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Jeff Dickinson: So There We Were: River Running in the Hudson Gorge

As someone new to book writing I am very grateful for the editing job from Susan and Adirondack Editing. I found the work helpful on both a professional and personal basis with clear directions and encouraging words.

May 30, 2014

 Year first hired: 2013

Deborah Wise: Some Secret Place

I chose Susan as my editor because for a year I read her blogs giving advice to writers, and found them more helpful than anything else I read. When I initially contacted her, she made it obvious that she was ready and eager to meet my exact needs.

The editing service she subsequently provided was prompt, thorough, and within my budget. I have found working with Susan to be an enjoyable experience above and beyond my expectations.

July 25, 2014

Year first hired: 2014

Yogesh Chabria

Susan has incredible skills and is great help! She is extremely professional and honest about what services she can offer. There were a few areas where she also recommended me to a few others. I will definitely be using her expertise when it comes to editing, and also will recommend her to anyone who needs their work edited.

October 2, 2015

Trevor Halloway: Ashes and Asphalt

In my quest to find an editor for my latest manuscript, I came across Susan Uttendorfsky. I gave her a try and instead of receiving the usual service provided by other editors, I was given a slew of information and guidance far beyond those of previous people (including a few Ivy league professors).

Susan takes her work seriously and goes through such lengths to ensure that your story will be stronger and tighter. She will hone your work and allow you to strike out whatever errors you may have created. Like a sword cast in fire, she will help hammer out many of your impurities.

Would I use her services again? In a a heartbeat.

December 6, 2012

Year first hired: 2012

Elke Feuer: For the Love of Jazz

I really enjoyed working with Susan! She was professional, but made editing fun and informative. I especially liked her manuscript and writing skills evaluation. I definitely plan to use her again!

October 21, 2013

Year first hired: 2013; hired more than once

Michael J. McFadden: TobakkoNacht - Fighting The Antismokers' Endgame

Susan has worked with me in great detail on a rather complex book project for several months. We are now drawing to an end and about ready to put a stamp of "FINIS!" on it.

1) I've been absolutely amazed at the amount of detailed help she's given me in my writing. When I wrote my first book, back almost ten years ago, I utilized nothing except my own eyes and those of a couple of friends for editing. While I think I did quite well with it, I can only imagine how much better it would have been if I'd had Susan involved!

2) As much as it'll be nice for me to stamp my own "Finis!" on the writing part of the work on my current baby, I'll miss the emails with Susan. One of the "editing recommend" choices given here is "Personable: works well with colleagues and clients" and she most certainly fills that category to perfection. She actually enjoys her work and the interactive discussions over debatable style issues and such, and it shows through clearly in her emails. There's never a sense of "Look, I told you what the rules were. That's my job here. Take it or leave it." If we've disagreed over some particularly arcane/obscure usage of a term or concept and I've put forth a good argument as to why I've chosen a particular approach and feel it's correct she's actually pleased to have learned something new rather than annoyed that I didn't just take "professional advice." The relationship felt far more like having an in-depth and interesting discussion with a knowledgeable friend than like the impersonal editing red-ink experience that I was expecting.

3) As noted at the start here, my book is rather complex: different styles in different sections, fiction/nonfiction, chatty/fun and hard science/numbers, tables and graphs mixed with satires about evil and sentient curls of crawling death -- not an easy mix for someone to competently grasp well enough for true copy/concept-editing if they don't already have a strong background in the subject area. When I started working with Susan I didn't expect much beyond the usual "red circles around typos" level of editing. I was deeply and most pleasantly surprised.

So, overall, Susan certainly gets five stars from me and I'd highly recommend her to anyone!

March 23, 2013

Year first hired: 2012

Harry Dodgson: The Search for Patricia—Book 1 of The Rainbow Serpent

Susan has been my editor for a year now. She has always provided excellent suggestions, and is always on time. I would heartily recommend her for honesty, integrity and a job well done.

July 22, 2013

Year first hired: 2012; hired more than once

Jesse Rebock: Freelance Copyeditor

Susan has become a respectable friend and a trusted mentor. She works at 110% capacity on even the most trivial of requests, and has proven reliable, punctual, and exceedingly helpful. A writer should consider themselves lucky to do business with her, and anyone within her circles should be grateful to know her.

July 10, 2013

Year first hired: 2013

Samantha Peterson: Dynam

Susan is an incredibly detail-oriented and personable editor. I hired her for the first time a few weeks ago, and was impressed with the responsiveness, professionalism, and expeditiousness with which she worked through my manuscript. I will use Susan again in the future, and cannot recommend her highly enough!

August 24, 2013

Year first hired: 2013; hired more than once

Lisa Fender: Fable—Book 1 of the Lorn Prophecy

Susan edited my fantasy fiction novel and was very supportive. Not only were her edits spot on, she put extreme enthusiasm into the book. Her wonderful comments and understanding the book’s layout put her above others! I also have a made up language, so not only did she edit the book, she edited the new language, including the list of the words, their meanings, and the plurals. I will recommend her to all my writer friends!

Update: Susan just edited our second book and did a fabulous job! Again, she was thorough and on time. She left wonderful and funny comments, which help when you're going through the painful process, and she is dedicated and trustworthy. Not to mention, affordable! We will absolutely be using Susan again for our next book! She is part of our team now!

December 16, 2013

Year first hired: 2012; hired more than once

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