Manuscript Critique Testimonials

Jennifer Trethewey, Author of the House of Balforss series (Entangled Publishing)

All My Expectations Were Met and Exceeded

I recently took advantage of Kim’s Manuscript Critique Service, and I must recommend it to all my fellow writers. Kim’s was the most comprehensive critique I have received on my writing: plot, dialogue, narrative, point of view, spelling, type-o’s, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, scene structure, character development, formatting. You name. I got it.

This was what I call a deep critique. All my expectations were met and exceeded.

The single most important aspect of the critique was the feedback I received on plot that can only be obtained when a critic reads the entire novel. For the first time, I got important notes on how the plot unfolded, its strengths and weaknesses, where logic failed, and where plot points were unclear, or needed beefing up.

In addition to the internal corrections and comments made using the review function in Word, I really appreciated the handwritten pages of global comments. This method made editing much easier for me. I could make grammar and spelling corrections on the first pass and rewrites on the second pass. I thoroughly appreciated the many positive comments, too.

Thank you, Kim!

From Manuscript to Published Book

Without Kim’s excellent editing skills, keen sense of a good story, and gentle encouragement, Madness to Ministry would still be in the 3rd drawer of my file cabinet!

Myles Hopper, author of the forthcoming My Father’s Shadow (Orange Hat Publishing)

One of the best professional decisions I’ve ever made

Asking Kim to edit my collection of creative non-fiction stories was one of the best professional decisions I’ve ever made. Each of our revisions dramatically improved the draft I first had given her. It’s not often that one person can provide a critique that ranges from detailed restructuring of a sentence to suggestions of how to evaluate and revise each story to convey its individual message and its place within the entire collection. Sometimes this meant cutting and sometimes it meant expanding, but it always improved the  writing.

Kim is equally comfortable and effective when editing non-fiction as when editing fiction. She has a deep understanding of how stories are interpreted by readers, and she helped me make my work more accessible. The book will be published in a few months, and I’m certain that without her editing assistance, it would have taken much longer for that day to arrive. 

One of the talents I admire most is her ability to be uncompromising in her recommendations, while being supportive and encouraging. She always maintained the distinction between author and editor, resulting in my feeling comfortable those infrequent times when I wanted more detail about a recommendation before accepting it. 

Kim’s editing skills and sensitivities have benefited authors at all stages of their careers, including new authors such as myself. I look forward to working with Kim again, and I recommend her most highly.


From copy-editing to in-depth analysis, Kim’s expert eye turned my latest novel into a work of which I’m proud. She provides grammar clean-up as well as editing flow, clarity, continuity, and encouragement, producing a professional work of literature out of a routine novel. Kim does a great job and I highly recommend her expertise to any writer, beginner or veteran.

A Gift

Kim has a discerning eye and a sharp pencil and every manuscript she reviews is improved. I have been impressed that she is able to help me focus my writing without losing my intent or my tone. That is a gift.