THE WORD ON THE WALL
Some kind acclaim from clients past & present…
I first heard of Sara through a slightly unusual source and started working with her in 2013. I am based in England and she’s based in New Zealand, but that has in no way affected our author-editor relationship. She was the silent editor for King’s Crusade, the second book in my award-winning supernatural thriller series Seventeen, and has been an active main editor and proofreader for all my works since then, including the short story collection I have written in the world of Seventeen and my spin-off series, Legion. I really enjoy working with Sara. Not only is the speed and quality of her work excellent, she is also an amazing human being, and will bend over backward to help you in any way she can. I look forward to working with her for many years to come and for our relationship and friendship to continue to flourish!
AD Starrling, Award-winning author of supernatural thriller series Seventeen
and spin-off series Legion
and Witch Queen
I came across Sara through a recommendation and have subsequently worked with her on three of my novels. Sara is enthusiastic and passionate about what she does and this shines through in her work. The suggestions in her literary edit showed that she was as invested in my manuscript as I was. Sara knows the characters, subplots and themes better than anyone else and will point out any inconsistencies or plot holes that might have been missed. Her copy editing is also meticulously detailed. On top of all of this she is a lovely person and will do anything to accommodate requests. I have learnt so much from working with Sara and I can honestly say that she has helped make me a better writer.
AE Warren, Author of YA dystopian series Tomorrow’s Ancestors
, 2021 publication by Del Rey UK, the science fiction fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House, www.aewarren.com
Sara came highly recommended by several best-selling authors and editors, and I was so grateful she was able to work on my novel Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders! She did an amazing job with both copy and developmental editing. Throughout the process, Sara was incredibly communicative, and insightful. Her expertise shined through at every stage of the process. She helped flesh out the characters, corrected some inconsistencies in the plot, and, of course, was the premier grammar queen! She responded quickly to any questions, large and small, even though I’m in the US and she lives in New Zealand (lucky her)! Aside from her fine editing work, Sara is a very kind, friendly, and supportive person. If we lived closer to one another, I’m sure we would enjoy many a ‘cuppa’ together.
I worked with Sara on my last two novels, The Undoing and Dead in the Water, after she was recommended to me by editor Jen Blood – and it was a fabulous experience. She is wonderfully down to earth, with brilliant wit and a good sense of humor. Her editing skills are second-to-none and she worked wonders on my novels not only with character building, story arcs, dialogue, and grammar but with great ideas as well. Her time-keeping was impeccable, always emailing files within the set time constraints. She impressed me so much that I would not hesitate to recommend her to fellow authors.
I have enjoyed working with Sara Litchfield so much. She is not only knowledgeable but caring and friendly as well. Sara took my novels and applied her excellent editing skills to craft them into pieces of work ready for readers to enjoy. My connection with Sara has been such a blessing. Even though we are on the other side of the globe from each other, our transactions and discourse has gone smoothly. Throughout my projects, she answered all of my questions, showed me grace and understanding, and was there to provide support on the days I needed it. She became much more than an editor; Sara became a friend. I highly recommend Sara as a skilled and pleasant editor to anyone seeking help with their manuscripts or needing editorial services.
Jenny Knipfer, Author of historical fiction series By the Light of the Moon
and Sheltering Trees
When I hired Sara to copy edit for me, I was already in the middle of a series. What really impressed me was she read the books before the one she was due to edit. Her changes really enhanced what I was trying to say, without altering my voice. I like to learn from each edit and her easy-to-follow editing style allowed me to do just that. I also appreciated Sara’s additional feedback on potential plot holes that needed plugging. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an editor who is passionate about the written word.
Do you want someone who is passionate? Then Sara is your woman; she cares about words, what they say, what they mean, and how they fall together. Is continuity of your story important to you? I hope the answer is yes, and Sara will pluck out the smallest detail that does not fit and suggest changes that bring sense to your story. Do you want an editor who has courage or one who simply rubberstamps your work? Sara will not let you off the hook with lazy writing, over-complicated plots, wordiness for the sake of wordiness. She will take the scalpel to your work, but only to carve a better and more meaningful monument. I lost over twenty-five pages from my first novel, but the beta readers all approved. Sara has now worked through over 1,497 pages of my work with diligence, care, and professionalism. I can highly recommend her to anyone wanting to have their work made fit for publishing.
I came to meet Sara Litchfield of Right Ink On The Wall when my editor at the time quit the business and gave me Sara’s name. I was in a panic to find a new editor, one who would not only stay with me for a very long fiction series, but who would be willing to start with the third book in the series, not at the beginning. Sara jumped right in with enthusiasm and a fresh eye. To date, we have collaborated on three books and have just started working together on the fourth. It is a universal truth that writing is hard. Equally hard is getting a book ready for publication. Authors must be able to rely on their editor to tell them the truth about the plot, grammar, spelling, and most importantly, if the individual stories add to the series as a whole. I have and do trust Sara’s diligence with the details, her dedication to my books, and her willingness to tell me when I have gone off course. That can’t be easy for any editor, but I trust Sara’s opinion. Her courage and honesty have made me a better writer and have made my books the best they can be. Sara pushes me, yet tempers that with what I’ve done right. She is meticulous and detailed. She is a consummate professional: communicative, timely, flexible, and supportive. So when I say Sara is a great editor, I mean great. She is part of the team that is Artemis Crow, and I am profoundly grateful to have her by my side.
I was looking for an editor that would work with me to not just massage my words but to also help tighten and shape the story. Sara inserted a lot of very pointed (& generous) comments and helpful questions that led me to where my story elements were starting to run amok. What I was also hoping to find in an editor was objectivity and professionalism. Right Ink on the Wall definitely delivered there as well. The comments and suggestions were easy to take and move on because Sara never once made the comments or suggestions personal. Five stars from me! I’ll be returning to Right Ink on the Wall for my next book!
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Finding an editor who understands your unique voice and point of view is not always easy. I knew deep down inside that I needed to work with someone who had a heart for my message, yet who could give me the essential feedback needed to take my manuscript to a new level. Sara helped me to restructure my book in a way that not only made practical sense but also helped me connect more deeply with my audience, while at the same time providing a very thorough and detailed edit of the entire work. The result is I now have a body of work that I am extremely proud of and delighted to share with the world, and this is why I would highly recommend Sara (and Right Ink On the Wall) to anyone that is looking to bring their creative work to life through the power of words.
I would highly recommend Sara to any budding author. She was able to guide me (a complete novice) with patience, understanding and professionalism through the minefield that is book editing! No question I asked was too stupid or too unimportant. She has the patience of a saint and the editing skills of a writing ninja! Sara took a very rough first manuscript and encouraged me through the process of delivering my book. Something that I could never have done without her steady help. If you are looking for an editor, do yourself a huge favour and hire Sara today!
Sara was an absolute pleasure to work with from the first Skype conversation to the finished product. She kept me informed of dates when she would have the different parts of the edit completed and she delivered on time and with a quality product. I consider that Sara has contributed greatly to making my book something I will be proud to publish.
I engaged Sara in a state of panic. My book needed a proof-read with an expert eye after I noticed some subtle but large errors in what I thought was my final document. Sara was relaxed, professional, and great to work with. She identified a heap of corrections (over 1400 of them!) that have put my book in another league of readability and quality. Sara met my tight deadline, providing regular updates. I would highly recommend Sara to anyone looking for an expert to take your manuscript to another level. The quality of her work is outstanding, and I would have no hesitation in approaching Sara for my next project.