Polly Zetterberg

Polly Zetterberg - Editor

Seattle, WA, United States

I am a trained copy and developmental editor; food, cookbooks, memoirs, mysteries, and websites. Helping writers-my ultimate goal.

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Overview

I love playing with words to help the author's writing capture the reader. I am an enthusiastic and deliberate developmental and copy editor with:
• beta-reading experience with Goodreads
• copy editing and reference checking experience with an established publishing company
• a current project in website development and content copy editing
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Some comments from previous projects-
“I was blown away by Polly’s work on my cookbook. She understands recipe construction, which not every editor does. She's brilliant, fun to work with, and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you Polly. I’m looking forward to setting you to work on my next cookbook.”
14 Days 14 Pounds - Low-carb Daily Plan, Kathleane C. O’Leary, published

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"Direct, but not ruthless." Thanks Jack Kardiac for these pointed and positive words.
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"Thank you, Polly, once again for being such a gracious reader and sharing your honest thoughts with me. Your perspective on quite a few scenes will help me in giving my book a better shape."
Shirley Simon, Sinister Ties, manuscript
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"Polly recently beta read my autobiographical novel for me. She gave me excellent feedback on both what was good and where I could improve my manuscript. She commented on the characters, plot, and pacing. She was specific in her commentary and in her suggestions. She is kind, professional, responsive, and even just a cursory glance at her comments has proved extremely helpful. I highly recommend her."
Dienekes, Stars Gleaming Darkly, manuscript
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Polly,
"Wow!
You did so much more than I was expecting and I will be implementing your suggestions and corrections.
I am so very grateful.
I was not thinking about several stories for a book. Not sure why I wrote Awki.
I have a couple of Novel's in progress but am months away from having them ready to be read.
When they are ready, it it's OK with you, I will touch base with you.
Thanks again for taking the time to read/edit Awki."
Carlos Barreda, 2017, manuscript

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
DIY & Crafts
Home & Garden
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Inspirational
Literature

Certifications

  • University of Washington Prof. and Continuing Education Certificate in Editing
  • Editcetra Certificate in Cookbook and Food-related writing
  • Author-Editor Clinic; Introduction to Developmental Editing

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

I provide copy editing and developmental editing services to writers and authors. These skills are applied to beta-reading with developmental editing evaluations, copy editing, and content editing for the web.

Study Manager Associate

Quorum Review
May, 2013 – August, 2014 (over 1 year)

Use of database to create, evaluate, and edit custom administrative, legally binding communications regarding human subject research studies

Projects

Stacking Marbles-A True Life

Beta read and edited this memoir of an amazing example of determination, innate intelligence, and final success.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Bone Whisperer (The Adventures of George and Flanagan Book 2)

D S Allen

Who couldn't resist the lure of a treasure map and the prospect of untold riches?But, as George and Flanagan are about to discover, treasure hunting is a dangerous business. The stakes couldn't be higher as Tam McMaster, local bigwig and 'first man of Ballymagee', plans to build a new property development exactly where 'X' marks the spot. Can George and Flan stop the development and save the t... read more

Who couldn't resist the lure of a treasure map and the prospect of untold riches?But, as George and Flanagan are about to discover, treasure hunting is a dangerous business. The stakes couldn't be higher as Tam McMaster, local bigwig and 'first man of Ballymagee', plans to build a new property development exactly where 'X' marks the spot. Can George and Flan stop the development and save the t... read more

14 Days - 14 Pounds (Weight Loss Guide): Low Carb Daily Plan + 140 Quick & Easy Recipes (Low Carb Diet Plans - Daily Plans with Menus and Recipes)

Kathleane O'Leary

This book is what you've been waiting for, the missing piece of the low carb puzzle. This complete guide will take you through your first three weeks of low carb eating, from "What should I eat today?", to "Wow nothing in my closet fits anymore!" There are lots of books that tell you how low carb works.There are even more books that give you low carb recipes.But there are very few books that p... read more

This book is what you've been waiting for, the missing piece of the low carb puzzle. This complete guide will take you through your first three weeks of low carb eating, from "What should I eat today?", to "Wow nothing in my closet fits anymore!" There are lots of books that tell you how low carb works.There are even more books that give you low carb recipes.But there are very few books that p... read more

