Testimonials

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“I spent considerable time searching for the right editor for my book, and made the correct choice with Arlene for reasons that went far beyond what I understood at the outset. I realized that I needed technical expertise and received it in abundance. Arlene’s professional skills are outstanding, and her storyline suggestions made a huge impact on the readability and overall quality of my writing. Her patience, ability, and willingness to help me better understand POV was so much more than I expected. The most impressive and valuable service she provided, however, was that of perspective. Arlene and I differ considerably on many of the social issues central to the plot of my book, yet she deftly and professionally worked with me to better interpret the impact of my words and thus broaden the overall market appeal of my story without compromising what was important to me. Arlene is a top-notch professional for whom I have great respect and admiration.”

— Jim McCulloch

Fracture Gradient

Oregon

October 2012

www.jimmcculloch.com/

MossyMountain@frontier.com

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“A blurb can’t capture how much Arlene’s efforts have improved my stories. Her ability to identify errors—big and small—borders on the supernatural. Throughout the process, she stayed true to my vision and intent. In addition to being a magnificent editor, she’s professional and fun to work with. If you’re an indie writer looking for an editor, hire Arlene—your readers will thank you!”

— Kevin J. Hallock

Dead Doughboy Walking & Eye Spy: A Sojourning Souls Story

Massachusetts

June 2012

www.kevinjhallock.com

kevinjhallock@gmail.com

“Arlene, I am so happy with your comments and suggestions. I have read your final e-mail a few times now, reviewed the edited draft briefly, and I am now crafting an action plan on how to move forward. Your ‘How to work with the editing’ section really alleviates the initial reservations I was having about the scope of revisions needed. (I was highly amused specifically by your kindness in gently reminding me about the intentions of your comments and my creative sensibilities are not offended at all—I work very well with constructive criticism, as promised!) It has truly been a pleasure for me to have you as my editor. Thank you.”

— Aimee Nadow

The Lost Romantic (in progress)

Tampa, Florida

April 2012

aimeemnadow@yahoo.com

“I just finished reading through some of the book after I had read the notes. I just had to drop you a note to say, ‘WOW!’ I am shocked by how well it reads. It is better than I even imagined it would be. I have not ventured past the first chapter. I am reading each comment and looking at the changes; use of words, sentence order and so forth. If this ends up published, it will be largely because of your work. There is a reason you are considered one of the best editors in Canada. You have earned every dime your service costs and more than that. It is like seeing a dream house built. Does every author feel like this or am I the only one? I have written many, many stories. None of them were any good. I wrote this book and knew I needed real help with it. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, but you’ve shown me there was a lot. Thank you!”

— Mike Haines

Cover of Darkness

Oklahoma

January 2012

mhaines4102@gmail.com

lovingaddict

“I am so glad I chose Arlene to edit both of my books! Her ability to clarify what I write using one or two different words to make it much better has continually astonished me. She is truly brilliant and a master of her craft. In addition, I found Arlene very easy to work with and generous with her time. She always stayed on schedule, graciously waiting for me when I needed just a little more time to meet a deadline. I have very much enjoyed partnering with Arlene, and I recommend her most highly.”

— Candace Plattor

Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself

Vancouver

October 2011

www.candaceplattor.com

desertpriestess

“Arlene is a dream to work with. Her attention to detail in all aspects has made my book a much improved work. She is an exacting professional who brought the heart of my manuscript to full bloom.”

— Anne Key

Desert Priestess

Nevada

September 2011

www.goddess-ink.com

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