High Praise for Barbara Brabec's
Book Manuscript Editing Service
Book Manuscript Critiques
"Barbara Brabec is one of the most unexpected surprises I have ever found on the
Internet. To me she was an absolute gift from God who has done nothing but bend
over backwards to help me not only through the editing process, but also the
publishing of my book. Her knowledge and experience far surpass anything I
expected and the quality of her work is excellent to say the least. I have
gained a wealth of knowledge from her and she has certainly been instrumental in
helping me find my way through the intense and oftentimes overwhelming world of
book publishing. But more than being an editor and publishing expert, Barbara
has now also become a very dear friend to me who I trust and value greatly.
There is no one else I would want to work with for my future books and certainly
no one else I know that would put as much heart and soul into my projects as
Barbara does. She is a rare find indeed!" - Tandy-Lynn Williams, author of
The Truth About Us—The Gospel as You've Never Heard it Before, the first
book in the "Hand of Healing" series published by
BMG Link Ministries
"When I first began my search for some editing/self-publishing help, my burdened
concern was Who can I trust? After reviewing a few grandiose self-publishing,
editing, promoting, package deal, bells-and-whistles websites, I fell upon the
source I have known, trusted, and used all my life: prayer. A critical part of
my plea was, I can’t afford to make a mistake here.
"I don’t remember the exact keywords I used to
search for a book editor, but on the first search page (and I rarely go past the first page in any
investigation), I read something that caught my attention in a very direct way.
When I clicked on it, I was in the middle of Barbara Brabec’s website. There
were things she said and expressed in her
“How to Self-Publish a Book” page that
truly connected with me. Not only was this the first personal site I went to,
because of how I was affected by it, it was the only site I went to. All further
inclinations took flight. I searched no more. Somehow I knew this was who I
needed to do business with.
"All my fears were laid to rest after a pleasing phone exchange and following
correspondence. With an obvious attraction to mercy cases, Barbara graciously helped
to put me on a path of accuracy and acceptable writing habits that made better
sense by way of her tenacious tutoring. She is a wealth of experience and prose
who can’t help herself—beware of lengthy email assignments—you’ll have your
work cut out for you, too. But the outcome is a rewarding rubric you’ll not
find included with so many other editing services; a personal, permanent benefit
to be sure!
"Not only was my prayer answered, but Barbara Brabec has become a trusted,
irreplaceable friend and colleague whom I am blessed to have. She takes more
upon herself than what she should in behalf of the client--she makes me want to
be a better writer. And I thank you for that, My Lady." -
Mark McCall, author of The Adventures of Tibby, Nature’s Awesome
Extraterrestrial Guardian and Book Two, Tibby and the Haunting of Beggar's
"Barbara puts her whole heart and mind into helping authors be at their best.
Her considerable technical knowledge and skill at editing (grammar, punctuation,
formatting, etc.) is equaled by her experience and wisdom at navigating the
worlds of authorship and publishing. As important for me, she understood the
'what and how' of the ideas I was attempting to communicate and the best way to
do so. For example, she helped with clarifying and shortening complex sentences
with more concise, less awkward wording. And, it's a blessing that her rates are
so reasonable for such quality services. I have little doubt she could improve
my communication of this endorsement." - Michael Dinius, author of
Teamwork: How Bosses and Other Performance Managers Can Build and Sustain Team
and Organizational Excellence (Performance Management Consulting, 2013;
Kindle and Smashwords editions)
"Barbara did an extraordinary job with the manuscript critique and editing of
Return to Order. Her knowledge of books and her sincere love for America was
evidenced by something that transcended professional ability—a devotion to the
task of making our book more coherent, readable, and relevant. This is something
money cannot buy. She has the rare ability to see the details while keeping in
view the book's overall perspective. We are especially grateful for her
suggestion for a new and revised conclusion. We took her advice, rewrote the
conclusion, and are so happy we did. Finding Barbara was providential."
- John Horvat II, author of
Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an
Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We
Need to Go, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and
Property—TFP (York Publishers, 2013)
"Barbara Brabec was extremely helpful in her editing and proofreading of my
book, Two Groves of Trees.
Her corrections and suggestions were very valuable in
helping me clarify certain sections of my writing. Barbara is very professional,
yet friendly and easy to work with. I would highly recommend her!"
