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Client Comments and Testimonials
From Jacqueline Whitmore, Author of “Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work” (St. Martin’s Press, 2005)
Leslie Charles is a patient and gentle critic with a keen eye for detail. She puts her entire heart and soul into every book project. A consummate professional, she can take even the most mundane paragraph and make it come alive! While working with her, I learned more about the process of writing than I could have ever learned in school. She was able to capture the essence of my thoughts and help me turn them into a body of work for which I am extremely proud.
From Mary Marcdante, Author of “Living With Enthusiasm: How the 21-Day Smile Diet Can Change Your Life”
Leslie, I’m in the middle of revising chapter 2 based on your comments and I am so deeply touched at your care in crafting these rewrites. You’ve made this SUCH A BETTER BOOK, and me a BETTER STORYTELLER! I’m going through the dolphin story and am inspiring myself!
Here I am again, reading and incorporating your edits and once again I am in awe of what you have done for me and for this book! As I read your changes, I realize how good you are at this editing thing. I couldn’t begin to fathom what you are able to see in between the lines. I love what you did here: “Once again I left the shoe store in tears, gazing resentfully at my size 10 ‘gunboats.'” Oh, that is so good! “Gazing resentfully,” perfect addition!
From Barbara Morris, Author of “Put Old on Hold”
Leslie Charles is without doubt the most gifted writer and editor I have had the good fortune to work with. She has a unique an ability to use words in a way that can turn a ho-hum manuscript into an excellent, interesting read. I will always have fond and lasting memories of how wonderful and exciting it was to work with Leslie. She is that good!
From Kathey Batey, author of “Suddenly Single: How to Transition into the Single Life and Do It Successfully”
You are absolutely wonderful at being an editor. I am on page 19 of your revisions and I couldn’t agree with you more. You are cleaning up my work and making it so much more definite. This is a book I would buy, (when we get finished with it, that is). There are very few changes I disagree with. I did shorten where you said to shorten, and the content is cleaner. It all makes so much more sense. Thank you for your “cold hand and warm heart.” I love it!
From Sam Horn, Author of “POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline for Anything”
One of the best-known and most popular book coaches, Sam Horn, author of “POP!”, “Tongue Fu” and more, recommends me when she simply cannot take on another project.
Sam has told me many times that I have the ability to turn a self-help book into a page turner and I am humbled and honored at her words. Here’s what Sam Horn wrote about me by way of an endorsement to a potential client:
I have recommended several clients to Leslie and they have been delighted with her quick mind and strategic ability to produce a quality non-fiction book in record time. Leslie captures your “voice,” has a get-it-done work ethic and is a joy to work with. Perhaps most importantly, you can trust her to keep deadlines and commitments (what a concept.) I only recommend consultants who have a sterling track record. Leslie is in that category.