Testimonials

I’ve worked with a variety of authors throughout my years as a freelance editor and sensitivity reader. Here are some of the kind things they’ve had to say about my work:

“I’m incredibly grateful to have Mark’s eyes on my work—he’s read my queries, synopses, and manuscripts in both sensitivity reading and editing capacities. Not only is he an excellent sensitivity reader for gay male characters, but he provides helpful, incisive feedback in other areas. I’m most impressed with his line editing. Mark has a gift for making every word count. He picks up on filler words I don’t notice, stilted dialogue, inconsistent flow, and other issues. He also challenges me to use each and every line to add to the story, something I’m not always the best at. All in all, it is a joy to work with Mark.”

—Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure (Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House, fall 2019)

“Mark is an incredibly knowledgeable and sharp-eyed editor. His way with voice, nuance, and prose is remarkably skilled. He has a talent for seeing what’s special about a manuscript and bringing that out in edits, as well as finding means to push characters and emotion deeper in natural and effective ways. He’s patient and always enthusiastic, cheering his clients on and providing wonderful guidance and support. Mark’s industry knowledge is extensive and allows him to steer clients away from pitfalls and boost the most marketable elements of their manuscripts. His knowledge of young adult fiction is particularly keen, and anyone who gets the chance to work with him is lucky indeed!”

—Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall (Simon Pulse)

“I won a critique from Mark through DVpit and his comments were so thorough and useful. He pointed out what was working in my manuscript and what wasn’t. His comment to rearrange the first chapters of my story made the pacing of my manuscript so much better. My query letter was a mess and Mark gave me really useful questions to focus on for my rewrite. Mark’s comments guided me when I polished both my query and manuscript and months later, I signed with an agent!”

Mae Coyiuto, represented by Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

“Mark is like a personal fitness trainer for words. He spots the dead weight words that need trimming, rearranges phrases for better flow, and gives great suggestions to make each sentence pop. Also, he’s incredibly positive and supportive, which is huge during the torture that is revision. He’s a total pro and I’m so thankful for his help whipping my query and first chapter into shape before querying. Two thumbs up!”

—Jessica Kim, author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung! (Kokila / Penguin Random House, spring 2020)

“I found Mark after hearing glowing reviews of his work from multiple colleagues and am so glad I did! Mark was thorough, thoughtful, professional and extremely prompt. His insights were invaluable, and I highly recommend his skills for whatever project you’re working on.”

—Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of 2016 William C. Morris Award finalist Conviction and Picture Us in the Light (Disney-Hyperion)

“Mark’s sensitivity read was exactly what I needed before diving into revisions. He not only provided careful feedback pinpointing specific areas that would benefit from adjustment and why, but his overall editorial suggestions were equally helpful in determining what I needed to address in my next round of revisions. I definitely recommend Mark for writers looking for professional feedback to help guide them while reworking their manuscripts, and would happily work with him again.”

—Gabe Jae, author of the Beyond the Red trilogy (Sky Pony Press / Skyhorse Publishing)

“Working with Mark was one the best choices that I made during the process of writing Hold! I originally contacted him as a sensitivity reader, and his feedback on that front was exceptional, but he also provided thoughtful suggestions about characterization and voice that were invaluable during the revision process. Hire Mark. You won’t regret it!”

—Rachel Davidson Leigh, author of Hold (Duet Books / Interlude Press)

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