In the past, authors turned to editors at publishing houses and fellow authors for storyline advice.
The self-publishing generation realizes the value of cutting out the middle man and hearing directly from the readers - Ruth Cardello
Marion is my muse! No work feels complete until she has sealed up every plot hole, questioned every motive, and dragged every emotion out of me and my characters. And best of all, she gets me. She’s everything I need in an editor and then some. And at the end of each book we work on together, I know without a doubt that it’s the best work I can do. She’s worth every penny.
If I had to say what Marion provides as a service, it would be a second pair of eyes with 20/20 vision.
Marion has a sharp eye and an eagle-like focus on words, and how to make a story even better!
Insightful and meticulous in her editing, Marion is a necessity when my manuscript needs polishing.
I first worked with Marion on my erotic romance, Black Lies. In addition to being prompt, she has an excellent eye for plot holes, character development, and the small changes that transform a book from good to great.
When looking for an editor it is important to find someone who is well read, honest, and values the voice of authors. Finding someone with all of those qualities is not an easy feat.
Luckily for me, I found Marion. It is such a pleasure to work with her. Her read time and response is excellent, her level of professionalism instilled trust in me, and her input is exactly what I need to take my novels to the next level. They say it takes a while for editors and writers to gel, and it feels like we're doing just that.
Marion is an absolute editing goddess. Before using her for my books, I'd gone through three different editors. I was convinced there was something wrong with me, with my voice, with my expectations, and that I'd never find a good fit. But Marion swooped in, reviewed my
book in record time, and returned a sublimely edited (content, line,
and copy) manuscript. She edits without censoring. She makes my stories better. She makes me a better writer.
What I love is that Marion gets completely vested in your story. She tells you when she is laughing, spitting out her coffee, or hiding your book as her son looks over her shoulder. It makes me feel like she really cares about my work. And, oh yeah, Marion does for your WIP what a shiny new pair of glasses does for you when you haven't been able to see a thing in years. When she is done with your manuscript, it's like seeing it for the first time, and it's squeaky clean and beautiful!
Marion has the Midas touch. She has fast turnovers, and a positive, supporting energy. Finding an editor with these qualities has been a massive game changer for me. Not to mention the actual editing itself. Everyone who works with Marion ends up doing amazing things. She is like the fairy godmother of the book world.
Working with Marion of Making Manuscripts is an absolute joy! A professional through and through, Marion has an incredibly keen eye for detail and an insight into plot unlike any editor I’ve worked with. Combine that with her ability to compliment an author’s voice rather than change it, and she’s an absolute dream.
I'm 99% positive that I wouldn't be able to release a book without Marion reading and rereading it to ensure it's the best it can be. I am that dependent on her. She's been with me on every book since Don't Hate the Player, and she's had a hand in making Search Me, Beat of
the Heart, Testament, Music of the Soul, and The Pairing even more amazing than I could imagine. With her eagle eyes and keen sense for plot, she gets me to wring a scene bone dry of emotions. I dig deeper and deeper than ever before to bring scenes and characters to life. She's also great at proofreading and catching those pesky editing
errors that drive readers crazy.
I absolutely love working with Marion. Not only does she have an incredible eye for grammar, but she strengthens the areas of my manuscript that fall short. and helps me put out a product that I feel confident in. I especially love that she not only give places where she feels more is needed, but also adds a sentence or two of exact wording ideas. This is so appreciated because it makes it crystal clear exactly what she is going for, and I KNOW it is above and beyond
what other editors do. Above all, she is a joy to work with. I never want to put out a book without her again.
We've been absolutely thrilled with the work Marion has done on our manuscripts. Just having that extra set of eyes to comb through each book is a huge reassurance for us, but beyond that, she finds things that are greater than simple copy edits (which she also does!). Marion gives us enthusiastic feedback about what she loves, and gently structures critical feedback to help us tweak the mushy or oddly paced sections. For the novels of ours she's read, we can see her hand in the final version and we know the book is measurably stronger because of her edits. Honestly, we cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone looking to publish a book, whether you're just starting the query process, are self-publishing, or even if you are established at a publisher with a dedicated editor, Marion has a perspective and an editorial hand that is beautifully additive.
Marion is a dream to work with. She has such a wonderful ability to flow with each author’s unique ‘voice’ and style, challenges them to better their writing, and embraces their quirks — even if they’re in the form of grossly overused words. I can’t properly put into words how much I adore and admire her.
Marion from Making Manuscripts is a genius editor. Her keen eye and understanding of plot make her indispensable to this author.