley) has turned cake pops into an international sensation! Cute little cakes on a stick from decorated balls to more ambitious shapes such as baby chicks, ice cream cones, and even cupcakes these adorable creations are the perfect alternative to cake at any party or get-together. Martha Stewart l... read more

Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes

Jennifer Segal

Once upon a time Jenn Segal went to culinary school and worked in fancy restaurants. One marriage and two kids later she created Once Upon a Chef, the popular blog that applies her tried-and-true chef skills with delicious, fresh, and approachable ingredients for family-friendly meals. Today, Jenn cooks dinner for her family every night, and in her book, she shares 100 recipes that will up you... read more

Once upon a time Jenn Segal went to culinary school and worked in fancy restaurants. One marriage and two kids later she created Once Upon a Chef, the popular blog that applies her tried-and-true chef skills with delicious, fresh, and approachable ingredients for family-friendly meals. Today, Jenn cooks dinner for her family every night, and in her book, she shares 100 recipes that will up you... read more

The Vintage Baker: More Than 50 Recipes from Butterscotch Pecan Curls to Sour Cream Jumbles

Jessie Sheehan

This keepsake cookbook features fetching retro patterns and illustrations, luscious photography, an embossed foil cover, and—surprise! —a tiny, vintage-style, booklet inside. Blue-ribbon recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s are rendered with irresistible charm for modern tastes in this sweet package. Here are more than 50 cookies, pies, cakes, bars, and more, plus i... read more

This keepsake cookbook features fetching retro patterns and illustrations, luscious photography, an embossed foil cover, and—surprise! —a tiny, vintage-style, booklet inside. Blue-ribbon recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s are rendered with irresistible charm for modern tastes in this sweet package. Here are more than 50 cookies, pies, cakes, bars, and more, plus i... read more

Cookie Advent Cookbook: With 24 festive recipes

Barbara Grunes, Virginia Van Vynckt

Inspired by the Cookie Advent we hold every December at Chronicle Books, here is a unique twist on the traditional Advent calendar. Starting on December 1 through Christmas Eve, the cover of the book invites readers to peek under an ornament flap to discover the cookie of the day—then turn the pages to find the appropriate recipe. Beginner and experienced bakers alike will enjoy these simple r... read more

Inspired by the Cookie Advent we hold every December at Chronicle Books, here is a unique twist on the traditional Advent calendar. Starting on December 1 through Christmas Eve, the cover of the book invites readers to peek under an ornament flap to discover the cookie of the day—then turn the pages to find the appropriate recipe. Beginner and experienced bakers alike will enjoy these simple r... read more

Tartine

Elisabeth M. Prueitt, Chad Robertson

Every once in a while, a cookbook comes along that instantly says "classic." This is one of them. Acclaimed pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt and master baker Chad Robertson share not only their fabulous recipes, but also the secrets and expertise that transform a delicious homemade treat into a great one. It's no wonder there are lines out the door of Elisabeth and Chad's acclaimed Tartine Bakery... read more

Every once in a while, a cookbook comes along that instantly says "classic." This is one of them. Acclaimed pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt and master baker Chad Robertson share not only their fabulous recipes, but also the secrets and expertise that transform a delicious homemade treat into a great one. It's no wonder there are lines out the door of Elisabeth and Chad's acclaimed Tartine Bakery... read more

Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails

Duggan McDonnell

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco & Her Cocktails is a smart, delightful mix of barman's memoir and literary journalism, with layers of spirited history and liquid wisdom. A tender tale of love for delicious drink, and for one's city, a book for anyone with a passion for history, cocktails, San Francisco, and the wanderlust of travel.... read more

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco & Her Cocktails is a smart, delightful mix of barman's memoir and literary journalism, with layers of spirited history and liquid wisdom. A tender tale of love for delicious drink, and for one's city, a book for anyone with a passion for history, cocktails, San Francisco, and the wanderlust of travel.... read more

Shake. Stir. Sip.: More than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts

Kara Newman

Some of the best cocktails are the easiest to make, and author Kara Newman figured out the secret—using equal parts of the main ingredients and adding a dash of bitters or a splash of seltzer to gild the lily. Take the Cucumber Gimlet: Combine one part each vodka, lime juice, and lemonade; 2 cucumber slices; then garnish with a basil leaf! And beverages like this are a breeze to size up for pa... read more

Some of the best cocktails are the easiest to make, and author Kara Newman figured out the secret—using equal parts of the main ingredients and adding a dash of bitters or a splash of seltzer to gild the lily. Take the Cucumber Gimlet: Combine one part each vodka, lime juice, and lemonade; 2 cucumber slices; then garnish with a basil leaf! And beverages like this are a breeze to size up for pa... read more

