“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


“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



“Arlene, I’ve published four books and have had lots of editors, but none have been half as thorough as you. I’m gob-smacked, to tell you the truth. My patients read my books, of course, and a few have pointed out editing failures. Good luck to them this time around. I’m a fussy author, but there’s little to fuss about with your editing.”

— Gordon Warme

Brain Evangelists: How Psychiatry Has Convinced Us to Believe in Its Far-fetched Science and Dubious Treatments

Toronto, Ontario

March 2016


“Harbour Publishing showed good judgement when they assigned Arlene Prunkl as the editor for my recent book: Stalking Salmon & Wrestling Drunks. She is clever, balanced, and shows insight into the author’s intent. She has the perfect editorial skills to assist an author in the final stage of completing his work. Slainte!”

— Peter L. Gordon

Stalking Salmon & Wrestling Drunks

Victoria, BC

March, 2016



“I knew Arlene would do a good job, but I was blown away by just how good she was. An agent had identified some specific areas that could be cut from the first quarter of my novel and repurposed elsewhere, but I needed help with the ‘how.’ Concerned that cuts would shorten my already short book, I was also keen to know whether there were any areas that could benefit from new scenes. I thought I might be pushing the scope of her job description a bit—but no, Arlene was full of great ideas. She never pointed out a problem or lapse in logic without suggesting a solution. This edit was a collaborative experience that I walked away from energized, well equipped with a detailed substantive and copy edit, and ready to nail my rewrite. Don’t hesitate to hire Arlene; she’ll far surpass your expectations.”

— Maggie Findlay

Sticks and Bones: A Lucky Blackstock Mystery

Guelph, Ontario

Novel forthcoming in 2017