“Jen Blood is brilliant. She aided me in turning a rough first draft into a beautifully polished novel, all while helping me improve my craft as a writer. She has a knack for finding and assessing weak points of a novel without being discouraging. She was also my greatest cheerleader, championing my strengths and encouraging me through every part of the editing process. I’m so lucky to have found her, and I can’t recommend her enough!”
Erica Converso, Author of the Five Stones Pentalogy

“What makes Jen such a fabulous editor isn’t that she makes my books shine. After all, that’s what she is hired to do. No. What makes her so great is that she makes me a better writer. I’ve learned so much about the craft of writing while going through the editing process with her. Every subsequent book is better and that is because of what I’ve learned from Jen. She has a gift for gently, yet hilariously pointing out where my writing has gone off the rails, and I not only end up with a better product, but also an increased understanding of why it is better.”
Shawn Kobb, author of the Mystery in Vienna series

“Jen Blood is a fantastic editor, combining a talent for encouraging the best in the story with an excruciating attention to detail, which is exactly what an author needs! She has a professional approach, a friendly tone and she delivers within the time frame specified, as well as providing extra service in terms of re-reads. I will definitely be using Jen for more of my books. She’s brilliant!”
JF Penn, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the ARKANE thrillers and the London Mysteries

“Beyond knowing craft, Jen understands style and voice. Believe me, there’s nothing better than finding an editor who not only gets what an author is trying to do but who can jump right in and help make it better. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the fact that she didn’t take my words and try to change them into something that didn’t sound like me.”
Lauren Stewart, bestselling series of the HYDE trilogy and UNSEEN

“While I was a managing editor at Random House, Jen provided ace editorial and proofreading services. She had an uncanny way of ‘getting under the hood’ of the story, looking at all the gears, and figuring out the proper way to tune it up.Her knowledge and professionalism make her an invaluable asset to any project.”
– David Gallaher, Harvey award-winning author HIGH MOON, former Random House editor

“As an author of historical romance, it’s difficult to find an editor I trust to verify the accuracy of my novels. Jen Blood not only does that, but she knows exactly how to turn a good scene into a great scene. Her level of professionalism and skill have far exceeded my expectations. I look forward to many more years with her!”
– Christina McKnight, bestselling historical romance of Shunned No More, A Lady Forsaken Book 1

“I was lucky to have Jen edit my first two books. As a new author, she gave me the confidence that I can take my message to another level with her clear suggestions and ideas. Jen worked closely with me to understand my purpose while making the effort to keep to my style and fluency. As a business writer, it’s not easy to differentiate myself from the many other flavor-of-the-day thoughts. Jen treated herself as a buying customer to determine if what I was intending was really resonating and relating to my targeted audiences. Jen, thank you for being someone I can easily trust with my manuscripts.”
– Thomas B. Dowd III, award-wining author of The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World and From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide

“As an indie author, I know how crucial it is to have a polished manuscript. I also know that editing is not my strong suit. Jen made the process not just bearable, but enjoyable. She was wonderful to work with, taking the time to explain and offer advice where needed. She will be my go-to editor for the rest of my series.”
– Davonne Burns, author of Sorrow’s Fall

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