"I'm also grateful for the help of my editor, Evelyn Duffy, who once again did a terrific job critiquing the novel and suggesting improvements.
Evelyn is tough but fair, always letting me know when I've hit the right notes or wandered too far afield."
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Turkish-born playwright and director Isa Seyran's play Brothel was staged as part of the D.C Capital Fringe Festival in July, 2015.
After receiving my edits, Isa wrote: "When my script came back to me, it was in a much better shape than I imagined. It was filled with lots of corrections, notes, questions and suggestions. You also wrote a very detailed character analysis for my play which I took to the heart and adjusted the script based on your notes and suggestions. Brothel is not just a first play but also first anything that I have ever written in English. With an editor like you on my side, I don't think it will be my last."
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In response to my edits, Connie wrote:
"First off, let me say how very complete your notes are. I was very pleased to see the detail and the time you invested in this project. ... You did such a thorough edit! ... [You] have such an eye for revision. ... Right on target. When I read that you were a researcher, I knew you'd be a good fit for this. ... Your notes helped me immensely. As a writer, we see it all in our heads and sometimes don't realize we haven't made it clear enough to the reader."
And in the book's Dedication, she added:
"Thanks to my editor, Evelyn Duffy, for her keen eye, her attention to content and historical accuracy, and for making this a much better read."
"I also want to thank my editor, Evelyn Duffy. I contacted Evelyn this spring with a daunting offer, asking her to edit three books at the same time (one novel and two novellas). She has been a vital partner and extremely helpful contributor on all three. She made several recommendations on various drafts of this novel, covering virtually every part of it and improving it in a multitude of ways. This novel would not be nearly as good without her. She also copyedited the final version of the book, fixing a number of both significant and tiny flaws. And she put up with me e-mailing her at all hours of the night — and while on vacation — asking questions about this or that.
In addition to her work with journalist Bob Woodward, Evelyn runs her own freelance editing service, Open Boat Editing. To put it simply: I cannot recommend working with her strongly enough. Evelyn is amazing."
"I want to thank my editor, Evelyn Duffy, who helped shape this novella into what it is. When I initially wrote it, I kept trying to keep it short. The result was that I missed several opportunities to expand the story and make it more exciting. Evelyn was the one who challenged me to return to the narrative to flesh several parts out. She suggested a couple ideas that were only hinted at in the original draft...
And once I wrote those parts, they seemed so essential to the story I couldn't fathom why I'd tried to skip over them. In short, the novella is much, much better as a result of her comments."
On his blog, Nobody Asked Me, But..., Rob Blackwell wrote:
"I want to thank Evelyn Duffy, my copyeditor. Evelyn agreed to help me out toward the end of the process and quickly and efficiently stamped out the remaining typos, repetitive word choices and other issues that can plague a book this long. She was a pleasure to work with and I recommend her highly to other authors looking for editing assistance."