Amandeep Sandhu, author of Sepia Leaves and Roll of Honour:
Edith is more than a bookdoctor who only prescribes medicines, she is a surgeon. While reading she learns what ails a book and how she can mend it. After you stitch back the draft through which she has run her scalpels, it emerges tighter and more readable.
My books are deeply tied to my cultural milieu. What amazed me about Edith was the way she learned to understand the background to my writing. In this age where we write for a global audience, Edith can slip into a non-western culture and ask the relevant questions to help the writer give just the right amount of history to the readers.
In action sequences she knows exactly which words to remove to improve the pace. In descriptive sequences she suggests where to embellish the narrative to create atmosphere and make your settings come alive. Her comments, whether on dialogue or character building, enhance your style and help drawing out your individual voice. Now that Edith has done two rounds on my draft, I feel confident about submitting it to publishers.
Bill Brier, author of The Devil Orders Takeout:
After three years of hard work—including numerous rewrites—my novel was nearly completed except for minor line editing. Or so I thought. On a whim, I accepted Dr. Edith’s offer of a free examination. I submitted the first 1,000 words including deleted sections I liked, but felt did not work. To my surprise, the doctor performed surgical magic by integrating it all into a sizzling, and captivating first chapter.
I knew immediately that I’d found the doctor I didn’t know I needed. We worked together on the entire manuscript making 640 changes. And that was before a second run-through of line editing! Edith was a delight to work with and her suggestions were right-on. She welcomed my feistiness of not always accepting a change without convincing reasons—which she gave freely, and often with great humor.
And did I mention the query letter? She reworked it into something better than good, and as a result four agents have requested seeing my entire manuscript.
Francene Stanley, author of the Moonstone series Still Rock Water. Tidal Surge, Everchanging Sea:
You won’t find a more empathetic reader for your work. Somehow she goes right to the heart of the story and picks up on things even the author didn’t think of–causes and effects, passions and hates. She can pinpoint where things are out of kilter, point out where the time frame is wrong and show you where to trim back. Tireless efforts are spent on consideration of your corrections and additions. I rate her highly as an editor for her superior intellect and imagination.
Karyn Hall, author of Deceptions:
After months of writing and rewriting the same five hundred critically important words that would either gain me admission to a program or result in my humiliating defeat, I asked The Bookdoctor to take a look. Edith pointed out the strengths of my writing and suggested only a few simple changes. But the impact of those changes was, to paraphrase Mark Twain, like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.