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Walter Danley: The Tipping Point

Susan is the owner of Adirondack Editing and you won't find her lounging in one out on the front deck! She is a dedicated knowledge worker with the desire to please her editing clients.

I have found Susan's work to be superlative in quality at reasonable rates. You can pay more with someone else, but you won't get any more for your editing dollar than what Susan so readily provides.

Having Susan and Adirondack Editing on your team makes for professional product output, every time.

February 27, 2013

Year first hired: 2012; hired more than once

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

Ralph Buttner: Dark Pilgrim Fallen

Susan works quickly and efficiently and produces a product that is high in quality and shows her depth of understanding of the editing process and the English language. I will definitely be using her services again!

June 19, 2012

Year first hired: 2012; hired more than once

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

Colin Baird: The Scandal of Healthcare: Nurses, Waste & Customer Service

Susan did an amazing job! Excellent customer service, timely and professional. I will call on her again for my next book! Thank you, Susan, for an amazing job well done.

July 26, 2016    

Year first hired: 2014; hired more than once

Lynne Fitzhugh: Mikak

Susan responded quickly to my inquiry, tailored her editing services to my needs, carefully evaluated a long and difficult manuscript, and produced several useful reports in a timely manner at what I consider a bargain rate. I recommend her highly.

December 30, 2013

Year first hired: 2013

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

Harry Dodgson: The Search for Patricia—Book 1 of The Rainbow Serpent

Susan has been my editor for a year now. She has always provided excellent suggestions, and is always on time. I would heartily recommend her for honesty, integrity and a job well done.

July 22, 2013

Year first hired: 2012; hired more than once

Nan R. Johnson: Song of the Open Road

I am so glad I contracted with Susan to edit my manuscript. She earned my respect with her precision editing and she earned my trust with her spot-on suggestions, always delivered with kindness.

April 14, 2015

Year first hired: 2015; hired more than once

Michael J. McFadden: TobakkoNacht - Fighting The Antismokers' Endgame

Susan has worked with me in great detail on a rather complex book project for several months. We are now drawing to an end and about ready to put a stamp of "FINIS!" on it.

1) I've been absolutely amazed at the amount of detailed help she's given me in my writing. When I wrote my first book, back almost ten years ago, I utilized nothing except my own eyes and those of a couple of friends for editing. While I think I did quite well with it, I can only imagine how much better it would have been if I'd had Susan involved!

2) As much as it'll be nice for me to stamp my own "Finis!" on the writing part of the work on my current baby, I'll miss the emails with Susan. One of the "editing recommend" choices given here is "Personable: works well with colleagues and clients" and she most certainly fills that category to perfection. She actually enjoys her work and the interactive discussions over debatable style issues and such, and it shows through clearly in her emails. There's never a sense of "Look, I told you what the rules were. That's my job here. Take it or leave it." If we've disagreed over some particularly arcane/obscure usage of a term or concept and I've put forth a good argument as to why I've chosen a particular approach and feel it's correct she's actually pleased to have learned something new rather than annoyed that I didn't just take "professional advice." The relationship felt far more like having an in-depth and interesting discussion with a knowledgeable friend than like the impersonal editing red-ink experience that I was expecting.

3) As noted at the start here, my book is rather complex: different styles in different sections, fiction/nonfiction, chatty/fun and hard science/numbers, tables and graphs mixed with satires about evil and sentient curls of crawling death -- not an easy mix for someone to competently grasp well enough for true copy/concept-editing if they don't already have a strong background in the subject area. When I started working with Susan I didn't expect much beyond the usual "red circles around typos" level of editing. I was deeply and most pleasantly surprised.

So, overall, Susan certainly gets five stars from me and I'd highly recommend her to anyone!

March 23, 2013

Year first hired: 2012

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