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Endorsements: What writers & other clients say
about John & Kate Meyer's editing & design skills
  "John has a sharp eye to size up a piece of writing, improve on its strengths and fix its weaknesses. He has the uncanny ability to make your work better and do it in a way that's gentle, respectful and gets the job done."
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Kenneth R. Weiss
former environment reporter
Los Angeles Times

  "I worked with John Meyer for five years at a daily newspaper, and was amazed at his consistent ability to report and write multiple stories each day in addition to lengthy, thoughtful pieces for the weekend papers. After he was promoted to city editor (and managing editor soon after,) I inherited his City Hall beat. I remember the city manager commenting that John was easily the best reporter to have covered the office during his tenure. John is exceptionally smart, talented, thorough, fast, tenacious and fair –- qualities that earned him the respect of editors, reporters, and even the sometime-adversaries he covered.
  "As an editor, he is able to simultaneously grasp the big picture and the small details that reveal the heart of the matter. His exceptional abilities would be an asset to any project he undertakes."
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Deborah Kelly
free-lance writer
Richmond, Va.
deborahkelly.net

  "John's native instincts for the proper written word translate also into his impeccable speaking ability, either public before an audience, or in dealing one-on-one. The two go together, with the end result of producing meaningful words for a comprehensible message. John senses this message and edits in a style to fit the intent for potential readers. That versatility and adaptability lets him handle light or heavy, humor or seriousness, summary conclusions or expanded details -- whatever an author wishes."
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Wilbur D. Jones, Jr.
author & military historian
Wilmington, N.C.
wilburjones.com

  "Many editors can fix copy but John goes beyond that: He improves writers. I was reminded of this recently when, many years after John last was paid to be my editor, I wrote something that betrayed ignorance on a point. He explained what was wrong and how to avoid a repeat. My ego not only stayed intact, it was boosted by the realization I had just become a wiser writer. Editors who only correct text change your voice. Look for editors like John who help you sing."
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Susan Kille
editor at large
New York Times
  News Services


  "Thank you from both of us to our editors, Helena Bachmann and John Meyer, for their careful examination of our manuscript. We greatly appreciate their hard work in helping us produce a more carefully worded contribution to the 'Simply Charly' series."
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David Markham
Toronto, Ontario
and Matthew Zarzechny
Ashland, Ohio
Historians

  "Thank you for your help in making my story much better and more dramatically written than it would have been otherwise. You greatly improved my story -- without changing my story. You are truly the master of your trade."
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Fred Pilcher
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Novelist

    "After wading through inquiries from more than thirty prospective editors, I decided on John because I could sense his honesty and integrity in our initial conversations together. After we agreed to a price, he did not disappoint, and went above and beyond to help me clarify my prose. He embraced my characters and plot and every suggestion he made contributed to the betterment of the novel. I cannot recommend him highly enough, and if I ever get the sequel written I will contact him immediately to pick up where we left off."
  [NOTE: See link to "Ill-Fame," the sequel to "The Big Mitt."]
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about the writer
Go to book listing to 'The Big Mitt'
Go to book listing to 'Ill-Fame'
Erik Rivenes
novelist, historian
  and travel writer
Portland, Ore.


  "I found John to be respectful of my writing style and subject matter and very insightful where he, as a reader, felt a point had not been fully developed or concluded. This was my first book and from the beginning both he and a developmental editor felt my story and style were very strong. Now we needed to polish it appropriately so readers could fully drop into the story.
  "All John's suggestions were reasonable, always explained, and out of the many he offered, I think I resisted only two of them! His fact checking and sense of contemporary speaking styles were also very helpful. He read the manuscript three times: first, to read the story, second for his editing and third to review my final changes.
  "When the manuscript was sent to the layout people, only 20 more errors were found. Considering the final layout was 278 pages of text, they were impressed by his thoroughness.
  "I highly recommend John as a copyeditor."

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about the writer
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'Avonelle's Gift'
Nova Scheller
author
Bear Creek, N.C.



