Bob Mayo Front Cover

“The Water Tower Club is the second novel of mine that Arlene has edited, and you can be sure that when I finish my next novel I’ll be knocking on her editorial door again. Arlene knows more about grammar, punctuation, and usage than anyone I know. I swear, I think she’s practically memorized the more than one thousand pages of the Chicago Manual of Style. I always want to believe, after spending months self-editing a manuscript, that it’s error free. Not so! Arlene is so thorough and meticulous in her work she inevitably finds things I missed. But her expertise extends beyond ferreting out mechanical errors. She makes spot on suggestions regarding storyline, characterization, diction, dialogue, and point of view that are invaluable. When I finish making revisions based on her editorial comments, I always end up with a better read. As editors go, Arlene is the real deal and the complete package!”

— B K Mayo

The Water Tower Club

Roseburg, Oregon

August 2018


[To the publisher],
“I wanted to pass along just how fabulous Arlene’s efforts with our book have been – her assessments, questions, suggestions, comments, and thoroughness speak volumes about the time she devoted to this project. It’s such a revelation to see what kind of in-depth study an editor must do to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of any book that is put before them. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me. Every communication was courteous, to the point, and professional. Arlene generated good discussion between me and John [the co-authors] about different details, and she applied some great detective skills as well: checking mileages, dates, names, and titles, and even currencies! I can speak for both of us when I say we were in very good hands with Arlene and she made our book stronger with her input and attention to detail. Thank you for assigning such a talented editor to this portion of the work; it’s been a very rewarding process so far.”

— John MacFarlane and Lynn Salmon

Sailing the World in a Dugout Canoe. Searching for Captain John Voss and the Tilikum: The Untold Story

Harbour Publishing, BC

August 2018



“Arlene, thank you for all your hard work in helping me bring my published book to the world. I’m so grateful for all your tips and guidance. I’ve learned so much through the editing process that I’ll apply to my writing going forward. It’s been a pleasure working with you!”

— Linda Hopkins


Calgary, Alberta

May 2017




“I have nothing but good things to say about Arlene. Writing my first book was an exciting adventure, and Arlene helped my book be the best version it could be. Not only is she a great editor, thorough and professional, but what stuck with me was her kind, collaborative, and supportive personality. This is my first book. I was completely out of my comfort zone, but Arlene’s work left me feeling confident that my book was worth reading. She helped me bring my story to life. Thank you, Arlene—I am forever grateful for your talents and I look forward to working with you again soon.”

— Kim Standeven

Stand Even: A Mentorship Memoir. A Mentorship Philosophy

Winnipeg, Manitoba

October 2016



“My book, The Science God, is focused on an esoteric area of moral philosophy that would ordinarily be of interest to only a small percentage of readers. I needed help with making the material as accessible as possible, and I valued Arlene’s work on matters of style and vocabulary a great deal. Her editing knowledge is deep and thorough, and she is very personable as well. But I was most impressed by her willingness to research fine points of historical and philosophical detail and then give me useful suggestions, both for my presentation of those details and for the integration of them into my larger argument. This took more than a solid knowledge of current English usage and style; it took a level of diligence—a work ethic—that one encounters only a few times in a career. She made so many suggestions that helped me to make my book clearer and more interesting for ordinary readers. I am still, months later, deeply grateful. Thank you, Arlene.”

— Dwight Wendell

The Science God

Kelowna, BC

October 2016


1-The Idealist

“Arlene Prunkl made an invaluable editorial contribution to the final draft of The Idealist. Thanks to her expertise and guidance, I was able to correct several point of view issues, create more effective foreshadowing for several major plot revelations, tighten the prose overall (even though I ended up with 565 pages of historical fiction), and, Dieu merci, smooth out my rough French inserts. She is a gifted and inspiring editor, very patient and always, always willing to talk through issues, major and minor. She’s also got a tireless work ethic that ensures you hit your deadlines. I came across Arlene reading through a bunch of editorial blogs and found her writing refreshingly conversational—and I sent her a note that led to a very positive working relationship. Turned out to be one of the best emails I ever sent.”

— George Hirthler

The Idealist: The Story of Baron Pierre de Coubertin

Atlanta, Georgia

June 2016



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