I love being an editor, and I also love being an avid contest judge for several premiere contests in the United States because helping authors take their work to the next level is so rewarding. Here’s what my clients and contest authors are saying:
Praise from Clients:
“So happy with the changes. Everything else, perfect. I love that you took that second paragraph and moved it, I didn’t have the perspective to do that. It flows much better. Thank you!” –Sherry Cothran, Author of Tending Angels, Pastor, Songwriter
“I’m so grateful to you for helping me out with the first five pages of my book. With all the classes I’ve taken on writing, this was never emphasized enough, and so I never learned what publishers want to see. I could never stress enough how important it is to have an editor help with a manuscript. Invaluable!” –Cathryn Swallia, Author
Praise from Contestants:
“I greatly appreciate the notes at the very end of the Word document. I will definitely incorporate many (if not all) of the edits and recommendations you gave. I *knew* of some of the things mentioned, but you helped to articulate it from an outside perspective.” –Fiction Author
“Thank you so much for giving your time to serve as a judge . . . and for your insightful remarks on my manuscript . . . I appreciate the time and effort you put into reading my entry.” –Kellie V.
“Thank you for your work in judging my entry . . . You were very adept in your comment that my submission would be a great second chapter. I did not submit the prologue and you have proved that something is necessary before the scene I submitted. I am still working out the bugs with the prologue and will have to decide whether it will become a full chapter. You also mentioned the blurb needs work. You’re right, the romantic aspect of the story is turning out to be a bigger plot point than I originally planned and I need to add it to the blurb. Thank you for the positive feedback and suggestions for improvement.” –Lara E.
“Thank you for taking the time to review my work . . . I’m glad you liked the characters of Megan and Katie. I will be working on making Melanie a stronger character per your suggestion. I appreciate your encouragement to keep working on this piece.” –Fiction Author
“Not only did you give constructive criticism but you were also positive throughout the feedback given . . . I don’t know if you realize how much [your] words have touched me. When I doubt my ability as a writer, it’s words of encouragement like this that really help me so thank you for that. It means a lot.” –Kristena T.