TESTIMONIALS Jodie has received for her manuscript editing and critiques:
BOOKS – FICTION
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“I’ve used Jodie Renner’s editing services for years to help me learn the ins-and-outs of writing successful stories, to maximize the potential of my manuscripts, and to improve my writing skills. I’ve also read and studied all her books on writing. She is very much a part of my development as a writer and helped me to become the New York Times bestselling author that I am today. Jodie’s observations and suggestions about logistics, clarity of details, continuity, and characterization helped make my newest novel, Serafina and the Twisted Staff , a stronger story and a #1 New York Times bestseller. The fact that Jodie taught children aged 10 to 14 English language and literature for many years and was also a school librarian made her input even more valuable.”
“Jodie Renner is the best editor you can hope for, because she pours her heart and soul into each project. She is very selective and only takes on manuscripts if she really likes the story and feels the client possesses the primary instinct of a writer. In an industry rife with mavericks and self-proclaimed editors, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a veteran who places remuneration well down her list of priorities.
“But once you’re in with Jodie, weeding out typos, grammatical oversights, and clunky writing is just a small portion of the real value of her work. She’s a seasoned industry guru who will address both language and content issues to get your mystery, thriller, action, or espionage manuscript up to a publishable standard.
“Jodie will pore over every detail of your writing to transform it into a world-class novel that will sell. She will challenge every logical flaw and plot inconsistency in your story to ensure nothing comes in the way of your readers’ suspension of disbelief. She will nip any literary arrogance or showy ambiguity in the bud. Most importantly, Jodie will provide you with the viewpoint of most contemporary readers.
“Jodie’s biggest problem will be to figure out how to clone herself to satisfy the existing and future demands for a five-star editor like herself.”
“Jodie Renner provides the editorial attention that every writer dreams of – technically masterful, creatively attuned, and fully committed to making your book the best it can be. She provides the full range of editing services in a process that assures attention to every detail. Her knowledge and hard work guarantee that you and your writing have a valuable ally.
“Grammatical, typing, and punctuation edits are flawless and annotated. Additionally, Jodie provides suggestions based on her expertise in writing craft (she is the author of outstanding instructional books on writing). Jodie’s technical and craft know-how combined with her fierce work ethic assure that you receive truly remarkable editing support.
“My debut novel Nerve Damage benefitted significantly from Jodie’s skills. Her keen eye allowed me to significantly improve clarity and readability. Jodie Renner provided me invaluable editing support. There is no doubt that my novel became better due to her editing skills.
“Jodie Renner will help you make your book better. She is understandably in demand and takes on selected writers at her discretion. If you have the opportunity to work with Jodie, I am sure you will feel as I do—extremely fortunate.”
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Jodie Renner is an amazing editor. We just finished working on my first novel, Crisis Point. While many eyes had read Crisis Point, and others had edited it, none can compare to the detailed edit Jodie provided. She suggests major revisions and the need for additional chapters. She has a keen eye for plot flaws and provides excellent suggestions for improvement. But she doesn’t control your story. Her suggestions are just that, suggestions. Other times she pointed out the plot flaw and left me, the author, to work it out myself, then provided feedback with the changes. But she didn’t leave me hanging; she was always there for a quick conversation about the direction I thought I could go and offered feedback. Jodie makes many small suggestions that are huge improvements, and she also covers grammar, punctuation, and formatting. There is no part of editing a manuscript she doesn’t cover. She has an incredible eye for errors and a knack for knowing the story, at times better than I did!
Jodie draws from her own writing experience, years of editing, and a true love for the written word. I’d attended some of her lectures and read her award-winning instructional books on writing, highlighting several sections that I needed to work on. But to work with Jodie while she put those tips into practice on my novel was an educational experience beyond compare!
It was a great adventure and educational experience, and it was the push I needed to think outside the box I had created around Crisis Point, to look at sections I didn’t want to change, to add chapters I hadn’t realized I needed, and to pull emotions out of my characters—something that I was weak in. I think I can bring more emotions to my characters now! I am anxious to get to work with Jodie on my second novel.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jodie.
