Barbara is not only a skilled editor, but also a collaborative partner who is completely committed to her authors’ success. Going beyond the technical needs of my manuscript, she took time to understand the subject matter, guiding me to speak clearly to the reader’s heart. I am truly grateful to Barbara for helping my dream of publication become a reality.
Working with Barbara McNichol is hitting the trifecta! New to publishing, I didn’t know what to expect and it was a delightful experience. From our initial conversation, Barbara was communicative, concise, and creative with her suggestions. I knew immediately my book was in the hands of a pro who only wanted my success.
I am not the easiest person to work with since I seem to live a see-saw existence of stop/start, but you were extremely patient throughout it all. Your suggestions were great and there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind this book wouldn’t be half as good without your editorial work. You were very thorough. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Barbara.
Barbara is a courteous, professional editor. She provides fast and clear communication and an overall positive experience.
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I am now ordering bumper-stickers: “I LOVE MY EDITOR!” You have taken raw, curt diary entries and smoothed them out and/or asked me to provide better closes. Barbara, I am becoming your biggest fan!
I am supremely happy with the result of my memoir published by Dudley Court Press. A special thanks to Barbara, my editor. Her professionalism was over the top.
My book would honestly be so different without the masterful eye of Barbara McNichol. As a first-time author, I knew what I wanted to say, but Barbara was instrumental in making my vision comprehensible. Even more than her keen eye for grammar and syntax, her ability to extract the crux of what I was trying to say – and call out unnecessary repetition or contradictions – were invaluable to me. And through it all, she allowed me to keep my ‘voice,’ helping me create a business book for which I am both proud and grateful. I highly recommend working with her; it’s definitely worth it!
Just look at what you did! You brought the pieces together, edited carefully, added depth and meaning–and finagled your time to meet the schedule. The result is a work of great joy, understanding, and appreciation for many.
Barbara McNichol saved my book. It originally went through a pitiful edit. Then I found Barbara. She worked with me in an empowering manner, always giving me options. The result is a stronger, tighter book. Barbara is professional and accessible to the author. She becomes a real partner in giving you the best possible version of your book.
One should never assume readers will understand what the author is saying. Barbara helped me understand this many times. Overall, she strengthened each chapter to help me accomplish my objectives and preserve the spirit of my mission. It was core to shaping the book, and for this I am most appreciative.
I have known Barbara for a long time. I know she is a great editor. So I asked her to edit the book I finally wrote, The Handbook of Nerd-Certified People Skills. She was terrific at catching mistakes and putting everything in a common voice. What I hadn’t counted on was how well she improved my content. She drew out significant points and showed me what to emphasize, raising the quality of the writing. She certainly exceeded my expectations.
I asked Barbara to edit the manuscript for my first book, Engagement: How Great Leaders Inspire A-Game Performance, this on recommendation of people who didn’t know what they were talking about. It turned out that Barbara knows exactly what she is talking about. She has been a superb editor, collaborator, encourager, and friend during the dark hours of doubt. If my book has any merit, Barbara gets a huge piece of the credit.
Barbara’s skill as an editor helped me bring Private Spaces to life and make it the very best it could be. She put the polish on the pages that made all the difference in making the book a professional manuscript. I can sleep at night knowing everything in the 160 pages is right.
Barbara McNichol takes a manuscript and turns it into a book. She has been instrumental to every one of my book’s successes. She is easy to work with and always meets deadlines. Before she edited this testimonial, it said: ‘Me like Barbara. Barbara edits good.’
When you take a look, you will realize my editor has done a stellar job in making the concepts clear and understandable. What a gripping read! Barbara, you have done all I expected and more.
Thanks for making me look like a writer!
After interviewing several editors for my business book, I chose Barbara because of her collaborative nature, her editing and writing skill set, and her previous experience. While she maintained my voice in the manuscript, her ability to amplify my messages and stories was powerful.
Thank you for your assistance editing my memoir. Your expertise made it more succinct and all around better.