  "John’s editing skills go far beyond the commonly accepted parameters. He keeps writers on track with the narratives they propose, consulting with them rather than talking to them, guiding them through the organization of thoughts that can overwhelm those who are too close to their own prose to see the flaws.
  "He sustains a seamless, rhythmic and conversational manuscript while preserving and reinforcing the writer’s voice. The result is as it should be when writer and editor collaborate: there is no evidence the editor was ever there. That is an art form."
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Charles M. Anderson
retired executive editor
Wilmington (N.C.)
  Star-News

  "You know, every time I get irritated by how picky you are, I remember why I hired you."
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Bret Cousins
novelist
Calgary, Alberta


John Meyer

 
Editorial Freelancers Association

John Meyer is a member
of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
 
Art & design clients comment

  "This has been, by far, the smoothest interaction I have had with a vendor. I would gladly recommend your services to any of our colleagues! Please let me know of any other services that you offer. I look forward to working with you in the future."
For marketing materials
and interactive forms

Danielle May
Marketing director
Wellington, Florida

  "Kate, these books covers are awesome. I am REALLY impressed. #23 is my favorite at first glance, but I like them all."
For book cover designs
Jessica Lee
author's representative
Seoul, Korea

  "Wow! I am stunned at your mastery. What a gift you are. I am sooo happy. I LOVE your work. When we are through with this one, I would love for you to lay out my next book.
  "I really love the work you have done on the book cover. It is so elegant! The layout is brilliant. I love it. It is an easy and elegant read."
For book cover and page formatting
Crystal Neels
author
Temucula, California

  "Kate added the personal touch and professionalism in creating my vision. The design was above and beyond my expectations. The attention to detail and genuine interest in wanting to know the depth of my business was invaluable for achieving the end result.
  "Will definitely be using again in future and referring her as well."
For marketing brochure
Aida Fuentes
owner, real estate agency
San Francisco, California

 "Kate added the personal touch and professionalism in creating my vision. The design was above and beyond my expectations. The attention to detail and genuine interest in wanting to know the depth of my business was invaluable for achieving the end result.
  "Will definitely be using again in future and referring her as well."
For marketing brochure
Aida Fuentes
owner, real estate agency
San Francisco, California

  "Kate, as usual, your non-traditional style grabs my attention. Your essay shows depth and is fluidly written, full of interesting insights. Lovely."
For literary criticsm
Lynn Criswell
instructor, Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, North Carolina

  "A really strong visual concept, which took a genuinely creative, intelligent view of the brief. Communication throughout was clear and prompt. Next time I get a brief that requires someone who can really engage, intelligently, with the content -- as well as pushing pixels around photoshop -- I will be inviting Kate to the project!
  "I absolutely LOVE the way that you engaged with the brief and did something genuinely creative with it -- and I mean creative in the sense of an original solution to a challenge, not self-indulgence!
  "Yours was by far the best idea of the three. And it was the design that got the head of the agency that I'm subcontracting this from really excited. I've got plenty of people who can do safe and professional -- but there's no point delivering three safe designs. It's much better to make one or two safe, and one or two more intelligent ... and that's where I'd want to use you."
For website redesign prototype
Kevin Hassall
owner, design agency
Chang Mai, Thailand

  "We were absolutely delighted with the end product. We enjoyed working with Kate and highly recommend this designer. She is talented and professional and turned the job around very quickly!"
For Facebook page cover graphic
Monique Whitney
owner, public relations firm
Phoenix, Arizona

  "Kate, we want to thank you for the creative and professional job you did on our wedding invitations, thank-you cards and champagne bottle labels. We really loved them and got so many compliments on them that we've lost count.
  "You certainly helped to make our wedding even more special. We will refer our family and friends to you. Since Teresa grew up in Fayetteville, NC, we are even more happy to share news about how fun and creative you are."
For custom invitations and party favors
Walt & Teresa Geiger
Brown Deer, WI

  "I have finally sat down and gone through our pictures! Enclosed are pictures I hope you and your staff will enjoy. Our party was a success and everyone could not get over the custom labels on the Life Savers. They were a HUGE HIT!!! Hope all is well and look forward to keeping in touch."
For custom party favors
Nancy DeLuca
Lodi, NJ

Kate Meyer, bridging art and the written word
Kate Meyer

 
Microsoft Office Specialist certification
Kate Meyer is certified as a
Microsoft Excel Specialist.
Copy writing clients comment

  "I really enjoyed our working relationship. Very professional, communicated openly and often and finished under promised delivery date with rave reviews! I would absolutely hire again and would highly recommend for any writing job. Best hire yet."
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Eric Lyon
real estate broker
Vail, Colo.

