As an acquisitions and development editor, I shepherded a variety of nonfiction titles through the publishing process. From finding and working with authors pre-submission and negotiating contracts to line editing manuscripts during development and collaborating with design on artistic vision and layout, I was thrilled to be involved at every stage of the process.
It was a joy to act as a public face of the company, at trade shows, launches, and sales conferences. I deepened relationships with licensors, agents, sales reps, photographers, authors, stylists, and bloggers. Because Quirk is such an eclectic publisher, I got to work with the likes of Sanrio, DC Comics, Lucas Film, Representative Barney Frank, Jeni's Ice Cream, and the Library of Congress in various capacities.
In addition to my assistant duties, I acquired and developed a few book projects of my own each season. As Quirk's only Ed. Ass. (at the time), I was responsible for project editing, copy editing, and all kinds of odd jobs, from filing contracts to mailing books to authors. I wrote catalog and cover copy, as well as sales tip sheets.
Hired and oversaw all editorial interns (both paid and unpaid). I worked trade shows--everything from manning the tables to meeting with agents and authors to breaking down (and packing up) pallets and displays. Little known fact: book editors are not as wimpy as they might look, what with all that heavy lifting!
I also generated, wrote, and edited content for the Quirk Books blog.
In the economic recession I felt incredibly fortunate to have a job, let alone one that I looked forward to every day.
As a girl Friday for a small independent book publisher, I got to assist with (and eventually try my hand at) all aspects of the publishing process. Quirk Books is unusual in that it is innovative, not derivative. In-house generated ideas as well as traditionally agented works.
This job was a cookbook lover's dream. I baked bread, baguettes, scones, cookies, cakes, and more on a daily basis. Ran the coffee bar per La Colombe's (wonderfully persnickety) specifications. Took inventory. Baked custom orders on demand and occasionally tested and developed house recipes.
Why did a BA in English and Art lead me to work with particle physics, insane math grammar, and XML-first publishing? I don't know, but it was fun.
As a Beacon editor, I converted and copyedited countless articles for American Physical Society (APS) Physics journals Physical Review D: Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology (PRD: http://journals.aps.org/prd/) and Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (PRA: http://journals.aps.org/pra/). Duties included keeping extensive style sheets particular to each paper, wrangling and coding complex math grammar per APS rules, and corresponding with the world's foremost physicists--Nobel prize winners among them.
This was in the (relatively) early days of XML publishing, and we boasted a lightning-fast three-day turnaround from submission to online publication; print publication followed one month later.
While I was in college, I did freelance copy writing, copy editing, and proofreading for PLS Legal Update, a monthly, online training system for law enforcement officers in Missouri and Iowa.
Legal Update provides legal, technical, and interpersonal skills training through the analysis of statutes and actual court cases. It was my job to transform copy written by lawyers into something that would actually make sense to the midwest's finest.
Conducted one-on-one conferences with student writers. Provided developmental support, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Addressed major structural and organizational issues as well as the specifics of the prompt.
As a high school student, I helped create a massive digital database cataloging the museum's permanent collection. Filed invoices. Honed my data entry skills. Fell in love with this small-town museum, which has one of the best pottery collections in the Appalachian Clay Corridor.
If you've never tasted a fresh, homemade marshmallow, are you in for a treat! Marshmallow Madness! shows how to whip up dozens of fluffy, puffy flavors--from Strawberry and Vanilla to Buttered Rum, Root Beer Float, Maple Bacon, and more. Author Shauna Sever also includes easy recipes for homemade graham crackers, drinks for mallow dunking, and a host of irresistible desserts, including Lemon D... read more
Who says vanilla isn’t sexy? Harvested from the pods of beautiful and exotic orchids, vanilla is a delicious flavor enjoyed by people all over the world. Pure Vanilla celebrates its unique taste with a stunning array of recipes, from cakes and cookies to custards and creams. Indulge in Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts, Vanilla Cloud Cake, and Vanilla Bean Meringue Kisses and Sea Salt Caramels. Co... read more
Trendy cupcakes may come and go, but cookies are a timeless treat! If you miss the days when snacks were simple and handmade, you'll love this homespun encyclopedia of cookies. Full of hand-drawn illustrations, gorgeous photographs, and easy how-tos, The Cookiepedia features updated recipes for everything from Amaretti and Almond Biscotti to Mint Thins, Macaroons, Chocolate Chip Cookies and do... read more
Whether they’re perking up your clothes, brightening your home decor, or bringing a rainbow of color to your next party, pom-poms are perfect wherever they pop up. Each project in this book has oh-so-simple instructions and photographs that’ll have you whipping up homemade tufts in all kinds of eye-catching patterns, from speckles to stripes to polka-dots. And don’t worry about running out of ... read more
Make something new every day of the year! Craft-a-Day offers daily inspiration along with weekly themes to kick-start your creativity. Make magnets, cupcake toppers, garlands, cards, wall art, finger puppets, and more! With 52 different themes, from rainbows and snowmen to ladybugs and groundhogs, you’ll find fun and cuteness on every page. Author Sarah Goldschadt provides whimsical projects f... read more
When the days grow longer and the air gets crisp, it’s time to gather with friends for drinks that’ll put a rosy glow on your cheeks. In Winter Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano share more than 100 seasonal recipes for cold-weather cocktails, like Hot Buttered Rum, English Christmas Punch, Pumpkin-Bourbon Eggnog, Irish Coffee, Coquito, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, the Old-Fashi... read more
Inside Breakfast for Dinner you’ll find more than 100 classic breakfast recipes made with a twist. Enjoy hearty "brinner" dishes like Bacon Fried Rice, Breakfast Ravioli, Pizza over Easy, and Cornmeal Pancakes with Beer-Braised Short Ribs, plus such sweet treats as Sunrise Margaritas and Maple Bacon Cupcakes—to name just a few. This cookbook is a breakfast lover’s dream come true.
