Edie Jarolim

Edie Jarolim – Editor

Travel editor at Fodor's, Frommer's, and Rough Guides, memoir and food writing aficionado, love to nurture good writing in all genres.


My editing career is...eclectic. I started out proofreading Russian science journals, moved on to editing poetry —I got my Ph.D. from NYU in American literature and my dissertation was published as the Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn —and spent several years in travel publishing, working in-house for Frommer’s and Fodor’s in New York and Rough Guides in London. I did everything from copy-editing and British-to-American translating to line editing and project developing. I was the first series editor for the Paris-based Gault-Millau restaurant guides at Frommer’s, and oversaw the creation of the Wall Street Journal Guides to Business Travel at Fodor’s.

Since moving to Tucson, I’ve written five travel guides (including Arizona for Dummies), one dog guide (Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Your Dog Would Like You to Know), and one memoir (Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All). My articles on subjects ranging from going undercover (and uncovered) at a nudist resort to a rare deli speciality called rolled beef have been published in a wide range of national newspapers and magazines. But writing is tough, especially when you're trying to make it look easy. I enjoy nurturing other people's efforts—or whipping them into shape, if you're into that. My numerous freelance editing projects have included guidebooks, cookbooks, short stories, novels, websites… you name it. My clients have ranged from well known literary authors to a local public relations firm, and my services include everything from line editing to manuscript evaluation and coaching.

Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Travel Writing & Publishing
Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • Ph.D. in American Literature

Work experience

Madden Preprint Media

Mar, 2007 — Sep, 2018 (over 11 years)


Mar, 1995 — Present

In addition to authoring five books (four travel guides, one dog guide, and one memoir), I've published hundreds of articles in national and local publications. Outlets include Art & Antiques, Brides, Chicago Tribune, Edible Baja Arizona, Hemispheres, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Book Review, Phoenix Magazine, Sunset, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Awards for my articles include the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award for a magazine travel story, and the Arizona Press Club award, First Place Business Reporting, magazine.

Edie has 9 reviews





Greg C.

Greg C.

Feb, 2024

Edie did a great job with the basics of what I hired her for, but she went above and beyond that duty and provided me numerous insights, ideas, and feedback to improve my overall project. She was always responsive and thorough in our communication, and I appreciated her adaptiveness in flexing our schedule to allow for a better outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend her to others or use h...
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Marjorie S.

Marjorie S.

Jan, 2022

I’ve worked as a professional writer for over 20 years and was thrilled to work with Edie. She has a sharp eye for detail, a great instinct for story, and a strong point of view. She was able to read through what was an overly long manuscript and pinpoint what needed to be changed, edited out, or clarified for the reader. As any writer knows, it’s easy to get lose track of your narrative afte...
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Olaf J.

Olaf J.

Dec, 2021

Edie is absolutely amazing. For me it was a first-time project and I did not know about editing. Edie led me through this process very professionally. The result, 'my' book is much better than I would have imagined! Structure. wording, plot... everything is now much better than what I had written. I am eager to start a new project and of course, I will turn to Edie to have the book improved aga...
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Richard R.

Richard R.

Jun, 2024

I couldn’t have found a better line editor for my memoir than Edie. Her insights, advice, and attention to detail were well beyond what I anticipated. I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t angry about some of the edits, but after a cup of tea (or pint of beer, depending on the time of day), I could understand and accept the justification for the recommended changes. She turned my somewhat over-bloa...
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Gindy F.

Gindy F.

Oct, 2023

I contacted Edie to help me bring a previously self-published children's book to a perfected state of sparkle and shine. My book had so many typos that, erroneously, I thought the publisher would fix. I had gone through it so many times, I couldn't see it anymore! She found a developmental error in the timeline of the story that I had missed and the previous editor missed. I am so appreciative ...
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Edie J.
Thank you, Gindy! It was a pleasure working with you on your lovely story.

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