It’s an honor to contribute to a client’s project. But the contribution always goes both ways, and I’m grateful for the takeaways that come with each unique experience.
It’s been a pleasure to work with these wonderful people:
“As an editor, the job can be thankless and at times, painstaking. It takes a certain love for words and writers to be able to do it year in and year out. Working with a passionate editor can actually make all the difference when it comes to your own dream of being a writer. You see, an editor can either encourage or discourage you. The balance is necessary in order to create a working relationship with the author. Carol Good not only did all of this, but filled me with confidence. Her expertise was on mark at all times and she took the time needed to get to know my style, my craft and what I wanted to say as a writer. I highly recommend her, and after working with many editors I can say with full confidence that you are in great hands.”
“To whom it may concern,
“I have had the very good fortune of working with Carol Good at Life As A Human, the online magazine for evolving minds.
“An Associate Editor with Life As A Human, Carol is bright, creative, very responsive and constantly demonstrates the highest level of professionalism. Her communication skills are excellent and she has a great eye for detail. Carol works seamlessly with her authors, all of whom have expressed to me how happy they are to have her as an editor and how easy she is to work with. Carol also has a wonderful sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with.
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Carol to anyone who needs her expertise in the areas of writing and copyediting. She’s a gem!
“If you would like to contact me directly, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
President & CEO
Life As A Human Inc.
“I had the pleasure of working with Carol for some 18 months while I was wandering around Southeast Asia. During these travels, I wrote a blog about two or three times a month about my experiences, the people I met and the sights I saw. Carol was kind enough to edit my blogs before we published them.
“She did the standard, basic editing like checking for misplaced commas and incompatibilities between the number of the subject and the number of the verb and I am grateful to her for that. But Carol took the initiative to do far more than that. She read my blogs – in fact, studied my blogs – from the perspective of a reader and would scan the blogs quickly to follow my story. I was embarrassed dozens of times when she picked up mistakes I had made. Sometimes those mistakes were subtle and sometimes glaring. In all cases, though, they were important. More than that, she read my blogs with an eye to readability. In other words, she edited them to ensure that they flowed well and never caused a reader to trip or stumble. She wanted the blogs to flow like silk.
“You can read those blogs at Life As A Human. Like every author, I would like to claim that the quality of these blogs was entirely due to my own erudite skills. But that would be false. Carol’s editing gave my blogs an extra ‘polish’ they never would have had otherwise.
“If you are looking for an editor who goes beyond the mechanics of editing and deals with the readers’ experiences as well, I highly recommend Carol. I am confident you will be pleased with the quality of her work and the experience of working with her.”
“Has Carol helped me with typos, grammar, sentence structure? For sure! Have we ever exchanged 486,044 emails back and forth while she was helping me hone my craft? Check. Does she have the patience of Buddha while watching a foreigner trying to figure out if she should take her shoes off before entering a sacred shrine, only to realize the foreigner probably lost her glasses on the airplane and thinks she’s really at a ticket booth and wants to buy passes for a hot air balloon ride? Check.
“You see, even while writing this testimonial for Carol, I’ve had to run downstairs to put more wood on the fire because it’s a million degrees below zero outside and the house is cooling to somewhere near the temperature found in the Oort clouds on the edge of the Kuiper Belt (my husband wants me to make it clear here that it’s actually only -4 Celsius outside and that makes me a big baby.) I also have chicken cooking on the stove and, OMG, that’s what that smell is! My coffee has developed a scum on the top that reminds me of the rubber masks that lizard people wear to disguise themselves as human, so I had to brew another pot. Also, and this is important, I had to drink another pot of coffee. And, somewhere along the way my brain interrupted all thought processes and reminded me that I still haven’t grabbed the lint brush to rid my new couch of f**king cat hair.
“What’s my point, you ask? Well, if Carol can perform the miracle of getting someone like me to actually complete a piece of writing and have it come out reading like a well-honed phenomenon of words, she has to be good. She should also be canonized.”
“I am a writer for the online magazine Life As A Human. This is where I met Carol, as she was assigned as my editor. I am very grateful to her for all the work she has done on my pieces of fiction and non-fiction that I have submitted to this magazine. Carol always checks with me about photos, lines in the pieces that perhaps would work better with changes. She is also very knowledgeable about the process and is sensitive to my expectations and needs as a writer. Being a writer herself, she is almost like an executive chef; while preparing a dish, she knows the front of the house as well as the back. This makes for a wonderful gastronomic result.
“Carol is creative, honest and well attuned as to what you, the writer, are trying to say. And, she says it with proper punctuation, grammar and spelling. She really is an editor who can bring forth a much more cohesive and beautifully-sound piece of work.”