~ Dwayne Clayden, author of crime fiction. Sept. 30, 2016. Crisis Point, while still in unedited manuscript form, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award. Dwayne is a paramedic and former police officer.
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“Jodie’s content edits and suggestions for my thriller, The Trigger, helped ramp up the tension and suspense, tighten the pace, and significantly improve the story. This is the fourth book Jodie has edited for me, and I highly recommend her services.”
~ LJ Sellers, bestselling author of provocative mysteries and thrillers, Aug. 14, 2013
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“Jodie edited my last three novels, two suspense-mysteries and the latest, a futuristic thriller titled The Gauntlet Assassin, and she did a terrific job. Her phrasing and dialogue suggestions were spot on, and her attention to plot detail kept me from making inconsistency mistakes. Jodie also has a great feel for pacing and helped me ratchet up the suspense in places that were lagging. She was thorough and professional and gave me the quick turnaround I needed. In addition, Jodie is very easy to work with. Highly recommended!”
~ L.J. Sellers, Oregon, Dec. 7, 2011, author of the eight bestselling Detective Jackson mysteries, as well as five thrillers and a nonfiction book on writing. Edited by Jodie Renner to date: Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters & Thieves, and The Gauntlet Assassin .
“I’ve now completed two suspense-thrillers and have been thrilled by reader response. Nerve Damage, also edited by Jodie Renner, has received hundreds of reader and professional reviews, and the consensus is very positive (e.g., 75% of Amazon reviews are 5-star).
“Hard to Breathe will be released soon, and early reader response is likewise immensely gratifying.
“These facts are evidence of the abilities of my editor, Jodie Renner. Jodie is tremendously skilled, with all the expertise one would expect from the author of several award-winning craft-of-writing books. Beyond that, she is tireless, committed, incredibly hard-working, and kindhearted.
“Her involvement extends far beyond the ‘read and recommend’ service provided by many freelance editors. Jodie provides expert input in all areas of editing, including characterization and plot, and her process involves multiple edit-response exchanges with the author. I do not believe there is another editor that offers Jodie’s level of expert input and effort.
“Expert knowledge, unmatched effort, and professional results.
“Bottom line—Jodie Renner will improve your book and make you a better writer.”
“Jodie Renner just finished editing my paranormal fantasy middle grade novel Daughter of No One. Her insightful comments and sharp eye to detail propelled the work to a new level. She helped to build up tension and suspense, loosened up the prose to reflect the twelve-year-old protagonist’s voice, and generally gave the manuscript a more professional look.
Jodie is a pleasure to work with and she’s a true professional. Chapters are edited and returned with minimum delay. Her suggestions, which address both choice of language and content, are invariably spot-on, and her editing takes on the form of a learning experience in that she explains exactly why certain changes are being suggested. Reading material is even provided where necessary. I feel that I have improved as a writer thanks to Jodie’s work on my novel. I couldn’t ask for anything better and so I highly recommend her.”
~ Caroline Sciriha, Aug. 6, 2015, author of Daughter of No One, Book 1 in The Power of Lan series
“When Jodie Renner says ‘Let’s take your manuscript to the next level,’ she means it. Writing a thriller offers challenges unique to the genre, and Jodie is more than prepared to deal with all of them. Whether ratcheting up the tension, dealing with POV or timeline issues, grammar, or offering suggestions to enhance the plot or pick up the pace, Jodie’s suggestions are spot-on and invariably valuable. As an author, all you have to bring to the table is a manuscript and an open mind, and you will end up with a far superior product than you had when you started. I’ve worked with Jodie on two thrillers, including the Amazon Top 25 overall bestseller, The Lonely Mile, and now Parallax View, and the moment I have another thriller ready, I’ll work with her again. If you’re looking for a way to set your work apart, look no farther than Jodie Renner Editing.”
~ Allan Leverone, author of thrillers, mysteries and horror novels, Dec. 1, 2012
“We were so pleased with Jodie’s editing of THE BLADE that we contracted her for our most recent work, THE SHIELD. Jodie is thoughtful and detailed. She brilliantly tightens a manuscript with deep revision suggestions and constructive advice. If you want an editor who is thorough and has a keen eye for grammar and punctuation, Jodie is the editor you want!”
~ Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore, http://www.sholesmoore.com/ , April 2014
“Jodie just finished working with us on our thriller, The Blade.
Jodie Renner is a 5-star thriller editor with the eye of an eagle and the skill of a surgeon.
She goes beyond copy and line editing to target even the most elusive content issues. A pleasure to work with—highly recommended.
“Thank you, Jodie Renner, for your skin-thickening, craft-stretching, story-improving editing. You are a master at the art of the thriller, and I thank you for blessing me with your expertise. I wouldn’t have made it this far without your contributions.”
~ Dennis Ricci, July 27, 2015, author of Perilous Judgment, Amazon Publishing, spring 2016. http://www.dennisricci.com/
“Jodie Renner is the real deal. In a world awash with sketchy advice for writers, Jodie cuts through the darkness with the piercing light of her expertise. Her editing, advice, and suggested revisions are concrete, practical, and produce compelling prose. Jodie skillfully helped me navigate from the shores of my nonfiction through the treacherous waters of thriller writing. She helped me take a manuscript that was not “there” yet to one that was. I feel fortunate to have found her to work with me on my thriller, Borderland, and I look forward to working with her on my next project. In fact, I have three other manuscripts I’m working on and plan on using her editing services with each. Her editing was a god-send.”
“Jodie completed an analysis, critique, and copyedit of my historical fiction novel for young adults, Lioness. She did a great job. She was fast, conscientious, honest, detailed, and made many excellent suggestions that will improve the manuscript in preparation for submission and publication. I greatly appreciated her combination of personal service/relationship and professionalism. I would strongly recommend her, especially for young adult novels and other creative projects.”
~ Robert Beatty, December 2009, author of Sapo, Journey of the Tern, Lioness. * Update 2016: Robert Beatty is now the New York Times bestselling author of Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff.
“Jodie Renner just finished editing my police procedural, The Missings. She made the editing process thoroughly enjoyable. With Jodie, it’s very much a collaborative effort that will spoil you, teach you and stretch you. And she’ll do it all without changing your voice.”
“As I was searching for a freelance editor for my award-winning action thriller No Remorse, I discovered the editor-gem Jodie Renner through Facebook contacts. I had looked at several other editors but none of them delivered sample edits that I was happy with, and some were priced way too high.
I was delighted to find Jodie’s editorial contribution to No Remorse extended way beyond just copyediting and helping with U.S. equivalents for my Australian expressions. She suggested (very diplomatically) changes to parts of the story that would create greater depth of character, or resonate better with readers (particularly females, something a male writer doesn’t always notice). Having already learned to kill my babies through multiple versions of the manuscript, I was happy in around 95% of instances to agree with Jodie’s suggestions. Jodie even managed to save a character I had killed off, and I’m glad she did because it has made for a better resolution to the plot. (The character is living happily back in Boston.)
Apart from the absolute fun I had working with Jodie, the experience was incredibly efficient. Needless to say, I’ll be consulting Jodie earlier in the process with my next novel, because I’m so confident she will speed up the whole process.
As a debut author, I highly recommend Jodie to anyone who has not used a professional editor and is considering submitting to an agent or publisher, or self-publishing.
I rate Jodie six stars out of five!”
“Jodie recently did an edit and critique of the first five chapters of my second novel. She suggested my mystery was really crying out to be a thriller and that I should resuscitate the bad guy I’d killed off at the beginning. That way he could be a serious threat to the protagonist, which would add tension and suspense and make readers worry more about the hero. My discussions with Jodie sparked all kinds of exciting new ideas for the plot and characters that will engage readers right away and make this story much more compelling.”
~ Peter Eichstaedt, July 2, 2016. www.petereichstaedt.com
“I’m very pleased with the work Jodie Renner did with my mystery, Who Bombed the Train? Her questions about the story were thought-provoking and definitely led me to changes that vastly improved the book.”
