My experience of working with Kendra Olson on my 10,000 word story Laying Ghosts, the prequel to my mystery series, has been a rewarding one. I’ve worked with other editors over many years and Kendra has a rare mix of qualities necessary for effective structural/development editing: positive support, attention to detail, truthfulness, and the ability to identify the layers below the surface of the work. And as a writer herself, she brings other dimensions to the process: her proposals not only make sense but are easy to implement, and her suggestions for changes to the text reflect the style of the work. Not many editors can do this. In the case of Laying Ghosts and its role as a prequel, she also took the trouble to check the first chapter of the novel that follows, uncovering several “continuity errors” between the two – had these slipped through they would have been confusing for the reader and embarrassing to the author. I appreciated her thoroughness, and the process of correcting them added extra depth to the story. After my experience, I have no hesitation in recommending Kendra’s services.
—Virginia King, author of the Selkie Moon Mysteries
Working with Kendra on my first fiction project has been a stimulating experience. Her development edit of my thriller showed comprehensive attention to detail. She not only identified issues, she offered multiple ideas as to how to address the troubling problems. Throughout all of her comments on my manuscript, Kendra showed kindness in her honesty. She didn’t hold back but her style of critique was always positive. She was happy to discuss her comments, clarify things, and bounce further ideas back and forth. In all of our contact she has showed me how much she wants to bring the best out of me as a writer and to offer readers the best possible story. She is a constant source of encouragement. I feel thrilled to have found Kendra and have her as my editor. She is dedicated to her craft. We are continuing to work together.
Kendra developmentally edited my last two projects, and I can say without doubt that my writing was considerably improved by her invaluable input. The general overview and line detail she provided allowed me to unearth both stories’ true potential. I have no hesitation in recommending her and will definitely be using her services again for my next book.
—Jack Moscrop, travel writer and author of Blue Ice, White Powder
Kendra helped me with a manuscript appraisal on a lengthy and complex novel – her feedback was quick and very thorough, helping me highlight some important areas for improvement that pulled the project together. Kendra was very communicative and helpful in answering outstanding questions I had, and great to work with.
—Phil Williams, author of three fiction series and non-fiction grammar guides
This is fantastic and totally invaluable feedback. I knew that the story was far from perfect but I couldn’t gauge a sense of what needed to be done. Your comments have really brought forward where the problems are and my brain has been whirling away trying to think of solutions, what fun!
—Ric Rae’s comments after receiving his edit
Kendra, LOVE LOVE LOVE your feedback!!!!! Oh my gosh, you have helped me out so much with your comments!!! 😀 You’ve really given me peace of mind on a whole lot of things, so yay! And I feel a lot better now about proceeding with revision since I now have direction for my trouble spots!
—Speculative fiction author J.R. Frontera’s comments after receiving her edit
I can thoroughly recommend Kendra Olson, who studied alongside me on my MLitt last year and has since set up her own Developing Editing Service. Kendra is an incredibly insightful editor, providing helpful critique and highlighting the sections of your writing which are strong and the parts which might need more work, as well as giving tips and ideas about what changes you could make.
I have just had the joy of reading through Kendra’s comments on my final portfolio draft, and I’m so happy because she’s given me so much to think about, as well as making me feel really positive about what I’ve already written.
If you’re in need of a second opinion on your writing, I’d really recommend getting in touch with her.