Hors d'oeuvres have a reputation for requiring frou-frou ingredients that are difficult to identify—let alone locate in a grocery store. (When's the last time you ate an amuse-bouche at home?) It's about time for an appetizer cookbook that has fun with the concept of tasting an entire meal in one bite!With Tiny Food Party!, Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park share super quick and easy recipes for ... read more
Here are more than 100 recipes that will bring beautiful flower-filled dishes to your kitchen table! This easy-to-use cookbook is brimming with scrumptious botanical treats, from sweet violet cupcakes, pansy petal pancakes, daylily cheesecake, and rosemary flower margaritas to savory sunflower chickpea salad, chive blossom vinaigrette, herb flower pesto, and mango orchid sticky rice. Alongside... read more
Celebrity chefs? Immersion blenders? Who needs ’em?!? Little Old Lady Recipes honors the extraordinary women who create potluck dinners, church socials, and the best desserts you’ve ever tasted. Every page features their simple, no-frills recipes for pot roast, meat loaf, dumplings, corn bread, fried chicken, bundt cake, and other old-time favorites—along with gorgeous photography of the chefs... read more
How do you keep a Dagwood from toppling over? What makes a Po’ Boy so crispy and crunchy? And who was the genius that invented the Fluffernutter? Discover these answers and more in The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches—a chunky little cookbook dedicated to everything between sliced bread. Author Susan Russo has searched the globe to catalog every sandwich imaginable, providing tried-and-true recipes,... read more
Why do the world’s most delicious foods taste even better served on a stick? Author and photographer Matt Armendariz answers the question with dozens of delightful recipes for party food, street-cart food, junk food, and more. From elegant hors d’oeuvres to humble everyday fare, it’s all here: • deep-fried mac 'n' cheese • s'mores • antipasti • bacon-wrapped shrimp • fudge puppies • fish and c... read more
Food blogger Lindsay Landis has invented the perfect cookie dough. It tastes great. It’s egg free (and thus safe to eat raw). You can whip it up in minutes. And, best of all, you can use it to make dozens of delicious cookie dough creations, from cakes, custards, and pies to candies, brownies, and even granola bars. Included are recipes for indulgent breakfasts (cookie dough doughnuts!), froze... read more
This book makes creating colorful, cute, and tasty Japanese-style lunches easy and fun! Learn how to craft your favorite foods into a variety of shapes—from caterpillars, cars, and puppy dogs to pretty flowers, princesses, and kitty cats to make the yummy, healthy lunches that are all the rage in Japan. Featuring chapters on Cuties & Critters, Fairy-Tale Friends, and Special Day Treats, plus a... read more
At last, a field guide to baking and identifying virtually every cookie imaginable, from Snickerdoodles to Pfeffernusse! Field Guide to Cookies is the definitive guide to cookies from around the world, with more than 100 recipes and variations on such tried-and-true classics as gingersnaps, whoopie pies, and pinwheels as well as traditional international favorites like pizzelles, baklava, and ... read more
At last, a field guide to making and identifying virtually every candy imaginable, from peanut-butter cups to mint meltaways! Field Guide to Candy is the definitive guide to candies from around the world, with more than 100 recipes and variations on such tried-and-true classics as caramel apples, rocky road, and lollipops as well as traditional international favorites like Turkish delight, tru... read more
The Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Dance, Folk, Metal, Electronic, Indie Music Spectacular Here are more than 700 extraordinary posters from the archives of GigPosters.com—the Internet’s premier destination for concert poster art. With the rising popularity of MP3 files and streaming digital music—and the near-extinction of traditional album art—concert posters have become the most important visual repre... read more
These textured urban walls provide an interesting backdrop for notes, musings, drawings, doodles, and more. Indulge your inner graffiti artist - without the risk of jail time!