~ Judith Yates Borger, mystery writer, Minneapolis, MN, October 2013
“Jodie’s tagline says, ‘Let’s work together to enhance and empower your writing.’ This is not just a tagline for Jodie, but rather the way she lives every moment of her editing life. No matter where you are, or think you are, with your project, Jodie can help. Her sense of dialogue is superb. She will show you how to pace your work appropriately, and is a master at point of view issues and building more personality into your characters. She does it all without infringing on your voice. Jodie is also a precise grammar queen. Simply, Jodie is the best all-around editor I have ever used. I paid her more money than we agreed to. Don’t miss the chance to hire this talented lady. I did and I will again and again.”
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“Jodie Renner’s evaluation and critique of the first 40 pages of my crime thriller were invaluable. Her analysis, edits and suggestions were excellent and she improved my manuscript tremendously. Working with her was a pleasure. She was prompt, thorough and incredibly insightful. I couldn’t be more pleased and would strongly recommend her editing services to all writers.”
~ Mary Bush, December 2013
“Until I found Jodie I had no luck publishing my thriller, The Nazi Legacy, which is set in Egypt, with scenes flashing back to World War II. Agents who read my manuscript loved the tension I created and the twists and turns of the story. But even with these types of positive comments, there was something that caused them to reject my story—something that I wasn’t aware of. Jodie showed me what was needed to write a top-notch thriller—dealing with POV issues, creating natural-sounding dialogue, and writing efficiently, making every word count. She flagged several logistic issues, and her suggestions enhanced the plot and the suspense. I’ll have another manuscript ready soon and I intend to use Jodie Renner again.”
~ J.T. Scopinich, San Diego, January 3, 2013
“In a marketplace filled with authors, the right editor is essential to making your book stand out from the crowd. Jodie Renner worked with me to transform my thriller, The Lonely Mile, from an exciting book to a tight, suspenseful, heart-pounding thrill ride.
Jodie did much more than just correct typos and fix grammatical issues. She identified plot holes, eliminated repetitive phrasing, and helped improve the pacing, which forms the heart of a thriller. Jodie Renner is an enthusiastic, energetic and highly skilled editor with extremely fair rates. If you’re serious about making your work the best it can be, I recommend Jodie without hesitation!”
Jodie is ever-watchful on my behalf for point of view shifts, time sequence and events matching, and logical impossibilities. I also like it that she will suggest a rewording of a sentence or phrase. She will debate a point with me and always has a good reason to suggest a revision.
Writers involved in this process know how impatient you get. But with Jodie, often I will have a section back on the same or next day. Her praise—and silence—is very important. There’s just the right balance.
Jodie is the editor you dream about having.”
“Are you getting ready to send your manuscript out to an agent? Do you want it to be the best it can be? Of course you do. But no matter how much time you spend on that final draft, or how many times you go over it, there are still going to be things wrong with it that an agent will pick up on. The good news is, a good editor can catch those glitches before you send it out, and they can help make your work look a ton more professional.
If you’re needing an editor who knows her business, I would highly recommend Jodie Renner. Her editing is accurate, insightful, and complete. In addition, she won’t mess with your style or voice. So, if you’d like to turn your manuscript into a polished, agent-ready draft, Jodie is the connection you need to make that happen. Her turnaround is quick, and her prices are very reasonable. Give her a shout. You won’t regret it when you see the result.”
“Jodie did an outstanding job editing my debut mystery novel, The Temporary Detective. Not only did she tame my wayward commas and misguided hyphens, she also vastly improved the opening, caught me on several logic flaws, and nudged me into making clearer word choices. In addition, her response time every step of the way was nothing short of miraculous. Jodie made it clear from the start that the final say on anything was mine and, indeed, we had a few lively style debates via email. But she was always good-natured about these discussions and remained willing to answer countless questions that might seem minor to some, but which were major to me. There was never a limit on how many times we sent a section back and forth; she was clearly as committed to getting it right as I was. Jodie came recommended to me by several independent sources, and I am happy to enthusiastically add my voice to theirs in recommending her services.
