Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Editor
I once had an author who wrote a delightful book that centered around a case that involved the pitfalls of working with voodoo. He sent me a question after we’d finished his book: “How do you do that hoodoo you do?” I had no real answer for him and don’t to this day. Editing is as much a gift as writing is. You can do it or you can’t. Most editing-minded people can train themselves to fix commas, semicolons, and sentence structure, but the hoodoo in knowing what a story needs to make it right, to make it whole, to make it sensible, well, that’s hoodoo that can’t be explained. It helps that I’ve had twenty-plus years of experience (which means I’ve edited hundreds of manuscripts and seen dozens of them become books on shelves) to hone the gift, and that I like doing it, but that doesn’t make it explainable, it just makes it great for you, the writer, that you’re going to be the beneficiary of all that ability when you hire me.
It’s also a benefit to you the writer that I owned a publishing company for about ten years, because I know what editors and agents look for in manuscripts (and query letters and synopses), but you probably know that the publishing world has changed mightily since I closed up shop about the time of the advent of the Kindles and Nooks. E-pubbing is here to stay and has pushed traditional publishing out the transom, as it were. Conversely, getting your manuscript edited is even more important than before because, though getting the book “on the shelf” is easier, the sheer mass of competition means that using every single edge you have is critical. A well-written book is at the top of that list.
Last but not least, I work with my authors as partners, and I expect the same in return. I don’t know any other way to work this relationship, because the creative process is, as I said above, unexplainable, and spontaneous. Each author brings a different skill set, view, level of experience, and personality to it; I have to be ready (and am) to do the fast switch-up to work with all of you with your individual needs—every writer is different, believe me, and each unique. I have to tell you, though, I’m certainly not just an advisor, I’m a hands-on kind of editor, so if you don’t want me to touch your work, pass me by and keep on looking for that kind of editor. I love to get into the words and I’m not shy about it in the content-editing portion of the job, with slashing, cutting, rearranging, and adding—sometimes. Big rewrites are your job; I just do some of the little stuff. We’ll settle into a rhythm that works for us, you’ll see.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
- Owner, award-winning publishing company, 1994-2001
- Freelance editor (with this network only) since 2002
- Critiqued and edited hundreds of manuscripts
- Dozens of authors now happily selling their books
- Detailed written critique/evaluation of your manuscript that asks questions, points out conflicts, confused timelines, characterization difficulties, etc., in the manuscript itself so the guide is always there for you to follow as you rework it.
- Mentor you with creative ideas, and guide you through the whole gamut of what’s what in the publishing industry (i.e.: whether traditional or self-publishing is best for you).
- Hands on content edit (aka copy-edit, aka line edit), structural/stylistic edit of your manuscript, doing everything to get your manuscript ready for a traditional agent, a traditional editor, a self-publishing company, or ready for submission to an e-publisher.
- Work with you on a query and/or synopsis when the manuscript is ready for publication, should you want that.
- How to Write a Best Seller
- What’s In A Critique/Manuscript Evaluation?
Part I: Structure and Flow, and Plot
Part II: Characters, Point of View, and Words
- Manuscript Evaluations/Critiques and Copy-editing
- Should You Meet Your Editor Before You Sign A Contract?
- The Difference Between Agents, Publishers and Editors
- Why Use a Copyeditor?
- A First Time Finalist’s Awestruck Days at a National Romance Writers of America Conference
For more information about Theodora Bryant, click here to read Theodora's interview.
Feedback / Testimonials
Crescent, Cara (Washington), 6 titles (and counting!), paranormal romance. "Over the last two years, Theodora Bryant has edited six manuscripts for me and is currently editing my seventh. Theodora provides three edits of each manuscript—a broad strokes overview with her first read through, a line edit—where she looks at structure, consistency, punctuation and grammar, and finally a polish edit. With each round of edits, she provides feedback and gives me the opportunity to make changes on structure, consistency, word choices, etc., and to approve changes she's suggested on grammar and punctuation.
I also feel like she goes above and beyond. For example, on one story she did some fabulous research to verify a historical object I referenced had been accurately portrayed, and in another, took the time to make sure the days, dates, and time references at the beginning of each chapter flowed correctly throughout the entire book. They were important details and she helped make sure they were correct.
I've come to trust that she will catch any errors that I've made, identify them, and allow me to make/ approve the changes so my original ideas for the story aren't compromised and the meaning I intended to convey isn't accidentally altered.