Double, double, toil and trouble! The instructions in Witch Craft will help you conjure up more than 25 totally wicked treasures for Halloween--everything from vampire bite necklaces to graveyard cupcakes. You'll also find tips and tricks for transforming found objects and everyday items into wonderfully witchy treats.
This pocket-sized guide of man skills is the little black book every modern man needs. For everything from car maintenance to grilling instructions to wardrobe tips and more, this handy reference features everything a man should know (but probably doesn’t). Including: · How to Cast a Fishing Rod · How to Make the Perfect Martini · How to Negotiate a Raise · Five Pick-Up Lines in Five Different... read more
It is a small world, after all!Here are step-by-step instructions for making tiny teddy bears, little ladybugs, petite porcupines, itsy-bitsy bikinis, and much, much more! Microcrafts shows crafters how to create dozens of miniature treasures, each no larger than a spool of thread. No previous crafting experience or pricey materials are necessary—just a love of all things small!
Mix, Bake, Buzz! Booze Cakes features step-by-step recipes for spiking delicious confections with spirits, wine, and beer. These delightfully tipsy desserts are perfect for dinner parties, potlucks, and pitch-ins! You’ll find recipes for: • Classic Booze Cakes: All the recipes your grandparents used to bake, including salty-sweet Honey Spice Beer Cake, bourbon-filled Lane Cake frosted with dec... read more
Got your head in the clouds? Turn the sky into a canvas for notes, doodles, and drawings. Full of fluffy white clouds, desert sunsets, lightning storms, and early morning sunbeams, this trusty journal can be carried anywhere. The sky’s the limit!
Make some real man food with this handy pocket-sized reference. We’re mixing bacon with brownies! We’re pouring beer into chili! We’re stirring up tomato gravy so thick and tasty, we refuse to call it sauce! This easy pocket-sized companion shows you how to make all the food a man can’t live without, including: · Hearty Breakfast Classics · Sandwiches, Burgers, and Snacks · Meat and Potato Din... read more
Got fur balls?Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, ... read more
This ebook offers 18 DIY gifts for the bookworm, foodie, animal lover, significant other, kid or geek in your life.
The New York Times best seller is now a major motion picture starring Lily James and Sam Riley, with Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel. This expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen nove... read more
Thousands of Internet fans play hide-and-seek with Momo the border collie every day. And now, in his New York Times best-selling book, you can too! Momo and his best buddy Andrew Knapp have traveled all over—through fields, down country roads, across cities, and into yards, neighborhoods, and surreal spaces of all sorts. The result is a book of spectacular photography that’s also a game you ca... read more
No one does sweet like Hello Kitty! Filled with simple recipes, beautiful yet playful photography, and Hello Kitty’s signature charm, The Hello Kitty Baking Book is a cookbook that’s yummy through and through. From Hello Kitty Cake Pops to Chococat Cake and Pretty Bow Pumpkin Pie, there’s something for everyone to make and enjoy. Featuring over two dozen easy-to-follow recipes, The Hello Kitty... read more
The petite shell-shaped cakes known as madeleines are versatile, pretty, and absolutely delicious. Made famous by Marcel Proust in his novel In Search of Lost Time, this classic French treat is now loved the world over. Beautifully illustrated and lovingly researched, Madeleines features recipes for an incredible variety of flavors and combinations, including such decadent desserts as Dark Cho... read more
Who Needs the Ivy League? This handsome metal box features a complete legal education, courtesy of the distinguished faculty at Mental_Floss magazine. Contents include: • Our comprehensive textbook, Law School in 96 Pages • 10 Heroes of the Courtroom Trading Cards • 10 Extra Credit Flash Cards • Bar Exam Trivia Challenge • Rolled College Diploma with Real Latin Words
The ultimate collection of racy, ribald, and downright hilarious humor that makes a great gift! This pocket-sized compendium of the crude and coarse contains all the jokes a man needs to crack wise. From the suggestive to the salacious, this book compiles the greatest dirty jokes of all time, including: • The One about the Factory Worker Who Made Love with a Pickle Slicer • The One about the F... read more
Wheels and tubes, twists and folds and grooves—pasta comes in hundreds of shapes, each with its own unique history, beauty, and place on the dinner table. For centuries these shapes have evolved alongside Italy’s cornucopia of local ingredients; if you know how the flavours relate to the forms, you hold the secret formula to good taste. The Geometry of Pasta pairs over 100 authentic recipes fr... read more
