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Testimonials

What other writers say...

After struggling to complete my first draft I was lucky enough to be recommended to Laurel. Her astute editorial assistance helped build strong structural bones and a clear narrative arc. Laurel clearly understood the challenges and opportunities of memoir and helped me to see where I lost and found my voice. Her support and encouragement extended far beyond the job description and was chicken soup for this writer’s soul.

Claire Dunn My Year Without Matches (Black Inc)

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‘Laurel helped me to polish the first three chapters of my manuscript when this was about all I had written of my memoir. I used these chapters, together with a chapter outline for the rest of the book, to secure a publishing contract. I have found that every bit of expertise along the way helps, and Laurel's input made a difference to my proposal.'’

David Roland How I Rescued My Brain (Scribe)

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The Writer's Guide by Irina Dunn, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Laurel Cohn can turn a rough diamond of a manuscript into a polished gem of a book. She is expert in structural editing, copy editing and proofreading, and offers insights into your work that will help you realize your publishing goal.’

Irina Dunn The Writer's Guide (Allen & Unwin)
www.irinadunn.com.au
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Salt Rain by Sarah Armstrong, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Laurel’s assessment of my manuscript was detailed and insightful. She not only addressed technical matters such as structure and plot, but was able to provide an overview of themes and character development in a way that was very helpful, even in the later edits for publication. I was so close to my manuscript that I had lost perspective and Laurel’s report offered me a clear idea of what I needed to do before submitting it to an agent, while also confirming what was working in the manuscript.’

Sarah Armstrong Salt Rain (Allen & Unwin)
Shortlisted Dobbie and Miles Franklin Awards 2005
www.sarah-armstrong.com.au
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Cronin's Key Guide – Australian Wildlife by Leonard Cronin, one of Laurel Cohn's clients'Laurel Cohn's expertise took my books from raw text and illustrations to print-ready PDF files. The process was glitch-free, saving time and money and making my publisher very happy.'

Leonard Cronin Cronin's Key Guide Series
(Allen & Unwin)

www.allenandunwin.com
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The Magicians Way by William Whitecloud, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Laurel treated my manuscript with a deep appreciation for exactly what it was, both in terms of its style and content. I was very impressed with her deft and economical touch. With surprisingly few flourishes she managed to enhance my own voice while massively improving the structure and readability of my manuscript. Of all the aspects of writing and producing my book, working with Laurel was by far the most pleasant. She’s a magician, no doubt about it!’

William Whitecloud The Magician’s Way
(Wizdom Press, New World Library)

www.williamwhitecloud.com
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Your Soul Purpose by Brendan Nichols, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Laurel Cohn, did an outstanding job in editing and providing valuable feedback in my book. At all times she was genuinely interested in my project and often gave me great insight in how I could improve the text. The book went on to become a best seller as a self published book and then published by Harper Collins.’

Brendan Nichols Your Soul Purpose (Harper Collins)
www.brendannichols.com
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Tarab‘My book ‘Tarab: travels with my guitar’ would not have beenpublished without the expert help and advice of Laurel Cohn. Her invaluable and generous help with plot design, character development, proof reading and overall structure lifted mydrafts to a level of quality where my book was received with enthusiasm by a publisher and with excellent reviews in the press. I must strongly recommend editor Laurel Cohn to anyone that dreams of seeing their work published. Her professional expertise, patience and appreciation for my writing were the best gift my book could have hoped for.'

Carl Cleves Tarab: travels with my guitar (Transit Lounge Publishing)
www.carlcleves.com
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‘With Laurel's very sharp pencil and trusty pad of post-it notes, one has a knightin shining armour standing at the ready.  She comes to the rescue with equal measures of that stern english teacher and a compassionate friend.  She can see what you are trying to say and make it sparkle and glimmer with clarity.  All with a deep respect to your unique voice.  I feel so fortunate to have had her fine work on my book!’

Kristina Olsen They Paid us in Tub Time
www.kristinaolsen.net
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Bruce & Me, by Oren Seidler, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Receiving Laurel’s report on an early draft of my manuscript proved invaluable. I am incredibly grateful for Laurel’s early input. Her astute and insightful comments helped give me a clearer sense of direction and helped direct me towards the next stage of the manuscript’s development. In addition to a detailed overview, her clear comments covered important areas such as structure, use of tenses and general problems. Her report ended with suggestions for the next steps which helped define the direction I would then take. All in all an incredibly helpful experience! Thanks Laurel!’

Oren Seidler Bruce & Me (Random House)
www.orensiedler.com
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The Anti-Princess Club series by Samantha Turnbull, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘A couple of years ago you assessed my children's manuscript. Just letting you know that after letting it collect dust for a while I sent it off earlier this year and I've just signed a four-book deal with Allen and Unwin. I had no idea if it was decent or not, but your extremely positive feedback gave me the confidence to try my luck with a publisher. So, thanks!’

