Praise for Amy’s Editorial Services

homecoming“You are ‘damn good’! . . . Particularly helpful was your adherence to my copyediting instructions and your thoughtful diplomacy in working as a project manager to see the book in its entirety and to return the ms. to me as complete and ready to go as you did.”
—David R. Coen, (former) managing editor, Beacon Press (Homecoming: The Story of African-American Farmers)

edge of the map.jpeg“Thank you for your hard work on the book. I cannot tell you how grateful I am with your thoughtful touches, wise guidance, and insight . . . it’s just lightyears improved. So very happy.”
Johanna Garton, Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff   (Mountaineers Books)

“Here’s a shout-out to your [developmental] edits of my ms. . . . I feel as if you are taking the journey with me. Thank you for all your superb suggestions! Seriously, I didn’t know that you would understand and sympathize with the characters so much. They are my loves! I can’t wait to get through all your comments. You’re the best!
—Falaah Jones, Minding Madness

“Excellent job, Amy! You were very thorough. We greatly appreciate all your hard work.”
—Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl’s Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work (Berrett-Koehler)

tracing autism--fitzgerald“Thanks hugely for your sharp and careful edit of this manuscript. I think you’ve done a great job cleaning up some of my regular tics and redundancies, and in significant areas have brought things out much more clearly.”
—Des Fitzgerald, Tracing Autism (University of Washington Press)

“I would work with you anytime as your work is superior, and efficient.”
Ed Power, Dragons in the Snow: An Undaunted Avalanche Detective, Backcountry Freeriders, and Racing to Beat Death in the Mountains (Mountaineers Books)

“Amy, I . . . find your [developmental editing] work amazing. Your attention to detail and sense of the flow is excellent. And thanks for getting out the redundancies.”
—Carol S. Arnold, author

“Thanks for your work on Nuclear Reactions—your attention to detail and [the] writing will make it a better book.”
—James Feldman, editor, Nuclear Reactions: Documenting American Encounters with Nuclear Energy (University of Washington Press)

lost gettysburg--dixon“Amy is professional, punctual, and keeps her promises. She asked all the right questions and had the patience to hold my hand as this first-time [author] navigated the increasingly frustrating realm of book production. Amy respected my author voice when she made changes. She not only saved me from serious errors, but she also made the book better by taking the initiative to improve structure and word choice where needed. Amy is well-read in many fields, and her instincts are spot-on. She catches the tiniest of errors and inconsistencies. She reads carefully and caringly. She simply made my first book much better. . . . Don’t sell yourself short to save a few thousand dollars. A good copyeditor is the best investment you can possibly make. . . . If you are lucky enough to hire a master professional like Amy Smith Bell, your work will stand its best chance for success . . . where books from major publishing houses compete with self-published books.”
—David T. Dixon, The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey

alandscapeoftravel“Amy Smith Bell provided meticulous copyediting.”
—Jenny Chio, A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China (University of Washington Press)

“I want you to know how sensitive and complete [your developmental edit] seems. I’m so extremely happy to be working with you. . . . The [manuscript assessment] letter is so thorough and thoughtful. . . . Your editing is brilliant.”
—Fran Leeper Buss, Memory, Meaning, and Resistance: An Oral Historian Remembers

learningtoforget“Amy Smith Bell, a superb editor, smoothed out lines of prose that had become snarled during my many attempts to ‘get it right.'”
—Stephen Lassonde, Learning to Forget (Yale University Press)

“What a superb job you’ve done! I’m thoroughly impressed with your editing on both large and small levels, and I really appreciate the care you’ve taken to apply our preferences. . . . I couldn’t be happier, and I can’t wait to book you on a future project. It’s an enormous pleasure to be working with you.
—Deborah Meade, (former) managing editor, University of Pittsburgh Press

composersinthemovies“Thank you for your excellent contribution, Amy!”
—Mary Ribesky, assistant managing editor, University of Washington Press

“She has been a model of congeniality and help during the [copyediting] process. Moreover, my examination of the files reveal that she was amazingly scrupulous and attentive to the smallest details. She has helped me pinpoint (and correct and improve, I hope) plenty of errors and problems. I can’t help but think that the book has been considerably tightened and bettered in the process. . . . just a note to express my gratitude and admiration for her careful work on the project.”
—John C. Tibbetts, Composers in the Movies (Yale University Press)

heartandhands“Thanks again for your contribution. The book would not be the same without you.”
—Brie Mazurek, (former) project editor, Ten Speed Press (Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth)

“Thank you for all your help—I really appreciate it. You did a really impressive editing job and caught so many mistakes!”
—Aurelia Campbell, What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming (University of Washington Press)

“[The author] LOVED the copyedit, saying it raised all the right questions and greatly improved the book.”
—David Peattie, owner, BookMatters

“Just read through your cover letter and kept thinking to myself: Amy is so good.”
—Joan Gregory, (former) managing editor, Sasquatch Books

“I’ve finished rewriting Radical Respect and want to thank you SO much for your editing. . . . [Y]our assistance has helped immeasurably.  I think you are a really wonderful editor. . . . Working with you has been a joy.”
—Fran Leeper Buss, Radical Respect: An Oral Historian on Women’s Cross-Cultural Friendships


“I much appreciate the copy-editor’s fine work with the text, and the many poignant suggestions to shorten and fine-tune the text.”
—Celso Thomas Castilho, Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship (University of Pittsburgh Press)

“Thanks for all your toil and trouble. You’re tremendously talented at editing and communicating. . . . You’re professionalism and talent shines!”
—Samer Ali, Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages


“Thanks for all of your thorough work on the Charles Schwab book!”
—Jim Walsh, senior production editor, Random House (Charles Schwab’s New Guide to Financial Independence)

nativepeoples “Both the author [Jan Halliday] and I really appreciated your careful and thorough work on Native Peoples of the Northwest: A Traveler’s Guide to Land, Art, and Culture. You helped the ms. immensely, and the author found your edits and queries most valuable. And thanks for putting up with a ‘schedule’ that went on and on and on.”
—Joan Gregory, (former) managing editor, Sasquatch Books