- Linda Winter-Hodgson, Two Groves of Trees: A Story of Love and Second Chances
(privately published in 2012).
"I felt as though I had struck gold when
I found Barbara Brabec on the Internet. I was pleasantly surprised to find a helpful,
friendly voice at the other end of the phone, someone I felt quite comfortable to talk to,
even though at that point, I did not know squat about the editing process.
I knew right off the bat that I had hooked up with a winner.
Barbara led me through the editing process with an extra dose of patience since
she had to teach me what my part of the editing would consist of.
"Barbara is a grammatically exceptional editor, which was a big plus for me.
She is very knowledgeable and professional at what she does, is accurate, timely, consistent, and a true gift to those who need her services.
She is also very affordable. I thank God that I found her
and I am completely satisfied with her services." - Faith Stoddard,
My Life With Tourette Syndrome: Just a "Tic" Away from Divine
Intervention (Amazon Digital Services, 2012
“There is an old saying—'God moves in mysterious ways’—that couldn’t be truer
than in my literary world. When He brought Barbara into my life years ago, I did
not know a hanging participle from a curse word. With candor, professionalism,
and great skill, Barbara has successfully guided me through the writing, editing,
and publishing process of two books. I say this with bluntness; I could not have
done it without her.
"Through the years, Barbara has become like a fine wine that gets better with
age. She is constantly updating her skills by investigating, researching, and
painstakingly learning new things for her repertoire, and she always gives her
clients the best service money can buy.” – Shawn Smith, author and publisher of
God’s Truth or
the Liberal Lie: America at the Crossroads (2012), and
Find Happiness! How to Fill the
Void in Your Life by Looking, Feeling, and Living Better (2007).
Published by Knight for
could not be more pleased with the editing process guided by the well-qualified
wisdom and experience of Barbara. She provided in-depth comments that
demonstrated a wealth of knowledge of the complete writing and editing process.
She was quick to provide me with resources that allowed me to research issues
that she was concerned about, and also gave me in-depth instructions in the
editing notes that she provided with each round of editing.
She assisted me in determining how to write my
copyright page and made me aware of how to check to see what the requirements
were for using Bible verses. She is well versed in Bible knowledge and applies
that knowledge for content editing as needed.
She also suggested that I have my lead pastor write a foreword for my book to
provide the reader with an understanding of my qualifications to write a book
based on the writing of the Apostle Paul and some of his books of the Bible.
She reworked my Table of Contents page and expressed concern about similar chapter
titles which led to my rethinking the entire chapter-title concept. What
resulted from that were new and improved chapter titles that clearly reflected
the ‘journey’ within each chapter of the book.
Barbara is an excellent Christian editor, so if you have a book with a Christian
theme, I would recommend her services without reservation."
- Lynn Dehnke, author of Meditate and Declare:
A Journey with the Apostle Paul (Life Sentence Publishing, 2012; Kindle edition)
Brabec is an expert editor, a heartfelt true friend as well as a person with
vast medical knowledge as she continually knew how to keep my blood pressure in
check during the editing of my memoir, Of Shadows and Footprints. All kidding
aside, my book never would have come to fruition without her compassionately
directed advice. She always allowed my voice to be prevalent, even when the
Texas slang was dripping off the page. Hands down, I will always count on
Barbara’s expertise going forward; that is, if she has the courage to work with
me again." - Joe Bell, author of
Shadows and Footprints—The Memoir of a Man
Who Spent Fifty Years Battling His Inner Demons (Kindle/Smashwords
Editions published in 2012 by
Editor's note: Joe is a good example of how my
book critiquing service can result in a much better book and lower editing
costs at the same time. See his comments about that
"Diligent Googling in search of help in publishing my first book led me to Barbara,
and I'm happy to offer heartfelt words of praise for her editing service.
Her friendliness and encouragement, combined with a firm hand applied to my writing,
were exactly what I needed. I am grateful for her help, and will be working with her again
in the future."
