Claire helped me tear the first draft of my historical novel, Anna, Like Thunder, to shreds and put it all back together again. She has this amazing ability to see both big picture things alongside the tiniest details (ship's lighting, pockets, 19th-century names of body parts, etc.) and the book is so much better because of her. Claire, thank you.
-Peggy Herring, Anna, Like Thunder, Brindle & Glass, 2018
Claire helped me tremendously in organizing a long story. Her help was invaluable and took my work to the next level. I highly recommend her as an editor and mentor. As a result of her help, my novel is ready to send to an agent. Thank you, Claire, a big hug.
-Armando Garcia, The Trip
Claire was the main editor for my first young-adult fiction novel Forgive Me, Mr. Hunter, and I was incredibly impressed with her knowledge, her insightful advice, and her efficiency. She brought to my attention so many important elements that I otherwise would have overlooked. I will call on her professional wisdom for my next novel, to be sure. I highly recommend Claire's services.
In the nicest way, Claire offers a candid and comprehensive 360° critique of my historical fiction and teaches me what makes interesting reading and what doesn’t. If I am boring she guides me to clearer thinking and better ideas. Claire brings an encyclopedia of helpful fixes to your writing problem--new learning, changes in viewpoint, voice, conflict and drama. With sensitivity (she’s been there herself) she gives you the tools and encouragement to rework your story so that it shines brighter.
- Erik Perterson
Claire’s ability to write award-winning stories makes her an impeccably effective editor. I sent her my memoir with a question about verb tense in Chapter 8. After answering my question, she then assured me that, for initial impact, Chapter 8 was my story's prologue. I knew immediately that she was right. All her suggestions made my memoir more powerful, powerful enough for me now to seek an agent with confidence.
-Susan Mongar, Shame on Me: A Memoir
In my opinion, Claire is one of the finest editors I have had the privilege to learn from. Claire is a detailed person who quickly grasps the whole picture and makes constructive recommendations while respecting the students/clients needs.
-Marilyn Holman, Rylan's Highway, YA novel