I have found working with you a pleasure and appreciate your editing skills, fast turnaround and your commitment to deadlines.
Barbara McNichol has been outstanding to work with. From the first time we spoke, I liked her, and knew she would be great to work with. She really spent time to understand me and the background of my book. Her editing brought a higher quality to my writing. From her extensive experience, she made suggestions and provided trustworthy advice that I would not have been able to get from others. I am grateful to have had Barbara work on my book project!
– Vivian Hairston Blade, FuelForward
I interviewed several editors to prepare my book for publishing. Barbara impressed me the most. She is an editing expert with a flair for creativity and experience to provide sound advice. Barbara has high integrity and delivers on her promises
– Mark Colo, Peace With Parkinson’s
I love the way you’ve positioned yourself. With your sample edit, it made it plain the difference between what you and others do. You ‘had me’ when I reviewed that chapter.
– Dr. Mel Gravely, What is the Color of Opportunity? and The Capacity to Succeed
There is no escaping that this book would never have made it to print without Barbara McNichol, editor, sounding board, and taskmaster. Barbara cajoled and prodded me, knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.
– Rand Golletz, Consensus is Not Kumbaya: Lessons in Tough-Minded Leadership
It’s been a pleasure to work with Barbara as the lead editor of Boring Meetings Suck. The book has done great, in part to the great work and guidance from Barbara. I continue to partner with her.
– Jon Petz, Boring Meetings Suck
I’m funny on stage, but being funny in writing was more difficult than I imagined. It was Barbara I could count on. If my story wasn’t that funny, at least I didn’t look stupid due to writing errors. Barbara can make anyone look good (in writing).
– Tim Gard, Just Plane Funny
As I read her edits of my book on every page, I had the same reaction over and over: ‘That’s what I meant to say!’ Retaining Barbara was the single smartest decision I’ve made in years. She produced outstanding results, on time and on budget. What more could a client ask!
– John Hall, Do What You Can
I must tell you that I am absolutely delighted with the changes you made to my manuscript.
– Sue Jacques, What the Fork?
Barbara McNichol is one of the most integral parts of my company’s success. She has been able to beautifully take my words and reshape them when needed to craft an even more eloquent final product. Her ability to enhance the work and yet maintain the intended integrity and tone is a true gift. I’m thrilled to have an ongoing working relationship with her.
– Sourena Vasseghi, Love Your Life and It Will Love You Back
Working with Barbara on Come to Your Senses has not only been a pleasure, but it has been seamless and educational. Her expertise and thoughtful sensitivity in keeping my own voice has been extraordinary. Any writer or author will benefit by having her knowledge of word power wrapped into their work. Thank you, Barbara!
– Joan Brock, Come to Your Senses
A successful author-friend told me that clearest sign of a great editor is one who takes your book to the next level. This is what Barbara McNichol does. From the moment you engage her services, you know you’ll gain more value than you ever could imagine. You’ll have gained a partner in your book’s success.
– Larry Robertson, A Deliberate Pause
To editor Barbara McNichol, whose keen eye found every little mistake I made. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable letting this book go to press until she gave it her seal of approval.
– Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, Leave the Office Earlier
Barbara did a thorough, extremely professional job, giving me progress reports and asking searching questions — a value added service.
– Paul DuToit, You Can Present With Confidence (Greenleaf Book Group Press)
You really did ‘add power to my pen’ and your wrap-up was superb. You are super!
– Dr. Kojo Pobee, Cut Through The Noise
Barbara not only analyzed my words sentence by sentence, she thoroughly read the manuscript to make sure she understood my thought processes. She gaveactionable advice that was beneficial for my readers. She is efficient, thorough, and competent.
– Naomi Vernon, A Teen’s Guide to Finding a Job
Barbara’s editing skills are superb. Her detailed feedback and insight were brilliant and made my manuscript much more reader-friendly. She was timely and efficient, and working with her was a pleasure. I highly recommend Barbara and her editing and proofreading service.
