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Copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, rewriting, dissertation/thesis editing. General nonfiction, all subjects. Specialties: journalism, history, politics, government. I know how to help an author tell a story while preserving the writer’s voice. Several of my authors’ books have won awards, and authors often ask me to edit their subsequent works.

Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. 
Deputy city editor
Organized daily local report; supervised and edited senior writer and special projects.

Newsday, Melville, N.Y.
Copy editor
Handled world, national, and business news as well as local; frequently assigned to lead story.

San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif.
Assistant city editor
Responsible for breaking news for all p.m. editions. Assignment editor for five reporters.

Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio
Assistant city editor, assistant suburban editor
Responsible for political reporters, breaking
suburban news, weekenders, and projects. 

News American, Baltimore
Assistant city/state editor, weekends; rewrite; city and county reporter.

Education: Goucher College, B.A. in history.

Computer: Windows 7; Word 2003, 2007; high-speed Internet connection.

References: Available upon request (publishers and authors). Listed in Literary Marketplace.

Contact Polly Kummel at or call her at 803-641-6831 .


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