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I just finished going over all the changes for my manuscript, Deborah. Thank you so much for your extensive feedback; I feel my book is much better because of it. Your edits and critique are invaluable! I learned a lot from your editing that will improve all of my writing. I have grown as a writer from your feedback. Thank you for the information regarding agents and marketing. And thank you for the list of books, too. I have a couple and am working on tracking down the rest.

Camille Lagron
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Mary, your critique was beyond anything I might have hoped for. Your psychological insights into the characters (and myself, for that matter) have finally made me see with clarity what needs to be fixed and how. Up until now, I only had a feeling something wasn't quite right, but I couldn't get to the root of it. Now I have all of the roots exposed. And by going deeper into the characters and their stories, I am seeing the subplots, so the revisions should solve all the issues.

Thanks so much!

Eugenia Cosinschi

We had the pleasure of working wtih Deborah at A-1 Editing Services in the final stages of writing our book. Her editing skills, professionalism, candor, and understanding of our readers' needs were truly remarkable. We are so grateful to have found A-1, and will seek out Deborah for future projects.

Matthew G. Mattson, President & Co Founder of Phired Up Productions

Deborah did a wonderful job editing my series and I'm a stronger writer because of what she taught me. Thanks, Debbie!

Kate Kaynak, author of the Ganzfield Books

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I had both of my books ‘Year of the Dead’ and ‘Death by Revelation’ edited by Deck Deckert of A-1 Editing Service. I’ve self-published both as eBooks. ‘Year of the Dead’ has consistently been in the top 100 best selling lists in the Sci-Fi and Horror sections of the Amazon Kindle eStore since Jan of 2011, ‘Death by Revelation’ since April.

I owe a great deal of my success to Deck and A-1 Editing Service. Every author needs help with spelling and grammar; more importantly an author needs a skeptical eye to tell them what is working and not working in their books. I’d estimate I’ve incorporated close to 95% of Deck’s suggestions of what to put in, take out, or modify in my manuscripts. Currently I’m selling between 700 to 1000 copies of each book a month. Hiring Deck and A-1 Editing Service was one of the best decisions I’ve made as an author.

Jack J. Lee

If ever I need an edit done again, I will be sure to come to you. I am very impressed with your work so far and am sure I will that I will only become more impressed as I keep going. You have done me a great service and in my opinion, the price was far too minimal for what you have done for me. Thank you.

Schuyler Ebersol

I feel like I won the lottery for editors when I found Mary Linn Roby through the A-1 Editing Service web site.  Mary spent so much time improving, creating, polishing and embellishing dialogue and descriptions in my novel, Chasing Her Destiny, while serving as my critique partner.  Thanks to her, I believe my work is now the best that it can be and ready for publication and, hopefully, reach a wide audience.  I highly recommend the fine supportive team of Deborah and Mary to any author.

Terri Friedlander
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My experience with A-1 Editing has been very good. This is the second time I have had a manuscript edited by A-1. I am more than pleased with their professionalism and know-how of the editing process and the writing industry. In particular, Deborah Britt-Hay did an exemplary job on editing my manuscript. Deborah also gave me valuable insight on how to improve my work and she left me more industry on what the industry standards are. I whole-heartedly recommend A-1 to anyone who is serious about having their manuscript edited.

Daru Mincy
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I can't speak highly enough about my experiences with A-1 Editing Service and more specifically about Carol Thoma's work. From day one, they have been both professional and responsive. E-mails are answered promptly, and every question is answered clearly.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I sent in my sample edit. My story had been previously critiqued by numerous sources, some of which had extensive grammar expertise, but I wanted to see what professional editing would offer.

When I received the edit back from Carol, I was initially in shock, and it was truly an eye-opening experience. When the surprise (and embarassment) wore off, I realized that Carol's comments not only impoved my writing, but also the story. I could see that her attention wasn't focused only on "dangling modifiers," but also on the depth of the characters and plot. She explained every suggested change in painstaking detail and offered subtle suggestions for improvements that made perfect sense. Her input did not end with red marks on the page either, as we corresponded and bounced ideas back and forth afterward.

Since that initial sample edit, Carol has edited one short story for me and is currently working on my book, and I couldn't be more pleased! I now know that when we are through, I'll be ready to submit my work to an agent with 100% confidence.

D.L. Hammons
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I would highly recommend A-1 Editing Service and more specifically, Debbie Britt-Hay. As a first time author, the idea of going with an editor can be an intimidating prospect. However, thanks to Debbie's professionalism and quick responses, I couldn't have had a better experience.

She was extremely patient to make sure that I not only understood what she thought needed to be changed, but the reasoning behind those recommendations. She isn't afraid to tell you how it is, but any criticism she gives is completely constructive.

Every new author should go through the editing process. You may be hesitant to spend the money up front, but your manuscript and you, as an author, will improve greatly. It is truly a learning experience. A good editor, like Debbie, will point out different angles that never crossed your mind, far beyond basic proofreading.

