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As a first-time author, I was nervous about hiring an editor until I met Jeanne McCafferty. Her approach to editing is professional and no-nonsense, yet she performs her work in a supportive and encouraging manner. She created a mutually respectful relationship with me as she guided me toward necessary structural changes in my manuscript and urged me to produce my best-possible writing.
In addition, Jeanne provided me with the perfect quotation for one section of the book and engaged with me in thoughtful conversation about the message of my writing and how best to bring it to the world. Jeanne was truly an essential partner in the process of creating a final manuscript that I could proudly submit to an agent and publishers.
I highly recommend her services to everyone in need of a bright, reliable and caring editor.
Karen Wyatt, M.D.
What Really Matters - 7 Lessons for Living
from the Stories of the Dying (Select Books, 2012)
Jeanne McCafferty lends new meaning to the word ‘alchemy’. Ever-gracious, unyielding in her enthusiasm, fiercely smart and strategic, and unfailingly thorough, Jeanne is perpetual delight.
My two books were pennies shy of a disaster. The distance to excellence was beyond my vision, but not beyond Jeanne’s.
It’s challenging to find words that do justice to Jeanne’s contribution, yet without her my manuscripts would still be, at best, works in progress. Watching her restructure, add to and red-line my raw material was like witnessing a block of granite come to life as the sculpture I’d only imagined. In the end, I find myself the author of not one, but two books whose intrinsic value exceeded my fondest hopes.
Jeanne’s stuck with me for life. Since I’ve a number of books on the drawing boards, her work is cut out for her and I’m encouraged to work harder and smarter thanks to her generosity, education and the security of knowing she’s my editor for so long as I choose to write.
Gary W. Goldstein
Film Producer, Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies
Author, Navigating Hollywood: The Actor's GPS for Career Success
Navigating Hollywood: The Writer's GPS for Career Success
I have been writing a book for a while. Now I have written my book; it’s actually complete. There is only one reason I have been able to get from A to Z, and that is Jeanne McCafferty.
What did she do to help me? Several hundred things. Mostly she taught me the value of cutting. She also helped me tie my ideas together, and the importance of connecting an idea on page 22 to an idea on page 122 and then to another idea on page 222.
Jeanne addressed the overall structure and organization of my manuscript, plus character and plot development, pace and tone. She worked with me tirelessly - reading, re-reading and then reading my pages again. Her skills are enormous, she is smart as a whip, and as kind as anyone I’ll ever hope to know.
Julie von Zerneck
I spend my days teaching high school students how to translate their larger-than-life thoughts into written form. "Less is more when it comes to writing," I tell them. Imagine my surprise when Jeanne's edits resulted in a significant paring down of my own manuscript...a 15% reduction to be exact. The end result? Crisp yet fluid prose that didn't get in the way of the story. Thanks, Jeanne!
Kathleen Wisler Hatfield
Like any writer, I appreciate intelligent and thoughtful editing, and that's what I always get from Jeanne McCafferty. She's also a first-rate researcher. I value our collaboration.
Film Critic and Historian
Leonard Maltin's 2013 Movie Guide (Signet and Plume, 2012)
Leonard Maltin's Classic Film Guide (Plume, 2010)
Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy (M Press, 2008)
As I wrote, revised, and edited my first novel, my appreciation for Jeanne McCafferty's writing and editorial skills simply continued to grow.
Starting with a nose for bringing a story back into line when it goes astry, an ear for 'clunky' dialogue or ungrammatical phrases, and an eye for the smallest detail from characters to chronology, Jeanne's talents are always used in the service of improving and enriching the story so it reaches its full potential.
With this goal in mind, she is an extraordinary partner in providing advice and insightful recommendations throughout the writing process. Her suggestions for some key changes led to significant improvements in my novel, and her editorial expertise was invaluable in polishing my manuscript.
Without Jeanne's support and guidance, I would not be where I am now: after querying several agents, I have received some encouraging responses, including one request for the full manuscript. Thank you, Jeanne!
Sandra Tarling Powazek
Jeanne McCafferty is the writers’ genie. A brilliant editor and talented book designer, she will guide your manuscript in its magical transformation into a book. From improving structure and flow, to shaping content and creating cover design, Jeanne will help you turn your book into a masterpiece.
Having referred many clients to her and having used her services myself, I know first-hand what a blessing Jeanne is to work with. She cares deeply about her clients and their books, and always goes the extra mile with each project.