This year, The Last Marine was a finalist for Colorado RWA's Award of Excellence, a double finalist for the HOLT Medallion Award, and took first place for the Book Buyer's Best—achievements I couldn't have managed without her skilled editing."
11/1/17, a note from Jay:
I have a book sitting at #72 today on all of Amazon (Bunker, book 1). My Sci-Fi Author Rank finally cracked the top 10. New book comes out tomorrow and my sales are really climbing. Plus, Hollywood types have taken notice. Have one book series currently being adapted for a movie by a screenwriter / producer. Things are happening for this Arizona hack. Again, all of this is because of the patience you showed with me way back when, helping me learn what I needed to learn and begin to evolve my craft.
Falconer, Jay J. (Arizona), LINKAGE and INCURSION, science fiction. "All of this started with you, Theodora. Again, thank you! You are the reason I stuck with this and learned what I needed to learn. You are the reason I have been able to climb above all the authors competing for the prime space on Amazon's sales charts. I never would have won Book of the Year in my genre last November if you hadn't taught me how this is done. Nor would Amazon have signed Reversion [ed. note: third in Narrows of Time series] to a 5-year deal. Take care and thank you again for sticking with me during the learning curve! Whenever anyone asks how I got started, your name is always first to come up."
"Theodora was a very good editor for my first attempt at a novel. I wasn’t very good at the beginning and she took the time to give me a basic primer on do’s and don’ts in making my writing evolve from beginner to something more professional, and she was also very helpful in recommending references to further my knowledge. I know she had to have a lot of patience with me at times and I’m very grateful." - Jim Barnhart
Mantle, Nelson (Massachusetts), FULL BREACH, paranormal mystery. "I can't say enough good things about Theodora Bryant. She did an outstanding job pinpointing problem areas without disrupting the voice of the manuscript. She also did a remarkable job of challenging me as a writer with a non-confrontational demeanor. She is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her services to anyone interested in polishing quality work. Thanks, Theodora!"
Salmon, John (Ireland), THE ICE SCREAM MAN, paranormal/horror. "As a first time author, finding a trustworthy, honest about your work, excellent editor (sure isn't that what we all want), is a daunting prospect as you can't be sure all that hard work will be given due attention. There must be many cowboys out there willing to take your money and promise it will be back in X number of weeks with no further consultation. Trust me when I say, good editing takes time.
Well, if you are lucky enough to come across the name Theodora Bryant, and she's interested in your work, then you need look no further. You have my solemn word.
Theodora has been a true professional and promptly responsive to any query. She kept full focus to the very end and has given me a real chance to see my novel The 13th Zodiac [ed note: original title] on the shelves.
The changes Theodora suggested have made this a solid, fluid, and exciting book to read. Theodora will go through your work with a fine-tooth comb, and you will do well to listen. Every suggestion, bar none, I took on board and implemented. What I thought was a good book has now shaped into an honest-to-goodness great book. If in the future it is up to me, I won't be using anyone else.One final point worth mentioning is, if you pay attention to her editing talent (all tracked to see), and suggestions then you will learn a lot about the art of writing."
Daniel Lewis (Arizona), ACHERON FALLS, romantic science fiction. "I submitted my manuscript and not even a day later I had two editors contacting me with proposals. Both seemed very well suited to the task and it was great to be able to pick who I wanted to work with and to that end, I'm very glad that I chose Theodora Bryant. From the get go, she was engaged, even prior to our contract agreement. This engagement, plus her advice and work ethic (not to mention years of experience in copy-editing), all coalesced to turn my manuscript from a draft-style document into something eminently worthy of submission to any agency or publishing house. In all, I'm exceedingly pleased with the outcome. Thanks so much, Theodora!!"
Kemsley, Jayde (Japan), THE TOME LEGEND, science fiction. "Theodora Bryant delivered exactly as she promised she would. The edit on my novel was excellent and it has received positive reviews commenting how good the quality of the edit is. Thank you, Theodora, for the work you have done to set me on my way."
David Hall (Louisiana), SHADOW STORM, epic fantasy. From the acknowledgements page: "I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to my developmental editor, Theodora Bryant. Without her tireless effort, Shadow Storm would not have been possible. She provided invaluable insight for improving the story arc, demanded the characters and world of Shadow Storm be given rich, fully envisioned back stories, and never let up on the details, details, details. As I told her several times, she always went above and beyond what I expected."