Whoopie Pies : Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes

Sarah Billingsley, Amy Treadwell

Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? With such deliciously soft and sweet cream-filled snacks, does it matter? The Internet is abuzz with recipes and stories of whoopie pie folklore, while customers everywhere are descending on bakeries in droves demanding these delectable treats. This adorable volumethe only cookbook devoted entirely to whoopie piesfeatures more than 40 mix-and-match recipes, includ... read more

Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? With such deliciously soft and sweet cream-filled snacks, does it matter? The Internet is abuzz with recipes and stories of whoopie pie folklore, while customers everywhere are descending on bakeries in droves demanding these delectable treats. This adorable volumethe only cookbook devoted entirely to whoopie piesfeatures more than 40 mix-and-match recipes, includ... read more

Most Valuable Dad: Inspiring Words on Fatherhood from Sports Superstars

Tom Limbert

The best dads are like the best coaches: they motivate, support, mentor, encourage, and guide. In this perfect-for-gifting book, parenting expert and author of Dad's Playbook (almost 100,000 copies sold) Tom Limbert gathers inspiration from some of the biggest names in sports about the lessons they learned from their dads in order to triumph and thrive. Reflections from the likes of Stephen Cu... read more

The best dads are like the best coaches: they motivate, support, mentor, encourage, and guide. In this perfect-for-gifting book, parenting expert and author of Dad's Playbook (almost 100,000 copies sold) Tom Limbert gathers inspiration from some of the biggest names in sports about the lessons they learned from their dads in order to triumph and thrive. Reflections from the likes of Stephen Cu... read more

The Greatness of Dads

Kirsten Matthew

For every dad, grandfather, father-to-be, step-dad, or father figure, this book is the ultimate expression of love. Featuring compelling quotes, literary excerpts, and pop culture references as well as inspiring photographs of fathers (some are famous and some are heroes only to their own families), The Greatness of Dads celebrates the unique bond between dads and their children in an unforget... read more

For every dad, grandfather, father-to-be, step-dad, or father figure, this book is the ultimate expression of love. Featuring compelling quotes, literary excerpts, and pop culture references as well as inspiring photographs of fathers (some are famous and some are heroes only to their own families), The Greatness of Dads celebrates the unique bond between dads and their children in an unforget... read more

Parson Gray Trade Quilts: 20 Rough-Hewn Projects

David Butler

Quilting gets a rustic modern treatment in this 20-project sewing book that celebrates American trade quilts, with touches of Native and early American influences. The timeless style of these DIY designs will inspire quilters of every skill level to make cozy style statements for their home or office. Clear, step-by-step instructions detail how to use inventive techniques such as coffee staini... read more

Quilting gets a rustic modern treatment in this 20-project sewing book that celebrates American trade quilts, with touches of Native and early American influences. The timeless style of these DIY designs will inspire quilters of every skill level to make cozy style statements for their home or office. Clear, step-by-step instructions detail how to use inventive techniques such as coffee staini... read more

Amy Butler's Piece Keeping: 20 Stylish Projects that Celebrate Patchwork

Amy Butler

In this project-based sewing book, Amy Butler teaches what she does best: sewing, quilting, and pattern making. From lampshades to pillows, quilts to statement jewelry, Piece Keeping is the perfect go-to for the crafty. With clear sections on traditional sewing themes, tools, and methods, this book will appeal to Amy's core fans as well as those simply drawn to beautiful fabrics and DIY projec... read more

In this project-based sewing book, Amy Butler teaches what she does best: sewing, quilting, and pattern making. From lampshades to pillows, quilts to statement jewelry, Piece Keeping is the perfect go-to for the crafty. With clear sections on traditional sewing themes, tools, and methods, this book will appeal to Amy's core fans as well as those simply drawn to beautiful fabrics and DIY projec... read more

200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World

Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include: • Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist• Margaret Atwood, author and winner of The Booker Prize• Roxane Gay, author and feminist• Renée Montagne, former host of NPR's Morning Edition• Alicia Garza, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter • Alf... read more

Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include: • Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist• Margaret Atwood, author and winner of The Booker Prize• Roxane Gay, author and feminist• Renée Montagne, former host of NPR's Morning Edition• Alicia Garza, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter • Alf... read more

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Ella P
Amy did an incredible job with the edit of my cookbook. She was very knowledgeable, professional and responsive to my project.

Ella P, September 2020

Amy Treadwell
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you.

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