Testimonials

As a new face to the editing community, I rely on referrals from past authors/clients to get my name out there. Below are testimonials from authors I have provided editing services for.

To each author I have worked with, thank you for trusting me with your works and I look forward to being able to team up with each of you in the future.

I’m new to the whole world of writing and therefore editors so went in a little unsure of what to expect. Working with Melissa is fantastic, she’s friendly and professional which makes for an easy working relationship. She not only helped give my work a better structure and point out the small errors, but she posed questions which made me think about why I had written certain parts. She has edited two projects for me now, she worked with me and helped to improve them and for that, I’m eternally grateful. I would highly recommend her to anyone and look forward to working with her again on my future projects.Lorraine Agent – Demon Investigation Corps, Books 1-3

I would like to thank Melissa for her great work on editing my manuscript. She was prompt, professional, and incredibly helpful. Her work accomplished what would’ve taken me weeks, and I only had to wait a few days. My manuscript was smoother and better written thanks to her suggestions and feedback. I didn’t just get red pen marks, I got reader feedback that improved the quality of my work. I would highly recommend her services.” – Ray Rupp – Vanilla Girl

I am pleased to say that I had a wonderful experience using the proofreading services offered by Melissa at Red Pen Editing.  Not only was she thorough and precise, but she made sure I met all my deadlines.  I really can’t  thank her enough.“- R.E. Carr – Rules Undying Series: Ten (Book 3) & One (Book 6)

Melissa Levine has done an outstanding job in turning my mistake ridden novel, into something I can be proud of. She’s friendly, professional and doesn’t irk away from things some others would have. What’s more, she didn’t only fix the grammar, flow and the general stuff, she went out of her way to point out small, inconsistent mistakes, raise questions and helped me realize my own mistakes. I’m looking forward to working with her on future projects. I would more than recommend her services.” – Ajdin K. Denic – Hazard Inc

Melissa is one of the best betas/proofreaders I’ve had in my publishing career. She is attentive to detail and catches things even a seasoned editor has missed. On average, I receive 9 pages of feedback after she reads one of my novels. Her feedback includes typos, missed words, comments, and suggestions. The best part is that she encourages me to grow as a writer. That can’t be said for many editors I’ve worked with.” – Jori Mierek Hall (Jordan Elizabeth, Jordan Mierek)

I highly recommend the editing services of Melissa at Red Pen Editing. She accepted my project with an agreed upon timeline of three weeks to complete her review. The work was returned to me, completed with comments, within ten days. She was very thorough in her analysis and even helped clarify some previous edits made to my manuscript. I would definitely use Melissa’s services again.” – Terrell (Patrick) Hall – Choosing Perspectives

“Melissa turned out to be the ideal editor for my draft. She brought a perspective to my writing that was sorely needed, and each of her edits made its way into the final draft with very few exceptions. She helped my writing conform to standards, eliminated repetitive and tiresome text, and explained clearly her reasoning for making grammatical corrections. I couldn’t have asked for more from an editor, and I am so thankful for her contribution to my work.” – Greg Arney – Lydia

“I am a brand new, self-published Author. Finding people you can trust to help you with anything is absolutely terrifying. I, personally, made a big leap by giving my manuscript over to Melissa. And let me tell you right now, it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. No other proofread will ever compare to the professionalism and in-depth insight that she gives to your story. She brought up things I never thought about and gave me a new view of my own book. She was very kind and informative throughout the entire process and made me feel like my work was safe and secure in her hands. The amount of work she puts into her proofreading and notes is honestly more than I could have ever dreamed off. Truly outstanding. She will now be the editor of ANYTHING I write until the day I die. That is how satisfied I am with everything she did. I absolutely recommend her to anyone and everyone who writes. I am forever grateful and I know my book will be a million times better, now, because of her.” – Ashley Mikaelson – Feral Hearts

“This is all new to me and writing is not my real job so I had no idea how to approach editing/proofreading. Melissa has been brilliant. Extremely professional and most importantly, enthusiastic. Her advice has been spot on and for a novice, this is essential. Thanks so much and I look forward to the next project.” – Craig Davies – Zomboy Bob
 
 
“I had never had an editor before Melissa and I didn’t know what to expect but I must say that I got much more than I expected. She looked through every inch of my story, edited it thoroughly and provided very useful suggestions and advice. And she did all this long before the time she’d promised to deliver! My story is clearly better than it ever was. I would recommend her services for any author out there!” – Master James Light – Message in a Bottle
 
 
“Melissa did a great job on my manuscripts, finding typos and plot questions I hadn’t even thought about. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and thoroughness she puts into her work. She was also prompt in reading and returning her edits to me. I appreciate Melissa’s help in making my novels as error-free as possible.” – Carol Riggs – Junction 2020 (Book 4)
 
 
“Really impressed with Melissa’s editing and suggestion on my short story. I loved the way she carved the fat skillfully around the meat of my story. (I needed the word count cut). Prompt turn around and very easy to work with. I’ve been edited several times now via publishers but will definitely consider using Melissa’s services again.” Lee Franklin – Intercellular

“I appreciated the very thoughtful editing, suggestions, and tips. I’ve heard authors say — Oh, I don’t need an editor, I can do it myself –. Nay, you can’t. I thought my manuscript was pretty clean having gone over it umpteen times, yet I was embarrassed by some of the errors I’d made. Thanks, Melissa! I am grateful.” – Mara Kalyn – Alexa’s Inheritance
 
 
“Melissa goes above and beyond when it comes to proofreading, offering a keen eye for errors but also helpful suggestions to enhance your writing beyond basic copy editing. We used her as a proofreader of one of our indie manuscripts and she did a great job.”
– Anthony J Melchiorri and Nicholas Sansbury Smith – Extinction Shadow
 
 
“I am very grateful to have found Melissa Levine. She is incredibly prompt, very insightful and I am impressed with her close attention to detail. She has connected with my story beyond my expectations and I look forward to working with her in the future.”
Ashley Franklin – Dow Manor
 
 
“I have been very impressed by Melissa Levine at Red Pen Editing.  She has a very professional approach, and I was taken aback at the very short turnaround time: just a few days to meticulously read, edit and polish my novel.  Her careful, considered suggestions were very welcome, as were her proposals to re-order some key sections of my book. I could not recommend Red Pen Editing highly enough.” – Nick Edmunds – Miles Away
 
 
“Melissa is the best editor I’ve ever worked with. She goes above and beyond to make a manuscript shine and her attention to detail is unparalleled. I can’t wait to work with her again and 100% recommend her editing services.” – Mia Zephyr/Rehbein – Road to Dawn