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Rebecca Greene: Sisters in the Name of Love

I had Susan review my manuscript. She was very thorough as well as quick and efficient. I would absolutely recommend her and certainly use her services again.

June 27, 2012

Hired in 2012; hired more than once


Hope I. Marston: Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey

My recent experience with Susan showed me she is a meticulous copyeditor/proofreader and she works fast.

September 5, 2012

Year first hired: 2012


Regina N.: A Jar of Broken Hearts

It's a pleasure to recommend Susan Uttendorfsky of Adirondack Editing. Susan offered detailed professional developmental editing services for my adult fiction story, A Jar of Broken Hearts.

Not only did she show great mastery of the editing process, she also provided a lot of positive critiquing. "In my project, her advice has been invaluable in terms of character development, editing, chapter development, formatting, ensuring consistent flow in the writing, and spell checking.

Susan is a very diligent, meticulous, and thorough copy editor. She also takes the time to suggest multitude of other resources (books, articles and discussion forums) for writers to enhance their skills and understanding of the writing world. I'm looking [forward] to working with Susan on future projects.

June 3, 2013

Year first hired: 2012


Bill Powell: A Girl Uploaded

While I had a good idea of what an appraisal of my MS might uncover, from some partial critiques (and which I did not share), Susan delivered an analysis that was more detailed than anything I'd seen, was consistent with my expectations, but also identified one or two more areas for work.

The final report was well laid out, so easy to understand, and made it easy for me to see what did (and what did not) need further work, both at the high level and at the individual line level.

After Susan's appraisal I believe my re-worked MS is now in good shape to go before an agent or an editor - and that represents money well spent.

June 26, 2014

Year first hired: 2014; hired more than once


Gayle Smith: With Education, Inspiration, and Organization

Susan Uttendorfsky is a phenomenal editor! Any editor corrects grammar, sentence structure, and all of the mechanical details related to writing. Susan enables the author to actually develop their ideas for writing. My experience with Susan as I recently completed my book and workbook with her was extraordinary. She challenged me to dig deeper into the context of my writing. She even disputed points by giving me sound objectives and logic to help me come to my own conclusions. Her expertise in research and for writing trends continually shaped the best presentation of my writing for publication. At first I thought, “Oh my goodness, this is taking way too long;” I thought the manuscript was complete. However, I quickly realized that there was much work to be done and that writing has a flow whose purpose being projected throughout the text cannot be placed under the clock. I learned about so many details in putting together a manuscript that previously were unknown or seemingly unimportant. Anyone seeking an editor with integrity, knowledge, patience, reasonable rates, and respect for the profession: you’ll find this and more in Susan.

December 18, 2015

Year first hired: 2014; hired more than once


Dale Musser: Solbidyum Wars Saga Book 3—Pirates of the Goo’Waddle Canals

I contacted Susan to edit book three in the SOLBIDYUM WARS SAGA when my previous editor was unable to get to the book in a timely fashion due to prior commitments. I liked the choice of editing packages she had to offer and I was pleased with her willingness to work with me regarding specific editing requirements. Susan was easy to work with, she kept me informed of her progress and she worked within the timetable we had discussed. I was pleased with the edited manuscript she provided me and I will not hesitate to use her again if a similar editing situation arises.

September 5, 2014

Year first hired: 2014


Gregory D. Johnson: Terror in the Heartland

Susan Uttendorfsky, d/b/a/ Adirondack Editing, asked me for a letter of reference. She has been editing my fiction novel for six months. She has done everything she said she would do. I hold her in very high regard.

In my opinion, Susan is extremely well versed in the rules of classical writing, which are very different from the conversational tone used by many beginning authors. She references her corrections so the writer can learn from published instructional works.

If a would-be author wants to write correctly, can take criticism in the well-intended spirit in which it is given, and increase his or her chances of being selected for publishing by the major publishers, Susan can and will help.

As for me, I am committed to achieving the classical style Susan uses for her benchmark. I am so committed because I believe in Susan and the documented correctness of her editing. If choosing Susan, prospective writers need to be willing to "significantly change, add and delete" work they believe is bordering on greatness to the extent that when finished it may not look like their original work. I have often thought Susan limited her author's creativity due to her inflexibility. Yet each time she has been proven right. If you want unbridled adoration, have it edited by a close friend but don't waste Susan's time. Pay someone to publish your work and lay claim to "being published", but you probably won't sell many books and future generations won't know your name.

In conclusion, if one wants to be a serious writer whose work is of the quality that may be considered by major publishers, then I highly recommend Susan Uttendorfsky. It is sometimes painful to have one's work corrected because she wants and demands excellence from her writers and, thus, pulls no punches. If you want a good book to become great, critical editing is a must and I know of none better or more (sometimes brutally) honest than Susan Uttendorfsky.

July 16, 2012

Year first hired: 2012


Janice Safran: Freelance Copyeditor

Susan Uttendorfsky-- May she never lack for praise or chocolate! She is thorough and also tremendously generous with her time. She is more a mentor to authors than a mere editor.

March 24, 2013

Year first hired: 2013


Massimo Marino: The Rise of the Phoenix

I hired Susan to care for the copy editing of my last novel ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’ - Vol. 3 of the ‘Daimones Trilogy’.

I appreciated the punctual suggestions from Susan, and her attention to details — Susan provides her writers with additional material than just the editing corrections — that reflects in the quality of her work.

I collaborate with beta-readers and proofreading and line editing phases take place before working with the editor so this last pass needs to be the shining and finishing refinements that can come only from an expert in the subject. I was pleasantly surprised by her accuracy and her strict time management that allow her to finish her tasks even before the agreed deadline.

Susan is not the first editor I worked with and I will hire her for my next novel without a second thought.

May 24, 2014

Year first hired: 2014


Frank Golding: Casualty: Reconstructing a Family at War

Susan delivered more than expected, earlier than promised, and at a very reasonable cost. Very good value in all senses.

August 31, 2014

Year first hired: 2014

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