Hello Kitty Crochet is all about cute: the whimsical world of Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends meets the Japanese art of amigurumi, or crocheted dolls. With easy-to-make patterns for adorable characters and accessories, Hello Kitty Crochet allows you to make all your favorites, new and old, from Badtz-Maru and My Melody to Pekkle, Purin, and Little Twin Stars. Whether you’re a seasoned croch... read more
Haute Dogs gives the classic cookout staple a fresh and tasty twist, with recipes inspired by everything from south-of-the-border BBQ to Japanese fusion to modern food-cart cuisine. Handcraft your own top-notch dogs, buns, and condiments with step-by-step from-scratch instructions, and brush up on your hot dog history with an in-depth look at tasty traditions from the U.S. and beyond. Just in ... read more
Lose those girly cocktails and start drinking like a real man—a real old man! These Old Man Drinks are guaranteed to put hair on that scrawny baby’s bottom you call a chest. From Boilermakers and Sidecars to Rusty Nails and Satan’s Whiskers, these old-school party starters go down just as rough as they sound. No pink drinks or foo-foo umbrellas here! Just the good stuff—whiskey, rye, bourbon, ... read more
For every fan who's dreamed of cracking a bullwhip, rescuing lost treasures, and evading giant runaway boulders, The Indiana Jones Handbook offers all the tips and tricks of the adventurer's trade. Complete with step-by-step instructions, helpful diagrams, and full-color photography from the Indiana Jones films, readers will learn: How to ride an elephant How to identify booby traps How to fen... read more
True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music. With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled wi... read more
Here’s a guide to baking delicious desserts with a colorful twist: sprinkles! Of course you can scatter them over cakes and pies. But did you know that you can swirl sprinkles into waffles, “embroider” them on cookies, and bake them into pretty pie crusts?! Inside this book you’ll find dozens of creative, colorful, super-fun recipes, plus quick-and-easy projects (ideal for little kids), holida... read more
Who Needs the Ivy League? This handsome metal box features a complete medical education, courtesy of the distinguished faculty at Mental_Floss magazine. Contents include: • Our comprehensive textbook, Med School in 96 Pages • 10 Heroes of Medicine Trading Cards • 10 Extra Credit Flash Cards • Board Exam Trivia Challenge • Rolled College Diploma with Real Latin Words
The Complete Guide To All Things Walken He’s been a dancer, a baker, a lion tamer, an award-winning actor, and a Hollywood legend. But Christopher Walken has never been the subject of a comprehensive biographical reference—until now. Here at last is a complete A-to-Z guide to this one-of-a-kind performer, featuring entries on everything from the Actors Studio (the legendary theatrical workshop... read more
Here are 100 of the most important, most incredible, and most bizarre comic-book covers from DC's incredible archives all perforated and ready to display in your apartment, dorm room, or cubicle. From Action Comics #1 and Batman #1 to lesser-known heroes like Mister District Attorney, this oversized compilation features every major milestone in DC's extraordinary history: Wonder Woman, Swamp T... read more
Crayon Fashion Fun! Shocking and Revealing Fashion Challenges! Hangover Cures! Connect the Dots From Last Night.
This pocket-sized parenting guide for moms and moms-to-be is perfect for a baby shower or Mother's Day gift. This little handbook is filled with all the secrets and strategies a smart mother needs to know. Featuring tips for mastering quick and easy meals, suggestions for baby-proofing like an expert, advice on stocking your medicine cabinet, tricks to making a long wait fun, and much, much mo... read more
This pocket-sized gift book is packed with hilarious jokes every guys needs in his repertoire.This little black book has everything aspiring cut-ups, comedians, and reformed class clowns need to win at comedy. Covering everything from roasts and toasts to historical footnotes to alternate versions of beloved old chestnuts, this indispensable reference is great for any occasion. Plus tips on te... read more
In Casino Confidential, a veteran pit boss and dealer (who must remain anonymous) takes readers behind the scenes to show where casinos are most vulnerable—and which bets are simply a waste of money. Through chapters on blackjack, Texas hold ’em, roulette, craps, baccarat, slot machines, and more, readers will learn: • Basic strategy for the most popular casino games • Five keys to successful ... read more
Best-seller history repeats itself with this dynamic new "almanac" format that broadens the scope and content of the Worst-Case Scenario handbooks. The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: History offers step-by-step illustrated scenarios on how to win a joust, survive in a dungeon, and overcome other plights of yesteryear, but the volume also features hundreds of pages of additionaland hilariousinfor... read more
This calendar is full of golfing legends, famous courses, hilarious dates in golf history, and techniques for surviving life on the links.
