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Bill Powell: A Girl Uploaded

While I had a good idea of what an appraisal of my MS might uncover, from some partial critiques (and which I did not share), Susan delivered an analysis that was more detailed than anything I'd seen, was consistent with my expectations, but also identified one or two more areas for work.

The final report was well laid out, so easy to understand, and made it easy for me to see what did (and what did not) need further work, both at the high level and at the individual line level.

After Susan's appraisal I believe my re-worked MS is now in good shape to go before an agent or an editor - and that represents money well spent.

June 26, 2014

Year first hired: 2014; hired more than once


Jo Ann Plante: Everyone Evelon

Susan did an excellent job of editing my manuscript. She is professional and exceptionally thorough in her work. She added her thoughts and put comments next to some of the content giving me additional suggestions. She went beyond my expectations by asking me to contact her with any questions or comments after she completed her editing. When I did contact her, she was helpful and quick to respond. I will definitely use her for my next writing project.

April 2, 2014

Year first hired: 2014


Gayle Smith: With Education, Inspiration, and Organization

Susan Uttendorfsky is a phenomenal editor! Any editor corrects grammar, sentence structure, and all of the mechanical details related to writing. Susan enables the author to actually develop their ideas for writing. My experience with Susan as I recently completed my book and workbook with her was extraordinary. She challenged me to dig deeper into the context of my writing. She even disputed points by giving me sound objectives and logic to help me come to my own conclusions. Her expertise in research and for writing trends continually shaped the best presentation of my writing for publication. At first I thought, “Oh my goodness, this is taking way too long;” I thought the manuscript was complete. However, I quickly realized that there was much work to be done and that writing has a flow whose purpose being projected throughout the text cannot be placed under the clock. I learned about so many details in putting together a manuscript that previously were unknown or seemingly unimportant. Anyone seeking an editor with integrity, knowledge, patience, reasonable rates, and respect for the profession: you’ll find this and more in Susan.

December 18, 2015

Year first hired: 2014; hired more than once


John F Nienstedt: The Chantilly Lace

I've searched long and hard for a fiction editor that I can trust. I need someone who will do a thorough job with punctuation and grammar, and who isn't ridiculously expensive. I am so happy to have discovered Susan Uttendorfsky at Adirondack [Editing]. Not only is she thorough, but she is prompt and responsive. Because her rates are reasonable, I am able to send more of my projects her way. That's very important with two novels and a collection of short stories in my collection.

September 11, 2013

Year first hired: 2013; hired more than once


Donalie Beltran: Murder is a Family Affair

Susan is extremely professional and gets the job done on time. She is thorough and knowledgeable. I would recommend her services to any person who needed their manuscript edited.

October 13, 2013

Year first hired: 2013


Michael A. O’Riley: Ablution: The Beginning

I would highly recommend Susan, especially for the newer writers that are seeking guidance from a professional editor. My entire book was completed much faster than expected and the edits that were suggested were well outlined and explained. She provided a wealth of helpful insight and included a thorough summary of the entire book. I will definitely be using Adirondack Editing on future projects.

July 1, 2016

Year first hired: 2016


Larry Laswell: Vows to the Fallen

Susan provided two services for me. First I submitted my manuscript to her for what she calls "Extraction." She has a fantastic tool that rates the writing based on word frequency, and it was an eye-opener. I have used what I learned to improve my craft. Also, the same tool found several spelling mistakes and inconsistencies in my manuscript that three editors had missed.

Next she provided an analysis of the manuscript based on a review of plot, theme development, and characterization. Her insights were right on the mark and were also eye-openers. I have used her feedback to sharpen the focus of my next novel, “Vows to the Fallen,” as well as improve my craft.

If you want to learn something about your manuscript and writing style—and things that no one else will find—contact Susan.

February 19, 2015

Year first hired: 2015; hired more than once


Regina N.: A Jar of Broken Hearts

It's a pleasure to recommend Susan Uttendorfsky of Adirondack Editing. Susan offered detailed professional developmental editing services for my adult fiction story, A Jar of Broken Hearts.

Not only did she show great mastery of the editing process, she also provided a lot of positive critiquing. "In my project, her advice has been invaluable in terms of character development, editing, chapter development, formatting, ensuring consistent flow in the writing, and spell checking.

Susan is a very diligent, meticulous, and thorough copy editor. She also takes the time to suggest multitude of other resources (books, articles and discussion forums) for writers to enhance their skills and understanding of the writing world. I'm looking [forward] to working with Susan on future projects.

June 3, 2013

Year first hired: 2012


Nan R. Johnson: Song of the Open Road

I am so glad I contracted with Susan to edit my manuscript. She earned my respect with her precision editing and she earned my trust with her spot-on suggestions, always delivered with kindness.

April 14, 2015

Year first hired: 2015; hired more than once


The third party directing the editing and formatting of The Amélie Mary Elizabeth Mysteries

Please find attached my post-edited version of the book. Can I just say I’ve really enjoyed the editor's work? It was sensitive, funny, and genuinely very helpful—almost like talking to a friend!

December 2015

Year first hired: 2015

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