Her diverse background (including her years as a music executive), combined with her immense knowledge of the publishing world – including being a published author herself – puts her in a position to assist writers in ways that are quite unique.
Plus, her creative ideas don’t stop with the completion of your book: She can also come up with top-notch marketing and promotional suggestions for your book, and help connect you with the people who will best execute them.
Jeanne McCafferty is a one-stop shop for writers of any sort – and I’m very happy to recommend her highly.
Jeanne McCafferty is simply a miracle worker! It's hard to believe we were able to punch out my book project in record time and not lose an ounce of integrity in the process.
Jeanne undertook the organization of my manuscript, taking my '101 Tips on Becoming the Teacher Who Makes a Difference’ and dividing them into categories. Her attention to detail is superb, not to mention the assiduousness in which she works!
Lastly, her graphic design eye is "right on the money"! I think the book cover looks fantastic and her ‘font nerd’ fastidiousness shows on every page. Her work ethic is the kind you want to have when you want to complete a task.
Working with Jeanne on The Gentle Red Pen was a total blast and I can't wait to start our next project! Pardon the pun but I just have to say that Jeanne has earned an A+ with my gentle red pen!
Author The Gentle Red Pen:
101 Tips on Becoming the
Teacher Who Makes a Difference
(Make a Difference Publishing 2010)
Without the services of Jeanne McCafferty my book would not have been published, at least not with its current professional appearance. She created a layout that is easily readable, immensely attractive, and which looks polished in every aspect.
She accomplished this in a very timely manner, and provided me with constant feedback to be sure my wishes were being met. Not only that - she also made sure to coordinate with the printer to avoid any and all problems.
Jeanne will edit and lay out every book I write in the future. In addition, she is a highly creative marketer. She is my go-to person in all aspects of creating a book of value.
Thank you, Jeanne!
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery - Ask Ilse (Fortuna Publishing, 2009)
Thank you Jeanne.
As a novice writer wanting to submit stories for publication, I knew I needed a professional editor. I was fortunate to find Jeanne McCafferty.
Not only is she professional in her mark-up technique and her attention to detail in copy editing, but Jeanne offers a holistic approach to writing, giving suggestions on how to enhance my work while maintaining the integrity of the story.
Jeanne McCafferty is a gift to writers. She gives every request for assistance, large or small, generous and careful attention. As an editor, her responses are invariably well thought out and helpful. I have particularly appreciated her attention to detail and her well-developed sensibility about how best to improve a given piece of writing, from manuscript to post-publication publicity copy. I would highly recommend Jeanne to any writer, amateur or professional. Her guidance has been invaluable to my work.
Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum
A Day of Small Beginnings (Little, Brown and Co., 2006)
Based on my experience getting my book published, I sincerely feel Jeanne McCafferty is the best —professional, thorough, attentive and diligent. She has at her disposal a wide range of skills in the areas of editing, book design and layout. She is not only an exceptional asset, but an essential, indispensible partner to any writer at any stage of book production and publication.
The Bracelet (Verily Publishing, 2009)
With Jeanne McCafferty as my reader and editor, there was someone there to save me from my own mistakes, ranging from lack of coherence to spelling. She is a wonder and will improve the quality and precision of your work.
Journalist, Producer and Documentarian
I have enjoyed working with Jeanne for more than eight years. She is a consummate professional, with a great understanding of the production process. Our production department has always appreciated her great computer skills, since we never encounter a problem with her submitted files.
In addition, she’s extremely easy to work with — and always a lot of fun!
Burbank - Sunland, CA
Jeanne has the ability to nail the underlying issues inherent in the material and, more importantly, she is able to do so in an eloquent and constructive way. She is particularly good at reflecting back to the writer the arc of the novel, what the stakes are or should be, and how to ratchet up the emotional level.
Jeanne also has valuable facts at her fingertips. She knows dates and times and her sense of history is outstanding. She is a whiz at catching time-line issues or anachronisms. But what I value most in her editing and reviewing techniques is not that she merely sees where the problems in a character’s actions are, or where a character’s personality does not ring true, or where the transition needs to be; it is that she always has a clever way to resolve the problem. Anyone who is serious about their writing would be very well served to have Jeanne edit and work with them before sending it to an agent.
Robyn D. Travis