Nancy’s one of the best professionals I’ve worked with in years. As an editor, she excels at communication, her work is thorough, and she offered some genuinely great feedback. But all of that is expected when hiring a professional. What wasn’t expected were the follow-up emails, the congratulations message on release day, and the genuine care she displayed for my work long after she’d already been paid. That personal attention and follow-up is really what makes the experience of working with Nancy special.— Alan Lastufka, author of the multiple award-winning horror/thriller, “Face the Night”
Nancy LaFever’s editing skills are excellent. Nancy edited my book, Ghosts of Yachats, and was an extremely helpful person in addition to having great expertise in her field. She possesses a wide range of knowledge about a multitude of subjects, and her experience in making a story come together with her developmental editing abilities made her an invaluable asset to have on my team. Her innate sense of what makes good copy and what readers want, made me a better writer. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to publish their work.— Alice Lewis, author of the paranormal romance, “Ghosts of Yachats”
I hired Nancy LaFever in September 2016 to assist me in sculpting and refining the final draft of my second novel. This is the best decision I could have made, both for my manuscript and my confidence as a writer. Nancy’s critique was always straightforward, honest, insightful and tempered with welcome humour whenever it was fitting. Her suggestions were thoughtful without fail, and she is always open to discussion about any areas of particular difficulty or indecision. I am very grateful to Nancy for helping me create a final literary product that is nuanced, poignant and concise — exactly what I hoped it would be. Her feedback was always very timely and our collaboration very productive. I would recommend her considerable editorial expertise to anyone serious about getting good work done and I would be excited to work with Nancy LaFever again on any project requiring high professionalism.— Christina Minaki, M.A. (Ed.), M.I.St., author of YA novel, “Burning the Boats”
Our first book was published over seven years ago and, while I thought that it was a life-changing event living the experiences, it was even more so getting it down on paper. Nancy made it easier for us. The thing that I think we all admired was that while the three of us are good writers, sometimes we would get mired in a pattern that Nancy could spot and help us break. She recommended changes that bettered the book and made us look like pros AND, because our book is detailed nonfiction, she was able to add that extra level of continuity to our timeline of events. It was great working with Nancy – she is smart, funny, nitpicky for perfection and made the writing of our book a very pleasurable experience. And honestly, when seriously considering my next book, I’ll head straight to Nancy!— Cait Boyce, co-author, “American Sons: The Untold Story of The Falcon and The Snowman”
What sets Nancy apart from other editors is her willingness to discuss and explain her edit and content suggestions. They are exactly that, suggestions. Nancy doesn’t let her ego get in the way of a good finished product. I incorporated her changes more often than I didn’t. But when I didn’t, I knew our professional relationship wouldn’t suffer for it. To me, the ability to talk through the thought process is critical to success.— Dr Robyn Odegaard, Russ Bruzzano, co-authors of nutrition guide “How to Feed a Human”
Responsive, timely, flexible. Nancy is a detailed professional who pushes her authors in the gentlest way, to move their work to the next level. Whether you’re new to writing or have a few books under your belt, Nancy’s insights will only make you better at the craft.— Dana Killion, author of the Andrea Kellner thriller series, “Lies in High Places,” “The Last Lie,” “Lies of Men,” and “Tell Me a Lie”
Looking for a professional, thorough editor who’s easy to work with? You’ll do no better than Nancy LaFever. I feel completely confident partnering with her company, Editorchick.com, as part of our publishing processes at Braughler Books. She brings valuable insights and editorial expertise to each project, and her candid nature is quite refreshing.— David Braughler, President, Braughler Books LLC
I wrote a business book which advised people how to turn often-failing companies around. Part of my success over the years has been my style, and I wanted to ensure it came through clearly in my book. This was my number one concern when I went looking for an editor, that my style carried through, not the editor’s. I wanted the reader to not only understand what was needed intellectually to turn a company around, but to also grasp the mental and emotional requirements as well.
Nancy LaFever not only ensured this came through in the book, but showed me many ways to articulate this to a reader, which in turn provided more clarity than I had originally written. This made the book more personal to its audience, which simply put, made the book a better read.
For this I want to thank Nancy for all the work and help she provided.— Rod Moore, author of the business book, “The Long Game: Moving from Failure to Profit”
Nancy LaFever and I shared a wonderful rapport while collaborating on “See? Living Blind in a Sighted World.” Her advice on restructuring was most valuable, because it helped me in discerning appropriate topics to include in a memoir. Her comments were always positive, even regarding aspects that needed improvement.
Therefore, I would highly recommend Nancy LaFever as an editor for any other aspiring author.— Sandra Fortier, author of See? Living Blind in a Sighted World, a memoir about both support she received and the challenges faced