~ Joanne Sydney Lessner, New York City, Nov. 2011, author of Pandora’s Bottle (Flint Mine Press, 2010) and The Temporary Detective.
“I am so pleased with my editing collaboration with Jodie Renner that now that this current crime suspense book is done, I am asking her to work with me on the next one.
Back and forth the chapters went between us. The process moved as quickly as I was able to do the work Jodie suggested, and she spurred me time and again to improve my writing with her comments and questions. Jodie caught events out of sequence and suggested ways to fix them out of a deep understanding of how storytelling works. When I’d come on a compliment, it would really please me. I felt I earned it. Her critique was gentle but pointed. When something didn’t make sense to her, I looked at it again, and she turned out to be right every single time. I took 99% of the changes she suggested. And the ones I didn’t, I’m still not sure about.
Jodie improved the book immeasurably. I am really grateful to her.”
~ Mar Preston, California, August 2011, crime suspense author of No Dice and Rip-Off, featuring Homicide Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department.
“Jodie Renner is a superb fiction editor who will identify the weaknesses in your story and show you how to fix them. She will also emphasize the strengths. Her understanding of story structure is stellar and her expertise at nailing the exact points where my chapters should have ended dramatically improved the pacing in my romantic suspense story. She caught multiple continuity errors and defined plot holes. She got deep into my characters’ heads to ask me questions about what really made them tick. Bless her, she even fixed my amateurish point-of-view errors. Color me impressed!”
~ Eve Paludan, February 2010, author of three editions of The Romance Writer’s Pink Pages (Prima) and my current novel, The Man Who Fell from the Sky (romantic suspense).
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“I was so pleased with Jodie’s work on my last YA thriller, Season of Lies, that I knew I’d be a repeat customer. She took my new YA thriller, Universal Forces, to a professional level, helping to clarify meaning, sharpen words, and hone character motivation. Before you send your manuscript or book into the world, contact her.”
~ Monica Shaughnessy, Texas, September 2012, www.MonicaShaughnessy.com
“Jodie Renner is working with me on my psychological thriller. Jodie has the ability to step back from the story and see the big picture, then zoom in and look at the finer points. Her ongoing insights are helping to breathe life into the characters and shape the scenes to maximize the suspense. Jodie is great at catching inconsistencies and hovering or ping-ponging point of view, and I appreciate that Jodie takes the time to explain things in the margin – because of all these teaching moments, my next novels will also be stronger. Finally, Jodie is very efficient – once I submit a section of my manuscript, she has a quick turn-around time, allowing for fast-paced progress in the book.”
~ Beverly Purdy, MD (Psychiatry), San Jose, CA, June 9, 2012. www.beverlypurdy.com
“I learned so much from Jodie when she edited the first book in my Isobel Spice detective series that she had far less work to do on the second, Bad Publicity. Even so, she did a stellar job of cleaning up stray punctuation, spotting repeated words, and policing continuity issues. Most importantly, she pinpointed the reason why my romantic triangle wasn’t landing convincingly. With her prompting, I gave more complexity to my heroine’s feelings, which added depth and credibility to her interactions with both suitors. And, as always, Jodie’s prompt response time and willingness to entertain repeated discussions about minor points are a tribute to her patience and professionalism. I have no doubt that Bad Publicity is a stronger book than it would have been without her expert editing.”
Joanne Sydney Lessner, Nov. 2012, author of Pandora’s Bottle (Flint Mine Press, 2010), The Temporary Detective (Dulcet Press, 2012) and Bad Publicity (Dulcet Press, 2013)
“For anyone attempting the mammoth task of writing a novel, beginner or expert, the process of going from that hard-won first draft to a polished finished product is perhaps the most difficult, and definitely the most stressful step of all. This is why we need help. Professional help. More specifically, the help of a professional who has an eagle-eye for detail and a solid command of how to create and maintain that all-important tension, conflict and suspense, and one who is not afraid to call us on every little detail that we thought we could let slip through, rather than having to go to all the effort of changing our precious words.
