“Working with Marissa as a developmental editor was a wonderful experience from start to finish. She identified story issues that had escaped both me and my critique partners and made her suggestions with such insight and enthusiasm that I was left energized rather than anxious about the revisions ahead. I have no doubt my book is much stronger thanks to her guidance. Can’t wait to work with her again!”
— Megan Crewe
A Mortal Song (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller 2016)
“Marissa is a consummate and talented editor, always challenging me to look at my own work with fresh eyes and think again how to make it better. I attribute much of my growth as a writer in the last two years to working with her, and I count it a privilege to have had that opportunity. I cannot recommend her enough.”
— Ciara Ballintyne
In the Company of the Dead (iBooks Australia Top 100 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels 2016
& Pinnacle Awards WINNER of Best Fantasy Novel Fall 2016)
On the Edge of Death
“Marissa has reset my bar for creative collaborators. From the firm guiding hand, to the side conversations about literature, to the different points of view she was able to get me to look at my own work, our time together was invaluable.”
— Alys Arden
The Casquette Girls (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller & Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
The Romeo Catchers (2017)
“It’s kind of creepy, how you get in my head and know what I mean even when I write it badly. …
Some authors I know resent the edit process, but it felt empowering to share the vision with you. I learned more during these edit sessions about my own weaknesses and how a reader views my words than I have in any other experience.”
— Ellen Joyce
“Marissa is not an editor. She is THE editor. Ever conscientious and constructive, she will never force the manuscript into her vision, but rather refine the edges of yours. Every highlight, comment and suggestion is insightful and sincere.
— James Finegan
Spirit Rider: The Royal Problem
(see James Finegan’s full review of our editing collaboration)
“Your work is extraordinary. I can’t even begin to enumerate what I like about it. It’s all wonderful.”
— Bayard West
Harbinger of Treason
“Marissa is a fantastic editor. … Her line edits are some of the best I’ve seen. I highly recommend her. ”
— Dan Jeffries
The Scorpion Game
“Until I found Marissa I had no idea what the right editor can do for a writer’s work. … Marissa finds both the obvious and the subtle mistakes. While she will catch errors and makes many suggestions to my work, she never changes the voice. … I have developed so much confidence in Marissa that if I didn’t think that reading her comments made me a better writer I would just tell her to make the corrections and changes and send back the manuscript. I am touchy about my writing so having that much faith in my editor says a lot.”
— Juan Knecht
Conchos and Lace series
“It’s hard for me to express how much you’ve helped me with DCT… Not to mention I’m convinced I am a better writer after all these editing rounds! Thank you.”
— Eduard F. Vinyamata
Drone Commander Tidek
“Marissa is an absolute pleasure. She is professional, very sweet, and has a great knowledge of the English language. She knows how to apply rules and style without taking away from your voice and, well, style.”
— Justin Mermelstein
Lucid and Awake series
“Her comments, suggestions and insight has proved invaluable and her seeming patience with someone who is absolutely horrible at punctuation is absolutely great. I recommend Marissa wholeheartedly.”
— R Mathew Simmons
Gretel: The Children of the Sun
“I have read your edits and I love them! I immediately saw what you said about tightening up the manuscript … Thanks again for your candor. From the bottom of my heart, I just want to say that you earned every penny of the money I paid you.”
— Lucien A.
“She has a passion for science fiction that is evident in the thoughtful and polished work she delivers. From the specific recommendations she makes to the high level meta-issues associated with the work she is editing, she pulls no punches in making sure that the story you want to tell is told in the best way possible.”
“I am really impressed. You know this quote from Stephen King in his book ‘On Writing’: “To write is humane, to edit is divine.” I thought he was just being nice to his editors … now I understand!”
— Catherine Transler
“Marissa is the author’s secret weapon. With her help I was able to turn my book into something that is much more interesting and a pleasure to read.”
— Peter Prevos
Perspectives on Magic
“Return business is the best endorsement and I have certainly come back again and again and intend to do so in the future! Really great work – constructive input well beyond what one might expect!”
— Peter E.
“Marissa. Awesome work … From a sow’s ear to a silk purse – you genius!”
— Mike C.
“Marissa, thank you, thank you, and thank you! You have no idea what it means to me to have that kind of critique/feedback. After reading many of your suggestions that “ah-ha” feeling came upon me. It makes lots of sense and more flow now. Thanks a million.”
— Kyle B.
“She really “read” my novel, got into the storyline, and gave me feedback and advice on point of view, story inconsistencies, pacing, character development, and more. My novel, Caribbean Ice, is now much tighter, flows better, and just plain better than it would have been without her.”
— Bill Hirsch, Caribbean Ice
“You have a great aptitude for sorting through the swirling mists of my writing and bringing clarity to the project, that I need so desperately in certain moments. To step away from writing a piece and rest while you doggedly construct a plan of completion is a wonderful thing for me.”
— Alan M.
“Thanks for your detailed editing, it has been amazing to see how diligently you went through the text … I appreciate every one of the thousands of little things you have done to make the story a better read.”
— Zulfi B.