“I recently worked with Shelley Holloway on Fates, the fourth installment of my series I Bring the Fire. This was the first time I’ve worked with her, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the experience.
Shelley didn’t just catch missed commas and stray parentheses; she also made me a better writer. Shelley identified phrases and actions that I overused and helped me add more variety to the text. She also assisted in tightening prose, and caught inconsistencies in the story line.
One of the best things about working with Shelley is that she is meticulous in tracking changes and explaining her revisions. She really does work with you. When something wasn’t immediately clear, she didn’t change it and destroy the meaning, she collaborated, and helped me clarify what I meant to say. This was an essential part of keeping my voice consistent—a real worry when finding a new editor so far along in a series.
I think in the end we went through ten rounds of tracked changes. For all those rounds of revisions, it was a very smooth, fast process. Most importantly, my story didn’t lose its essential character or meaning, and I got to keep ‘my voice.’
But she did catch those commas, too.”