Biemiller, Dietrich (Washington), BENEATH THE SURFACE TENSION, science fiction. "After a first look at the first draft of Beneath the Surface Tension, Theodora recommended I get the whole tamale for editing: structural, creative, developmental, and macro-grammar-tense-viewpoint. And she delivered! She was patient, yet honest with the work. She went what I felt was above and beyond with walking me through the actual post-writing process of getting the book on Kindle and CreateSpace, and even chipped in with advice on the cover design and website! I will definitely use Theodora for the next book in this series."
Wolf, Spencer (Michigan) AFTER MIND, science fiction. "Theodora was extremely thorough, precise, and tough, but just what my book and I needed. She found all the rough spots that didn’t make sense to anyone but me, and made them the best they could be. She found all the parts that were brilliant to everyone—including me—wink, wink, and made them shine. At its core, the very act of working through the manuscript with Theodora, line-by-line, and explaining the work, made the story all that much better."
Perkins, Clinton (Arizona), RING OF TIME, alternate reality/time travel. "I really lucked out when I chose Theodora as my editor. She was a patient mentor, always ready to explain her reasons for the changes she suggested. In the end, she put together a completed manuscript that really looked good and was something I could send to a publishing house with pride."
"The network coordinator was very prompt in responding to my request, and was very helpful in finding me a fantastic copy editor. The moment I started reading the sample edit, I knew I had a true expert in my corner. I realized all the positive comments I had read on her webpage was no exaggeration at all. In fact, I felt they were understatement. She is that good. Her masterful editing exudes such qualities as only a truly gifted literary artist can demonstrate. Even seemingly small changes here and there—a change in word order, for example—make such a dramatic improvement in the expressive power of the prose that they left me awestruck in numerous occasions. Simply, hers is a God-given talent. (And I thank God for letting me work with her.) Throughout our work together, she never disappointed me one bit. Her editing maintained the highest level of workmanship until the last minute. In the end, her work enhanced my manuscript beyond recognition—not in terms of quantity, but quality—for which I’ll be grateful forever." - Haksun Cha
"Working with Theodora was a joy! I felt understood and my work valued at the same time that she provided incredibly valuable feedback and editing. At this point, I will never send out material that she hasn't looked at. She's become an integral part of the process." Jess Wells
"Book Editing Associates is an excellent place to find the right editor. Theodora helped me mold my narrative non-fiction book into proper form and strengthened my work overall. And that was not easy. It took three years, but in the end my book is strong on every level and should do well in the marketplace because of it. She expected the best from me as I did of her and together we tackled a difficult subject to write about. I trusted the experience she brought with her and that was a good thing. She developed a keen sense of the characters and the issues and her advice at each stage and every step was spot on." - Oscar Williams
Attard, Ryan (The Island of Malta). FIRSTBORN, urban fantasy (Marvel Comics-style). "As a novice author, my greatest concern was that my story, characters, and, ultimately, the essence of the story would be stripped away by editorial modifications. Theodora made sure to prove me wrong. Firstborn would have never been completed without the input this wonderful woman gave me and I am now the happy author of an urban fantasy novel. Will definitely come back to Theodora for the next installment of the series."
Hall, Adam (California). WRONG AND WRIGHT, crime/action/adventure. "As a first time writer, I thought it would be a good investment of time and money to have my manuscript professionally edited. Theodora was exactly what I needed. One editor I spoke with only wanted to clean up what I had, and leave the structure alone. This was a problem for me since I was positive that I had to have made some structural errors. Other editors informed me it was so bad that they couldn't edit it, but were more than willing to let me join a class for a fee. Theodora was the perfect balance between these two. She read my manuscript, pointed out problem areas, informed me of why they were a problem, and offered solutions. Once that was done, she went over the story with a fine-tooth comb, pointing out all the little details that didn't make sense or needed clarification. The manuscript improved dramatically because of it. My only goal with my first novel was to make a simple, straightforward, readable story. With Theodora's help, I feel that I achieved that and more. If you're able to accept that what you have will need some work and re-writing, and want to turn your book into the best possible product it can be, I would highly recommend Theodora."
