“I’ll be blunt. Naomi Hughes is the editor of your dreams. She’s who you need in your querying court, she’s got your back when you need agent advice, and her editorial eagle eye will catch you before you fall on the send button and shoot embarrassing words to a potential agent. I’ve hired Naomi to beta read manuscripts and edit queries. She always soars above and beyond to provide detailed notes and suggestions, and makes herself available to answer questions that pop up after hours/days/weeks in the edit cave. She doesn’t see you as a one-and-done client, but invests her heart and soul into your work and writing career. Naomi worked on the query and manuscript that landed both my literary agent and publisher.
I can’t thank her enough for teaching me so much about the craft.”
--Brenda Rufener, Young Adult Writer, WHERE I LIVE (HarperCollins 2018)
“Simply put, Naomi Hughes is an excellent editor. She has a deep understanding of story structure and characterization, a knack for ferreting out those sneaky plot holes, and an eagle eye for sentence and grammar issues. She also has a great sense of humour, which is not to be overlooked (because hey, anyone who can dissect your precious book and make you laugh while they’re doing it is worth the weight of your manuscript in unmarked, untraceable gold bars). She’s clear and concise in her comments and doesn’t shy away from telling you what you need to hear—which isn’t always what you want to hear, of course, but a good editor isn’t there to soothe your ego, they’re there to help you figure out the best possible version of your story. At a point in the querying process when I was getting requests for material but no offers, Naomi did a thorough edit and pinpointed several key areas that still needed addressing, while being equally careful to highlight the parts that were working just fine. I incorporated her comments into my next revision, and when I sent it out two months later I received an offer of representation within a week (and four offers in total, all based on that same revision). Her feedback played a direct role in helping me whip my manuscript into shape, and I wholeheartedly recommend her editing services.”
--Wade Albert White, Middle-Grade Writer, THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES (chosen as a 2016 BEA Buzz Panel book) and sequel THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME), (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2016/2017)
"Naomi Hughes offered specific advice for improving my query and the first five pages of my manuscript. Framed in a positive tone, her feedback included suggestions on how to address the issues she identified. I appreciated her willingness to respond to my follow-up questions. Thanks to Naomi, my query delivers the necessary information in a clear, concise way that also incorporates voice. I took the suggestions she provided on the first five pages of my manuscript and applied them to the entire narrative. For writers needing a sharp eye to review their query or pages, I strongly recommend working with Naomi."
-- Tegan Wren, Women's Fiction Writer, INCONCEIVABLE (Curiosity Quills, 2015)
"It is very difficult for a writer to look at his or her own work with an objective eye. We are simply too close to the story, especially after going through multiple rounds of revisions trying to make our little book babies shine. Enter Naomi Hughes. Through lovely, insightful, and often hilarious comments, Naomi has a knack for spotlighting both the best parts of a manuscript and the parts that need a bit more work. Through doing this, she helps you see what’s working in your manuscript (what’s making your reader laugh/cry/race through the pages/fall in love with the main character/hate the antagonist/root for the good guys) and what’s not. Plus she’s great at finding those pesky little typos that still somehow manage to slip by even after your millionth read-through. Whether you’ve been revising your manuscript and still can’t figure out what’s wrong with it or you just want a smart, objective opinion on the book baby you’ve been nurturing, Naomi’s your girl!"
-- Chelsea Bobulski (critique partner), Young Adult Writer, THE WOOD (Feiwel & Friends, 2017)
"Naomi tackled my manuscript with great humor, kindness, and, most of all, skill. With a keen eye for detail, she pinpointed exactly which areas needed to be strengthened in order to make my story shine. She also broke me of a rather serious semi-colon addiction. Thanks Naomi!"
-- Casey Lyall (critique partner), Middle-Grade Writer, HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. (Sterling, 2016)
"Naomi’s insights on my query letter were nothing short of fabulous! Before Naomi’s edits I had received only six requests for my manuscript. Not only did my number of requests more than double to 17 after sending out the new query letter, but I signed with my literary agent just a little more than two months later. I highly recommend Naomi to anyone hoping to polish their materials!"
-- Kendra Young, Middle-Grade Writer, agented by Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
"My one-page synopsis needed work, but I was too close to it to know where to start. Enter Naomi, who took an objective look, helping me cut unnecessary details and make the main story arc clear. She not only made excellent suggestions on sentence structure and flow, but she constructively pinpointed areas she thought already worked. I will definitely use her services again!"
-- Wendy Parris, Middle-Grade Writer, agented by Mary Gaule at Mary Evans, Inc.
"Naomi Hughes is the Michonne of editing. Her fearless querying sword targets unnecessary words, commas, typos, and anything else getting in the way of your pitch. She went through my entire manuscript making insightful suggestions to get the very best for my MC and story without a nick! For anyone who has ever wished for a trustworthy, responsive, and affordable personal editor with some seriously fierce aim, Naomi’s your girl! Plus, she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet on the Internet. True story. No Zombies were harmed in the making of this testimonial."
-- Mel Mercado, Middle-Grade Writer agented by Victoria Selvaggio of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
"If you follow Naomi on Twitter then you know she's full of valuable writing insight. Getting that insight applied directly to my writing for such a reasonable price was an incredible experience! Naomi gave me confidence in the strengths in my query letter and first chapter, but she was also able to clearly identify the weaknesses with specific, easy-to-apply advice on how to address them. And did I mention she did all of this in one day? I can't recommend working with her enough!"
-- Tomi Adeyemi, Young Adult writer agented by ICM Partners
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