Testimonial from Sally Brierley February 10 2022 for Imogen’s Story editing and typesetting
First, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Sooz (AKA Katherine Black) for creating an amazing community on Facebook and for running a marvellous business. It’s a very scary process publishing your first novel. The doubts are endless and pressing ‘publish’ on KDP is enough to trigger an anxiety attack. I was invited into the Best Book Editors Facebook group by a fellow author and I am so glad I joined. The community in the group is supportive and encouraging. I have left a few Facebook groups because the behaviour of the members is less than supportive, BBE shows the others how it is done. It is while on the page that I saw an advert for their Nip & Tuck editing service. This was something I could afford. I wrote my first novel to tick off a mental bucket list, so I didn’t want to sink money into it. I thought that would be a waste. People read my book, and people liked it. They asked for the next one. So I took a big step, I decided to hand it over to the good people at BBE for a high-level edit. This is the first time a professional in the industry read my novel. I was scared, anxious and in need of a stiff drink.
I got the draft edit back and cried (happy tears. I’m proud of myself tears). The feedback was encouraging, constructive and hilarious. I learned more from that edit about my writing style, and about writing conventions than I had learned in all my years at school. I decided to then pay for another edit and asked BBE to typeset the book for me. They didn’t disappoint. Throughout the entire process, I have been kept up to date on where my manuscript was and how it was coming along. At no point have I had to send an email chasing for an update. This is a big deal for a first-time author who is feeling a little protective over her ‘baby’. I had already signed a contract with a cover designer before knowing about BBE. This company is large, well-known and recommended by Reedsy. They have some big clients, so I decided to splash out on them. Now, don’t get me wrong, the cover is amazing and I can’t wait to see it on my novel, but the customer service has not been anywhere near the levels of BBE. BBE have set the benchmark. With the other company, I have had to chase for information and updates at every step of the way, mostly ignored and have found this very frustrating.
Thank you, BBE for setting the benchmark. I look forward to sending you my second novel for editing, typesetting, marketing, the whole shabang!
You all work tirelessly to give your customers your very best. It is appreciated and it really does make the difference.
Sally AKA Ali Fischer
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Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.