Liebman, Marc (Texas). BIG MOTHER 40, military action. "For me, Theodora helped turn a really good story that got an acquisition editor and the COO of a publishing company [FireshipPress] excited about what they believe will be a artistically and commercially successful novel. I went into the [editing] process determined that it be a learning experience that would help me become a better novelist and to say I learned a lot from Theodora would be a gross understatement. In picking her, I didn’t want a ‘yes’ person, but instead an editor who would push me to write better and make the book, Big Mother 40, better. I plan to use her services again. I just hope I can remember all her advice for the second book since I have had an adult beverage or two and have slept since we finished."
Preston, Don (Wisconsin). REVELATIONS; RIGHT ON SCHEDULE, paranormal/suspense/humor. "Theodora has been a consummate professional. Her hard work has been detailed, responsive, helpful - just what I needed. Her personality makes her a dream to work with. I could not have asked for better editing help. I enthusiastically recommend her."
Boschert, James (Arizona). THE ASSASSINS OF ALAMUT, historical action adventure. "My book could not have been published without Theodora Bryant's professional help and advice. I had a good story to tell but even the best story is useless without the guidance and diligence of a good editor. Theodora is certainly this and more; bringing to the table not only her skill as an editor with her wide experience of the literary field but also her perception as to how a good story should be tailored. She tempers it all with a fine sense of humor. She continues to prod me gently toward being a better writer. For this I am very grateful. Thank you, Theodora."
Shuler, Cathy (Illinois), SINS OF THE FATHER (mystery). "With all sincerity, I would like to thank you for your help with this project. You answered a zillion questions and helped me sculpt a completed novel of which I am very proud. Thanks, Miss D. I couldn't have done it without you."
Bibey, Tom (North Carolina), THE MANDOLIN CASE, (legal procedure/mystery). "I tell what's the truth, Theodora. Even more important than ---‘s opinion (and it is very important) I thought the re-do was beautiful. I cried at the end, 'cause I knew I'd said what I meant to say. You made my voice stronger. I felt like a painter with a brush still in hand, saying, ‘Nope. I'd better not add any accents. That's it.’ Then I put the brush down for fear one more stroke might foul it up."
Frost, Thomas (California). ONE TRUE FRIEND (espionage/romance). "Let me say, Theodora, that after a full read I really truly appreciate what you did, not just to correct and edit, but to help arrange and refine the material that I gave you. I was especially appreciative of your strategic choice, that I never would have made or known to make, of putting the 'hook' of the three pieces of evidence on page 49, leaving the reader wanting to know more, and inviting a full read of the full 350 pages. Notwithstanding the fact that all three pieces intersect and tie up rather neatly in the final 50 pages of the book, as it stands, they are very well presented bait to the audience I am now trying to reach, the people you call 'agents and pubbers.' If you come up with any other pointers or ideas I should consider . . . I [would] of course [be] tremendously grateful. Thanks, Theodora . . . your work is first class."
Wells, Jess (California). A SLENDER TETHER, historical fiction/1300s France. “Working with Theodora was a joy! I felt understood and my work valued at the same time that she provided incredibly valuable feedback and editing. At this point, I will never send out material that she hasn't looked at; she's become an integral part of the process.”
Johnson, Arne (Vermont). RAINBOW ISLE (YA adventure fantasy). At 06:37 PM 8/11/2007, Arne wrote: "You are unbelievable!!! How you catch some of these detail flaws is absolutely incredible!" At 6:13 PM, 8/19/2007, Arne wrote: "It's official, Myron is now Myriam! It wasn't all that difficult, either. I love the change, it fits perfectly! I love it! I wish I could find the words to fully express how much I appreciate everything you have done but none I come up with are words enough. You are the best!" [I have apparently not yet broken Arne of the overuse of exclamation points :) .]
deSouza, Sabrina (Canberra, Australia). THE CATARBIE CONSPIRACY. Book One of the HouKura Series (Sci-Fi Fantasy/Adventure/Mystery). "Theodora, when I first looked around for an editor and put in a sample for you to edit, I was so overcome with your enthusiasm first and impressed with the sample edit that I practically ignored all the other samples and picked you straightaway. I really appreciated how you paid close attention to the detail and helped me make my ideas flow easier on the paper. Although I added some more chapters after we left off, I tried to make sure that they were consistent with what you'd shown me how to do already. It was a real pleasure working with you on my first-ever book and hope to continue it for the remaining series. Thanks, Theodora."
