I am a first-time author, and really felt like I needed a thorough, unbiased, professional review of my draft novel manuscript. Andi’s manuscript review was exactly what I was looking for and more. She provided me a detailed four-page memo with very constructive observations, suggestions, and ideas. She clearly had spent a lot of time carefully reading and absorbing my draft and thinking about ways to make it better. Sometimes you have that “a-ha” moment when you get a suggestion and you can see right away how implementing the suggestion will improve the work. That’s what happened when I read Andi’s memo with its recommendations. I know my final work will be better for Andi’s having reviewed the draft.
As a newcomer to the writing life, it was a huge benefit having a professional like Andi read my work and make recommendations. Her suggestions were concrete and have led to improvement in my novel. Her words of encouragement continue to help me persevere through the writing process.
Angie ObergI enjoyed working with Andi as she edited my children’s book manuscript. I was amazed at her ability to take away the unessentials of my manuscript while not compromising the story itself. Her edits and suggestions were so helpful!
Shawn Smucker Author of *The Day The Angels Fell* and *My Amish Roots* http://www.shawnsmucker.com/
Andi is knowledgeable and thorough. She approaches her work with both a sense of responsibility and an obvious enjoyment of the written word. If someone tells me that they are looking for an editor, she is the first person that I recommend.
Tom Pounder (Virginia)
“Andrea helped me revise a lot of my work. She was a great editor who worked patiently with me and really tried to understand what I was trying to communicate. She is a definite hire!”
Alex Wallner Author of Sergio and the Hurricane http://alexandrawallner.com/
Thanks for reading the manuscript of my novel PINOCCHIO ISLAND and for your feedback. I am almost through revising it according to your notes and I am pleased with the revisions. It was invaluable having feedback and encouragement from a professional writer who’s been in the business of writing novels and who is not a friend (they tend to be prejudiced!) although through your blog I am starting to feel like a friend, too. You read and gave your notes in a timely fashion and I thought your pricing was fair. I would recommend you to anyone seeking feedback on their novel manuscript. Thanks again for your help!
Karen Lewis (California)
“Andrea helped me overhaul my resume and also reviewed my cover letter for a job application. Wow! Quick turnaround and super suggestions.”
Tre’ Nelson (Texas)
Andi and I have worked together on a variety of projects that have all been very important to me. Not only is Andi extremely good at what she does, but she also provided me with a lot of creative direction. Her communication is great and she always delivers on time. I would highly recommend Andi for any writing projects that you might have.
I engaged Andi to independently review and critique my manuscript. She went beyond providing a thorough critique by helping me understand how best to position and pitch my novel. She gave me specific, actionable suggestions to help me get my book in front of the right people. I highly recommend my writing coach, Andi.
Jansen Herr (Pennsylvania) http://www.thedrivingfarce.com/
“Andi has helped me immeasurably in developing my writing style. She has tirelessly shaped and molded my works and has helped to push me to the pinnacle of mediocrity that I am today.”
Dave Hubner (Maryland)
“Andi was a great help in preparing my resume for distribution. While I greatly appreciate her writing skills, I was worried that she would not have the ‘business’ perspective that I needed. That worry went unfounded and Andi provided both an analytical and literary perspective to the review process that made my resume much stronger.”
I had two requests when I first talked to Andi, a brave move for a first time writer. One request was to be honest with me, the second was don’t hold back. She was and she didn’t. The result of working with her increased my confidence about the manuscript I will soon be submitting.
Fran Lyons, Ph.D.
Andi reviewed the manuscript of my memoir and gave me invaluable help regarding point of view, pacing, structure and more. I am a “first time writer” and her services really made it possible for me to rewrite my book. She gave clear, relevant direction in a three page review, in emails and on the telephone – a generous amount of time for the money charged. I plan to continue to work with her until I am ready to send my book to an agent.
Andi did a content edit for my thriller Rogue Spy. Her advice was thorough, helpful, and delivered on time. Her work made my book faster-paced and more balanced in terms of setting, and now, my readers can fully experience a gripping, psychological adventure through the streets of San Francisco.
I can’t say enough about Andi’s Manuscript Review and how valuable, even pivotal, it was for me as a first-time author. I wanted to get feedback from an experienced, professional editor before continuing through the process of publishing my book, and Andi was perfect. Through her Manuscript Review, as well as our follow-up phone conversation, Andi provided me with tons of encouragement, building my confidence as a writer and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of my writing with insight and clarity. Her feedback was kind but also very honest. She is an amazing editor, and I would work with her and recommend her again and again!
Andi came highly recommended to me by one of the top publishing consultants in the business. She was thorough, constructively critical, and delivered on time–all qualities that I wanted in an editor. I trusted her with my first book and will trust her with the next one as well.
Evelyn Simpson Reeve Author of Good Soup
As a first-time children’s picture book author, I found myself lost in how to begin. As fate would have it, I found Andi’s website and reached out to her for her content editing services. Not only did it help me feel less alone in this new-to-me process, Andi was welcoming, kind, encouraging, and shared valuable insight in editing my work. What an asset, indeed! I highly recommend Andi and hope to continue to work with her well into the future.