Samantha Turnbull The Anti-Princess Club Series (Allen & Unwin)
samanthaturnbull.com.au
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'I've just received an advance copy of the book and I’m ecstatic with the finished product. Laurel, I can't believe how lucky I was to find you on the internet. Your knowledge of the editing and production process was invaluable. Thanks so much for your help and advice with all the small details that have made the book so clear and so easy to read. It was great to have your help throughout the production and printing process too. Whenever I was unsure, you were always there.'

Neil Davies Fear-free Horse Training (Kip Corp)
www.fearfreehorsetraining.com
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Yearning to go Home, by Paul Ishiguchi, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Masterful is how I would describe the efforts of Laurel Cohn. As an editor, her suggestions, advice and constructive comments opened up my options better than the way things were...without compromising the essence of what I wanted to capture in my story. My experience with Laurel has been reflective and empowering, and made me look at what I have learned...and to embrace it. What I really enjoyed was being able to talk with Laurel without being judged’.

Paul Ishiguchi Yearning to go Home (Give It Time Productions)
www.giveittime.com.au
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Boo and the Big Storm, by Wendy Lawrence, one of Laurel Cohn's clients'I've got some wonderful news: Boo and the Big Storm is the winner of the Children's Reader category in the Whitley Awards of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. Thank you, again, for all your help – we wouldn't have had a chance of winning without your magic!'

Wendy Lawrence Boo and the Big Storm (Wild Publishing)
www.wildpublishing.com.au
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Moontime Diary, by Iris Detenhoff, one of Laurel Cohn's clients'Laurel takes care of all my prepress needs in a very professional, friendly and supportive manner. She is approachable and gives sound advice, works very thorough and to deadlines. I highly recommend Laurel and will be using her services again.'

Iris Detenhoff Moontime Diary
www.moontimediary.com.au
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The Relationship Revelation, by Pollyanna Darling, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Working with Laurel was easy, effortless and fun. Her editing style is constructive and insightful. She particularly helped me with the internal structure of my book, transforming it from something rather clumsy into a layout that really serves my message. I will happily use her services again.’

Pollyanna Darling The Relationship Revelation (Imaginaria)
www.pollyannadarling.com
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City of Longing, by Victoria Thompson, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Laurel Cohn was a wonderful surprise. I never expected to find an editor with such a fine and sensitive talent, as well as being thorough and conscientious. She was able to advise me in ways which greatly improved my work. Indeed, saved it!’

Victoria Thompson City of Longing
(Australian Scholarly Publishing)

victoriathompson.com.au
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Look to See, by Hilary Kerr, one of Laurel Cohn's clients'Through Laurel’s skills and wisdom she has taught me so much as she has prepared the manuscript to be sent to the printer for publication. Thanks to Laurel, not only do I have a beautiful book, ‘Look to See – The Art of Drawing’, but my computer skills and confidence in my work have grown enormously.’

Hilary Kerr Look to See – The Art of Drawing
(Look to See Press)

www.looktosee.com.au/theartofdrawing
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Woodwork for Women, by Patt Gregory, one of Laurel Cohn's clients'I have enjoyed my whirlwind journey and ‘bookmaking’ with you tremendously and I want to thank you sincerely for your skill, insight, lightness and patience, but more than that, the way you made me feel. And that was that I could do it!

Patt Gregory Woodwork for Women
(Woodwork for Women)

www.woodworkforwomen.com
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Quit for Life, by Jamie Mushin, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘Laurel was easy to communicate with, very clear in her thoughts and prompt with her responses to any questions I had. She edited an early draft of the manuscript, and gave me valuable feedback on structure, grammar and the style of my writing. I found her comments to be insightful and relevant, and an important basis for writing the next draft of the book. I would happily use Laurel's services again.’

Jamie Mushin Quit for Life (Penguin Books)
www.jamiemushin.com
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Liar Bird, by Lisa Walker, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘I love how you have gone to the heart of the story, which was eluding me. I knew there were some themes there, but having them articulated strongly by you is almost a revelation. I now feel very inspired to progress to the next stage of rewriting. Thank you also for your encouragement and detailed feedback. I had really lost my way a bit with this story, but think I’ve found it again. I will press on!’

Lisa Walker Liar Bird (HarperCollins)
www.lisawalker.com.au
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Jennifer Colin cover'I approached Laurel with the first manuscript that I wanted to see through to publishing.  She looked at the manuscript as a whole and highlighted the weakness – what wasn't plausible and which characters needed more work.  And she did so in a manner that was both encouraging and sensitive. The end result for me, as a self-publishing author, is a work that is well rounded and professional. I highly recommend her to new authors.'

Jennifer Collin
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‘I'm so very grateful for the editing advice and support you gave me while I journeyed along the road to self-publication.’