Selbie, Joe, (Industry study); Best Team Practices for Designing User Strategy, User Experience, and User Interface for Web-delivered Applications. I highly recommend Theodora Bryant's editing services. Not only did she catch all the minute details of grammar and punctuation, but I particularly valued the back and forth discussions we had about certain elements of style. She was very clear about her recommendations, but equally able to go with my stylistic preferences when I wished. Although the content of my white paper was very focused on experience design for web-delivered applications, Theodora was perfectly able to follow the content. She did, however, object to my exclamation points!!!??? Imagine."
Alex, Paul (California). CHASERS (sci-fi). "Special things need special direction and Theodora has helped my special novel move in that special direction. I will be eternally grateful . . ."
Horning, John (California). RED FLOW (horror). "Thanks for making my dreams come true. If is wasn't for your incredible work I'd still be one of those people who never did what they were meant to do. I have four other books in the hopper and one is seventy percent finished. If you don't mind would you be so kind as to edit these for me? Thanks again for the great talent you have."
Debow, Susan (Colorado). CLEANING CLOSETS (contemporary women's literature). Published by Dialogue Publishing (Colorado), 2007.
Hazard, Mike (Nevada). THE SEA'S FURY (Coast Guard adventure). "In our lives, we have all met someone who inspired us to be better than our own expectations were for ourselves. I completed [my first] manuscript in 2004 and sent it to multiple publishers across the country. Just as quickly sizzling rejection letters came whizzing back. I launched an intensive search for an editor. In a few weeks I'd located one in a small town called Grand Prairie, Texas. The manuscript contained over 67,000 words when I sent it to her. When she returned it after her first review she had deleted over 11,000 of those valued and highly prized words I had labored over. Ouch! As I thumbed through the manuscript, I found she'd left me notes in the margins. She wanted me to tell her more, to tell her the rest of the story, to write down those experiences I'd had in the Coast Guard to make the story come alive so the reader could experience what I had experienced. She was an intense drill instructor [who took] me on 20-mile forced literary marches. She put me through literary calisthenics that made boot camp seem easy. I soon replaced the 11,000 words and wrote an additional 15,000 and I wrote four new chapters and generated a word count of over 84,000 words before it was done."
Batchelder, Dennis (Indonesia). SOUL IDENTITY (thriller). Published by NetLeaves, 2007. "I realized that Theodora had pointed out so many basic errors in the plot, I had to take the whole thing back to the drawing board, or trash it. I went back to the drawing board. Thanks."
Easson, Shayne (Canada). WRATH OF ZAR, Part One of the Demons of Destiny series (fantasy). To be published by WestBank Publishers, November, 2007. "I am absolutely sure I wouldn't have gotten the publishing contract if it hadn't been for Theodora's evaluation and editing. What an enormous find she was for me!"
Karp, Larry (Washington). THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, second in the Music Box (mystery) series. His latest: FIRST, DO NO HARM came out from Poisoned Pen Press, 2004. "For Theodora O'Brien, the kind of editor all authors dream about, but all too seldom get. I can't recommend a better editor than Theodora to help you through the tough times. I've had books and articles published for 25 years and have never had a better editor. She has an uncanny eye for both what's missing and what shouldn't be in there."
Bolick, Clint (Nevada), NICKI'S GIRL, (psychological/mainstream novel). "I asked Theodora Bryant to edit and cut a 180,000-word manuscript by close to 50%! Theodora was extremely responsive, sensitive to retaining the story line, and thorough. Her enthusiasm and professionalism were exceptional. I recommend her highly! She definitely got the job done and left the story intact. Thanks!"
Dicke, John (Colorado). PROOF EVIDENT (suspense) and FATAL DILEMMAS (mystery) "If you want to write a good book, work with Theodora. If you want someone to spare your feelings and give you lip service, call someone else. Incisive, thoughtful, to the point—this lady knows the business. She demands that you work as hard as she does to get the most out of your novel." John Dicke, Psy.D. J.D.
Serena, Anthony (Massachusetts). THE ACCIDENTAL ASSASSIN (FBI suspense). "I can very highly recommend Theodora Bryant's editorial skills and am happy to do so. Theodora is straightforward and frank but, above all, she is absolutely committed to making your book the very best book it can be. She found time and plot errors in my book I never would have noticed myself. Couple her ability to note the problems with her enthusiasm and Texas twang and you get a dynamite editor."
