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Marianna Dworak

Marianna Dworak - Editor

San Diego, CA, United States

Editing and proofreading professional, interested in working on any genre, especially health, fitness, nutrition, humor, cooking, fiction

Overview

I studied journalism and English at Boston University and wrote for several magazines and websites, including The Daily Free Press, Wholefoods Magazine, and ScreenDaily. I was an editor at a book publishing company in Manhattan for three years and acquired and edited many books on various subjects: fiction, cooking, fitness, nutrition, humor, and memoir. Since then, I have been freelance proofreading and editing.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Career Guides Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Sex & Relationships Sports & outdoor recreation Travel

Work experience

Editor

Skyhorse Publishing

August, 2011 – October, 2015 (about 4 years)

Acquired and edited manuscripts; wrote jacket copy; proofread; created sales points; worked with authors and agents; worked with production, design, and publicity departments

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Dogma of Rufus: A Canine Guide to Eating, Sleeping, Digging, Slobbering, Scratching, and Surviving with Humans

Rufus, Larry Arnstein, Zack Arnstein, Joey Arnstein

So, you’ve been ripped out from your mother’s paws and taken in by a strange family of humans that has kids who insist on flapping your floppy ears and dressing you up like a ladybug. These new human-folk are trying to “teach” you things, like sitting or not ripping apart their fun-looking shoes, and you might start to think you should try to “obey.” But I know better; I’ve been around the blo... read more

So, you’ve been ripped out from your mother’s paws and taken in by a strange family of humans that has kids who insist on flapping your floppy ears and dressing you up like a ladybug. These new human-folk are trying to “teach” you things, like sitting or not ripping apart their fun-looking shoes, and you might start to think you should try to “obey.” But I know better; I’ve been around the blo... read more

The Gift of Cancer: A Miraculous Journey to Healing

Brenda Michaels, Marsha Mercant

For fourteen years, Brenda Michaels battled cancer. Then one day she surrendered to the experience and found the gift in her disease. The Gift of Cancer: A Miraculous Journey to Healing speaks to anyone on a journey of wellbeing, whether suffering from a life-threatening disease or merely desiring to live a better, more fulfilling life. After Brenda’s third cancer diagnosis and being told she ... read more

For fourteen years, Brenda Michaels battled cancer. Then one day she surrendered to the experience and found the gift in her disease. The Gift of Cancer: A Miraculous Journey to Healing speaks to anyone on a journey of wellbeing, whether suffering from a life-threatening disease or merely desiring to live a better, more fulfilling life. After Brenda’s third cancer diagnosis and being told she ... read more

The Super Mom's Guide to Simply Super Sweets and Treats for Every Season: 80 Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Snacks for Perfectly Imperfect Moms

Deborah Stallings Stumm

Today’s multi-tasking moms are busier than ever! Expectations are high and time is short when it came to kids’ parties and family celebrations and after comparing herself one too many times to the moms who made everything from scratch and feeling like she was letting her kids down, Deborah Stumm came up with a simple solution—making easy but adorable treats that are partially homemade.Most of ... read more

Today’s multi-tasking moms are busier than ever! Expectations are high and time is short when it came to kids’ parties and family celebrations and after comparing herself one too many times to the moms who made everything from scratch and feeling like she was letting her kids down, Deborah Stumm came up with a simple solution—making easy but adorable treats that are partially homemade.Most of ... read more

The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians

Kate Fagan

It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge.Kate Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of... read more

It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge.Kate Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of... read more

Starting Your Career as a Consultant

Leticia Gallares-Japzon

You’ve got ample skills and expertise in your profession to become a consultant, but how exactly do you start the process? What are the first steps, where will you work, and how do you generate business? Starting Your Career as an Independent Consultant has all the answers to these questions and those you might not even know to ask! Author Leticia Gallares-Japzon reveals practical tips and per... read more

You’ve got ample skills and expertise in your profession to become a consultant, but how exactly do you start the process? What are the first steps, where will you work, and how do you generate business? Starting Your Career as an Independent Consultant has all the answers to these questions and those you might not even know to ask! Author Leticia Gallares-Japzon reveals practical tips and per... read more

Authentic Aromatherapy: Essential Oils and Blends for Health, Beauty, and Home

Sharon Falsetto

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular, but how do you identify quality oils from the myriad of inferior ones to choose from? And what can you actually do with these little vials of oils? In fact, there are countless things you can use them for—things that will improve your life and home—and it’s so easy! Sharon Falsetto features forty essential oils and recommends which ones you can... read more

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular, but how do you identify quality oils from the myriad of inferior ones to choose from? And what can you actually do with these little vials of oils? In fact, there are countless things you can use them for—things that will improve your life and home—and it’s so easy! Sharon Falsetto features forty essential oils and recommends which ones you can... read more

Minding My Business: The Complete, No-Nonsense, Start-to-Finish Guide to Owning and Running Your Own Store

