“Arlene took on the huge job of editing my nonfiction book Are We Running Out? The Sustainability of the World’s Resources. The manuscript has been my constant companion for the last nine years. Arlene was immensely helpful not only in making the manuscript more readable but also in the tedious work of reference checking almost 2,000 endnotes and bibliographic entries. I highly recommend her!”

— Ingrid Bryan

Are We Running Out? The Sustainability of the World's Resources

Markham, Ontario

August 2015



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“What a great experience the editing was! I learned, I laughed, I felt good about my manuscript. I even started writing another book. Arlene was so inspiring. If you’ve never worked with her, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you have, you know what I mean. Arlene shares her immense knowledge readily and is always there when you need her. She suggests, challenges, explains, debates. It made me feel as if my manuscript was the only thing on her mind. Priceless. Never in a bad mood, always encouraging, she’s a real professional. Arlene loves words and writers. I learned an enormous amount about POV that I’ll apply to my next book. Thanks again, Arlene. I hope with all my heart to that we’ll get to work together again in the near future.”

— Sylvie Chartrand

Forbidden Child: A Tale of the 1970s


January 2016




“When I and my mother decided to embark on this ambitious dream of writing and publishing a children’s story about Cinderella’s daughter, complete with illustrations, we felt we were so lucky to have met you! It was worth it to wait for six months until you became available to start editing the book. The work you’ve done in polishing the story has been invaluable. Your sharp professional touch made beautiful parts of the story even more beautiful, the funny parts even funnier. Throughout the editorial process, we’ve been very impressed by your excellent work and attention to detail.”

— Nadia Goldman

Cinderella's Daughter and the Magic Angelfish

Vancouver, British Columbia

March 2015



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“Arlene, I’ve been incredibly grateful to have worked with you. Not only do you possess a keen editorial eye, but you have challenged me to be a better writer and taught me so much about POV [point of view] in the process.”

— Richard Goodfellow

Collector of Secrets

Vancouver, British Columbia

March 2015



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“I hired Arlene to line edit my book, Virginia’s Ghost, but what I received from her was so much more than I expected. She looked beyond finessing the fine details to considering broader aspects of the novel, and she was especially astute at identifying aspects of plot or character that didn’t quite add up or that needed more development. Arlene was able to see what I couldn’t, and she pushed me further than I’d even realized I needed to go. She also provided me with helpful advice as I navigated the self-publishing process for the first time. I don’t think I could have written the book I did without her advice, and I’ll always be grateful for her input.”

— Caroline Kaiser

Virginia's Ghost

Toronto, Ontario

September 2014



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“Arlene Prunkl’s editorial expertise was suggested to me by a lawyer friend. As a first-time writer, I had no real understanding of what an editor did beyond correcting grammar and adding a few punctuation marks. I had no idea of the depth of assistance that would be provided. What started as a memoir, phrased as I might talk to an audience, became a professional and very polished book. I have since received plaudits from a number of readers for my ‘great writing,’ and I cringe a little without admitting I had some serious and very understanding help. I tore out pages that Arlene suggested were too long, changed whole paragraphs she deemed not understandable, ripped away hundreds of clichés she politely mentioned were not necessary to make my point. With great patience she led me to show instead of tell and added so much ‘presence’ to my writing that I now really think I could almost write another tome. But not without her help.

“I can, without equivocation, recommend Arlene to anyone who may be in need of a highly professional, sympathetic editor.”

— Bill Grenier

From Miles to Millions

Vancouver, British Columbia

August 2014



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