Short Story Testimonials

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Short Story Testimonials

“Jodie is a brilliant editor. It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with her on my short story, ‘Risking it All’, for her BC anthology. Her interactive editing style took my story to the next level, and I learned lots in the process. Throughout the editing process, she provided in-depth explanations on what changes were needed and the reasons for these changes. This is where the learning took place. Her detailed explanations helped me understand the importance of staying in a character’s viewpoint, especially in a short story, and that characters need to react emotionally as well as physically to what’s going on around them. I now get it and my writing shows it! Also, she has an exceptional eye for detail and was able to focus in on inconsistencies in punctuation, grammar and language, while still looking at the big picture. Throughout the process she taught me the importance of choosing the right words, especially powerful verbs.

“Thank you, Jodie, for sharing your knowledge and for making the editing process a wonderful experience! I look forward to working and learning with you in the future.”

   ~ Linda Kirbyson, Okanagan Falls, BC, Sept. 25, 2015

 *****

“Jodie did a terrific job editing my short story for her Voices from the Valleys anthology. She made the action scenes flow smoothly and logically, and showed me how to write better dialogue. Since I am new to writing fiction, Jodie took great care in showing me how to use close third person point of view and avoid author intrusions into the story. Jodie’s editing tightened up the story and really brought it to life. Thank you, Jodie!”

   ~ L.M. Patrick, Penticton, BC, Oct. 2015

 *****

“My first experience with an editor was amazing. Jodie Renner not only edited my short story, ‘Snowbird Melting’, for her anthology, Voices from the Valleys, but she threw in lots of coaching that I can apply to future stories along the way. Her comments and recommendations erased the invariable hiccups of a new author and pushed the story to another level. I would be thrilled to work with her in the future.”

  ~ Eileen Hopkins, September 2015

*****

“I knew that Jodie Renner was highly respected for her editing of novels, and I was pleased to discover, several years ago, that she also edits short stories. Jodie has assisted me, through  interactive online editing, in getting four of my short stories and numerous poems published. One of my short stories was published in an anthology out of Berkeley, California, while two others were awarded second prize and honourable mention in Canadian Anthologies. Thanks to Jodie’s editing skills, I am now proud to call myself a published author.”

  ~ D.F. Barrett, August 2015

*****

“Jodie, I am not exaggerating when I say your edits of my story for Childhood Regained were a Masterclass in how to edit fiction. I have read books and articles and blogs on how to edit one’s novel (perhaps read too many), but an actual experience like this is an eye-opener. Once I am done with this story, I plan to return to your books (I have all three) and your blog posts for a deeper study.”

~ Sanjay Deshmukh, February 2016

***** 

“Working with Jodie to improve my creative nonfiction piece for the Voices from the Valleys anthology has been a revelation. I have been writing for decades. At no time in the past has anyone seriously edited my work but me. Jodie’s comments, suggestions, and corrections are instructive, incisive, and valuable. She is straightforward and respectful. My exchanges with Jodie have provided me with tips and advice that will improve all my writings.”

~ Seth Raymond, Prince George, Canada, Sept. 2015

*****

“I had the honor of working with Jodie Renner on two short stories for her anthology, Childhood Regained – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers. Wow! I was amazed at how thoroughly she edited. In repeated passes she helped me fix and polish until, each time, we had a story I was proud of. I’m already asking her to edit my future projects.”

~ Steve Hooley, August 2015

*****

Jodie edited my novel Daughter of No One and she also edited the two short stories I submitted for Childhood Regained. Jodie is a pleasure to work with and she’s a true professional. Her suggestions, on both choice of word and content, were invariably spot-on and helped to make the stories so much better. I couldn’t ask for anything better and so I highly recommend her.

