Sheri Quirt

Sheri Quirt – Editor

Experienced copy editor specializing in memoir, travel, and cookbooks. I respect your voice and can make it shine.

Overview

I have 15 years of professional experience and a true enthusiasm for the art and science of copy editing, giving polish to manuscripts while preserving each author's unique voice. My specialties include memoir, travel literature, and cookbooks. I am also on the lookout for projects on music, pop culture, film, and other entertainment.


I have a longstanding association with ThingsAsian Press, for which I have copy edited numerous memoirs, travel narratives, guidebooks, and cookbooks; titles on regional arts and crafts; and the English translation of a popular six-volume horror/adventure series chronicling the darkly comic exploits of a band of Chinese grave robbers. Pick my brain about Vietnamese street food, artisanal papermaking in Laos, and the bronze tree of death!


With four years' experience in a professional kitchen, I know just what to look for in your cookbook or food memoir to put it over the top.


Getting up close with a manuscript is its own reward for me; I have learned so much from the authors I've worked with who have put their passions down on the page, and I am committed to buffing to a shine each project I take on.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Travel
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Certificate in Editing, University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education (Seattle, WA)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jul, 2009 — Present

My decade-plus of freelance experience with publishers and individual clients includes a long association with ThingsAsian Press, a boutique publisher for which I have polished life stories, books on food and crafts, and a popular adventure series about Chinese grave robbers and troublemaking zombies.

Microsoft Corporation

Feb, 2011 — Jun, 2017 (over 6 years)

I wrote, edited, and produced articles, galleries, and marketing copy for various tentacles of the tech behemoth including Bing Entertainment, MSN Movies and TV, MSN Music, and Xbox.

The Seattle Times

May, 2008 — Jan, 2010 (over 1 year)

At NWsource, the Seattle Times' guide to what’s happening in town, I copy edited a daily slate of quick-turnaround online content on entertainment, shopping, and fashion, and wrote snappy headlines and teasers.

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
Location X: A Quest for Place

Rome, Eva

Copy Editing
A diet only works if you can stick to it. So if you’re like most people, most diets don’t work for you. That’s why the 5:2 Diet is different. You can enjoy your favorite foods most days and only fast two days a week—and still lose weight! In The 5:2 Diet Cookb... read more
Looking for a fast and easy way to boost your health? Go green! Green smoothies are flavorful drinks packed with disease-fighting vitamins and antioxidants. With The Green Smoothie Recipe Book you’ll be able to improve the way you look and feel by replacing un... read more
Defiled on the Ayeyarwaddy is the story of a woman who spent several years in Myanmar’s Insein Prison for political dissent and pursued a lifelong dream when she was released from her cell. In her late fifties and unaccompanied, Ma Thanegi traveled the 1300 mi... read more
Myanmar is a land with strong cultural traditions and a long history and civilization. In spite of being situated between India and China, its cuisine has little to do with that of either country. The rich variety of Myanmar food is presented in this book, wit... read more
This book shows how to explore ten exciting countries of Asia—no passport necessary. With easy-to-follow recipes for dishes usually found only in restaurants, suggestions for movies so good that they almost don’t need subtitles, and mouthwatering photographs o... read more
Karen Coates carries the skill of a trained journalist and the language of a poet when she travels. The people she sees are people whose stories she learns and tells with a precision and sensitivity that makes them fully-fleshed individuals, illuminating their... read more
Ma Thanegi spent almost three years in Yangon’s infamous Insein Prison for the crime of being Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s personal assistant. This is her account of those years. This is not only an account of life in one of the world’s most notorious prisons. Ma Th... read more
Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern spent more than seven years traveling in Laos, talking to farmers, scrap-metal hunters, people who make and use tools from UXO, people who hunt for death beneath the earth and render it harmless. With their words and photographs,... read more
Certain that she wants to spend the rest of her life in Bangkok, Janet Brown moves to Thailand, only to find bombs and civil unrest in the Land of Smiles. She sets off to find her new home in Asia, looking in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Penang with mixed results.
Abandoning post-war America’s Leave It to Beaver modernity, a woman from midtown Manhattan raised her family of five on a homestead in Alaska. This had been her dream from the time she was a little girl, but the Alaska she found wasn’t quite what she had envis... read more
David R. Brubaker has been traveling to the Philippines for more than twenty years. This is a collection of essays on his attempt to understand the country and the lessons that country might offer. He has been an association CEO, professor, and consultant. He ... read more
Everyone has their favorite way to travel, from cruise ship voyagers to vagabonds on the open road. It’s an all-consuming addiction--but what happens when age begins to slow a traveler down? Traveling Below the Speed Limit describes different ways of travel an... read more

Sheri has 4 reviews

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Mark T.

Mark T.

Dec, 2023

Sheri was very professional and responsive throughout the process of copy editing my manuscript. I enjoyed working with her. Thank you Sheri
Laurie M.

Laurie M.

May, 2023

I am so happy to have worked with Sheri, the experience was fantastic from start to finish. Sheri specializes in memoir, travel, and cookbooks, and she was exactly the editor I was seeking for my narrative nonfiction travel memoir Location X: A Search for Place. She is someone who can zero in on punctuation, word usage and repetition, inconsistencies in tense, and more, to make your manuscript ...
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Bob C.

Bob C.

Nov, 2021

With Sheri's professional help and editorial guidance, my wife, Marty Claus, polished her memoir, My Journey through the Middle East and South Asia,: Perilous in 1971 and Almost Impossible in 2021. This was Marty's first book. With Sheri's timely and extremely valuable editorial feedback, Marty was able to self-publish the book ahead of schedule and in time for the fiftieth anniversary and ce...
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Bob C.

Bob C.

Sep, 2021

Sheri was extremely helpful and professional. My wife, who is the first-time author of the manuscript Sheri copy edited, and I found Sheri to be easy to work with and very thorough. We valued all her comments and accepted all her edits. We feel grateful to have found her on Reedsy and would unconditionally recommend her.

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