Gold Medal Winner for Psychology and Mental Health, Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY)
Award-Winner in the "Best New Self-Help Book" category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards
I am extremely grateful to the very gifted Kelly Malone, my personal editor, for her extremely valuable suggestions, deletions, and comments, which gave my book much greater clarity and structure, and for her patience and uncanny ability to uplift me with her great sense of humor.
Because of Kelly’s sharp, insightful editing, my first book has won two awards, was featured in 0, The Oprah Magazine, and has generated more than 50 speaking engagements. She is simply fabulous, and I am looking forward to working on my next book with her.
I want to build a shrine for Kelly. She figured out that if she told Azha, my personal assistant, to lock me up in the house on Sunday mornings and set me up on my balcony, over-looking the lake, in front of a steaming cup of Rishi masala chai, that in one hour, over three cups, two chapters would tumble out of my brain. She magically transformed my confusing story lines and sometimes pure nonsensical utterances into something intelligible that everyone can enjoy and understand. Plus she knows the English language. I mean things like apodosis and protasis, disjuncts and antecedents, and to beware of past perfect progressives and dangling modifiers. Thank you, Kelly. This book would simply not have seen the light of day but for you.
After years of solitary work, formal classes, writing groups, and workshops, I was looking for a way to reach the next level in my writing. Kelly Malone is exactly the guide I was seeking. More than an editor, more than a teacher, Kelly is a respectful reader and honest critic. She has shown me where to open up my work and where the works of admired writers may provide inspiration for my own. She provides an informed, objective opinion on where to direct my focus and energy.
Kelly is my partner in creativity, and I am so grateful.
Kelly Malone was the editor I needed to successfully finish my first Indie book, Love Under Repair: How to Save Your Marriage and Survive Couples Therapy. I wanted to produce a book with the same quality of a major publishing house and didn’t want to take the production short-cuts that many self-published authors are known to take by skimping on quality of the writing and editorial process. Since I actually hired a team of copy editors from a big house to proof my manuscript after my work with Kelly, I can tell you that Kelly’s attention to detail, enthusiasm, and thoughtful coaching during my developmental editing and line editing phases far surpassed my final editing team’s collective contribution to Love Under Repair.
I could feel Kelly’s professionalism and encouragement from start to finish on my project. She is no doubt a major reason why my book has been so well received in my profession and doesn’t give itself away as an Indie project. As a result, Love Under Repair has opened doors for my local business and has already provided a major influx of business within months of launch.
Kelly did a superb job helping me turn three weak, overly worded, and hard to follow chapters into concise, to the point, engaging ones. After Kelly’s excellent editing, I submitted the three chapters she’d helped me with. Two weeks later I signed a contract with For the Genius Press. Kelly is now coaching me through the remaining chapters. I value her help and guidance and am confident she’ll help me to make my book a huge success. She is excellent and knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
Kelly’s editing skills made my words spring to life. Publishing my book has made a huge difference in my life. It’s increased my confidence about my course material tenfold. And my Guidance to Go retreat is booked solid. Thank you!
Kelly made my book possible. As a person with the learning difficulty of dyslexia, the written word has never been my strength. I wanted to write a book for our 22-year-old daughter, one that I’d promised to her when she was a little girl. Kelly worked miracles with my scrambled writing. She helped make my stories clear and my book flow. She was positive, fun, super supportive, and absolutely devoted to helping me write the best book I could. Many of the readers that I know personally have commented on how my personal tone comes through loud and clear. Many thanks to Kelly for her tenacity and fortitude in helping me to bring this book to life.