Lisa Boswell Author
After being immersed in our writing “bubble” working on our book, my writing partner and I needed fresh eyes to read it. We hired Andi to provide a manuscript review – the best decision we could have made. Her review was insightful and constructive, with specific recommendations. It was obvious Andi spent time carefully evaluating the draft. We’re moving forward with her suggestions and we can already see the improvement. We’re so grateful we found Andi – now we’re back to the “bubble” with renewed vigor and inspiration. Thank you, Andi!
I’m so grateful that I contacted Andi Cumbo-Floyd to edit my first novel. Andi was a tremendous resource, very helpful and very understanding of what I was going through as a first time author. She answered all of my questions and provided invaluable feedback. Her expertise, knowledge and guidance was very instrumental in steering me through the subsequent steps to improve my novel.
Thanks to her, I was thoroughly satisfied with the final product…and best of all, I’m now a self published author.
Marie Fricker Author of All In My HeadI hired Andi Cumbo-Floyd in January of 2015 as the content editor for my recent memoir, All in My Head: How a Hypochondriac Beat Brain Cancer. In the course of writing this book, I worked with many other professionals — copy editors, graphic designers, publishers, and proofreaders— but Andi was by far the most valuable resource to me in my literary journey. I actually hesitate to refer to her as a “resource,” as that word tends to dehumanize someone who has more genuine humanity than most people I have ever known.Andi is an extremely skilled editor who pays meticulous attention to grammar and syntax. More importantly, she taught me how to “show” rather than “tell” in my writing so that my readers would not only see what I saw, but also feel what I felt and care about my story. I would highly recommend her editing services to anyone who is seeking to create a polished work that is rich with emotion and detail.I have been a corporate writer for 42 years, but Andi Cumbo-Floyd made me an author!
Andi did line editing for my debut novel. I loved her professionalism and warmth as she helped me polish my manuscript for submissions. Her comments were insightful, meticulous and clear. They inspired me to push my writing and story to the next level. She returned the work quickly and was always available for questions. I highly recommend her services.
Paul Walters Author of The Type B Financial Plan http://www.typebfp.com
Andi performed a Manuscript Review of my forthcoming book The Type B Financial Plan. She did exactly what she promised and completed the task on time. Her suggestions were right on point, easy to implement, and our conversations provided me with lots of good information about the self-publishing process. Better yet, Andi has connected me with all sorts of helpful people that are helping this first time author produce the best book possible. Thanks Andi!
Carolyn from Los Angeles, CA
Andi’s Painted Steps class is giving me exactly what I need to write the first draft of my memoir — support and expert advice. I love it, and highly recommend it. I look forward to our classes every week, and always enjoy my one-on-one conversations with And. I’ve made significant progress on my book, and couldn’t have done it without this class. I”m feeling much more confident as a writer than when I started.
Tom DeWolf Author of *Inheriting the Trade* and *Gather at the Table* http://www.tomdewolf.com
I have participated in a weekend retreat Andi Cumbo-Floyd led at her farm in Virginia as well as in her 6-months-long Painted Steps Writers Group. In addition to the value I find in Andi’s input and critiques of my work, it is through the community of writers she brings together that I have been inspired to write regularly; to include my writing at the top of my “to do” list each day. I highly recommend Andi as a writing coach and mentor.
Andrea has been a wonderful coach in developing my academic and professional writing. She is prompt on returning edited work and extremely well organized. Her edits are both thorough and clear. She is also an enjoyable and positive person to work with. She both developed my writing ability, while increasing my confidence about writing. Andrea has my highest recommendation.
Amy Brecount WhiteAndi read my entire upmarket women’s fiction manuscript and gave me invaluable and timely feedback. She pointed out some problem areas in the novel — a time jump that could be confusing, some unresolved issues at the end, and physical descriptions that could be earlier — and gave me specific suggestions on how to improve those. She was accessible, enthusiastic, and insightful. I truly enjoyed working with her, and my novel is so much stronger. I highly recommend her excellent services.
Andi helped me with a manuscript I’d been grappling with for years. In a gentle, always encouraging fashion, she showed me where my early insecurities had diluted my message. She didn’t so much “tell” me what was wrong as “show” me how to find it for myself. The result exceeded my greatest hopes. Having paid thousands for traditional writing classes at a prestigious university, I can honestly say Andi gave much more value.
A. C. Burch
The manuscript review Andi provided was thorough, punctual, and a great value. Not only did she find key points for revision, but she provided encouragement, and following the review offered further advice about the writing process. After this last revision I’ve been able to query agents with improved confidence. Thanks, Andi!
John Van Dreal
Andi’s work is very impressive. I wasn’t disappointed on any anticipated outcomes AND I got a lot more on areas of my writing that I had written off unknowingly. Furthermore, Andi gives great advice without being condescending or snooty. . . . She’s very approachable and clearly loves to assist writers. Her service is worth every dollar.
Jamie Kocur First-Time Author and Songwriter
Andi’s editing services are amazing. After reading the rough draft of my memoir, she encouraged me to dig deeper, to be more vulnerable, to push through until the real meat of my story shone through. With her suggestions, I was able to approach my work with a new perspective, and it encouraged me to keep writing and to make my work the best I could possibly make it. Her encouragement and gentle nudging helped me push through and finish.