Testimonials

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“To Whom It May Concern:
Arlene Prunkl is the editor of my memoir, George Garrett: Intrepid Reporter, published by Harbour Publishing in March, 2019. The book has been very successful with standing on the BC Bestsellers list for 14 consecutive weeks. I attribute much of that success to the expert guidance and keen eye of substantive editor Arlene Prunkl. We communicated entirely via email and did not meet in person until after the editing had been done. Arlene is as pleasant in person as she was in emails. She was helpful, encouraging, and thoughtful. Her experience was obvious as she transformed a rather disjointed account of my career in journalism into an easy-to-read manuscript with flow. Arlene eliminated unnecessary chapters, condensed like material into something cohesive and did it all without bruising my ego. The Intrepid Reporter book is considered by critics to be important to the history of British Columbia. Editor Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight wrote: ‘The book contains riveting tales of a bygone era in British Columbia.’ Harold Munro, editor of the Vancouver Sun/Province said, ‘The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of British Columbia.’ Arlene Prunkl took the ramblings of an old reporter and fashioned a story worth telling. An editor’s job – very well done.”
George Garrett (retired journalist) – June 1, 2019

— George Garrett – retired journalist

George Garrett: Intrepid Reporter

Vancouver, BC

June 2019

http://www.harbourpublishing.com/title/GeorgeGarrett

garrettconsult@shaw.ca

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“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

bkmayo.author@gmail.com

[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

Around the World in a Dugout Canoe: The Untold Story of Captain John Voss and the Tilikum

Harbour Publishing, BC

August 2018

lsalmon@shaw.ca

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“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

Moondance

Calgary, Alberta

May 2017

www.lindakhopkins.com/moondance/

linda@lindahopkins.com

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“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

www.kimstandeven.com/book

kimstandevencoaching@gmail.com

“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

dwightwendell@yahoo.ca

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