A Little Red Ink

EditingA 2015 ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, I am a fan of Story. As a freelance editor, I make sure every thread is woven consistently throughout a manuscript—whatever the genre—and point out ways to deepen and enrich the layers so the theme is subtle, the story vivid. Plus, I’m great at helping to develop compelling subplots and secondary characters if sequels are on the horizon. A card-carrying grammar nerd, I believe an author’s voice comes from knowing the rules well enough to break them with flair. My goal is to help hard-working writers sound like gifted writers. I’m one of the Editor Sisters at A Little Red Ink. You can check out our helpful and humorous blog at www.alittleredink.com

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We’re playful but professional, funny but fast.

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My clients had this to say:
 

“As an author with a dozen books traditionally edited and published (not all released yet), I found a true gem in Bethany Kaczmarek! This lady has got it going on—she is not a nitpicky editor who hassles the author over idiosyncratic things. She has a very keen eye—a gift—for tracking characterization, story content, plot fulfillment, flow, etc. Truly, her skills amazed me!”  ~Ronie Kendig, bestselling, Christy award-winning author

“Bethany Kaczmarek has been instrumental in my development as a writer, guiding me from the earliest stages with her wisdom, insight, and gentle corrections to my stories. She has fantastic insight into characters, as well as a keen eye for sentences that need more clarity. I highly recommend her services!” ~Susan Quinn, best-selling author of The Mind Jack Trilogy, Kindle Book Review Top Five Finalist, Best Indie Books of 2012

“Working with Bethany has been one of the highlights of my career as a novelist. Her keen eye and expansive knowledge of the nuances of grammar made my book not only more readable, but more enjoyable. Her commentary helped me sharpen my skills and cut the fat from my prose. I have no doubt that my book is better because of her work on it. The process was enjoyable and educational, streamlined and efficient. We worked through multiple chapters of my work at a time. The approach made the process manageable, rather than overwhelming. Also, she was very aware of the genre. Since I was writing fantasy, she clarified many of the choices I made in regards to storyworld. At no point did she compromise my intentions for the sake of arbitrary grammar rules. Every suggestions was well documented, well founded, well researched, and well thought-out. I can’t wait to work with her again.” ~Aaron Ganskyauthor of YA Fantasy series The Hand of Adonai,  The Bargain, and Firsts in Fiction: First Lines 

“Bethany kept me laughing while editing, and sought to preserve and cultivate my vision for the characters/plot. Her communications were regular and timely. Her feedback came in pieces so I wasn’t overwhelmed by the immensity of the entire project. These interactive edits left me feeling 100% certain I could stop listening to that voice at the back of my head permanently. And let’s talk timetable here: this woman is wicked fast.” ~Crystal Collier, author of Moonless

“Erynn [Newman] handles most of my editing, but I’m really happy I started having Bethany do a final proofread. I don’t think most authors realize how important a second set of eyes is. A fresh look can reveal missed error (or errors introduced in a final pass), and I feel really good knowing that the book I publish is the best it can possibly be. It’s been well worth the extra investment. I also love that I’m working with two sisters who function as a team. They understand my style and stories, and it’s really valuable to have two editors who are knowledgeable about my world for a series that spans as many works as mine does.” ~Autumn Kalquist, bestselling author of the Fractured Era series 

“Bethany Kaczmarek opened my eyes to a side of POV I’d never thought about. Her edits are precise and accurate and she shares the whys with the hows. I highly recommend Bethany. Her work is amazing.” ~Cindy Sproles, Director of Writers Advance! Bootcamp, acquisitions editor at Christian Devotions

“A stand-out query letter can make the difference between your manuscript pages going into the trash unread and catching an agent’s attention. Query letters are an art form…and Bethany is a master.”  ~Marney McNall

“Bethany Kaczmarek has a sharp eye and a soft delivery, the perfect combination to help those looking to improve their writing. She spotted the weak spots in my manuscript and helped me make them stronger. I highly value her input. This girl knows her stuff!~Michelle Massaro, represented by Karen Ball 

 

 

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