Duigou, Dennis (Ohio). GIFT OF THE TRAGI (an anthology of short horror stories). "I am a first-time author, and while I may not be savvy in the publishing game, I do feel that in these times, no one goes it alone. I suspected that hiring an editor was a crucial first step and, after reading Theodora's sample edit, my suspicions were confirmed. Following that, we had several phone conversations and she made me feel much better about the task of getting one's work in order. The next step was the actual editing process, and when I got the finished product, I was more than pleased. Theodora was a second set of skilled, critical, and yet sympathetic eyes. She knew what I wanted to express, and she brought it out with crystal clarity. Thanks to Theodora, my sick and twisted little characters show just how nasty they are now, and when deviance and evil show up, Theodora makes sure they're wearing their Sunday-best."
Takacs, John (CA), THE TAKE-US (international political, oil-industry thriller). "I read your email and like what you suggested [in the critique]. [Several weeks later] I finally finished. I think it's a huge improvement over the original. Thanks, John."
3/30/2010 ”Hello, Theodora, I just wanted to share this with you. Last weekend I went to Searchlight, Nevada (about a 10-hour drive) and set up a canopy and table and did book signings [at a Tea Party event]. I went armed with the two book reviews I sent you. It was the most successful signing that I have had. But the most important and wonderful thing I did was sign and hand a copy of the book to none other than Sarah Palin. Strange to think that the hard work you and I put into it and how maybe we became a small part of history . . . Thanks again for the great job. John.”
Smith, Clint (New York). Self-pubbed author, INFUSION (sci-fi). "I picked Theodora Bryant to assist in the editing of my sci-fi novel. I am more than pleased with the outcome. Not only was Theodora a pleasure to work with, but she also helped fix structural problems with my story. In the process, she took on the role of mentor and teacher, providing needed guidance to a new sci-fi writer. In short, I would gladly recommend her to anyone who desires a professional editor."
Jones, Chris. INFLUX (scifi). "I'm pleasantly surprised at how much work you've put into it to make it more factual."
Elicker, Tania. FLAMEWEAVER (fantasy). "Working with Theodora Bryant has been an incredibly rewarding experience in so many ways. More than a brilliant editor, she has been a teacher to me and a friend as well. After getting back my first edit from her, I was truly astounded at her attention to even the tiniest of details, and I was simply thrilled after seeing how much smoother the book read after the changes. As a first-time author, I admit I once feared the dreaded red slash of an editor's pen, but I quickly realized that I had nothing to fear while in Theodora's able hands. Her comments were honest and fair, and her suggestions remained always true to the story. My book has been greatly and undeniably enriched by Theodora's careful guidance, and I believe I am a better and more confident writer for having worked with her. For that I am forever grateful, and I hope I will have the opportunity to work with her on many future projects to come."
Burch, William P. (Texas), self-pubbed author, MERLIN THE SORCERER (historical sci-fi/time travel). From the Acknowledgments page of Merlin the Sorcerer, the first book in the "Battle of Dragons” series:
"To . . . my fabulous editor,
Theodora Bryant . . ."
Barnes, Sebastian, COMPASS ROSE (allegory). "I found Theodora Bryant's literary experience invaluable. Her ability to refine my work prepared it for publication. She is the type of editor who is not satisfied with simply making grammatical revisions. If there was a plot question, she sought an answer, so that the final product is as polished as possible. By working with her I saw that she aligned her vision with mine, making suggestions that not only tied up potential gaps in my story, but strengthened it. I am thoroughly satisfied with my experience with Theodora O'Brien, and plan on using her services again."
"Theodora delivers on time and on budget. I found her skills to be excellent and her attitude to be even better. She is not always going to tell you what you want to hear. I found this extremely helpful." -- Tom Summerill, Managed Murders
Walls, Madge (Colorado). (Originally, For the Sake of the Child) PAYING THE PRICE (suspense/women's contemporary novel). Published by Dialogue Publishing (Colorado), 2006. "Theodora, my dream is really coming true, and you were the key to the whole thinga great editing job. I was afraid to jinx it by being too grateful until now!!!”
Deb (Vincent) Oakley (non-fiction; memoir). CLIMAX KIDS, 1956. "I was more than a bit skittish about turning my beloved memoir over to a stranger for copy editing, but Theodora Bryant took great pains to gently smooth out awkward phrasing, word choice, and some questionable facts. She worked with me on a comfort level that I think I'd be hard-pressed to find in any other editor. And a huge bonus was that she and I were able to meet and discuss my book because we both live in the Denver area."