  "John, I wanted to forward to you a compliment from another CPA.
  "'Randy, I am a CPA in Hickory, NC ... Your article on sales tax reporting was great.... I've printed your well-written article and will carry it with me and/or forward the link to it in the future!'
  "Thanks for making me look good!"
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Randy McIntyre
Certified Public Accountant
Wilmington, NC

Samples of John Meyer's writing

   "Warbirds take to skies over battleship:" World War II aircraft celebrate VJ Day's 50th anniversary
   "Pig-parting is sweet sorrow:" First-person column about a past life in the wholesale meat trade
   "Johnson attacks Rose for working against BECO refinery:" Attack and response in a hot congressional race
   "Arrests stir up old controversies:" Summarizes background of complex breaking corruption case, written on deadline
   "Commissioners learn trash incinerators practical but costly:" On the road to find solid waste solutions
   "Firm dumps raw sewage at sand pit:" Septic tank company caught in the act of polluting
   "Two arrested in dumping:" Chemical company caught in the act of pouring waste acid in river
   "Riverfront transformation begins / Beaufort's waterfront revitalization a success:" When the Riverwalk was just a dream
   "Wilmington on display: City Hall goes on tour:" City officials get muddy feet touring poor neighborhoods
   "Covering City and County in the Morning Star:" Promotional house ad about John Meyer's reporting

Some recent books edited by John Meyer
     Click on thumbnails for details about each book.

Political fiction
The Last Election by Gary H. Collins
The Last Election
By Gary H. Collins

Edited by John Meyer

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  Historical crime fiction
The Big Mitt by Erik Rivenes
The Big Mitt: a Detective Harm Queen Mystery
By Erik Rivenes

Edited by John Meyer
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  Historical crime fiction
Ill-Fame by Erik Rivenes
Ill-Fame: a Detective Harm Queen Mystery
By Erik Rivenes

Edited by John Meyer
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  Historical fiction
The Locket by B.G. Cousins
The Locket: The Rainey Chronicles Book I
By B.G. Cousins

Edited by John Meyer
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Fiction
Open & Shut, a Southwestern Legal Thriller
Open & Shut: A Southwestern Legal Thriller
by Edward Donovan

Edited by John Meyer
Layout by John Meyer Cover by Kate Meyer
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  Biography
Simply Gödel by Richard Tieszen
Simply Gödel
by Richard Tieszen
Great Lives, published by Simply Charly

Edited by John Meyer


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  Biography
Simply Napoleon by Richard Tieszen
Simply Napoleon
by J. David Markham and Matthew Zarzeczny
Great Lives, published by Simply Charly

Edited by John Meyer

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  Memoir
Scab Vendor by Jonathan Shaw
Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist
by Jonathan Shaw
Published by Turner Publishing

Edited by John Meyer
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Family history
Avonelle's Gift by Nova Scheller
Avonelle's Gift
by Nova Scheller

Edited by John Meyer



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  Biography & photo book
She 'Shot' Her Way to Success by Wilbur D. Jones, Jr.
She 'Shot' Her Way to Success
By Wilbur D. Jones, Jr.

Layout by John Meyer
Photo editing, John Meyer
Cover by Kate Meyer
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  Memoir & humor
The Cabin, by Jim Gillespie
The Cabin
By Jim Gillespie

Edited by John Meyer
Layout by John Meyer
Cover by Kate Meyer

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  Memoir & philosophy
Letting it Be, by Matt Wolf
Letting it Be
By Matt Wolf

Edited by John Meyer



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Guidebook
The Savvy Guide to 4-Year WUE Colleges
The Savvy Guide to the 4-Year WUE Colleges
by Brian Swan

Edited by John Meyer
Layout by John Meyer
Cover by Kate Meyer



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  Guidebook
How to get Ununemployed
How to get Ununemployed: An A-to-Z Guide on Finding a Career You Like; Crackerjack Insight from a Human Resources Recruiter
by Matthew Warzel

Edited by John Meyer
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  Humor
Confessions of an Install Junkie by Justin Gates
Confessions of an Install Junkie
By Justin Gates

Edited by John Meyer
Cover by Kate Meyer




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