In every day lies a new danger. This popular calendar offers a daily dose of survival knowledge, skills, and strategies.
Did he really just say that?!? Douchebags have a gift for speaking the unspeakable. Vain, arrogant, brash, and clueless, they’re the worst the male species has to offer—and now their most outlandish statements have been compiled into a single volume. The Quotable Douchebag features dozens of boneheaded and tasteless remarks from actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians, including: David Ha... read more
Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acce... read more
Craft-A-Day 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar offers daily inspiration along with weekly themes to keep up your creativity all year long. Author Sarah Goldschadt provides whimsical projects for easy crafts that require no advanced skills or unusual tools.Make magnets, cupcake toppers, garlands, cards, wall art, finger puppets, and more! With 52 different themes, from rainbows and snowmen to ladybugs an... read more
Geeky + Dreamy. What’s not to love? From Michael Cera and John Krasinski to Stephen Colbert and Andy Samberg, Geeky Dreamboats celebrates the men who make geekiness the ultimate aphrodisiac. • Adam Brody • Wes Anderson • Mark Ruffalo • Mos Def • Jason Schwartzman • Will Arnett • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Gaining weight is every woman's worst nightmare and your big fat boyfriend may be to blame! Studies have shown that when a woman is in a relationship, she almost always gains weight. In Your Big Fat Boyfriend, fitness expert Jenna Bergen explores why this phenomenon happens and how a woman can combat it without alienating her sweetie. Readers will discover: The differences in male and female m... read more
The New York Times best seller is now a major motion picture starring Lily James and Sam Riley, with Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. This deluxe heirloom edition includes a new preface by coauthor Seth Grahame-Smith, thirteen oil painting illustrations by Roberto Parada, and a fascinating afterword by Dr. Allen Grove of Alfred University—plus 30 percent more zombies!Complete with r... read more
Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, this prequel to the hit mash-up novel will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave—or crawling out of it! Four years before the events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside, reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands—until a funeral at t... read more
The Art of the Video Game is the first book to celebrate an exciting new visual medium—complete with stunning digital artwork from the biggest design studios and game publishers in the business, including Electronic Arts, Activision, Sega, Sony, Midway, Eidos, and Konami. Every page features gorgeously rendered images (plus never-before-published sketches, models, and works-in-progress) from d... read more
After the rooms at 221B Baker Street are set ablaze—and a mutilated corpse is discovered in the wreckage—Dr. John H. Watson is arrested and imprisoned at Coldbath Fields penitentiary. Writing from a cramped and dimly lit cell, Watson describes the mysterious events leading up to his arrest. Someone has been mailing him a series of cryptic warnings. His lifelong friend Sherlock Holmes has vanis... read more
In 1897, Archibald Constable & Company published Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the most famous horror novel of all time. For reasons still debated by scholars, the first chapter of Dracula was cut from the book just weeks before publication. Here, it becomes the central clue in a spine-tingling original interactive mystery. Dracula’s Heir begins 10 years after the horrific events described in the ori... read more
In the tradition of Quirk's The Crimes of Dr. Watson, this interactive mystery pits a legendary detective—Batman—against a shocking and seemingly inexplicable crime. When a construction crew at Wayne Manor discovers a long-buried corpse, all the evidence points to Bruce Wayne's late father, Thomas, as the murderer. Torn between the need to protect his father's honor and his thirst for dispensi... read more
THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM SHATNER IS BACK—IN A SUPER-EXPANDED MILLENNIUM EDITION! This updated edition of The Encyclopedia Shatnerica is your complete guide to the life and work of William Shatner—actor, singer, writer, director, horseman, game show host, and legendary Hollywood lothario. Hop aboard the Starship Irreverent as certified “Shatnerologist” Robert Schnakenberg documents e... read more
Upon completing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared it “the funniest story ever written” and “one of my two favorite stories.” It’s the strange tale of a man who is “born” 70 years old and mysteriously ages in reverse. This stunning graphic novel adaptation illustrates Benjamin Button’s many adventures: He falls in love, starts a family, and runs a succe... read more
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