"After struggling to write my memoir, I knew it was lacking something. Marcia was invaluable when it came to helping me figure out what that something was. She not only edited and polished my rough manuscript, but assisted and supported me with a variety of other issues along the way to completion. I consider her a great professional resource." Author of Betty's Child (Dream of Things, 2013). Read the Kirkus Review of this title here.
"Marcia Trahan’s developmental editing nourishes your book’s self-esteem. She will recognize your strengths and ask the specific questions that help you find what else is there. Whatever you think of your manuscript when you hit 'send,' you will be prouder of it after working through her annotations. Collaborating with Marcia will earn you clarity of expression and pride that you made the effort.
"In 2012, I sent her the manuscript I’d spent years writing. As a result, the novel improved and was published. In the process, I picked up the confidence to write another, and that one became the first of a series of four. Now, anything I write, I send to her. I always will." Author of a literary historical novel, The Color of Rain (Winter Wheat Press, 2021; previously published as Diamond Mornings, 2016, eLectio Publishing) and The Three Heirs series of thrillers, beginning with Night Rain, Tokyo (2018).
"My thanks to Marcia Trahan, my talented, responsive, and thoughtful editor . . . She pushes and criticizes and encourages in all the right ways, always with a gentle firmness." From the acknowledgments for Justice Hill, a legal thriller (2020).
"Thank you so much for your work editing my memoir . . . [it] is first class and much appreciated. Your added notes on copy editing are informative and useful." Author of Minutiae (2019).
"I would not have completed my novel nor published it without Marcia's amazing guidance, coaching, and editing! I intend to be a repeat client and highly recommend all her services." Author of Matched in Heaven, a novel (Sambuca Media, 2017).
"Marcia deserves special thanks for her help in critiquing, editing, and formatting my manuscripts. She has an uncanny knack for coming up with elegant, simple solutions that elude me. The world needs more of her positive, gentle direction." Author of middle grade, young adult, and adult fantasy novels. View her Amazon page here.
"This book could not have been written without my amazing editor, Marcia Trahan . . . It was her probing questions, insights, correction of my sometimes-shaky prose, and overall editing prowess that helped craft this memoir through its numerous revisions. Nothing I write sees the light of day before it goes through her capable hands." From the acknowledgments for Detour to Tumortown: Dispatches from an American's Middle East Medical Crisis, a memoir (2017). Also authored by Rob and edited by Marcia, Saving Daisy: A Collection of Short Stories (2017).
"I am deeply grateful to Marcia Trahan, dream editor, whose enthusiasm and patience never waned. I could not have done this without her." From the acknowledgments for Five Hours: How My Son's Brief Life Changed Everything, a memoir (Akashic Books, 2015).
"Marcia is a professional. Her feedback and suggestions are honest, exhaustive, and constructive. She offers flexible plans to meet your needs and budget. Believe me, her prices are well worth the results. Having worked with many literary professionals, I can honestly say that if there are editors more talented than Marcia, I haven't met them." Author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Greatest Escape, a novel (Righter's Mill Press, 2019).
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