Novel Testimonials

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“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.”

~ John Tkac, Delray Beach, Florida, July 2010. Author of Whispers from the Bay and now Talking to Water, YA fiction. 

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“Jodie did a terrific job editing my novel, IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT, a paranormal thriller.  She has an exquisite eye for detail, and possesses a wide range of editing skills. Jodie corrected errors of punctuation and grammar, pointed out weaknesses in the logic and organization of the story,  and helped with the dramatic opening of the all-important first chapter. Her comments were insightful, clear and succinct, and she was able to suggest minor and substantive changes to my work in a professional and diplomatic manner. Jodie is one of the most productive editors that I have ever worked with. She worked quickly and efficiently, and returned material to me in hours to days. This made my job of revising the novel more pleasurable than onerous, and allowed me to ‘get it out the door’ with a minimum of fuss. I look forward to working with Jodie in the future.

 

~ David Hogg, Toronto, August, 2011

 

*****

“I was looking for quality, not quantity, in crafting a thriller novel that I could be proud of. For that, I needed an editor who could not only dot the i’s and cross the t’s, but provide solid feedback on plot, characterization and pacing. Jodie Renner not only gave me a detailed edit of my manuscript, but provided coaching throughout, from sharpening character motivation to heightening suspense, while keeping the plot plausible. Thanks to Jodie, I’m not only making this thriller novel the best it can be, but I’m learning how to create a more polished product for my other two draft books, which I hope will need far less help, thanks to the work we’ve been doing on this one.”

~ B. Z. Zaragoza, California, September, 2012

“Hi, Jodie: I worked with editors and agents on my other two books and in the early going of this thriller, Wolff’s Run, but I never received the valuable ‘big picture’ input I’ve been getting from you. As I said previously, it’s easy to get a great line edit, but almost impossible to get the kind of substantive advice that helps transform a draft manuscript into a book that publishers will actually pay for. This is the kind of solid input writers need most and hardly ever find. You’re the only one – for instance – who has constantly pointed out point of view shifts, even minor slippages. And that’s great. Many editors seem to either not know about them or not value them. But I’m beginning to see that every agent and acquisitions editor in the business certainly does, and as you said, they will pitch aside a potentially good book in a blink if it appears to be amateurish and loaded with fundamental errors of style. So you’re at the top of the short list of people who have helped me with this novel, Jodie. I recently signed with a major Toronto literary agency, and have a deal pending with a film agent. Thanks again for your honest, knowledgeable, and valued input.”

~ Michael Hughes, Toronto, June 2011, author of Wolff’s Run, first in a series involving Detective Colton Connell

*****

“When it came time to publish an independent work, I knew I’d need an editor. Until then, I’d always had my work edited by someone the publisher assigned. Jodie Renner came well-recommended, and I wasn’t disappointed. She has a keen eye, and provides full editing services, so my romantic suspense book is stronger for her touches. Beyond finding obvious errors, she makes suggestions, but leaves my voice on the page. I’ll definitely consider using Jodie’s services in the future, should the need arise.”

~ Terry Odell, May 2011, author of romantic suspense. Her titles include When Danger Calls, Where Danger Hides and Rooted in Danger (Five Star Expressions); Nowhere to Hide (Wild Rose Press), Finding Sarah and Hidden Fire (Ellora’s Cave) and now Danger in Deer Ridge. 

*****

Threads West: An American Saga, Book One“She tamed the Typo Kid! Super quick, highly efficient, painstakingly accurate and a pleasure to deal with, Jodie put the final copyediting polish on my #1 Best Selling, multiple award-winning western novelThreads West. This was the final shine the book needed to be 100% professional to the smallest punctuation detail! ~ Reid Lance Rosenthal, December 2010, author of Threads West,  award-winning first novel of the six-book Threads West, An American Saga series.

*****

“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.”

~ John Tkac, Delray Beach, Florida, July 2010. Author of Whispers from the Bay and now Talking to Water, YA fiction. 

*****

“Writing a novel is hard, but avoiding rejection is even harder. Jodie Renner increased my chances in the marketplace by helping me polish my latest YA novel, Sleepwalking with Deer, until it was shiny enough to secure representation. Of course she fixed typos and pointed out awkward phrasing, but she also provided something else that’s hard to come by nowadays: encouragement. When you add that to her fast turn-around times and reasonable rates, you cannot do better than Jodie Renner.”

~ Monica Shaughnessy, April 2011, author of several books, including this latest YA fiction, Sleepwalking with Deer

*****

Thanks for editing my new thriller17 Degrees North, Jodie. You’re an excellent editor. I like lots of your suggestions and have incorporated many into the text. It’s obvious from what you did that you understand the mystery/suspense genre, and your suggestions improved the flow of the narrative. I’m excited about the finished product, and my agent is satisfied (very important).”  

