2017: Editing 'The Valley of Decision'

"I had a Christian editor I was pleased with but we parted ways as she didn't agree with my interpretation of biblical views. I found two editors after her who didn't meet my expectation.  I am pleased to have crossed paths with Cecily Paterson. I loved her notes and explanations and was overall pleased with the edits and professional details she brought to my finished draft. It's not only important to have a good editor but to have someone who understands your writing style. I've found this is Cecily; she's a keeper and I will definitely recommend her services to others!"

- Acacia Slaton, Author

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2017: Editing 'Grace in Strange Disguise'

"Cecily is a master of seeing what is NOT there on the page. Whether it be missing emotion or thoughts or details. Her comments allowed me to clearly see what I needed to do and inspired me to better writing. She's efficient with her time (which keeps the cost down) and tells the truth kindly- a very important trait in an editor."

- Christine Dillon, author

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2017: Editing 'The Battle'

I would highly recommend any new or experienced author work with Cecily. I spent three months searching for just the right editor and am forever thankful that I found Cecily. This was my first experience with working with an editor. I had heard many horror stories about how editors tear new writers down. Once I started working with Cecily I realized that my fears were unfounded. I have greatly enjoyed working with her.

It is clear that she knows what it take to make a story come to life. I have learned so much from her. In her feedback she uses questions, comments and example to help the author understand how to make their story pop. She focuses on how to improve the writer’s story line, while challenging the writer to strengthen their writing skills.  Cecily is approachable, has great communication skills and responds in a timely manner to email. I wouldn’t want to use any other editor.  

Cindi Myers, Author

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2016-17: Editing 'The Wall of Tears', plus cover art

"I met Cecily Paterson while trudging through the laundry list of possible editors you can find online, and I liked her right away. She was polite, professional and she had a book of her own that she was giving away for free at the time, which was all the proof of her work I needed. I read her work, and hired her on the spot. She was accommodating of my tight editorial budget and she helped with so many aspect of my work, including Cover Art that I was blown away. I will definitely be using her for my novel's sequels."

- KYLE KENNEDY, AUTHOR

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2016-17: Editing the unpublished manuscript, 'Shadow Ships'

“When I approached Cecily with my manuscript, I was rather overwhelmed at the thought of endeavouring to ready my book to face the world, yet tentatively hopeful that I had a story worth polishing. Her website promised hand-holding; I needed hand-holding. Working with Cecily has been more than wonderful. I had a story, now I am learning to write a novel. She quickly recognised that I only had a skeleton written, the rest of the story was stuck in my head. With skill, patience, honesty, and encouragement she is helping unleash it, and I am stunned at how much my writing has bettered under her wise guidance. Writing can be a lonely art, if you are looking for someone to come alongside you and help make your writing pop, I recommend Cecily thoroughly.”

- L.A. THARION, AUTHOR

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Mentoring a talented young writer, 2015-17

"I just wanted to say thanks for our last chat. This morning I tried my hardest to get rid of all the inner editor voices and I ended up with 500 words in half an hour... Thanks for understanding my trouble with the inner editor and perfectionist and for helping me write stronger, better pieces."

- AJ, WRITER

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2010-11: Sub-editing for SOHI magazine

"Cecily was subeditor of SOHI Magazine. SOHI was a tricky task as it was written by professionals as well as community based amateurs. It had strict space constraints as well as an over the top style sheet, praised and dreaded in equal measure by designers and printers alike. Cecily exhibited the two traits most desired in a subeditor: tact and precision. These qualities are seemingly incompatible. This is what made Cecily great.

As well as dotting 'i's and crossing 't's, Cecily had an eye for design, and for how the text worked with or against it. SOHI has won several international design awards and without Cecily's keen eye, not just on meanings and syntax, but on balance and symmetry, SOHI would certainly have failed in the design-geek sector of the market. In this was, Cecily was crucial to the brand's success as a design-object, as well as a magazine.

I hope you get the chance to experience Cecily's work. Clean, creative, precise. She is a rare specimen.

- Rebecca Wolkenstein, editor

*this testimonial was not subedited by Cecily"

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2011: A sub-edit/rewrite of autobiography 'CrimeSon', published in 2012

"I just wanted to thank you for your work on my book CrimeSon. Your skill and attention to detail is of an excellent  standard and you delivered exactly what I asked for and even more.

Thank you for making the process of getting my book edited to a standard that is ready to go to the publisher and the printer an easy one. It was a joy doing business with you and I highly recommend your services to anyone looking to get their book edited. I truly love the way you cleaned my book up and made its flow alot better without losing my style in the process. When I read my book after you edited it, I could still hear my own voice as I read. Great job, Cecily."

- Justin Gardner, author

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2014: Rewriting and editing of Katherine Hartley's book, 'Superhero Eyes'

"Cecily has been instrumental in helping me reach my personal goal in completing my book; Superhero Eyes. She has guided me throughout the process, supported me with all of my ever changing ideas and have provided not only her professional service but also managed to understand my vision. Thank you so much Cecily for your wonderful work and it has definitely been a pleasure to work with you! I will continue to highly recommend you and your awesome work."

- Katherine Hartley, author

 

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2014: Editing 'The Tent and The Elephant' by Colin Reed, Ark House Press

"Things that are clear in the author’s mind are not always clear to the reader and I found Cecily pinpointed some instances where this was the case. Her questions asking for clarification were helpful. I felt that she understood ‘where I am coming from’ and what I was trying to achieve and edited with sympathy to that. While making suggestions about improvements she did not seek to alter either the essential content or the mood of what I had written. Overall, I found working with Cecily a positive experience; I found her easy to talk to and encouraging. Also, she worked to the fairly tight timetable I had set."

- Colin Reed, author

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2015: Editing 'Be Inspired: Powerful principles to Unleash the potential in you to live your best life!' by Justin Gardner, published by Ark House Press

"Cecily Paterson has worked on three books for me. She has a great work ethic. She works hard to understand her customer's style and needs when it comes to writing and she is on the ball with deadlines. If you have written a book Cecily has the magic to help it to shine."

- Justin Gardner, author and speaker 

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