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Philip Schmidt

Philip Schmidt - Editor

Lakewood, United States

The How-To Guru. If your book teaches readers how to do something, I can help — with editing, rewriting, images, and technical review.

Overview

I am a veteran editor and writer of nonfiction books with over 18 years of experience in book publishing. I’ve written 18 books and edited dozens more, working with many of the leading publishers in the how-to/educational/instructional category. I help authors and publishers with all stages of book creation and offer a rare blend of editorial experience and an eye for technical material. I love working with authors who are experts in their fields and want to share their passions with others. You know your subject; I know how to bring your knowledge to readers.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
DIY & Crafts Home & Garden

Work experience

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
September, 2002 – Present (over 15 years)

Senior Copywriter

Ultimate Electronics
April, 2004 – October, 2005 (over 1 year)

Senior Editor

Creative Publishing International
March, 2000 – August, 2002 (over 2 years)

Writer & Editor

Creative Publishing International
October, 1998 – March, 2000 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home

Joseph Burdick, Philip Schmidt

Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine... read more

Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine... read more

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Treehouses, 2nd edition: Design & Build Your Kids a Treehouse (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

Philip Schmidt

Treehouses are more popular today than ever before. Our original treehouse book, The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse, was published in 2007. It exceeded all sales projections right out of the gate and continues to be a leading title in the treehouse category. Now, we've made it even better. The expanded edition features three all-new treehouses shown in complete step by step detail... read more

Treehouses are more popular today than ever before. Our original treehouse book, The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse, was published in 2007. It exceeded all sales projections right out of the gate and continues to be a leading title in the treehouse category. Now, we've made it even better. The expanded edition features three all-new treehouses shown in complete step by step detail... read more

The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores

Steve Ettlinger, Phil Schmidt

From first-time homebuyers to frequent hardware store customers, anyone who owns or rents a home will benefit from knowing their way around building and home centers. With the help of this book, purchases will be correct the first time--no multiple trips and returns. You'll learn the difference between drywall screws and deck screws; between faucet washers and neoprene O-rings; and between red... read more

From first-time homebuyers to frequent hardware store customers, anyone who owns or rents a home will benefit from knowing their way around building and home centers. With the help of this book, purchases will be correct the first time--no multiple trips and returns. You'll learn the difference between drywall screws and deck screws; between faucet washers and neoprene O-rings; and between red... read more

PlyDesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood (and other sheet goods)

Phillip Schmidt

Make sleek and functional home furnishings from inexpensive plywood and other off-the-shelf materials using only basic hand and power tools. This unique building guide offers 73 innovative ideas for using plywood to make everything from desks and workstations to children’s playhouses. Projects for every need and skill level are presented with clear assembly diagrams, step-by-step instructions,... read more

Make sleek and functional home furnishings from inexpensive plywood and other off-the-shelf materials using only basic hand and power tools. This unique building guide offers 73 innovative ideas for using plywood to make everything from desks and workstations to children’s playhouses. Projects for every need and skill level are presented with clear assembly diagrams, step-by-step instructions,... read more

Modern Residential Wiring

Harvey N. Holzman

Modern Residential Wiring presents the latest electrical wiring installation and repair practices in accordance to the National Electrical Code®. Essential information regarding safety, electrical theory, tools, and electrical systems is explained using clear and simple language. Specialized installations, such as swimming pools and emergency standby systems, are also addressed. A special math... read more

Modern Residential Wiring presents the latest electrical wiring installation and repair practices in accordance to the National Electrical Code®. Essential information regarding safety, electrical theory, tools, and electrical systems is explained using clear and simple language. Specialized installations, such as swimming pools and emergency standby systems, are also addressed. A special math... read more

The Beer Geek Handbook: Living a Life Ruled by Beer

Patrick Dawson

Does the beer buyer at the liquor store ask your advice? Do you understand the difference between a turbid and a single infusion mash? Do you travel with a tulip glass handy? Have you even eaten ramen just to afford a vintage Cantillon gueuze? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a Beer Geek and in need of this hilarious guide. Patrick Dawson provides everything you need... read more

Does the beer buyer at the liquor store ask your advice? Do you understand the difference between a turbid and a single infusion mash? Do you travel with a tulip glass handy? Have you even eaten ramen just to afford a vintage Cantillon gueuze? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a Beer Geek and in need of this hilarious guide. Patrick Dawson provides everything you need... read more

Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

If you dream of living in a tiny house, or creating a getaway in the backwoods or your backyard, you’ll love this gorgeous collection of creative and inspiring ideas for tiny houses, cabins, forts, studios, and other microshelters. Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show you the limits of what is poss... read more

If you dream of living in a tiny house, or creating a getaway in the backwoods or your backyard, you’ll love this gorgeous collection of creative and inspiring ideas for tiny houses, cabins, forts, studios, and other microshelters. Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show you the limits of what is poss... read more

Learn to Timber Frame: Craftsmanship, Simplicity, Timeless Beauty

Will Beemer

The first guide to timber framing written specifically for beginners! Expert Will Beemer takes you through the entire process from start to finish, beginning with timber sourcing and ending with a finished building. Using full-color photos, detailed drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions, Beemer shows you exactly how to build one small (12ʹ x 16ʹ) timber-frame structure — suitable for u... read more

The first guide to timber framing written specifically for beginners! Expert Will Beemer takes you through the entire process from start to finish, beginning with timber sourcing and ending with a finished building. Using full-color photos, detailed drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions, Beemer shows you exactly how to build one small (12ʹ x 16ʹ) timber-frame structure — suitable for u... read more

Guerilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials

Will Holman

Build stylish and functional furniture from salvaged materials. This innovative guide presents dozens of strategies for upcycling scrap cardboard, metal, plastic, or wood into dependable shelving units, sturdy tables, and fun lamps. With directions for 35 easy and inexpensive projects that include a Cardboard Cantilever Chair, a License Plate Bowl, a Conduit Coatrack, and much more, you’ll be ... read more

Build stylish and functional furniture from salvaged materials. This innovative guide presents dozens of strategies for upcycling scrap cardboard, metal, plastic, or wood into dependable shelving units, sturdy tables, and fun lamps. With directions for 35 easy and inexpensive projects that include a Cardboard Cantilever Chair, a License Plate Bowl, a Conduit Coatrack, and much more, you’ll be ... read more

The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape

Laura Allen

Save the earth’s most precious resource while also saving yourself money. Laura Allen provides expert strategies for using water smartly and efficiently while fulfilling all of your home and garden needs. Learn how to create a water-wise landscape, reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and even set up a waterless composting toilet. Offering proven techniques in clear and accessible language, The... read more

Save the earth’s most precious resource while also saving yourself money. Laura Allen provides expert strategies for using water smartly and efficiently while fulfilling all of your home and garden needs. Learn how to create a water-wise landscape, reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and even set up a waterless composting toilet. Offering proven techniques in clear and accessible language, The... read more

Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions

Kevin McElroy, Matthew Wolpe

Build a stylishly modern home for your poultry. Backyard chickens meet contemporary design in this inventive compilation from authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy. Reinventing the Chicken Coop presents 14 complete building plans for chicken houses that range from the purely functional to outrageously fabulous, with designs that include water-capturing roofs, built-in composting systems, and... read more

Build a stylishly modern home for your poultry. Backyard chickens meet contemporary design in this inventive compilation from authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy. Reinventing the Chicken Coop presents 14 complete building plans for chicken houses that range from the purely functional to outrageously fabulous, with designs that include water-capturing roofs, built-in composting systems, and... read more

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the ... Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture

Spike Carlsen

Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. From plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and easy-to-find materials. You’ll find techniques to build whatever your outdoor world is mi... read more

Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. From plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and easy-to-find materials. You’ll find techniques to build whatever your outdoor world is mi... read more

Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment: How to Construct 8- & 10-Frame Hives; Top Bar, Nuc & Demo Hives; Feeders, Swarm Catchers & More

Tony Pisano

Save time and money by building your own beekeeping equipment. Learn to craft equipment that is tailored to your particular climate and setup. Full of insightful tips and covering a variety of hive types, Pisano includes all the basic infrastructure you need to keep your bees happy and active — and your pantry full of honey.

Save time and money by building your own beekeeping equipment. Learn to craft equipment that is tailored to your particular climate and setup. Full of insightful tips and covering a variety of hive types, Pisano includes all the basic infrastructure you need to keep your bees happy and active — and your pantry full of honey.