Human Scale Revisited

Memories A La Carte: Essays on a Life

Kaye Curren

A DEBUT ESSAY COLLECTION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN THERE - Having fought the good fight of alcohol dependency, depression, divorce, failed opportunities, and financial insecurity but often with a laugh and a song, Kaye Curren came out standing on her feet just in time to write this book for you. In this collection of humorous and heartfelt personal essays, Ms. Curren relates what it’s been like ... read more

A DEBUT ESSAY COLLECTION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN THERE - Having fought the good fight of alcohol dependency, depression, divorce, failed opportunities, and financial insecurity but often with a laugh and a song, Kaye Curren came out standing on her feet just in time to write this book for you. In this collection of humorous and heartfelt personal essays, Ms. Curren relates what it’s been like ... read more

Buhari: A Family Odyssey in Nepal (Sasu Aama Books)

Linda Schuyler Horning

Linda Schuyler Horning loved to travel, but always dreamed of keeping her family close. When her son left California to live in Nepal, she visited with Adam's father, Paul, overcoming a fear of suspension bridges to trek with them on the Annapurna Circuit. Seven years pass, and Adam, still in Nepal, falls in love with Amita, a beautiful, high-spirited Nepali woman whom he plans to marry. Paul ... read more

Linda Schuyler Horning loved to travel, but always dreamed of keeping her family close. When her son left California to live in Nepal, she visited with Adam's father, Paul, overcoming a fear of suspension bridges to trek with them on the Annapurna Circuit. Seven years pass, and Adam, still in Nepal, falls in love with Amita, a beautiful, high-spirited Nepali woman whom he plans to marry. Paul ... read more

This Is Divorce: A Woman's Guide Through the Chaos to Her New Happy Life

Robin Black

Married women don’t talk much about divorce—perhaps because they’re afraid of jinxing their own marriages. Yet over half of all married couples divorce, so this reluctance to discuss the issue leaves many women unprepared for the painful eventuality. This Is Divorce shares information and knowledge all women—even those in seemingly stable marriages—should know. Author Robin Black, herself a di... read more

Married women don’t talk much about divorce—perhaps because they’re afraid of jinxing their own marriages. Yet over half of all married couples divorce, so this reluctance to discuss the issue leaves many women unprepared for the painful eventuality. This Is Divorce shares information and knowledge all women—even those in seemingly stable marriages—should know. Author Robin Black, herself a di... read more

Squint: And 10 More Surprising Short Stories

Jack Kardiac

In Squint: And 10 More Surprising Short Stories, you’ll experience: …a con-man who receives a life-changing message from God. …an angry teen shooter who makes a fatal mistake. …a carjacking victim who comes up with a permanent solution. …a guy discovers it's never a good idea to steal a girl’s Taco Bell. …a soldier waking up to confusion and terror in a strange land. …a little girl defending h... read more

In Squint: And 10 More Surprising Short Stories, you’ll experience: …a con-man who receives a life-changing message from God. …an angry teen shooter who makes a fatal mistake. …a carjacking victim who comes up with a permanent solution. …a guy discovers it's never a good idea to steal a girl’s Taco Bell. …a soldier waking up to confusion and terror in a strange land. …a little girl defending h... read more

Louisiana Back Road Restaurant Recipes (State Back Road Restaurant Recipes Series)

Anita Musgrove

Louisiana Back Road Restaurant Recipes Cookbook, the sixth edition in the STATE BACK ROAD RESTAURANT RECIPES SERIES, is now open. From two-lane highways and interstates, to dirt roads and quaint downtowns, every road leads to delicious food when traveling the Bayou State. Louisiana Back Road Restaurant Recipes is a well-researched and charming guide to Louisiana s best locally-owned back-road ... read more

Louisiana Back Road Restaurant Recipes Cookbook, the sixth edition in the STATE BACK ROAD RESTAURANT RECIPES SERIES, is now open. From two-lane highways and interstates, to dirt roads and quaint downtowns, every road leads to delicious food when traveling the Bayou State. Louisiana Back Road Restaurant Recipes is a well-researched and charming guide to Louisiana s best locally-owned back-road ... read more

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