• 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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Editor, writer, and publishing consultant specializing in cookbooks and other illustrated lifestyle/craft book categories.
Experienced editor of cookbooks and home/lifestyle books; my editing and proofreading work includes James Beard and IACP Award winners.