“In grade school, I had an art teacher who would show how me to fix something by drawing on my paper. By the time it was finished, I never felt like it was mine anymore. Mary doesn’t do that. She spends time figuring out what I’m trying to accomplish with the work and then helps me get there. She doesn’t edit it so it reads the way she would have written it. Mary and I have been critique partners for several years. Not only is she a gifted writer, she’s also my most trusted reader.”
Katie O’Rourke, author of Blood & Water, Finding Charlie, and other novels, www.katieorourke.com
“I experienced the editing skills of Mary Vensel White while working together in a literary workshop. Her credentials as a DePaul grad and a traditionally published author show up well in her expertise. In addition to having what it takes technically, Mary is an editor with heart. She cares about another writer’s project, treating writers new and old with dignity.”
John Campbell, author of A Walk to Paradise Garden and A Lark Ascending
“Mary is an attentive, knowledgeable reader with a true mastery of language and pacing. Her critique focuses on grounding a story in details that propel the narrative forward. I highly recommend her services to any fiction writer, especially those who may benefit from staying on point and streamlining their prose.”
Kristen Havens, writer and editor, www.kristenhavens.com
“Mary Vensel White has a gift—words sing for her. Her technical mastery transforms those words into mood with effortless grace, and she brews scenes brimming with evocative nuance—her writing is not so much read, as experienced. Mary and I met at the Southern California Writers’ Conference some years back, and since then, she’s been kind enough to beta-read my novels. In addition to possessing top-notch writing skills, she’s incredibly widely read—her expertise, insights, and honesty have proven invaluable on numerous occasions, and I’m delighted that with Type Eighteen, she’ll be sharing her editorial expertise more broadly. Your work will be in expert hands!”
Douglas J. Bornemann, author of The Demon of Histlewick Downs and Practical Phrendonics.