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Testimonials

"Heidi Pitlor isn't just one of the smartest, most experienced and insightful editors I've ever worked with, she's also got a second superpower as an author whisperer. Whether it's encouraging me to trust myself and the process, helping me clarify my intentions, brainstorming plot points that have been puzzling me, or simply talking me down from the ledge when the way seems dark, Heidi offers an abundance of wisdom, support, humor and bigheartedness. I don't know what I'd do without her!"

-Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

"Working on my memoir with Nicole Lamy has been incredibly generative. Her feedback, insightful and expansive, has helped me to lean deeper into the emotional core of the manuscript and my originating motive for writing it. She is direct and accurate in her observations while remaining nuanced and thoughtful in her delivery--and she is a master at connecting form and content. She has that rare gift of helping a writer cultivate curiosity towards their work, especially when one's instinct might be to run in the opposite direction!"

-Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Pen/Faulkner and National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Award-winning author of Savage Tongues 

"Willie Fitzgerald is a phenomenal editor. He is one of the only people on this planet who has seen my work in its newborn, messy draft stage. Not only does he have a great eye, he also has a real understanding of what makes a story tick. He's thoughtful and considerate when he looks at work. He's also very patient and caring. Willie is one of the most empathetic readers I know. I trust him implicitly when it comes to editing and writing."

-Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things, With Teeth, and Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

“Amy Zhang made me a better writer. She thoughtfully pushed me to dramatize every element of my story which resulted in a deeper and more fun piece. She delivered her advice in an easy, professional style that brought me back to one of the things I love most about writing - insightful conversations about writing."

-Steven Hahn, writer

"Christine Utz is a fantastic editor. She's empathetic and supportive which is so critical as writing can often feel like a lonely endeavor. Her developmental feedback has strengthened the story at the core of my novel and made me a better writer. I highly recommend her editing services to all writers who are seeking constructive and kind feedback on their work.
-Natalie Higdon, writer

"Heidi Pitlor is one of the kindest and keenest editors I've ever had the pleasure of working with and her notes have been invaluable to me. She is so finely attuned to the music of language and the mechanics of scene, and she knows how to get both sentences and stories to their best and final form. She has a genius instinct for what to cut and what to keep in a revision, and because she's a fabulous writer in addition to being an editor, she understands the process from every angle. I loved working with her and I can recommend her to you with a full-throated moon howl."

-Karen Russell, MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist     for Swamplandia! 

"I can’t imagine a better person to support a book project than Nicole Lamy. Not only has she read every book (an exaggeration that feels like the truth), she is uniquely skilled at what so many editors can’t do – put notes/ideas into understandable directions. In discussing book projects with her, I’ve come back to my laptop with specific ways to make a narrative better. I also must say – my favorite phrase that Nicole says is: “beautiful sentences.” To Nicole, every sentence has its own weight and can be appreciated and rewritten to make a book sing. I am no literary fiction writer, but even with my four-word, to-the-point sentences, I think, in Nicole’s voice, “Is this beautiful?” My work is better for it. She’s a combo of the best skills and encouraging temperament."

-Meredith Goldstein, author of the adult novel, The Singles, YA novels, Chemistry Lessons and Things That Grow, and the memoir, Can't Help Myself

"Working with Christine is a great experience. Having collaborated on multiple books, she’s proven to be talented, responsive, and reliable. She’s terrific at both listening to your needs and offering effective solutions. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help with writing, editing, or concept development

-Jeff Leeson, Editorial Director at Benson-Collister

"Willie is a brilliant editor and reader, which is obvious to anyone who has read his writing. I trust his opinion and edits on my work more than anyone I know."

-Alex Higley, author of True Failure, Old Open, and Cardinal 

 

 "Working with Heidi was a true pleasure. She edited a story of mine and her feedback could not have been more valuable. She helped me take the story to another level—challenging me to deepen the characters and take a closer look at plot points that just weren’t working. She did all this with kindness, patience, and good humor. A great process from start to finish."

-J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Friends and Strangers

“Amy Zhang is an exceptional editor and I highly recommend her services to any writer. Amy was thoughtful and patient throughout the editing process, and asked all the right questions that pushed me to make the essay better with each draft. Working with Amy made me excited to keep writing and submitting. Hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to work with her again in the future."

-Yurina Yoshikawa, writer

"Working with Christine Utz was an absolute game-changer. I cannot express enough gratitude for her meticulous attention to detail, insightful feedback, and unwavering commitment to enhancing my written work. From the very beginning, she showed a deep understanding of my vision and goals. She struck a delicate balance between preserving my voice and making the necessary improvements. Beyond her exceptional editing and ghostwriting abilities, she is an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. She's a great listener and patient, and she truly values the needs of her clients. Throughout the entire editing process, she remained responsive, approachable, and dedicated to delivering results that exceeded my expectations. She is highly organized and can meet deadlines with ease, delivering work of the highest quality."

-Jenn Granneman, co-author of Sensitive and author of The Secret Lives of Introverts

"Heidi is an amazing reader and editor. Her meticulous and thought provoking insights allowed me to find new, necessary direction in a novel I spent years writing. Working with her has been a transformative experience, providing clarity and a true roadmap for revision."

-Lisa Hanson, writer

"Amy helped me pull a group of stories into a fluidly restructured novel. With kindness and enthusiasm, her ideas led to a work of greater depth. Amy's insight into my project, her sensitivity to issues with my characters and instinctive grasp of what I wanted carried me through difficult stages of doubt. Really, this work would not exist with her assistance."
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Beverly Burch, writer and Lambda Literary and John Ciardi prize-winning poet

"Heidi provides amazing feedback that speaks to big issues of shaping a collection as a whole as well small issues to sharpen individual stories. Narrowing the narrative distance. Picking up pacing. Not letting subtlety drain a story. Seeding subplots. Sharpening a main character's interiority. And more. I learned so much by reading her notes, which were precise and humane and conveyed enthusiasm. She's on the side of writers. And stories. Her notes are like a master class designed for one."

-Marilyn Abildskov, author of The Men in My Country

"I came to Heidi for help with plotting the end of my novel, and she helped me see the entire story and its essence more clearly. Her notes were thorough, incisive, and generous of spirit. I’m so glad we had a chance to work together."

-Terry Dubow, writer

"I call Heidi my book fairy godmother, or maybe my matchmaker. She helped me remain intact while querying — no small feat — and her keen eye and insight were instrumental in helping my novel find a home. She’s an advocate for writers on so many different levels, and at all stages. This is the dream team, and I hope to work with them more in my journey, whether it’s launching this book or developing the next."

-Sara Shukla, writer

"Heidi and I collaborated to edit a group of short stories that greatly benefited from her intuitive sense of what makes a good story. She has a great eye for pacing, dialogue, structural balance, and character development. An empathic reader and person, she effectively and gently helped these writers locate the true heartbeat of their work and train the narrative spotlight exactly where it needed to go."

-Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation

“Willie Fitzgerald is one of the most comprehensive and insightful editors I’ve ever worked with. No piece I write is finished until I show it to Willie. I turn to Willie when I hit draft four, or five, and don’t know how to take my work any further. He’s the editor who helps bring your writing from good to great or from great to impeccable. Sometimes I’m scared to show Willie my work, because he doesn’t let me get away with my bad habits and lazy sentences. He makes my writing better than I know it can be. He’s a brilliant, caring, and enthusiastic reader. I trust him with every story I write.”

-Isle McElroy, author of The Atmospherians and People Collide

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