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I had the ingredients for a good cake and a great bunch of people at Chicago Review Press helping me get it in the oven to bake. My first book, *The Life I’ve Picked,* came out good, but it was Brooke Maddaford who put the icing on. She brought it to its final stage, making it even more appealing to the reader. Her abilities were quite diligent, focused, and on target, never straying from the original intent but instead making it better. Brooke gave it that nice final touch that shows an how editor of her talent is essential for the best final version. Thank you Brooke!
Brooke served as my editor on several major projects. She is everything you want a copy editor and development editor to be: attentive, a stickler for rules, and sharp-eyed. I highly recommend Brooke for all of your editorial needs.
Working with Brooke was the best decision I made in my book-writing journey. She helped transform my book from just words on a screen to a story on a screen, and finally a book in hand. Her guidance throughout the editing process was the most valuable part of this whole journey. As a first time author I had a lot of questions. There are a lot of answers out there, but knowing what resources to trust was stressful. Having Brooke provide me with experienced advice was absolutely the reason I was able to see this project to the finish line. I can’t wait to work with her again.
Personable. Responsive. Technically skilled yet keen not to edit over the author’s voice. Those are precisely the attributes I look for when seeking editorial assistance, and Brooke Maddaford delivered. I couldn’t have been happier with my experience with her. When I worked with Brooke I was a rookie author. With close to a dozen books now to my name, my experience with her still stands out as being among the most positive.
Working with Brooke has been fabulous. She is so insightful and thorough. Best of all, she truly delights in helping to shape the manuscript while retaining the true voice of the author. That’s an amazing combination to find in an editor!
Brooke Maddaford’s skills as a manuscript and copy editor are first rate. Her keen eye, attention to detail, and sound judgment improved the clarity and readability of my book. She works quickly and efficiently. The professionalism she exhibited throughout the process of communicating digitally via email about my project never waived.
Working with Brooke Maddaford was a pleasure. She was professional, friendly, and very helpful. She was quick to reply to emails whenever I had questions and was readily available for phone calls for longer discussions. She worked with me on a substantive edit, a line edit, and a copyedit, during which she really helped to shape and improve my novel with her advice and experience from working in the publishing industry. She was always punctual when it came to delivering her finished edits, and I really enjoyed working with her because she was both knowledgeable and personable. I felt that my writing improved significantly from her guidance and am thrilled that she helped me to reach my goals for my novel. I’d love to work with her again on my next book!
We’ve worked with Brooke Maddaford on two projects: a text book and a trade/general-audience book. Both processes were critical to the success of our books, one of which now appears in a 3rd edition. Working with Brooke was one of the most satisfying experiences of our publishing journey. Brooke was professional, communicative, prompt, knowledgeable, and kind through all stages of the editorial process, and she worked tirelessly on our manuscripts. Her comprehensive Editorial Assessment was full of constructive and clear suggestions for improvement that was invaluable in shaping our manuscript to meet the needs of our intended readers and broaden the appeal of our book. Brooke’s detailed Competition Grid examined other similar books to ensure that ours would have a competitive edge. In addition, Brooke worked with us to develop online content for our book. Brooke was supportive, provided excellent feedback, and worked with us to create the best materials we could to accompany our book. After working with Brooke on two books, I know that if we are ever in need of any kind of editorial service in the future, Brooke will be the first person we contact!
Brooke proofread my manuscript on a very tight deadline. She was familiar with Turabian style and helped me with both clarity and formatting. Not only did her editorial suggestions greatly improve my paper but she also completed the project ahead of schedule! Brooke was easy to work with, very prompt in her communications, and thorough in her proofreading. Brooke would be an absolute asset for anyone looking for this type of service.