“Jodie Renner is such a professional. What’s more, her matter-of-fact explanations, her right-on-time encouragement, and her no-nonsense efficiency will prove invaluable as you navigate your way through the twists and turns of the editing process. Not to mention her essential help in paring back overwritten passages and finding simpler, rawer words and phrasings that appeal to the emotions. Believe me, the outcome will surprise you with its clarity and power!
“All told, if writing a novel could be compared to the culinary arts, Jodie Renner’s editorial insight would be like the saffron in a great Moroccan couscous; it’s the one absolutely essential ingredient that brings a touch of implacable and irreplaceable quality and completeness to the dish while working in its own special way to make sure that all the other ingredients are given their opportunity to shine their very brightest.”
~ James Richard Brown; Paris, France; August 2012
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“Talk about bang for your buck! I didn’t know what to expect from a professional editor, but right away Jodie gave me feedback that I knew was just right. I asked Jodie to critique the first 24 pages of my romantic suspense so I could get a feel for how she worked and what I would get out of a full edit. The critique was lively and substantive. I’ll be able to use what she pointed out as I move forward writing my novel. Being straightforward and honest, Jodie made me feel like a professional. I look forward to working with her more as I develop my novel.”
~ Terry Shames, May 2011
“Jodie Renner’s critique of the first 30 pages of my thriller opened my eyes to several types of mistakes I was making in my manuscript draft. Her knowledge of the nuts and bolts of fiction writing (particularly show versus tell, point of view, and plot development) provided me with a blueprint on how to make my manuscript shine. I highly recommend Jodie’s critique service to all writers.”
~ Alan Behr, August 2011
“If you need a professional evaluation or critique of your manuscript, Jodie Renner is the connection you’re looking for. What a great stroke of luck it was running into her. I couldn’t have been more pleased with what she did for me. I feel like her expertise was exactly what I needed to point out the issues in continuity and character development. I’m using her editing services now to get my book polished and ready for publication. If you decide to give her a try, I guarantee you won’t regret it.”
~ Michael Broadway, author of Lost in the Bayou, Sept. 3, 2010
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BOOKS – NONFICTION and NARRATIVE NONFICTION
“Thank heavens I found Jodie! She was brilliant in copyediting my latest narrative nonfiction book on World War I. The attention to detail in her editing work was wonderful, but equally magnificent was her offer of creative advice. While mindful of her duties in correcting grammar, she suggested astute changes that improved the flow of the story and the tone of the characters. Working with Jodie has been a positive experience and I hope to work with her again on my future projects.”
~ William Hay, author of With Firm Hearts, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, June 2009
“I have been told how important proofing is to the readability of a book, but had no idea the difference it could make until Jodie began her magic on my nonfiction book on nutrition. It’s that polish that makes all the difference, transforming arduous information into something more accessible to the reader. Her insightful suggestions were a surprise bonus, further removing the rough edges, resulting in a finished product as edible as meat falling off the bone. Jodie made me look good; she was worth every penny!”
~ Ron Lagerquist, author of North American Diet, owner of www.FreedomYou.com, May 2008
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“Jodie Renner has been the copy editor for our two magazines, CityWoman and eatdrink, since October 2008. She is exceptionally conscientious and always goes the extra mile for us. She helps our writers be clear and precise, giving us both corrections and suggestions. Although Jodie works for many others as well, I see her as an important member of our team.”
“Jodie Renner has been an invaluable addition to our team. Her copy editing skills have improved all of our editorial pieces and we couldn’t do without her. I would recommend her highly to anyone who wants to be in print!”
“Jodie’s input on our children’s book was greatly appreciated. She kept our project moving by working quickly and efficiently. In addition to cleaning up the spelling, grammar and punctuation, Jodie provided a number of insightful and valuable comments on the text itself. As our project was an illustrated chapter book intended to be read aloud to young children, Jodie paid particular attention to the story’s “voice”, ensuring that the language used would be effective when read aloud. Thanks very much, Jodie!”
~ John Riddell, author of A Home for Magic, published children’s book, and Manager, Storybook Gardens, London, Ontario, May 2009
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