~ Caroline Sciriha, Sept. 1, 2015

*****

“Jodie is very thorough, and she has an impeccable eye for detail. Through the editing of my short story, ‘Life Study in Charcoal’ for the anthology Childhood Regained, she proved herself to be an excellent copyeditor. I very much appreciated her collaborative style. Her succinct comments and recommendations and her ideas for improving characterization led to open and thoughtful discussion, which ultimately resulted in a better manuscript. I found Jodie to be professional and encouraging at all times. Working with her was a pleasure.”

~ M. Eastick, January 2016

*****

“Jodie guided me expertly through the process of revising my short story, ‘Flowers,’ to make it more gripping for inclusion in the anthology, Childhood Regained. She is most astute in seeing how changing small details can create sensations in the reader, ensuring that they continue reading to the end. Jodie skilfully pointed out how getting events in the best order can maximise the effect. Thank you for your help, Jodie.”

~ Hazel Bennett, January 2016

*****

“Jodie edited my short story ‘Brick by Brick,’ which I submitted to her anthology, Childhood Regained. She pointed out what was lacking or did not work, pushing me to continue working on it until it became a story I could be proud of. I am truly amazed at the results. ‘Brick by Brick’ would not have been worthy of publication without her expertise.”

~ Kym McNabney, January 2016

*****

“My first experience with a professional editor turned out to be a rewarding experience. Jodie Renner edited my short story ‘Firestorm’ for the anthology, Voices from the Valleys. From start to finish it was a positive, learning experience. I figured after editing, the story might not reflect my writing voice, but to my amazement the editing made ‘Firestorm’ a much more powerful story. Thanks, Jodie.”                       

   ~ William S. Peckham, September 2015

*****

“Jodie Renner is a breeze to work with. I’ve had her edit two of my short stories. She gave me precise recommendations, found some grammatical errors that I’d missed, didn’t change my voice or characters, and finished it all up with a personal note on how she liked my work. I’ll definitely use her again!”

   ~ Darcy Nybo, Sept. 2015, Owner – Always Write and Artistic Warrior

*****

“I met Jodie through my friend, a colleague and fellow author, who highly recommended her as an editor, and a wonderful person. We’ve started working together on my thriller, and I just completed a crime short story and ran it by Jodie. I was amazed. Her advice and suggestions improved my writing. She has a keen eye for noticing when the point of view is hovering or hopping between characters within a scene, and makes the author think about the way they express cause and effect in the action scenes. With Jodie’s help, I used stronger words to express my thoughts and gave more life to the emotional reactions of my characters. It was a great experience working with Jodie; it’s easy to tell that she has a passion for what she does. My friend was right—she is wonderful. I’m looking forward to our next project together…”

~ Beverly Purdy, MD, California, Feb. 2, 2012

*****

“I was thrilled with the results of Jodie’s edit on my 50s noir crime story, Mistake-Proof. She corrected the craft errors that had crept into my manuscript and gave me some very good ideas about how I could heighten the suspense. She also helped me put a final polish on the story, which brought it up to publishing standards. Jodie’s rates, response time, and communications were outstanding, and I’ve already started sending her additional stories.”

~  Holly L. LeRoy, Pebble Beach, California, February 2012

*****

“I absolutely love Jodie’s work! Through her editing changes, Jodie turned a good short story into a great one. I am more than pleased with the quality of the work delivered. The results exceeded my expectations. They were neat, right on time, and professionally executed. I am looking forward to working on my novels and other short stories with Jodie.”

~ Henya Drescher, Manhattan, New York, April 2009

*****

“Thank you so much for doing such a detailed job of editing my latest short story, Jodie. You not only corrected and clarified the grammatical errors, but you added many incisive comments regarding continuity, form and context. It’s great to see another one of my stories alight with clarity and sparkle now that it has been edited by you!”

~ D.F. Barrett, British Columbia, May 2009

*****

“Thanks for your editing and suggestions on my short story, Jodie.  I’m really glad I found you!  You not only did an excellent job but you also kept true to the voice of the piece.  I will definitely send more stories your way as I write them.” ~ Beril, Istanbul, Turkey, 2008