- Craig Copeland, ConservaWiki.com, author of
2012 Conservative Election Handbook
"Thank you for editing my book, Purpose-Centered
Public Speaking. I could not be happier with the job you did. You have been much
more than an editor through this long and arduous process. (A better title for
you is editor/consultant.) I cannot count the number of times that heeding your
wise counsel saved me time and money. In addition to doing a prompt and thorough
job of editing, you made helpful suggestions and treated my book as if it was
your own. As an independent publisher, you helped me
navigate through the process and pointed me to people and resources that gave me
great support along the way. Further still, you took considerable pains to help
me to understand the reasons for your edits in the hope of helping me avoid
repetitive mistakes. I can honestly say I learned more about the English language
from you during this process than I did in school.
"By the way, my book is doing super well. In just
a few weeks it has risen quickly on Amazon’s rank chart. I'm convinced that your
editing has a lot to do with that. I hope you will use this short note as my
endorsement of your services. You were a joy to work with, and I feel like I
received so much more than I paid you for. I have already outlined my next book,
and I can't imagine working with another editor. When you have the best, why
look elsewhere?” - Dr. Gary Rodriguez, author of
Purpose-Centered Public Speaking and President of
LeaderMetrix (Published 2010)
"I'd like to offer you a huge thank you for your first-class editing
work on my book. If I compare the current version with the one I sent you
they are like chalk and cheese (as we say in England). Your editing of the text
made the book much more readable, and the structural changes—the suggestion to
bring the history together at the start of the book and the inclusion of
sub-heads—added a new dimension. You have taken the book to a new and better
Peter Shirt, Ukraine, author of
Among the Ukrainians
(The Laundry Press, 2010)
"Barbara is not just an editor, but a friend who goes beyond the boundaries to help. Her
direction is filled with sage advice and wisdom while still letting the writer's
voice shine though. Barbara is a blessing." - Bryan West,
CampAutism.org, author of
Asperger's, God and Me—Living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
"Every author needs an editor for help with many things—grammar,
punctuation, spelling, and good sense.
Barbara Brabec skillfully
delivers accuracy in all these areas while preserving the author's
voice, not an easy task. Her vast experience in business warned us about potential
minefields in our content, saving us from trouble down the road.
I highly recommend her keen editing services." - James Dillehay,
publisher and co-author of Guerrilla Multilevel Marketing
with Jay Levinson and Marcella Vonn Harting (Warm Snow Publishers, 2008)
"Wow! Barbara is everything you could hope for.
Without a doubt, she enhanced my manuscript in immeasurable ways, and I'm
deeply indebted to her for the magic she did with my latest book.
Not only did she do an incredible job of editing, she became a friend in the short time
we worked together. From now on, Barbara will edit everything I write. She's everything promised . . . and more."
- Tim Olney, author of
Ordinary Box of Life (Leaderbrook Publications, 2007)
"Thank you for the excellent job you did in helping me refine my
book, An Echo of Hope. Thanks to your abilities, my work that started out as
a bundle of good thoughts and good intentions ended up
a professionally crafted book. I am truly grateful!
When I enlisted your services, I stated I was looking for a safety net.
I wanted my work checked for simple errors. I looked to you to make sure the words were accurately used,
presented in the right order, spelled correctly and punctuated properly.
You went through my work and massaged away any mistakes.
I was very impressed with your “eagle-eyed” ability to zoom in and notice any form difficulties
(paragraph form, improper fonts, line and/or letter spacing troubles). I feel
your editing job lifted my words up to an outstanding level."
- C. Judy, author of Echo of Hope
(Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2006)
"I am an author who has published two fiction books. I am
able to come up with a good story, but when it came to writing it or
putting it on paper I wasn't too good. To tell you the truth, I was
terrible, my grammar and sentences needed some improvement. I was
blessed with luck when I started to look for a consultant on the
Internet to help me select the right publisher for my second book,
thinking I was ready because I had a publisher willing to except the
manuscript the way it was written. Well I was wrong. Some one up above
must have heard my prayers because working with Barbara was the best
thing I ever done. For a reasonable fee, she said she would edit my
manuscript and look over the contract that the publisher sent me before
I signed it. Thanks to her advice and help, I not only
story, but learned how to become a better writer and have one of the
best publishers accept my manuscript. I thank God for reading her book
and having her help me with my book. If you read her books or speak with
her yourself, you would agree with me that you have struck gold." -
Clodomiro Giraud Jr., author of
The Witches of West End Avenue,
New York (Booklocker, 2004)
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