Lucy Taylor, Through Their Eyes: Glimpses of a Changing Australia (Brigalow Press)
www.achangingaustralia.com.au
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Res Publica, by Zireaux, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘In these days of what I call "typus excessus”, it's not the literary novel that's suffocating; it's the ability to read accomplished works of fiction. Good readers are hard to find – much harder than what are so often considered (wrongly) as "good writers".  You, Ms. Cohn, are not only an exceptional reader, but you have something more. You speak the writer's language.’

Zireaux, Res Publica and Kamal (Immortal Muse)
www.immortalmuse.com
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Way of the Junglepreneur by David Oludotun Fasanya, one of Laurel Cohn's clients‘What can I say but wow! I am very impressed with your work. The editing and comments are objective, insightful, corrective and also encouraging at the same time. You have definitely mastered how to handle authors well while still achieving the target of getting a better manuscript. Please accept my sincere gratitude, respect and appreciation of your work.’

David Oludotun Fasanya
junglepreneur.com
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Laurel Cohn is easy to work with. She not only brings her considerable talents, knowledge and generosity to the appraisal and editing processes but she brings calmness. This is valuable in a business that can be somewhat fraught.

Marian Edmunds, Navigational Tips for Living in an imperfect World
www.navigationaltipsforliving.com
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‘Laurel Cohn is reliable, punctual and goes out of her way to be available. Her editing skills are as sharp as a bird's beak, pecking at weak stitches, revealing gaping holes: at times unravelling, at other times tightening the very threads, but never, never, missing a dropped stitch.’

Denise Greenaway, Finding Artemisia (Balboa Press)
www.findingartemisia.com
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'Laurel has been meticulous in identifying structural weaknesses, plot holes and my writing lapses and bad habits. She takes the time to understand her client and give focused advice in a friendly and tactful manner. Her input has lifted my writing to a higher standard and I owe my recent successes to her guidance.'

Jennifer Hoff
www.jenniferhoff.com.au
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'Very many of my readers have complimented me on the structure of the book. It was your suggestion that I change this from a chronological order to moving it back and forth from the love story to the death story. You were so right, and I know this book is much better for your professional input.'

Kate Ramsay
www.gowithlovebook.com
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'Thank you Laurel for your insightful guidance and direction in the creation of Inner Sky.  Your early assessment and editorial review was invaluable, allowing me to enhance my story structure, discover my voice and see the true heart and purpose of Inner Sky. I am truly blessed to have found you. Deepest gratitude.'

Steven Layer
www.stevenlayer.com
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'I received the manuscript yesterday and your assessment was worth every cent and I just wanted to thank you. I agreed completely with everything you wrote. It was concise and told me everything I needed to know; not just about this manuscript but my writing strengths and errors in general. Thanks again.'

Nathan Tyrer
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'I have read your report and found it most insightful. After digesting your feedback, I have answered some of your big questions enough to find a way forward. Now I can’t wait to start again. Thank you for your clear analysis and useful pointers. It all makes sense.'

Celina McEwen
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‘I had been sitting on the draft of my second unpublished novel for about two years, when I finally took the plunge and sent it for assessment. What I received from Laurel was far beyond my expectations. She had taken great care with the detail, but more importantly, she gave me signposts and directions for making the novel more cohesive and complete. I now have a much clearer idea of what I need to do. Laurel combines a respect for the writer and the work with well thought out constructive criticisms.’

Sandra Heilpern
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‘Laurel Cohn reviewed my memoir manuscript. In the edits, her report and subsequent discussion she delivered value in excess of what I'd hoped. Her technical ability, e.g. with structure, language, style, , grammar, was spot on and greatly enhanced my work. In addition Laurel understood the essence of my work better than I and her guidance helped me to adopt a more relevant and effective point of view and voice.’

James Webb
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‘I have been poring over your assessment notes at every opportunity. I am so impressed with the attention to detail, care and sensitivity you have taken with my work. Thank you. It’s funny how someone else’s perceptions can suddenly brush the scales from one’s eyes as it were. I especially like the way you have offered possible solutions to the shortcomings in the ms. I have learnt a great deal in the short time I have been writing fiction, mostly by reading, trial and error, as well as taking a few workshops. Nothing, however, beats a professional critiquing of one’s own work such as you have given. I am grateful for your input and you have inspired further effort to bring the work up to a publishable level. Thanks again Laurel. I will have no hesitation recommending your expertise to other aspiring writers.’

Robyn Haynes
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‘I have read your report and am excited because I agree with all your observations and insights. It is wonderfully helpful! I have found this memoir to be the most difficult thing I've ever written, because it became a personal process along with my intention for it to be for a wider readership. n the end my brain was full and I couldn't see clearly! Your report is a brilliant guide for me. It is comprehensive, insightful, sensitive and clear; your guidelines for rewriting are spot-on.’

