Critique Testimonials

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Critique Testimonials

“Jodie 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, author of Borderland, and now a second thriller. July 2, 2016www.petereichstaedt.com

*****

I’ve had the fortune to work with excellent literary editors. But when I decided to try my hand at mystery writing, I thought it would be best to find an editor who specialized in that genre. I did a cold search online and came up with countless hits. Luckily I was drawn to Jodie Renner. I immediately ordered one of her books, Fire Up Your Fiction. 

After that, I contacted her, sent in my work for review, and today I’m recommending her to writers, especially of mystery and suspense, who are seeking a dependable, knowledgeable editor.

My stars aligned to find Jodie from an internet search. I plan to work with her in some capacity throughout my career. She’s an excellent editor, never heavy handed, and makes my work shine!

~ Leslie C. Youngblood, Asst. Professor and Author, May 2016 

*****

“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 strongly recommend her editing services to all writers.”

~Mary Bush, December 2013

*****

“Jodie Renner did a very helpful edit and critique of the first three chapters of my thriller. She pointed out point-of-view problems, helped me with pacing, and gave me ideas for fleshing out my characters and making the dialogue sound more real. Jodie gave me some specific advice for “showing” instead of “telling” and pointed out some discrepancies in logic and timing. She’s the unbiased voice I needed to hear. Overall, I found Jodie’s initial critique and editing to be very beneficial, and will use these ideas for future fiction writing projects.”
~  Jeff Bennington, author of Reunion, March 2010

*****

“Jodie completed an analysis, critique, and copyedit of my historical fiction novel for young adults. 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 her professionalism. I would strongly recommend Jodie’s editing service, especially for young adult novels and other creative projects.”
~ Robert Beatty, author of Lioness, December 2009

*****

Jodie, I can’t thank you enough for your excellent critique of the first 20 pages of my suspense thriller. You’ve given me so much valuable constructive criticism and helped me to feel secure that I’m not wasting my time and at least have a shot at publishing.
~  Stacy Green, April 29, 2011

*****

“Recently, while trying to whip a fairly simple short story into novel form, I asked for Jodie’s help in critiquing something approaching a basket-case.  I was letting myself bog down.  Her insight, and constructive critique, helped me redirect the arc of the story along a path of discovery leading to the real story I was ignoring.  And, if you’re anything like me—comma careless, she’s on top of that too!”
~  Shane Fox, author of Like a Chained-Up Dog, September 2010

*****

“Jodie has been an incredible asset. In critiquing my first chapters, she advised me on the bigger picture and also went through the smaller details with a fine-tooth comb. She offered genuine direction and tangible suggestions for improvement. Jodie was encouraging, honest, and accurate – not to mention reasonably priced and with a quick turnaround.”
~ Rob McKay, Dec. 2012

*****

“Jodie’s critique of the first 20 pages of my novel was honest and helpful. She gave me several good ideas to work with and think about. I was able to put her advice to use and look forward to working with her again.”
~  Lori Gordon, September 2010

*****

“Jodie did a critique of the first chapter of my erotic romance novel and helped me immensely with many aspects of writing fiction, including point of view and story structure. I was impressed with her timely and thorough work on my manuscript. Her suggestions were spot-on, and I can’t wait to work with her again.”
~ Raquel Mulgrew, October 2010