Adeena Mignogna

Taking a leap and making the choice to start a business can be hard, but all that comes after—the planning, loans, marketing—can be even harder. Every new business owner needs an easy, clear, and useful guide to follow when embarking on this venture, and Minding My Business will make the process as simple as possible. With no previous business experience, Adeena Mignogna decided to open up her... read more

Taking a leap and making the choice to start a business can be hard, but all that comes after—the planning, loans, marketing—can be even harder. Every new business owner needs an easy, clear, and useful guide to follow when embarking on this venture, and Minding My Business will make the process as simple as possible. With no previous business experience, Adeena Mignogna decided to open up her... read more

The Art of Cake Pops: 75 Dangerously Delicious Designs

Noel Muniz

Cake pops are the hottest bestselling confections in bakeries today, but anyone can make these fun little treats at home with this essential guide. Though they may look intricate and difficult to make, with a little practice and imagination, kids and adults will be making these colorful creations in no time! Noel Muniz shows you the basics of making these small, delectable sweets, with tips th... read more

Cake pops are the hottest bestselling confections in bakeries today, but anyone can make these fun little treats at home with this essential guide. Though they may look intricate and difficult to make, with a little practice and imagination, kids and adults will be making these colorful creations in no time! Noel Muniz shows you the basics of making these small, delectable sweets, with tips th... read more

Coconut Oil for Health and Beauty: Uses, Benefits, and Recipes for Weight Loss, Allergies, and Healthy Skin and Hair

Simone McGrath

Coconut oil is an amazing substance that has many health benefits—it helps with weight loss, allergies, skin and health issues, and much more. It is recommended in many health programs and diets, especially the Paleo and raw food diets, and many people are discovering that it is better to use than other oils in cooking.It can be overwhelming to figure out all of the great uses of this magical ... read more

Coconut oil is an amazing substance that has many health benefits—it helps with weight loss, allergies, skin and health issues, and much more. It is recommended in many health programs and diets, especially the Paleo and raw food diets, and many people are discovering that it is better to use than other oils in cooking.It can be overwhelming to figure out all of the great uses of this magical ... read more

The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running and Ultramarathons: Expert Advice, and Some Humor, on Training, Competing, Gummy Bears, Snot Rockets, and More

Jason Robillard

Jason Robillard has been doing ultramarathons for many years, and started advocating for barefoot running before it was cool and is considered an authority on it.In this guide, he teaches trail-running newbies and experienced marathoners essential survival skills and tips for running long distances: how to run in snow, ice, and mud; how to cross large streams of water; what to do when you have... read more

Jason Robillard has been doing ultramarathons for many years, and started advocating for barefoot running before it was cool and is considered an authority on it.In this guide, he teaches trail-running newbies and experienced marathoners essential survival skills and tips for running long distances: how to run in snow, ice, and mud; how to cross large streams of water; what to do when you have... read more

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention

Jay Dicharry

Running has become more and more popular in recent years, with thousands of people entering marathons, buying new running shoes with the latest technology, and going for a daily jog, whether on the track or on a treadmill. Unfortunately, with running comes injuries, as a result of wrong information and improper training. Author Jay Dicharry was tired of getting the same treatments from doctors... read more

Running has become more and more popular in recent years, with thousands of people entering marathons, buying new running shoes with the latest technology, and going for a daily jog, whether on the track or on a treadmill. Unfortunately, with running comes injuries, as a result of wrong information and improper training. Author Jay Dicharry was tired of getting the same treatments from doctors... read more

Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star

Fred Stoller

“I don’t know why Fred was never a regular on a show. Maybe because he’s annoying . . . just kidding!” —Ray RomanoFred Stoller has played the annoying schnook in just about every sitcom you’ve seen on TV—Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My Name Is Earl—and was even a staff writer for Seinfeld, but he’s never found a solid gig. When it comes to Hollywood, it’s a case of... read more

“I don’t know why Fred was never a regular on a show. Maybe because he’s annoying . . . just kidding!” —Ray RomanoFred Stoller has played the annoying schnook in just about every sitcom you’ve seen on TV—Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My Name Is Earl—and was even a staff writer for Seinfeld, but he’s never found a solid gig. When it comes to Hollywood, it’s a case of... read more

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover's Romp through Jane Austen's Classic

Jane Austen, Pamela Jane, Deborah Guyol

What if Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was told from a cat’s point of view? On the heels of smash hits like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I Can Has Cheezburger, this hilarious mash-up by children’s author Pamela Jane and photographer Deborah Guyol spins a fresh, quirky take on two of the things we just can’t get enough of: classic cats and classic Jane. Pride and Prejudice and Kitties... read more

What if Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was told from a cat’s point of view? On the heels of smash hits like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I Can Has Cheezburger, this hilarious mash-up by children’s author Pamela Jane and photographer Deborah Guyol spins a fresh, quirky take on two of the things we just can’t get enough of: classic cats and classic Jane. Pride and Prejudice and Kitties... read more

How to Travel the World for Free: One Man, 150 Days, Eleven Countries, No Money!

