Julie Cantrell has proofed and edited three novels for me. I strongly recommend her skills as book doctor, editor, and copy editor. She not only ferrets out grammatical errors, misspellings, and awkward diction but keeps track of characters’ names, unintended repetitions, and awkward redundancies. Regarding her editorial judgment, she makes wise suggestions as to restructuring chapters, character motivation, themes, settings, and when to expand or tighten. But above all she is candid and honest, covers the author’s back, and saves him from errors he might later regret. She is diplomatic in editorial discussions but does not stroke the author’s ego. There is no substitute for honesty and clarity in a copy editor, and Cantrell absolutely delivers. I highly recommend her good services as editor and copy editor.
Julie Cantrell and I wrote a magazine column together for years and critiqued back-and-forth with one another on novels. She’s not only a talented writer, she’s a crackerjack editor... and fast!