Moschos, Marko (New York). WINSOME DESTINY (romantic fantasy) and THE MEDALLION (Christian fantasy). "When I started the writing of my first book, Winsome Destiny, then called Kismet, I realized I needed an editor who would have the patience and experience to deal with a first-time writer. Theodora Bryant, was definitely the person I was looking for, for not only did she masterfully edit the book, she also displayed the necessary patience with the ignorance that I displayed in the writing of tall tales. I have since had Winsome Destiny bought by a publisher, and I have sent her my second book, The Medallion, for editing, which is now in her hands for the second read/edit. And in short order I will be sending her my third novel, The Bedouin. Thank you, Theodora!” [Note: The Medallion has been published, and The Bedouin is due out in December, 2007.)
Bogle, Brice (Oklahoma), 637 MILES TO WALL DRUG (contemporary mainstream). "Just how good is Theodora Bryant and just how much does she care? By the time I got through the editing process with her, I got the feeling she knew the characters better than I did. She is a stickler for proper syntax and grammar, but that is not, in and of itself, a reason to hire her instead of someone else—there are a lot of folks out there who can do that. The reason to use her is she will make the book better, tighter, and more readable. And she will respect your voice and story-telling style and work with them to make the book the best it can be. So use her, listen to her and, if you disagree with her, well, just remember she wants your book to be good and, in the end, she just might be right. I think with Theodora, it is not simply about the money—but she ain’t the cheapest—it’s about making your writing do what you knew it needed to do, but you couldn’t figure out how to get there.”
Ni Chonaill, Órfhlaith (pronounced Oh-ur-lah, Ireland). THE MAN WITH NO SKIN (contemporary novel). Book published by Dialogue Publishing, Colorado Springs, CO; owner, Sue Hamilton.
Munoz, Carmen (Texas). CHARACTER OF THE SOUL. True story, eyewitness account of the 9/11 tragedy. Published in September, 2005.
Published by Write Way Publishing
Bolton, Barbara J. "I’m a first time author, and Theodora demonstrated patience along with a professional service. She did not sugar coat her critique or tell me what I wanted to hear. She was honest and extremely helpful, but did not baby me or make decisions for me. She gave me direction and suggestions, and the result is a deeper, richer novel. If you want your book to be better, then I recommend using Theodora to edit it."
Culver, Christopher. SPEAK, LORD (religious). "I found Theodora to be a pleasure to work with. This was my first book and Theodora was very patient with me and my time on the "learning curve” in relation to the editing process. We went through multiple iterations in working through my manuscript and she was always helpful and professional. In addition to her valuable editing recommendations, Theodora did a great job with the book layout. When we submitted the final PDF file to the printer he commented on how clean and well-done it was. Theodora is a true professional who takes a sincere interest in her clients and what they are trying to accomplish and seeks to make their work the best it can be.”
Abresch, Peter (Maryland). PAINTED LADY (mystery), latest in the James P. Dandy Elderholstel mystery series. "I have had Theodora edit three books of mine, for which I paid out hard currency, and I think she is worth every penny. She comes back with suggestions—most of which I take, but not all—and questions that help me realize things I haven't fully explained." (Peter has 5 books published; 4 JPDs, and one called Easy Reading Writing.)
Reisig, Michael. BROTHERS OF THE SWORD/CHILDREN OF TIME, NEW MADRID RUN, HAWKS OF KAMALON (action/adventure). "When it comes to being a successful author, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than a good editor. Theodora Bryant can quite aptly be considered the key to that success. She not only has a broad understanding of grammar, movement, and structure, but she possesses a vibrant sense of what a book needs. She doesn't just correct and improve what is there, she offers fresh insight from several different angles, and assists you in taking your book to the next level—where success is within your grasp.”
Mayer, Miranda (Oregon). TINNA'S PROMISE (fantasy). "Having my work edited professionally for the first time was a daunting notion; I foresaw much red-lining and style-bashing . . . I was fortunate enough to choose Theodora Bryant to edit my book, and she was a dream to work with. Theodora respects an author's style and voice, and her input is objective and insightful. Her prior experience running a publishing house also helped me to trust her judgment. She knows what she's doing. I opted not to go with the editor who charged the lowest cost per word, but with the editor who meshed with my character and understood where I am coming from as an author. I would recommend Theodora Bryant to anyone, and am grateful for everything she contributed to my work. Thanks, Theodora!