Here is just some of the positive feedback I have received from authors and publishers over the years:


What the authors say …

Mary Berry

“Huge thank you to Polly Boyd for editing this book; never a moan when we would change something at the last minute, total dedication to making this book perfect – we are constantly giving her gold stars!”

Mary Berry’s Cookery Course, DK

Mark Carwardine

“I would like to thank … Polly Boyd and [the designer] Sharon Moore for their good humour, commitment to the project, and professionalism.”

Handbook of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (DK)

Gino D’Acampo

“Thanks to Polly Boyd – you are just brilliant!”

Gino’s Italian Adriatic Escape (Hodder & Stoughton)

Alan Titchmarsh 

 “Thanks to Polly Boyd for her editorial expertise.”

The Gardener’s Year (BBC Books)

Val Bourne  

“A huge thank you to my editor Polly Boyd for her gentle touch.”

The Winter Garden (Cassells Illustrated)

Mary Berry

“My thanks also to Polly Boyd, who has edited this book with a fine-tooth comb.”

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect (DK)

What the publishers say …


Mary-Clare Jerram, Publishing Director (1989–2020), DK  

“When she worked in-house in my creative team at DK, Polly was a dynamic project editor and we all loved working with her. Since then, DK has regularly commissioned her in a freelance capacity. She is strong on all aspects of the editorial process, excellent at project management, gives meticulous attention to detail, and is very good with authors. I would not hesitate to recommend her.”

Nicky Ross, Editorial Director, Hodder & Stoughton

“Polly is an extremely capable, experienced editor. I have been commissioning her for over 15 years and have trusted her to work with some of our biggest-selling authors. She is flexible, adaptable and organised, and as well as being an excellent editor, she has also done a lot of writing, represented Hodder at photoshoots and liaised effectively with authors, production, publicity, agents and TV teams. Whatever the project, she has shown commitment and creativity and has always delivered books on time or ahead of schedule. Polly is a real trooper and a pleasure to work with.”

Shirley Patton, Head of Publishing, ITV

“I have worked with Polly for over 30 years and she’s still at the top of my list when I’m looking for an experienced non-fiction editor.

I first met Polly when I employed her to work in-house at Merehurst (later Murdoch Books), where her role was to oversee numerous projects simultaneously and research new subject areas. Back then I knew I could rely on Polly to keep projects on track and ensure they were delivered on time, to budget and to the highest standard. 

After I moved to BBC Books I made contact with Polly, who was by now a freelance editor, as I knew she would be ideal to work on the complex, illustrated spreads in the Blue Planet book, which tied in with the much-anticipated TV series. Since then we have worked on many successful TV tie-ins together for ITV. The schedules have always been tight, but without fail, Polly has risen to the challenge, demonstrating efficiency, flexibility and creativity, and forging strong working relationships with the various teams to produce a top-quality publication.

If you are looking for a brilliant non-fiction editor who has an excellent eye for detail, flair, a can-do attitude, and a great sense of humour, I recommend you contact Polly.”

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