Testimonials

When I’m having a bad day, I eat a Mars ice cream and read all these lovely things my clients have said about me. My writers really are the absolute best and I can’t believe I get to work with people like this every day! ❤️

“Her guidance was invaluable”

Siobhán helped me through every step of the novel writing process-—coaching me through the first rough draft and then reading and giving insight on later drafts. Through each step her guidance was invaluable, giving fresh perspective and focus in a kind but thoughtful way.

Her advice shaped my manuscript and query into a project that got a full manuscript request from an agent in the first week of querying so far.

Joelle Wisler | YA

“One of the best things I’ve ever done for my writing”

Getting The Monster manuscript critique was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my writing. I’ve been writing for years, but this manuscript critique has developed and delved into a much stronger, deeper and focused version of my novel.

Plus, the book map has offered me a solid, dependable way to create my plots and stories in the future (even if it took me 45 minutes to do one row – eek!). The book map feels unnatural and weird, but I know it’s pushing me to question what I think about every single scene so that I can justify it all.

I feel like a much stronger writer and can’t imagine ever working another way – especially now I know my work is always going to benefit from it.

Hazel Compton | YA

“I will seek a developmental edit much earlier next time”

Well I have read the report and documents and ARRGHH!! But in a good way. I have to say that your comments, suggestions and advice are excellent and I don’t disagree with much if anything that you suggest. They are really helpful and will truly make this book better.

Also the pointers will definitely improve my subsequent stories. I will seek a developmental edit much earlier next time as I think this would have made the whole process a quicker and much more streamlined editing process.

Jonathan Evans | The Revisionist

“I can’t believe how lucky I was to encounter you!”
Thank you so, so much for this. I actually jumped for joy when I read your first comments! I couldn’t respond immediately as I was travelling but this took away so much of the stress of the flight – I was on such a high (literally!) There’s so much to take forward. Thanks so, so much again, Siobhán; I can’t believe how lucky I was to encounter you!
Lovely middle grade author (secret for now!)

“Absolutely delightful!”

Thank you so much! Working with you has been absolutely delightful! I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Jena Ataras | MG

“Really impressed with your critical eye”
Wow, an excellent middle grade manuscript critique! I’m really impressed with your critical eye and what you’ve picked up on here – your comments are very astute and your feedback has been very valuable, as always. I agree with almost everything! Thanks a lot for this – I can’t wait to send you another.
John Lomas-Bullivant | Story producer

“Very useful”
Thanks for a very useful assessment of my plot synopsis! Your observations were very helpful.
Robert Caruana | Middle grade
“Completely transformational!”
Siobhan’s editing was completely transformational! Really thorough and has made my writing for middle grade so much stronger. It was just the feedback, guidance and inspiration I was looking for. She has a great knowledge of the age group and her feedback is thoughtful, considered and insightful.
Claire Linney | Middle grade

‘Your energy and spark are really motivating’

Thank you so much for the report you have created! We have already started working on your feedback. We find your edit very valuable, especially all the questions you found were not answered in the manuscript, and the thoughts you have about the plot has already made us think about changes we want to make. It has been lovely working with you – your energy and spark is really motivating. Thank you for being there for us and letting us come back to you if we want to discuss anything!

Anna and Natalia Kozakowska | YA

‘I can confidently edit my manuscript with clear eyes, a clear goal and a clear path forward’

I think the coolest thing about this process is that it “cleared the waters” for me. Before your feedback, my book felt murky. I knew it needed strengthening, but the path forward felt obscure and overwhelming. I’d muddle around, revising here and there, but never really getting to the heart of what needed to be done.

Now I can confidently edit my manuscript with clear eyes, a clear goal, and a clear path forward. It has been fun, even. And I’m definitely going to be more satisfied with the result when it’s all said and done.

Logan Karlie | Dream by the Shadows

“So fortunate to have found her in a sea of editors”

I’m currently in the process of having my very first book, Julhuan, published, and it’s the most surreal feeling in the world! It’s a dream come true, yet I began as a novice – bumbling around in the literary world like a toddler.  In retrospect, my initial versions were cringeworthy, and I could never have arrived at where I am today were it not for Siobhan’s guidance along the entire process. I consider myself so fortunate to have found her in a sea of editors.

When I first received her 35-page critique, I was overwhelmed by things I’d never heard of before.  But her style of feedback was gentle and encouraging, and after going over it a few times, I felt empowered by her critique and that made me more confident that I could produce better work. I began my next revision shortly after and for 3 years, with ongoing revisions, whenever I had a question or needed help, Siobhan always found a moment to answer me.

She also began a Facebook group, to create a community where her clients would have their own cheerleaders to spur them on in their writing journeys. I had no idea about the world of publishing either, and had far too many questions and no answers, but Siobhan connected me to another publishing expert client of hers to help me navigate through the questions and process.

Siobhan is a real gem, and I can recommend her to anyone holding their YA fantasy manuscript in their hands, not knowing who to turn to next.

