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Stephanie Ahn

Harrietta Lee series

Amanda is the best editor I could have asked for. I contacted her because she seemed to have a good grasp of my genre, and she immediately proved that she understood my voice as well. She really takes the time to understand the book you’re trying to write–and isn’t that what every writer craves from an editor? She was also willing to work with me regarding payment schedules, something I really needed as a busy student. I have never regretted taking her advice, and I absolutely intend to work with her again on my next book.


Jack DeWitt

Varian Pike mysteries

I have worked with Amanda on a number of projects from newsletters to essays and books. She knows her stuff, but more than that, she has a real sense of style. She knows what’s correct and knows what’s right. She is meticulous. I trust her judgment.

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A. Coffman

Pillars of Creation series

After dealing with two different editors who didn’t hold up their end of the contract I had with them, I was at a loss and despairing over how I was going to get my book finished. Luckily I found Bear Essentials and I can now finally finish my first novel, with plans to have Amanda also help me finish my follow up novel. Communication has been fast, thorough, and reliable. The price is perfect for someone like me who is disabled and on a limited income, and Amanda has a wonderful and in-depth understanding of my voice and my material. If you want your novel to be its best I cannot recommend Amanda enough.


Lex Duncan

The First Sacrament

Amanda has a great eye for both structural edits and smaller ones. She’s been instrumental in my success as a writer.