"Lourdes played the pivotal role in whipping my first novel into shape, taking a hard-headed approach to structure, plot, character development, and other key aspects, while also being extremely pleasant to work with, responsive, professional and encouraging at all times. She repeatedly went above and beyond to answer questions, review changes and provide extra help. The editing process can be a grind. With Lourdes, it was a joy!"
Alan Pessin, author, Sandblast
"This was the first time I've hired a content editor, and while I didn't quite know what to expect, I can honestly say that I never expected such a thoughtful, thorough, and helpful critique. Not only did Lourdes offer suggestions, she explained why she suggested modifications, all the while respecting my own vision. She was prompt and complete in every interaction I had with her, and will definitely use her services again in the future."
—Chris Saper, author, The Encanto File
"The novel that took a year or two to write is finally complete. And no matter how careful you are, therein lies hundreds of mistakes. I know firsthand. Lourdes caught mine. I can tell you that she is thorough, reasonable, and, if you dare, not reluctant to add insightful criticisms. For me, this meant a rewarding experience."
—Gary Tarulli, author, Orb and The Symbionts of Murkor
"Lourdes Venard has the best traits of an editor—expertise, professionalism, and collaborative skills. She has expert copyediting knowledge, honed by years of experience, and a deep reading background to ensure your manuscript follows it genre requirements. Your needs and deadlines are her focus. Best of all, she is encouraging, but also makes suggestions for you to consider. One of her questions made all the difference in my book."
—Susan Van Kirk, author of the Endurance mystery series
"I hire Lourdes to tell me the truth—what works, what doesn’t, what’s not clear. She is able to do this time and again without making me cry. I find the written critique to be invaluable, and consult it repeatedly while rereading the draft. She is a pleasure to work with, completing the job in the time frame quoted, responding to emails in a timely fashion, and providing quality editing services."
—A.R. Kennedy, author of the Nathan Miccoli mystery series
"Lourdes is the kind of editor every writer needs—someone who pays attention to all the little details and makes sure you get it right. Her input and expertise made me a much better writer."
—Laura Schofer, author, Fingerprint of Destiny
"Lourdes is an excellent editor, knowledgeable, precise, and easy to work with. She knew where I wanted to take The Spider Catchers, helped me get it there, and held my hand while I got it up on Kindle."
—Marilynn Larew, author of the Lee Carruthers series
"Lourdes is the best of a great editor. She understands how information is absorbed by readers on several levels (the nitpickers, but also the grazers)—and she heightens the writing's impact accordingly. But she also understands the notion of lyricism in fiction. Plus, she's just a lovely human being."
—Holly Gleason, freelance writer, songwriter, author
"Ms. Venard is nothing short of remarkable. Her work was efficient, exemplary and very professional. I highly recommend her and her services to any author who wants to see the best done to their manuscript."
—Gregory Delaurentis, author of the Darkness thriller series
"If you're looking for a copyeditor, look no farther than Lourdes Venard. She does excellent work at a great price."
—June Shaw, author of the Cealie Gunther mystery series
"It was a pleasure working with you, Lourdes. You took on the project to edit my three-book series without knowing how interesting (or not) it would be immersed in the Barics’ world for six months. We are both happy with the Barics’ ending, and I am glad to have shared that with you! It won’t be so soon again that I write a trilogy, but maybe in another year I will have a new project for your keen editing eye." — Jillian Bald, author of The House of Baric trilogy
"I used her services for a substantive edit … I fully expected to incur many difficulties. Lourdes ensured there were none; she shaped the content of my manuscript, asked me questions I never thought of, kept me motivated, and kept to her assigned timeline and costs. The quality of her work is exceptional and working with her was a pleasure."
—Nick Cronin, author, blogger, "The Reluctant Real Estate Agent"
"It was a delight having someone with as vast editing knowledge as Lourdes. She had answers to questions I could not form and always welcomed my unending questions."
—Ugochi Babajide, author, Drifting Fines
"I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for my editor, Lourdes Venard, whom God sent to me as my seventh angel to blow the trumpet in the last hour and say, 'It is done.' "
—Sara Monteagudo, author, Cimarrona