The decision to contact Pat Dobie for my book manuscript was one of the best I’ve made. I liked her description in a directory of professional editors and picked it out of many dozens of others. However, although I made the decision rationally, I still feel it was a huge stroke of luck. The quality of Pat’s work went far beyond my expectations. As an editor myself I know some of the ropes, but she tactfully coached me into re-examining phrases, scenes and whole chapters. She explained many details of the novel-publishing business and how these could make a difference for the intended audience… issues I wasn’t aware of. I’m blown away by the results. I had an editor for the same manuscript several years ago, but ended up discouraged and put it away. Pat has shown me how to respect my story and make it shine, so now I’m submitting the book to publishers and working on a sequel with renewed enthusiasm.
Mary Ellen Chatwin, Writer (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Choosing an editor is a big decision both creatively and financially. It’s daunting to hand over a manuscript not knowing what’ll you’ll get in return. Pat first put me at ease with her free sample edit. She was fast, yet thorough. With only my first chapter she clearly saw my strengths and weaknesses and she found a plot problem which had never crossed my mind in two years—and one none of the other sample editors found. Her style is both complimentary and honest, without ever being harsh. I’m thankful for her truly constructive and thorough criticism, and her willingness to brainstorm with me post edit. I never felt I was just another edit. Her eyes and expertise made my manuscript something I feel confident sending out to industry professionals.
Miranda Bagley, Writer (Germany)
Working with Pat Dobie has been an incredible experience. From the overall story arc down to line edits, her touch and insights have been profound and incredibly helpful. It’s also been educational; I have a better idea how to approach manuscripts in the future. Her effort, teaching and mentorship have meant a lot.
Ken Marriott, Writer (USA)
Pat has been an exceptional editor to work with. She has exceeded my expectations in every way possible. She is extremely thorough, detailed and gives feedback that is specific to you and your story. Her advice on pacing, characterization, scene dynamics and plot threads were invaluable. My manuscript would not be where it is today if it weren’t for her carefully thought out advice. She is extremely approachable and helpful but isn’t afraid to dish out the tough feedback a manuscript needs to get it to the next level. I look forward to working with her on future projects.
Liv Raimonde, Writer, Silencethestigma.org
Pat Dobie’s incredible insight and enthusiasm over this book made writing the story exciting again. Getting the story and characters to translate on the page was hard. She provided all the right notes in all the right places. It was a match made in editorial heaven.
Jessica Serra Huizenga, Writer (USA)
I was amazed at Pat’s in-depth analysis, her suggestions and the care she showed in dealing with the text. For me, reading her editorial letter was like a short course in writing. Her comments even gave me a new understanding of what I had written, and how to look at text, how to organize it and how an outsider would see it. Pat is the dream editor for any writer.
Pnina Granirer, Writer and Artist (Canada), Author of Light Within the Shadows
Pat Dobie provided so much intelligent insight that I’m mostly kind of just luxuriating in that. This is a lovely thing, having a clearer understanding of the holes in the story—where they are and what they are asking to be filled with. I really like Pat’s pacing suggestions and am trying to stick to them. Sometimes it’s very hard to cut, but the end result is that much stronger.
Charles G, Writer (Germany)
I struck a bonanza when my search for an editor led me to Pat Dobie. She doesn’t do anything half way: she digs in, absorbs what you’ve done, and gives you what you asked for (and sometimes what you didn’t!). In the end, the work is your own, but having the talents and “ears” of a person who loves to read, loves to edit, loves to take a book apart and see what it can look like put back together – that perspective is worth a great deal to all writers. I so enjoyed working with Pat and working through her notes, all helpful. She follows through on every single guarantee she makes. She’s professional, thorough, and fun – and a great motivator. I can’t wait to start a new book so that I can work with her again!
Mary Sheeran, Writer (USA)
Prompt and professional, Pat Dobie was wonderful to work with. She provided excellent guidance and top-notch feedback, with detailed breakdowns of character development, plot, and flow that helped us see the big picture as well as the details. The fact that she is a writer gives her additional insight, and she provided useful resources and guidance about the daunting task of revision. We wholeheartedly recommend her.
