Booktique: Intro to an Editor

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As a writer, we often think we are in full command of our language and grammar skills. In many of those instances we are probably strong, but at the same time we’re also not experts in everything. Nor should we be… writers and editors require different tool sets and knowledge. Many of the skills overlap, but there are several differences where it’s always important to find an editor who can help you succeed as an even stronger writer. It’s also important to have someone else read your work other than early beta readers, especially if you are self-published or your publisher doesn’t handle editing.

Stay tuned for another post in the future about the different types of editing, but for now, consider editing the generic term for someone assisting you with writing your novel from style / word choice to punctuation, spelling to proofreading, and story consistency to character development. I connected with a fantastic editor about six months ago shortly after she’d read my first novel, Watching Glass Shatter: Nicki Kuzn of Booktique Editing. It’s been such a fantastic experience that I wanted to share a bit about her so others in need of editing assistance can consider a similar route.


After publishing Watching Glass Shatter, I’d read through it over a hundred times believing I’d caught every possible proofreading, grammar, or spelling issue before it was published. After seeing a few reviews noting some issues (that I couldn’t find!), I asked Nicki to take a look for me as I was getting ready to update the final version with a few minor fixes before a huge marketing campaign. Nicki quickly read through the novel and sent back a ton of feedback. I had ~40 issues with spelling mistakes, words missing, or incorrect formatting. On top of that, she provided suggestions for improving the language and dialog, too. All her feedback was easily categorized so I knew what was a mistake versus potential issue, style option and choice, or general recommendation.

I made nearly ALL the edits and sent it back for a final review. Nicki found a few more items and really helped polish this novel — the way I should have had it when it first launched. Coming away from that process, I’d learned two things: (1) how/where I tend to make my mistakes (thanks to Nicki’s kindness and how easy it is to work with her) and (2) she was definitely getting my second book once I had a final draft for review. Nicki eventually read Father Figure in early January and worked with me through 3 revisions to finalize the version going to my publisher. She went above and beyond what we initially discussed as the focus areas and amount of time for each one. Nicki is fast, reliable, honest, friendly, and very focused. I always knew our schedule and believed we could build a great partnership in adding the finishing touches to my novel. I can’t wait to work with her again on my third book later this year.


If you’re in the market for an editor, or even just want to talk to one about the different types of editing or approaches she could take, I encourage you to spend some time on her website reviewing her options, testimonials, and portfolio. Then call or email her to discuss pricing… I’m confident you’ll find it fair. She’s easy to work with, but at the same time doesn’t hesitate to push back a second time when you indicate you don’t want to change something. She provides the reasons why and why not, then lets you make the decision as the content owner. I always knew when it was a required change versus a subjective one.

I also learned how to stop using so many commas… I still am heavy with them, but not as much thanks to Nicki’s guidance and basic rules. Two of the best aspects of working with Nicki include (1) an extremely reasonable price given the level of expertise and energy she brings to the table, and (2) incredibly quick turn-around time. In every round, Nicki delivered sooner than she planned — and sometimes when she’d tell me I’d have everything back in 48 hours, it would be in my mailbox after only 24 hours. It was a writer’s dream because of the efficiency and quality included in the package. You can see more on her Facebook page, link to her site or read some details below to help decide if this is the right path for you.


About Nicki Kuzn

I spend many hours reading. I was thinking one day (after reading a novel which was not proofed very well) that I could do this with excellent results, thus began Booktique Editing. Since I am a perfectionist, there is nothing more frustrating for me while reading to come across typos, incorrect grammar and punctuation, and incomplete sentences. It is too easy to lose your train of thought, and reading slows down for me when I have to figure out what is actually being said. Also, I am sure there is nothing more frustrating for an author to receive negative comments from reader reviews about errors in their publications. I can fix this for both the author and the reader.

I have made it my goal to ensure that any author/client of mine publishes an error-free book. I usually read a book several times before I return it to the author; I will review it again after the author has gone through my suggested changes. I check for spelling, grammar, typos, punctuation, consistency along with suggested changes to content when I feel they are warranted or necessary.



34 thoughts on “Booktique: Intro to an Editor

    rugby843 said:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    She sounds very efficient and helpful

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    LFBooks said:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Will have to check her out

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 11, 2018 at 2:07 PM

      Cool! Just realized your posts aren’t showing up on my Reader. I have missed a whole bunch!

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        LFBooks said:
        May 11, 2018 at 3:46 PM

        Don’t worry about it, I have been missing people’s post too, been so busy.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Great intro and lovely testimonial . Nice to meet members of your ‘team’. 🙂

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    Tiana (The Book Raven) said:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    How awesome! I definitely will keep this in mind when I finally finish a novel!

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    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Nicki appears to be knowledgeable and efficient. Thanks for bringing her services to our attention.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 11, 2018 at 3:05 PM

      She’s very strong, and it was quite reasonable / inexpensive compared to some others I had investigated last year.


    Carrie Rubin said:
    May 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Always good to have more names to add to the list of recommended editors. Thanks!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 11, 2018 at 3:24 PM

      You’re welcome! I’m glad to help… just hoping she doesn’t get too busy, right! 🙂

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    May 11, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Great intro! I’ll be reaching out to her (hopefully sooner than later!) Thanks, Jay!

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    May 11, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Editing is a serious work indeed Jay! One that is so important as nothing is more infuriating than reading a book filled with mistakes. And I fight against too much commas in my posts too LOL In French we over use them.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 11, 2018 at 6:36 PM

      I’m glad to be in the same ‘boat’ as you. 🙂 Nicki was incredibly helpful. How are you!!??!? Been too long.


    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    May 11, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Really great post! Sounds like an excellent service!

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    Azia said:
    May 11, 2018 at 10:56 PM

    Thanks so much for this! I definitely plan to check out her services when I’m ready. So happy that it’s worked so well for you so far. Good luck in all your publishing endeavors!

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    LA said:
    May 12, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    Really interesting! Thank you!

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    Judy said:
    May 12, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    God bless good editors who make your book better without trying to make it their own. 🙂

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    May 13, 2018 at 12:31 AM

    This was definitely insightful. I never knew how people found their editors and it’s nice to see them get some recognition throughout this post. Thanks for sharing, Jay.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 13, 2018 at 11:24 AM

      It’s often difficult, knowing who to trust. Nicki put herself out there right away, so it was a good connection.

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    Deana Coddaire said:
    May 30, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Great post–and I have to say, as a writer and editor, the struggle is real when it comes to trying to get a good productive writing day under my belt without constantly reworking and rewriting as I go along. Thanks for this!

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    Lisa Fenlon said:
    July 24, 2018 at 1:23 AM

    Hey James, very honest post! Its very rare to find people like you who write so much (and genuinely) about editor who helped her in editing her book. Really happy to see such feedback for fellow editor. I will surely check her profile out! Thanks again and all the best for your third book!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 24, 2018 at 5:59 AM

      Hi, Lisa. Your words mean a lot this morning. Much appreciated.


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