Flint Ory
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I wholeheartedly recommend A-1 Editing Service, and especially, Mary Roby. As an aspiring writer, never published, and at that time without representation, I was very hesitant to spend money for professional editing, but everything I read was critical. Still wary, I really wanted to make sure I got my money's worth, and with Mary Roby, I certainly did.
Her work is superb, and her personal interest in your work convinces you right away that you're getting quality, professional editing from someone who loves the act of writing and is devoted to improving your work. Her editing will speak for itself, but I can't say enough about the professionalism, courtesy, and personal investment that A-1 Editing Service in general, and Mary Roby in particular, provided.

If you trust them with your work, I believe you'll be 100% satisfied.

Tom Childress

Please do not hesitate to add me to your reference list. You and Dennis Billuni have been nothing but professional and responsive, and the quality of work delivered was thoughtful, detailed, timely, and well beyond my expectations. Exceptional bang for the buck! I hope to work with both of you again.

Robert Battaglia
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This is an unsolicited letter written in appreciation of A-1 Editing Service, Nicole A. Bentley and Mary Linn Roby. As an unpublished novelist who has written and researched for the last ten years I was at wit’s end. My first novel had been rejected by virtually every agent in the book – and with no hint or indication as to why. What was wrong? Was it my story? My style? A combination? I had no idea and was drifting, feeling angry, pointing the finger everywhere but at myself.
Then, while surfing the web I landed in A-1’s web site and saw a challenge. A-1 was asking me to send in the first fifteen pages of my manuscript and they would edit the first five for no charge. And they would critique it. Finally – feedback!

Well I took the challenge, sending the first fifteen pages of my second novel into A-1. And I had slaved over those fifteen pages and considered them clean. What came back angered me initially but then I saw something more. Mary Linn Roby, a successful novelist, writing teacher and literature teacher, had improved my work. I was overwriting, a common mistake, but invisible to me. And Mary’s comments (gentle but direct) explained exactly where the errors were – and why I was making them. Mary had not only improved my novel but my understanding of the craft. I needed polish. What better writing course could one get than for a novelist and creative writing teacher to critique your own work – and polish it up for publication to boot?

Since then Mary has edited both of my novels and has helped me to become a better (and more confident) writer - and I’ll be sending her my third novel in a few weeks. Novel two, All Else Is Vanity, will soon be published by PublishAmerica and they are looking at novel one also.

Jim Tomaszek

As a first time writer, you find yourself as a very small fish in a very large ocean of the unknown world of becoming an author, especially as you plunge, as we all do nowadays, into the web looking for an editing firm. I was very fortunate to find A-1 Editing Service to assist me with the editing of my manuscript. Their straightforward approach, expertise, and consideration for the needs of their clients go above and beyond any other editing business I have dealt with.

I am visually impaired, and they have graciously accommodated my special needs with the utmost thoughtfulness. Carol Thoma, one of their senior editors, got to know me, not just my writing style but also as a person, which allowed for an extraordinary level of editing. After all her corrections and suggestions, my manuscript grew 40% and ended up being something really worth pursuing my dream of publishing.

They are the best there is!

Luis Gonzalez
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If you have any doubts as to the potential value of A-1 Editing Services, cast them aside. This was not only money well spent on final review and edit for me, but tutelage in creative writing I could not have found anywhere else. Kathryn Lynn Davis fine-tuned my words with painstaking thoroughness--no devil was left alive in the detail--and wrote an exhaustive critique that took the book to a new level. Not one negative comment, not one wasted observation, and above all, no shyness whatever in identifying flaws and suggesting remedies. I am a better writer, my book is a better book--a polished novel now, and one that merits attention.

Thank you Kathryn. Thank you Nicole.

Ken Kilner
Yellowstone Four

I highly recommend A-1 Editing Service. As a first time novelist, I was nervous about having a professional review my work. But with A-1 Editing, the process was painless. I was treated with the utmost professionalism and respect. Nicole helped me improve my technique while never interfering with my unique voice. The cost was reasonable, and the critique invaluable.

I can honestly say that I am a better writer today because of my association with A-1 Editing Service. As a matter of fact, I have recently contacted Nicole about editing my second novel.

Margaret A. Helms

A year ago today I made a call to Random House asking if they could recommend an editor. Yes, I figured go to the best to get the best! However, they had no idea who I was. What the receptionist did do was direct me to a web site which listed A-1 Editing Services and “someone else.” 

After placing a call to both companies I was impressed with A-1 Editing because while speaking to Nicole she detected that this was new to me. She took the extra time to not only explain the process of A-1 but the process of editing overall. For that I was truly grateful.

The novel in which I have written is very close and dear to me. I was paired with one of the Senior Editors, Dr. Carol Thoma and after working with her on both the initial edit and the 2nd edit I can say that she is GREAT!

She would e-mail me with questions rather than assuming, and by the time she finished with the second edit, she “understood” my characters so to the point that she was able to speak in their dialect.

I thank Carol for taking the time to understand my idea, relate to my characters, place her in the situations, and freely question whatever didn’t fit.

Reading through the final copy filled my heart with joy! 

I hope to work with A-1 and with Carol again, for I feel confident that we have developed a wonderful writer/editor relationship.  I would highly recommend both A-1 Editing Service, and especially Carol Thoma, for any editing job!

Brenda Tolbert
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