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Richard James: A Burning Mountain Falls

I have had Susan edit all four of my novels. I really appreciate her skills and talents as an editor. She's more than a fantastic editor, she is like a post-grad professor of creative writing for me. Under her direction, my craft has improved a great deal, and I value her input very highly. Over the years she has worked on my books, her service offering has only gotten better. Her comments throughout the text are as profuse as they are helpful, but I also especially like all the analysis of my writing that comes from her ‘extraction’ program.

And... she has patience for me being a terrible typist. :) I try hard, but am always shocked by what I miss. 

Book 5 will be going her way, too.

October 14, 2018

Year first hired: 2014; hired more than once


Barry Freeman: A Tale of Two Lawyers

Susan is a competent and thorough editor. She has an in-depth knowledge in the areas critical to good editing and adds a sense of humor to the process. She has inspired me to reeducate myself in the basics of good writing, which her editing revealed as painfully lacking.

October 16, 2013

Year first hired: 2013


Israel Vicente: Divergent Lives

I recommend Susan at Adirondack Editing for detailed and helpful editing for any manuscript. Susan worked on one of my books, Divergent Lives, and did an excellent job in giving my manuscript a most professional review and recommending enhancements that I was very pleased with. I look forward to working with her again on a future project.

July 6, 2016

Year first hired: 2014


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


Noel Jones: Hearing the Word of God

Susan has edited my second children's picture book and I am pleased with the way she edited my story. Susan not only corrected grammar, spotted hidden errors and rectified wrong spellings, she also wrote some useful ideas to my story and made it more interesting to read. Susan also wrote a report on my writing level. Her report taught me other ways to write better and tell the reader why people do what they do. I studied Susan's report on writing children's picture books and I am applying them to other books I am currently writing. I highly recommend Susan to edit anyone's writing. So, will I be using Susan's service in the future? Yes, I will. She took excellent care of my work and she will take care of yours.

February 23, 2016

Year first hired: 2016; hired more than once


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


Massimo Marino: The Rise of the Phoenix

I hired Susan to care for the copy editing of my last novel ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’ - Vol. 3 of the ‘Daimones Trilogy’.

I appreciated the punctual suggestions from Susan, and her attention to details — Susan provides her writers with additional material than just the editing corrections — that reflects in the quality of her work.

I collaborate with beta-readers and proofreading and line editing phases take place before working with the editor so this last pass needs to be the shining and finishing refinements that can come only from an expert in the subject. I was pleasantly surprised by her accuracy and her strict time management that allow her to finish her tasks even before the agreed deadline.

Susan is not the first editor I worked with and I will hire her for my next novel without a second thought.

May 24, 2014

Year first hired: 2014


Elke Feuer: Jumpstart Your Writing Routine

I’ve worked with Susan on multiple projects both large and small, ranging from workbooks to eBooks. She’s always professional and extremely thorough with her advice.

I always recommend her to the writers in my writing group, and on my business website as a must use editor.

Every writer I’ve recommended her to have raved about her and the services she provides. If you need an editor, Susan is the best choice.

March 3, 2017

Year first hired: 2013; hired more than once


Neal G. Brownell: Just the Way You Are - You're Amazing and I'll Prove It

"My wife, Linda, and I can't even begin to measure the value that Susan Uttendorfsky (Adirondack Editing) has brought to my book: Just the Way You Are - You're Amazing and I'll Prove It! The guidance that she has given us in getting my message out in my own voice has been absolutely incredible. So if you want the very best editor and mentor, you will never get anyone better than Susan Uttendorfsky of Adirondack Editing.

October 26, 2017

Year first hired: 2016; hired more than once


Antonella Lo Re: Seven Steps to Joy: A Journey to Reconnect with Our Spiritual Thread

Susan has been a fantastic editor. She respectfully edited my work always making sure of never altering my message. She worked with me in a timely manner, respecting timeline we previously agreed upon. I am looking forward to working with Susan again!

September 11, 2015

Year first hired: 2015

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