Michael Wigge

Michael Wigge is on an adventure of a lifetime. The reporter and journalist has traveled to many countries before, but this time he decided to make it more challenging: he would travel twenty-five thousand miles around the world by foot, bus, train, ship, and plane and not spend any of his own money. The journey was full of challenges: What would he eat? Where would he sleep? How would he get ... read more

Michael Wigge is on an adventure of a lifetime. The reporter and journalist has traveled to many countries before, but this time he decided to make it more challenging: he would travel twenty-five thousand miles around the world by foot, bus, train, ship, and plane and not spend any of his own money. The journey was full of challenges: What would he eat? Where would he sleep? How would he get ... read more

Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy

Fran Macilvey

Living in the Belgian Congo with her husband in the 1960s, Fran’s mother became pregnant with a daughter. However, right after she gave birth in the hospital, she felt strange. Unbeknownst to anyone, another daughter was on the way, but before anybody responded, an hour had passed. Because of the delay, Fran was born with cerebral palsy.Growing up with her siblings in Africa, Fran always felt ... read more

Living in the Belgian Congo with her husband in the 1960s, Fran’s mother became pregnant with a daughter. However, right after she gave birth in the hospital, she felt strange. Unbeknownst to anyone, another daughter was on the way, but before anybody responded, an hour had passed. Because of the delay, Fran was born with cerebral palsy.Growing up with her siblings in Africa, Fran always felt ... read more

Unicorn Executions and Other Crazy Stuff My Kids Make Me Draw

Steve Breen

In this quirky collection of drawings, Steve Breen explores the random (and sometimes horrifying) pleas of his children to draw everything from Jedi-corns to mutant presidents.Featuring one hundred original color and black-and-white illustrations by the Pulitzer Prize–winning illustrator, Unicorn Executions and Other Crap My Kids Make Me Draw will have kids and parents laughing at the silly an... read more

In this quirky collection of drawings, Steve Breen explores the random (and sometimes horrifying) pleas of his children to draw everything from Jedi-corns to mutant presidents.Featuring one hundred original color and black-and-white illustrations by the Pulitzer Prize–winning illustrator, Unicorn Executions and Other Crap My Kids Make Me Draw will have kids and parents laughing at the silly an... read more

Motherhood Smotherhood: Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes, and So-Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy

JJ Keith

What's the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant? She Googles. And it goes downhill from there. While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it's also littered with hyper-judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information. Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning readers of... read more

What's the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant? She Googles. And it goes downhill from there. While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it's also littered with hyper-judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information. Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning readers of... read more

Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer

Tami Boehmer

If you have received an incurable cancer diagnosis, hearing about someone “who made it” is like spotting a rescue ship when you’re drowning in a stormy sea. Miracle Survivors provides that lifeline with a collection of stories of cancer survivors who were given a terminal diagnosis but shocked everyone by thriving years past their prognoses. These “miracle survivors” have different cancers and... read more

If you have received an incurable cancer diagnosis, hearing about someone “who made it” is like spotting a rescue ship when you’re drowning in a stormy sea. Miracle Survivors provides that lifeline with a collection of stories of cancer survivors who were given a terminal diagnosis but shocked everyone by thriving years past their prognoses. These “miracle survivors” have different cancers and... read more

Authentic Polish Cooking: 150 Mouthwatering Recipes, from Old-Country Staples to Exquisite Modern Cuisine

Marianna Dworak

Polish cuisine is hearty and filling, and though some may think the Polish diet is all meat and potatoes, that is far from the truth. With its rich soups, innumerable salads and side dishes, tasty fish and vegetarian meals, colorful and delectable desserts, and yes, meat and potato fare, this cuisine consists of a wide variety of dishes incorporating a broad selection of cultural and regional ... read more

Polish cuisine is hearty and filling, and though some may think the Polish diet is all meat and potatoes, that is far from the truth. With its rich soups, innumerable salads and side dishes, tasty fish and vegetarian meals, colorful and delectable desserts, and yes, meat and potato fare, this cuisine consists of a wide variety of dishes incorporating a broad selection of cultural and regional ... read more

The Healthy Probiotic Diet: More Than 50 Recipes for Improved Digestion, Immunity, and Skin Health

R. J. Ruppenthal

From sauerkraut to kombucha, homemade fermented foods and drinks are the latest health trend. Probiotic drinks and fermented foods pack a powerful dose of live cultures that many people credit for improved digestion, immunity, and skin health. With more than fifty recipes, The Healthy Probiotic Power Diet will show you how to make delicious meals and beverages in your own home to make them par... read more

From sauerkraut to kombucha, homemade fermented foods and drinks are the latest health trend. Probiotic drinks and fermented foods pack a powerful dose of live cultures that many people credit for improved digestion, immunity, and skin health. With more than fifty recipes, The Healthy Probiotic Power Diet will show you how to make delicious meals and beverages in your own home to make them par... read more

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