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
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.