“Not every writer can edit themselves. Some miss small things when looking at the big picture, while others miss big things when focusing on minutiae. This is why writers need editors. Mary Vensel White has an editor’s eye, a writer’s insight, and a grammarians’s skill in bringing them together. Mary has written book reviews and essays for LitChat and they are always pitch perfect with little-to-none additional editing required. Anyone needing an editor for fiction, non-fiction, or academic writing will be a step ahead when hiring Mary to edit their work.”
Carolyn Burns Bass, founder of LitChat
“An editor with a keen eye is invaluable. No matter how many times you comb through your manuscript, you will miss little bombs waiting to go off. Mary will find all the trip wires. It’s not solely the technical nuts and bolts she has a firm grasp on; she also has an ear for authenticity and the literary skill to sharpen your prose. Bottom line: your manuscript will be cleaner, your writing will be tighter, and your odds for success will be better.”
Clay Savage, author of The Last Getaway and The Identical Opposite
“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
“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
“When I was a new writer, Mary edited some of my work for an article I wrote, and an early chapter of my book. We met a few years ago at The Southern California Writers Conference. It was important for me to find other writers who had published and had experience with writing so I could hopefully learn from them. Mary was always willing to help. As a published writer herself, she provided excellent feedback and detailed explanations, showing me the importance of structure with my writing. She has an interactive editing style that guided me along the writing process without changing my voice.
The exciting thing about writing is that I am still learning, and probably will be for years. It’s important to find the key people like Mary who help you through the process in a good and authentic way. I’m looking forward to using Mary’s editing services for my future work.
Susan A. Ring, author of The Unexpected Mother
“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 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