Molly isn’t just an excellent text editor, but she also brings a sharp mind and smart instincts to looking at how to make the communication with any reader as straightforward as possible. After she edited my book manuscript, I noticed three separate sources of great improvement to my work.
First, she’s a great developmental editor, able to see how the entire flow of narrative should proceed. She tightened up my messaging by cutting out a lot of redundancy in my text (you know, when you repeat something, say the same thing over and over, beat a dead horse, reiterate, repeat yourself…um, you get the idea).
Second, in addition to improving the broad narrative arc, she also provided top-notch line editing. I ended up accepting at least ninety percent of her edits, as they improved the text so much. Sometimes I would read a suggested modification and realize that it was so much clearer the way she phrased it, exclaiming to myself, 'Why didn’t I think of putting it that way?'
Third, she’s obviously a very smart person, as she had to rewrite some complex subject matter to improve it. However, in addition, she would consciously point out areas where she might have changed the meaning, given she couldn’t have full content expertise. There were a few areas where she did change the meaning, but it was so easy to catch those because she warned me that might be the case, so I knew to focus on getting them right.
If I ever go through the ordeal of writing another book, I’d seek to use Molly again after what a terrific job she did perfecting my text.