All an author really wants is a core team around her to help her achieve her dream. That shouldn't be a hard task, but sometimes it is. During my ongoing career as an author, I have used several editors. I can finally say with confidence that I have found one who I can add to my team. Cassie McCown is extremely professional, always answers her emails in a timely manner, meets her deadlines, and edits to the best of her ability, which, in my opinion, is excellent. I have worked with her from the beginning of my career, from beta reading and now to full-on editing, and I plan to continue to use her as my "book doctor." I would also recommend her to any author/writer out there (in fact, I do!). If you are looking for an editor who is dedicated to her job, someone you can rely on and trust with your project and who truly wants to help you succeed, then look no further. Just don't fill up her calendar too much. I'm going to need her.
As a first time author, I was oblivious to how the whole process of editing and publishing worked. Initially, I thought I would simply have a few friends read my manuscript and everything would be fine. Man, was I wrong! Thankfully, I found Cassie. From the first section she edited, I realized in order to take a good book to status of great, an editor is of huge importance. She did a wonderful job not only pointing out what she felt needed to be changed or tweaked but also took the time to explain why. This created an invaluable learning experience for me. Through her patience and guidance, Cassie helped me to create a book that I am extremely proud of! I would recommend her to all writers and will definitely use her again for future projects.
Leeann Smith, author of Cat's Eye Marble
Cassie, I appreciated all of your inputs more than I can say. Throughout the process, your unbiased and impersonal critiques addressed the material and its issues and never once brought me, my writer's style, or my voice into the discussion. That's a very hard line for most people to avoid crossing. ... Your remarks were designed to get me thinking about my plotting choices rather than praising or finding fault with the choices I'd already made. You never once told me this or that was right or wrong. Things you didn't think worked, you simply pointed out to me, telling me why they didn't work for you, and by inference, you trusted me to have the authorial skills required to fix the problems. That was a huge boost to my ego without your having to say anything directly. Like keeping the comments objective, this is also exceedingly hard for most people to do, and you did it exceedingly well. ... I know my book is a far better piece of plotting and storytelling because you were a part of its early development than it would ever have been had you not been involved.
To any authors considering hiring Cassie to do developmental edits for pacing, plotting and characterizations, I can only advise you to get onto her calendar early! She's sure to be booked solid just as soon as word gets out of how good she is!
Marjorie Baldwin, author of the Phoenician Series
Without a moment's hesitation, I can say Cassie McCown with Gathering Leaves is one of the best editors I've had the privilege of working with. After such a wonderful experience, I'm confident she will be the first person contacted with the completion of each of my next books. I was most impressed by the way Cassie: 1) continued the editing process until I'd made every single change, 2) explained to me the rationale behind her perfect recommendations (without prompting), 3) offered praise when she read parts of the book that touched her or those too important to change, and 4) summarized general recommendations on ways to make the book even better. Her professionalism was amazing. My working relationship with Cassie felt like a partnership... like she had a vested interest in my book's success. For that (for her), I'll be forever grateful.
TR Graves, author of the Warrior, Still Standing, Secrets, Vanishing, & Longevity Series
Nothing hurts a great piece of writing like no editing or a poor editing job. We know you pour your heart and soul into your work, and you want the whole world to love it as much as you do! The truth is it's hard to be objectively critical of something you have spent so much blood, sweat, and tears over. That's where we come in. From a simple proofread to a more complicated copy or combo edit, we're here to help you nurture your beloved manuscript and get it ready for center stage.
Whether you are traditionally published, self-published, business professional, or student, we want to help you achieve literary success.
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"Cassie is so talented. I really appreciate her work and partnership."
Phyllis Piano, author of Love Reconsidered and Hostile Takeover: A Love Story , winner of Gold in the 2017 Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards and finalist in the 13th Annual 2016 “Best Books” Awards