The Homebuilt Winery: 43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment

Steve Hughes

Build your own winery! Learn how to set up a home winery and construct all the basic equipment for just a fraction of what commercially manufactured products would cost. Leading you through the entire winemaking process, Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for making more than 30 essential winemaking tools. From fashioning presses and pumps to the best way to fil... read more

Build your own winery! Learn how to set up a home winery and construct all the basic equipment for just a fraction of what commercially manufactured products would cost. Leading you through the entire winemaking process, Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for making more than 30 essential winemaking tools. From fashioning presses and pumps to the best way to fil... read more

The Homeowner's Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid

Paul Scheckel

Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Explaining the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production, Scheckel shows you how to build and maintain a wide variety of energy-saving and energy-producing equipme... read more

Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Explaining the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production, Scheckel shows you how to build and maintain a wide variety of energy-saving and energy-producing equipme... read more

Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion: Build Your Skills and Know-How for Making Great Projects

Spike Carlsen

Whether you’re a beginner building your first shelf or an experienced craftsman designing a new gazebo, Spike Carlson has the answers to all of your woodworking questions. You’ll find expert advice on setting up your work area, choosing appropriate tools, working with different types of wood, and building furniture, as well as tips on joinery techniques, custom finishes, and much more.

Whether you’re a beginner building your first shelf or an experienced craftsman designing a new gazebo, Spike Carlson has the answers to all of your woodworking questions. You’ll find expert advice on setting up your work area, choosing appropriate tools, working with different types of wood, and building furniture, as well as tips on joinery techniques, custom finishes, and much more.

Guide to Concrete: Masonry & Stucco Projects (Quikrete)

Phil Schmidt

Concrete information for long-lasting concrete projects This book is an all-new hardworking visual guide to the most popular home concrete and masonry projects, endorsed by the biggest manufacturer of concrete products in North America. Readers can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars with this book, since concrete materials are one of the least expensive and long lasting of all building... read more

Concrete information for long-lasting concrete projects This book is an all-new hardworking visual guide to the most popular home concrete and masonry projects, endorsed by the biggest manufacturer of concrete products in North America. Readers can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars with this book, since concrete materials are one of the least expensive and long lasting of all building... read more

Woodworker's Guide to Dovetails: How to Make the Essential Joint by Hand or Machine

Ernie Conover

Learn to master the coveted dovetail joint using hand tools and the most popular router-driven jigs on the market today.

Learn to master the coveted dovetail joint using hand tools and the most popular router-driven jigs on the market today.

Greywater, Green Landscape: How to Install Simple Water-Saving Irrigation Systems in Your Yard

Laura Allen

Keep your lawn and garden lush without wasting resources by capturing and recycling the greywater that drains from your sink, shower, and washing machine. This accessible and detailed guide walks you through each step of planning for and installing a variety of greywater systems, including laundry-to-landscape and branched drain gravity-fed systems. After identifying greywater sources in your ... read more

Keep your lawn and garden lush without wasting resources by capturing and recycling the greywater that drains from your sink, shower, and washing machine. This accessible and detailed guide walks you through each step of planning for and installing a variety of greywater systems, including laundry-to-landscape and branched drain gravity-fed systems. After identifying greywater sources in your ... read more

Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement: With 300 Projects and 2,000 Photos (Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide)

Editors of Creative Publishing

This revised and expanded edition of The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement is a comprehensive reference for planning and completing major remodeling projects. With nearly 300 projects, this book is indispensable for DIYers who have moved beyond basic home repair and are ready to tackle projects that make a big difference in quality of life-and in their savings accounts. DIYers who tackl... read more

This revised and expanded edition of The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement is a comprehensive reference for planning and completing major remodeling projects. With nearly 300 projects, this book is indispensable for DIYers who have moved beyond basic home repair and are ready to tackle projects that make a big difference in quality of life-and in their savings accounts. DIYers who tackl... read more

1001 Ideas for Trimwork: The Ultimate Source Book For Decorating With Trim & Molding (Hundreds of Designs to Bring Warmth & Character to Every Room of Your Home: Doors, Pillars, Wainscoting, & More)

Wayne Kalyn

Trimwork and molding add style and character and rids a room of the "empty box syndrome" that is common to most modern housing. With over 1,080 color photographs and illustrations, 1001 Ideas for Trimwork presents molding profiles and designs to turn any style home into a showplace. Topics cover window and door casings, crown moldings, chair rail, friezes, niches, wainscoting, pillars, stair e... read more

Trimwork and molding add style and character and rids a room of the "empty box syndrome" that is common to most modern housing. With over 1,080 color photographs and illustrations, 1001 Ideas for Trimwork presents molding profiles and designs to turn any style home into a showplace. Topics cover window and door casings, crown moldings, chair rail, friezes, niches, wainscoting, pillars, stair e... read more

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