Wendy Dartnall  
www.facebook.com/wendydartnallauthor
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‘Laurel Cohn's editorial report on my picture book manuscript was clear and detailed. The report went beyond giving feedback on language to include analysis of the structure, theme and characters of my story, revealing flaws and suggesting solutions. Laurel's fresh perspective cut beneath the surface. It exposed underlying structural weaknesses I couldn't see, giving me the opportunity to fix my storyline and help me get to the next level with my concept. Thanks Laurel!'

Laura Kuchel  
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‘Thank you for the in depth analysis of my manuscript – I appreciate how much work went into the notation of the manuscript and the very thorough report.  I COMPLETELY agree with all of the points and am not discouraged…after another week or so to cogitate on various pieces of the puzzle I will be back in there, working on Draft #4!’

Mandy Geddes  
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‘Thank you for your work on my manuscript. I loved your capacity to work with the detail yet always with the bigger picture of where I was going clearly in mind. I had gone as far as I could on my own and felt, until I did the process with you, that I had run out of steam for the time being. With your guidance, however, I feel both equipped and inspired to move forward without the break I thought I needed.’

Nola Webb  
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‘We authors are solitary creatures, laying down our words - line after line, day after day - on a wintry Antarctic landscape, where our little black penguins strut their stuff… After a long icy winter, and a hundred thousand bobbing penguins, we need a good editor; someone with a nice touch – who cares when the snow turns red… Laurel Cohn knows how to shove penguins better than Shackleton ever did, and Scott, and Mawson.  Thank you Laurel Cohn, you are a writer’s editor; the best.’

Chris Dewhirst, mountaineer, adventurer, author
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‘Laurel is practical and motivating in her approach; somewhat intuitive too. I enjoy working with Laurel as I know she understands what I am trying to achieve in completing my first book.’

Sallyanne Pisk, health practitioner
eatingforyou.com.au
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'A big thanks to Madeline and yourself for your great efforts. I can honestly say I didn't know that there was such well formed thinking around structure and style. I now see that by studying the craft I can get better. Before I was just trying to be original.'

Blair Robertson
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'Once again I am deeply grateful for the warm, encouraging and insightful critique of my book. I have always thought it would be wonderful to be an editor but now seeing the amount of work that goes into assessing a manuscript I have second thoughts.'

Annie McNamara
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'After receiving my manuscript back in the mail, all I wanted to do was dive right back in and start editing. It was very exciting to read through Helen's notes and all my anxious thoughts turned positive when I read her comments. I took the time and considered everything very carefully, recognising that there is so much more to writing than stringing words together and finding a good plot. The end result now, is that I am ready to send my manuscript away. I would like to thank you and Helen for your encouragement and support.'

Linda Ellison
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'Thank you for the detail and thought you have put into the editorial report. It has definitely helped me have some clear direction to move forward in and reassured me that it is a worthwhile project. I think I had fallen prey to too many cooks by giving some first chapters to my writing group and was influenced by their feedback. Once I had completed my draft I realised I would prefer more professional and structural advice over the whole novel. Your report has been very helpful in deciding which characters to develop and where some of the holes are, and to clarify what will make for a stronger draft. I'm inspired. Thanks for your invaluable input.'

Jenny Kingsford
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'WOW What a terrific report! I see you picked up on the parts of the story that I found most difficult to write. Thank you so much. Your expertise is much appreciated and the standard of your report is exemplary.'

Lesley Killingbeck (author of Reef Superstar, illustrated by Kim Toft)
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'I often write without a parachute. Flat earth or round, the impact is, well, smashed narrative not smashed avo. Laurel became the parachute. I’m now enjoying my final draft, seeing through the clouds with a sharpness of clarity the finer vision of editorial discipline brings. I might just land safely after all. Thanks, Laurel.'

Jim Aubrey
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'I've just been reading over your comments. They are very thorough and your report has so much detail! I know it's what you do, but thank you so much. I really appreciate all your help and advice. I'll let it sit for a few days and then get started on the next draft work.'

Jana Horarik
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‘I just want you to know my appreciation of your honesty about my work and the depth and length you went to in its worth. All of your points are valid to me and you taught me some valuable things to avoid and consider changing. Thank You Once Again.’

Goran Zivanovic
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‘It is 3.30am and I have just completed editing my manuscript. Before I catch a few hours sleep I wanted to thank you for setting me on the right track. Your service turned out to be invaluable. I hadn't been aware of how many mistakes I was making until you pointed them out. As you know, I have held an aversion to editors because in the past I have received only harsh criticism in my dealings with them. Your criticism (guidance) was at all times constructive and encouraging. I will send you a copy of my book when it comes out.’

Jodi Lantz
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