~ Larry Seeley, author of Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, Award-Winning Finalist in the “Fiction: Mystery/Suspense” category of the 2011 International Book Awards and now 17 Degrees North

 *****

“In editing my literary novel, Jodie Renner helped me to find and affirm what was the best in my writing. Her consistent, thorough feedback gave me the framework I needed to do fast and effective revision. She achieved this with compassion, offering balanced portions of advice and encouragement as we worked through my novel. “Jodie’s incisive questioning forced me to make my description more visual, and to communicate with economy, while still maintaining my style. She also taught me to pay close attention to chronology in my storytelling, and to develop my characters and scenes by adding more detail. I hope Jodie can edit my next book, so that I can use her help to continue to grow as a writer.”

~ Howard Baker, October 2009, author of Unfinished Business, hebaker@telus.net, B.C., Canada

*****

“Jodie was an absolute joy to work with throughout the entire editing process. With sound and experienced advice on everything from grammar to making my dialogue sound like something that somebody would actually say, she turned my middle-grade novel into a great story. I could sense the children’s librarian within as we went through my book, and can’t thank her enough for turning my middle-grade novel into something kids can really enjoy. Thanks, Jodie!”

~ Jim Maher, June 2011

*****

  “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 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, and now Lioness.

“Jodie did a terrific job of smoothing my prose, catching typos, and pointing out gaps in logic. My suspense-mystery Dying for Justice is a better novel because of her input. In addition, her turnaround time was excellent and she’s easy to work with. I highly recommend her editing services.”

~ L.J. Sellers, February 2011, author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mysteries: The Sex ClubSecrets to Die ForThrilled to DeathPassions of the Dead, and now, Dying for Justice

*****

Jodie is not only a great editor but also a great reader who loves her work and her passion. She is brilliant with grammar and really goes into the story, which is awesome! She worked with me chapter by chapter, which was a great experience because we went through every little detail. Jodie brings up vital suggestions and her critiques are never harsh. She has a great understanding of story techniques and structure and loves a great, twisted plot. I really enjoyed working with Jodie on my YA fantasy novel and recommend her to absolutely anyone who has written a book and wants help to get it published, because it’s a tough business. Jodie also helped me out a lot with my query and synopsis, which I really appreciate. Thanks, Jodie! It was a great pleasure working with you.

~ Ariel Emerald, May 2010, author of The Coming

*****

“Jodie is great when you need a second pair of eyes. She will unabashedly point out the strengths and weaknesses to your work and help you find ways to improve it. Jodie will make you look at your manuscript in a whole different way, helping you improve it beyond all expectations. She helped me take my monstrous first draft and narrow it down into something more likely to be published. I would easily hire her again.”

~ M.B. Gordon, August 2010, author of The Prophecy, a YA fantasy

*****

“If your guidance is limited to feedback from an English or writing professor, understand this is a different experience. There’s no class with fifty or a hundred (or more) people. There’s no book. There’s no assignment. There’s you and there’s Jodie helping you clarify your story in your voice. I’ve had a dozen English majors look over my shoulder on this writing quest of mine. But Jodie has given me more help then all of them put together.”

~ John Willis, Sept. 2010, author of 2209

*****

“Jodie Renner did a fantastic job editing my humorous detective novel.  She was unfazed by technical difficulties and offered many helpful suggestions above and beyond the call of duty.  She seems to live by the credo: always give a little more than is expected of you.  She would be an asset to any project and I fully intend to work with her again in the future.”

~ Dan Redican, April 2008, author of Rimbaud’s Notebook

*****

“As the author of two well-received books (biographies), I have found that it is easy to get a good line edit of your work. What is almost impossible to find is an editor who can give you that “big picture” substantive input that really helps. Working with Jodie now on my suspense thriller, I can say that she is one of the best in the business, in my opinion. She offers practical nuts-and- bolts critiques and advice than can actually help you get published, which is no easy task when agents and editors are on the lookout for very particular elements which, if they aren’t there, get you tossed onto the slush pile in a blink.”

~ Michael Hughes, Toronto, May 2011

*****

“Jodie Renner recently edited my science fiction novel aimed at young teens. In addition to correcting the spelling and grammar, Jodie provided me with great feedback throughout, helping me to clarify concepts and ideas. The end product is much more coherent than I had imagined, and initial readers consistently tell me that the book is easy to read. … I couldn’t have done it without Jodie’s guidance and direction on the endeavor. Working with Jodie was a pleasant and painless experience, and one I would recommend for anyone serious about editing manuscripts.”

~ Randy Frid, Ph.D., February 2009, author of Demons at the Door, first book of The Jake Lorde Chronicles

*****

“Jodie Renner has done an amazing job editing my historical romance novel. With her help, my work has strengthened and I feel much more confident about the success it may have. She helped me with point of view issues, and went beyond any common editor, researching parts of my book so that it would be as accurate as possible. She corresponded with me frequently during the whole review/editing process and answered any questions I had. Thanks, Jodie!”

~ Natalee Binda, April 2010, author of When the Highlander Calls

*****

“I have had several editors, but Jodie Renner is the best. Her accuracy and speed exceeded my expectations. Her quality work greatly improved the flow of my book, Don’t Disappear, Part 1, and made the English more natural sounding.”