Julie and Ella Bailey, Writers (USA)
Pat, your edit highlights topics and ideas I hadn’t yet considered and shows how to make the story better…which is exactly what I wanted. Wonderful! As I continue editing the story I feel like I have a supportive friend and teacher at my right hand offering advice, help and encouragement. Thanks for your elegant style!
Allan Ramsay, Writer (USA)
Pat, thank you for your extensive edit and for all your notes. They are EXTREMELY helpful. I will be using a lot of your suggestions to better each story.
Evan Baughfman, Writer (USA)
When I had the notion to self-publish the first book in my science fiction series, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, I realized that I needed an editor with considerable patience and skills—a super hero. Pat Dobie (although I’m not sure if she wears a cape and tights) certainly fits the role of such a hero! Not only did she help me battle through waves of edits, she did it with a friendly manner that was always supportive and insightful. Although I’ll always feel like a sidekick in the realm of “real” writers, Pat is someone I count on to swoop in with handy suggestions and indispensable advice. I look forward to our future adventures together!
Amy J. Murphy, Writer
Pat Dobie was the perfect editor. Dependable, timely, compassionate, helpful–perfect, as I said.
Barbara T., Writer (USA).
I chose Pat because her sample edit was the most detailed and useful for me, the most respectful of my voice while still making useful suggestions. She did a great job editing my crime fiction novel. She doesn’t just identify the story holes but often comes up with great suggestions to fill them. With her excellent and detailed suggestions, my story is finally getting close to seeing the light of day.
Angela G., Writer (USA)
I was lucky enough to find Pat through word of mouth and good reference. From the initial sample edit, I knew she was the right fit for my work. Her professional manner, attention to detail and thorough and insightful comments allowed my manuscript to develop from an infant draft to an adult. And I found the revision process an exciting and satisfying one as a result of her hard work.
Claire Snyman, Writer, Two Steps Forward
Pat Dobie did such a wonderfully thorough job and has such a great eye as a reader. Her edits were hugely helpful. It was a pleasure working with her.
Eremi Amabebe, Writer and Editor, Author of The Prisoner of War
I heartily endorse Pat Dobie as a skilful and highly competent editor. She is razor-sharp in pinpointing inconsistencies in content, highlighting matters of style and recommending areas to condense. She is extraordinarily insightful, not to mention diplomatic, in her remarks.
Larry Feign, Writer and Artist
I asked Pat Dobie to help me edit my first novel, and she has been one of the best editors I’ve seen. She is skillful both at development editing and line editing. She is both frank and encouraging, and her tone is direct, yet friendly. She has made my novel better, and she will make your work better, too.
Sharon Harrigan, Writer and veteran freelance editor, former Managing Editor at AFB Press
Pat Dobie is a really excellent editor. Her comments are not just helpful, but INSPIRING. I printed them out last night and read through them and, maybe I’m crazy, but I just can’t wait to work on my own writing again. I am practically manic with happiness about having a path back into that book and its revisions. Pat gave me great stuff to work with.
H.Z., writer (USA)
In writing my memoir I’d worked with two editors prior to Pat, without much success. They seemed to be looking to me for answers, whereas I wanted to look to them. I gave Pat carte blanche to do as she pleased, and she took full advantage, reorganizing the book, cutting, trimming, tightening. It was a deep edit, which is exactly what it needed. I can state unequivocally that my very great satisfaction with the final version of my book is because of Pat’s work as my editor. She is a solid, grounded source of insight and guidance, a reliable compass through the tumultuous sea of writing, without whom I have no doubt I’d still be irrevocably lost.
Mark Bentley Cohen, Writer and Playwright
Pat Dobie strikes me as an exceptionally talented and sensitive editor. We have worked together closely on several fiction projects and she not only has a gift for close reading, she also has a fantastic grasp of structure. She displays exceptional sensitivity toward the tone of different pieces and is able to suggest changes while respecting the author’s voice.
Elizabeth Rutherford-Johnson, Playwright and Novelist, Editor