Salvatore Iaquinta, MD, author of The Year They Tried to Kill Me:
I can say, without reservation, that my book would not exist without the help of Misty Urban. Whereas most people begin needing Misty’s services once they have a manuscript, I had a diary. Misty’s first bit of advice was great; when confronted with a 180K word diary, she recommended taking two favorite excerpts and submitting them to be published in magazines. With her guidance and editing, both were.
This provided the motivation for me to do more. After much trimming and editing, I ended up with The Year They Tried to Kill Me, a memoir about my experiences as a surgical intern at Oakland’s county hospital. And Misty ended up in the acknowledgments—she totally earned it.
Even though I consider Misty a friend and friendly, she had no problems making recommendations to “save this part for a different book,” which is polite for “kill your babies.” At the same time, she never asked for embellishments; she respected my desire to stick to the truth.
Catherine Miller, author of Precisely John:
I’d never had a goal or dream of becoming a writer. Yet, after my brother died, I found myself compelled to write about him and our relationship. At first it seemed somewhat therapeutic just to get our stories out of my head and on paper. However, over time, it began to take form and I began to feel that there was a positive message to be shared in telling his story. I began to search out someone who could read and audit the book professionally and provide objective feedback and correction regarding their overall impression of the book, the message and technical issues.
The response and commentary throughout was both insightful and helpful. She found the perfect blend of positive, encouraging comments of things she liked and areas that she felt were well done, with the questioning of phrases and words, or particular stories I was telling asking why those choices. She helped me clarify who I was writing to and the message of the book. Concerning technical aspects, her format, spelling, and grammar corrections were invaluable. I am certain that without her expertise, my story would never have made the bridge between private, home-written works to a professional piece ready to publish.
Mary R. Davidsaver, author of Clouds Over Bishop Hill:
I have been fortunate to have many fine editors help me with my first book, Clouds Over Bishop Hill. Misty Urban provided line editing on the final leg of my journey to being published with MWC Press, an imprint of the Midwest Writing Center.
Misty took great care and ample time going over my words and sentences, while still being prompt on returning corrected copy.
Misty has a great eye for details, catching the small mistakes that many others, including myself, had missed for a long time. She also found a few “biggies,” too. Uncovering those lapses, the kind that would really be embarrassing to explain to a reviewer or a reader, are the ones I’m most grateful for.
She introduced me to Chicago style and we were able to work together to smoothly shape my manuscript into a coherent whole. I can recommend her editing work to anyone. It would be money and time wisely spent.