~ Nina Guest, Dec. 2010, author of Don’t Disappear

*****

“I highly recommend Jodie as an editor. In addition to proofreading for grammar and punctuation, Jodie was professional and knowledgeable about fiction writing techniques. I appreciated her willingness to communicate and make suggestions on my novel. Not only is Jodie stellar in her craft, she is also a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with her on future projects.”

~ SEK, erotic romance writer, August 2010

*****

“I highly recommend Jodie as an editor. She was professional and knowledgeable. I appreciated her willingness to communicate and make suggestions to improve my novel. Her dependability was evident by completing my book project, a fantasy novel for preteens, ahead of schedule.”

~ Patricia Hadalski, March 2009, author of Remarkable Encounter, Pennsylvania

*****

“Jodie: It’s been great working with you on this project. Your copyediting/proofreading work has been accurate and detailed, but not overbearing. I’ve been very impressed with some of the things you’ve caught that I didn’t see… It’s a pleasure to work with someone who knows and enjoys the English language. I will definitely use you for future projects. Also, as I’m sure you saw when you read the new version, I followed much of your original advice on improving the novel. I appreciate all the input. […] And, of course, thank you for all your kind words and encouragement on my writing and story. It’s inspiring.”

~ Robert Beatty, January 2010, author of Lioness

*****

I am a professional editor of scholarly work at a university but I hired Jodie Renner to edit my unpublished novel manuscript of 108,000 words. Just like a surgeon wouldn’t perform surgery on himself (or on his family), even a professional editor needs a second pair of sharp eyes to discern, deconstruct, suggest changes and help polish the language. Your mother shouldn’t edit your work and neither should your best friend. Nor will spellchecking save your manuscript. So who should you hire to edit your work? I suggest choosing someone who doesn’t already love you, has stellar qualifications, and possesses a sharp eye and a true affection for your genre. Books about writing are helpful, and so are classes, but neither reveals what is wrong with your story, page by page, even line by line. A live professional editor, Jodie Renner, has just the right one-on-one editorial style.

  1. Here are some reasons why you should hire Jodie Renner to edit your romance or suspense novel:
  2. Her educational and professional qualifications are top notch.
  3. She loves the genre and understands what makes romantic suspense tick.
  4. She spots continuity errors, the hardest kind of errors to catch.
  5. She tells you where your dialogue falls flat and how to sparkle it up.
  6. She finds all the plot holes and nails those dead ends, too.
  7. She’s not afraid to gently suggest that you delete a chapter that doesn’t work!
  8. She tells you what aspects of your story work well, so there are lots of positives.
  9. She’s not heavy-handed and she respects your voice as the author. Always!
  10. She asks intelligent questions about the characters, especially their motivations and their goals.
  11. She talks about them and thinks about them as if they are real.
  12. Her revisions, using Tracking Changes in Microsoft Word, are pure gold.
  13. Scene sequel? You bet! She knows how chapters should start and end.

It’s thrilling to experience the evolution of my novel manuscript and see both its strengths recognized and its weaknesses revealed, through Jodie’s eyes. Writing is a solitary endeavor but editing, for the eventual goal of professional publication, is a team effort between author and editor. This novel is the most important thing I’ve ever written. I trusted Jodie Renner with my huge manuscript and am happy to report, she’s worth every cent.

~ Eve Paludan, author of three editions of The Romance Writer’s Pink Pages (Prima) and the current project, The Man Who Fell from the Sky (108,000 words, fiction), February 2010

*****

“…By the way, Jodie, you have challenged me and my writing in the most fantastic ways. I don’t know if you do this with all the projects you take on, but if you do, ALL of your clients certainly get a good bit more than they have paid for. Toward the end of this project, my greatest challenge will be to write a testimonial that will come close to giving you the kudos you deserve.”

~ John Tkac, Talking to Water, YA fiction (May 29, 2010)

*****

“Hi, Jodie: I worked with editors and agents on my other two books and in the early going of this thrillerWolff’s Run, but I never received the valuable ‘big picture’ input I’ve been getting from you. As I said previously, it’s easy to get a great line edit, but almost impossible to get the kind of substantive advice that helps transform a draft manuscript into a book that publishers will actually pay for. This is the kind of solid input writers need most and hardly ever find. You’re the only one – for instance – who has constantly pointed out point of view shifts, even minor slippages. And that’s great. Many editors seem to either not know about them or not value them. But I’m beginning to see that every agent and acquisitions editor in the business certainly does, and as you said, they will pitch aside a potentially good book in a blink if it appears to be amateurish and loaded with fundamental errors of style. So you’re at the top of the short list of people who have helped me with this novel, Jodie. I recently signed with a major Toronto literary agency, and have a deal pending with a film agent. Thanks again for your honest, knowledgeable, and valued input.”

~ Michael Hughes, Toronto, June 2011, author of Wolff’s Run, first in a series involving Detective Colton Connell