Anoshi Saretski | Middle grade

“My eyes hungrily soaked up every paragraph”

Thank you so much for the report – I’m going to devour it. My eyes hungrily soaked up every paragraph and I love that you ‘get’ the type of story I’m trying to tell. I will do my absolute best to reinforce your recommendations in the MS. I could rattle on all day but I’m bursting to get back into it.

Valerie Troy | Middle grade

“A breath of fresh air”

Siobhan has not only been a breath of fresh air, breathing new life into my first ever draft manuscript, but she’s also provided me with the impetus to get it finished. Her comments and feedback led me to make some hard decisions but these have resulted in a much better book. Here’s to the future!

David Rogers | Chomp! Charlie Carter and the Monster Pike

‘I have never felt so quickly understood and supported by an editor’

Siobhan is absolutely brilliant! I’m trying not to sound too gushy but her work truly is astonishing — the best editing I have ever received.

Siobhan is a master editor at every level, from word to idea. She is a consummate craftsperson and expert researcher. She is also immensely creative, able to help solve a manuscript’s problems and repair its shortcomings.

She is efficient and generous, bright and fun — an absolute joy to work with. I have never felt so quickly understood and supported by an editor.

Sara Cassidy | Children’s adventure

“I can’t wait to dive back into my story with greater clarity’

Wow!! This cub report is AMAZING and I need to read it like 16 more times to let it all soak in! You’ve given me such concrete suggestions! I love all of the little tips, suggestions, examples, etc that you’ve provided and I am seriously going to be re-reading this report MANY times.

I can’t wait to dive back into my story with greater clarity about the pacing. I also truly appreciate the comps and MG insight! Thank you, thank you!

Jennifer Grolemund | Middle grade

‘The story has been truly seen for the first time’

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the hard work you have done on my edit. I am absolutely thrilled with it; the attention to detail and depth with which you went into the manuscript left me speechless. The hashtag system is so handy and the book map made so many things clear for me.

I feel like the story has been truly seen for the first time. I will recommend your work without hesitation.

Aisling White | YA

“I am completely blown away”

I finally had time to read through the entire Monster critique and I am completely BLOWN AWAY! Your feedback is SO helpful and SO thoughtful. You are a truly talented editor! Not everyone has your gift to provide notes that are so comprehensive, succinct, and meaningful! You’ve given me ideas, direction, and underscored the key elements for crafting MG in the horror genre.

This is the best Christmas present I could’ve ever wished for and I need to read it at least a hundred more times to let it all soak in…and to percolate all of the ideas that are already flowing in my head. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful to have this opportunity!
Jennifer Grolemund | Middle grade
Several pennies have actually dropped’

I’ve had a look through everything and wanted to thank you so much for the forensic view of my novel. It’s the first time I’ve had a developmental edit like this completed and it has been, in turn, horrifying, enlightening, surprising and confidence boosting! But I guess you’ve probably seen that before.

In many respects, several pennies have actually dropped and I have a firmer idea of what I need to do and will work on more research and reading.

Maria White | Middle grade

“I couldn’t have asked for a better editor”

You’ve nailed everything and picked up on the things only an editorial expert can spot! You really have been amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better editor to help with this!

All of your comments have made me realise exactly what needs working on. They are super informative, and will really lead me in the right direction. It feels so much stronger, and I’m now super excited to see it in print.

Angela Kecojevic | Train

“One of the best editors working with emerging voices”

Like the best of editors, Siobhan will respect your own individual writing style – and work within those parameters to coax you towards ever greater clarity and impact. She has an instinctive grasp of story, and some of the best craft knowledge I’ve ever come across.

As a writer herself, she understands the highs and lows of the journey and always has a listening ear. She is never one to rush, and when a script inevitably throws up a knotty issue, will ponder deeply before putting forward possible solutions. Her openness, kind heart and gentleness make her one of the best editors working with emerging voices.

Chrissy Sturt | Middle grade

“It’s already helping massively”

I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for all that you’ve done for me and my book baby. It’s already helping massively. I already love all the three big suggestions you made and I’m really happy you thought it’s a book worth working on as that’s exactly what I’m planning to do 🙂

Martina O’Brien | YA

“Your generous effort has already made the book better”

Thank you SO much for all your notes and for the honesty. I read them all and they’re extremely helpful. I’m very grateful for you taking the time. Your generous effort has already made the book better.

Chad Lutzke | Bloodletter: The Hemato Pages

“I don’t want our editing relationship to end yet”

I have just skimmed through your brilliant editorial critique and will follow your suggestions and recommended reading lists. I think you have been very good at steering me the right way. I don’t want our editing relationship to end yet. I still need you!

Akin Jabar | MG

“This is exactly what I needed’

What a treat! This is exactly what I needed. Your critique seems so thorough and rich with insight. I will be sure to send you questions if I’m unsure about anything you meant but I think you’re so thorough that I will be able to digest almost everything on my own just fine. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you as well!

Chanya Sainvilus | YA sci-fi critique

‘Dedication to my story’
Thank you so much for your dedication to my story and your hard work. I would love to stay connected with you.

Michelle Fishkin| Middle grade