– Anne H. Zachry, Retro Baby: Cut Back On All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development
In publishing my first ebook, I was concerned that the result be accessible, yet professional; knowledgeable, yet personable. Barbara McNichol truly added the polish and expertise to make my original manuscript shine. I was impressed by her process, skill, and guidance. I felt proud and confident when the book was finally published on Amazon. As an independent testimony to Barbara, here was a comment published by a reader after my ebook was published on Amazon: ‘In addition, I loved that this book was well-written and contained no grammatical or spelling errors, which is pretty rare in Kindle publications.’
– Jeanne Rossomme, The Secret of Getting Better Customers
Barbara McNichol edited the script on my new website and her recommended changes were great! Shesoftened up the selling approach in my program to appeal to a wider base of prospects while retaining the overall context of my message. Barbara rearranged text to get to my selling points more quickly and created distinct features and benefits of the program for prospective customers to consider.
– Bill Knutsen, Balanced Life Consulting, LLC
I couldn’t be happier with the final product. You really meant it when you said line-by-line edit. Now, I feel confident to share my book with the rest of the world!
– Dr. Michael Chong, The 4 Secrets
Your edits have greatly enhanced the manuscript’s readability and helped convey the intended message—so much so that, occasionally, my eyes become moist and I have to pause a moment before continuing. Be proud: You have helped this manuscript achieve its potential.
– Lynette M. Smith, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure
There are no words to describe the exceptional work Barbara McNichol did with The Glue Factor editing… she went out of her way to make my dream come true! Barbara has an impeccable touch!
– Frances Rios, The Glue Factor
I searched arduously for an editor with the sensitivity and intuition to understand my delicate topic. Barbara’s perspective and word positioning took my content from interesting to fascinating – all with a sense of humor that made my book a head turner.
– Katherine Forsythe, Sexperienced
If you struggle with the written word, Barbara is your angel in disguise. If you are already a strong writer, Barbara makes your work read that much better. Her editing is sharp, her guidance creative, and her promises reliable. And—bonus on top of bonus—as a project partner, she’s also a ton of fun!
– Patricia Katz, Press Pause… Think Again
You certainly made my life easier with your expert editing. I have always known that ‘it takes a village’ to do anything worthwhile, and I stand on some very fine shoulders, yours included!
– Amy Showalter, The Underdog Edge: How Ordinary People Change the Minds of the Powerful… and Live to Tell About It
I have appreciated working with Barbara on my book and leadership articles that bring in business for me. She is detail-oriented, trustworthy, and highly professional. I can count on her to get the job done every time. On top of that, she’s easy to work with.
– Colleen Kettenhofen, Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You
I knew I wanted to work with Barbara from the first time I met her. Her professionalism and enjoyment of her craft created a guide that’s become more fun to read with each review.
– Cindie Hubiak, A Woman’s Guide to Thriving after Prostate Cancer
Taking my words and ideas, Barbara worked her magic on them. She helped showcase my expertise with her spot-on recommendations when the content didn’t quite say it. She’s a pro through and through.
– Andrea Beaulieu, Finding Your Authentic Voice
Barbara totally reorganized one of the chapters, making it clearer and dramatically improving the flow. She trulyexceeded my expectations. Going forward with further books, I feel comfortable knowing I already have the best editor.
– John Beigel, Making Perfect Popcorn
As executive director of Tell Me A Good Story, I needed a book published by our nonprofit organization to be professionally edited. I immediately thought of Barbara who has edited 300+ nonfiction titles for speakers, educators, and organizations. In addition to providing sound counsel, she took the rough draft, masterfully edited it, and helped turn it into a well-crafted, highly readable book.
– Hawkeye Richardson, Communicating and Connecting with Full Intention
Barbara’s skills and timely response plus her positive attitude make her an ideal editor.
– Stan Craig, ForeThought
A writer’s rock in a swirl of words, Barbara helps make sense out jumbled concepts.
– Chris Emmanuel, A Mind That Matters and Oneness Gems
I tend to write the same way I paint—with broad strokes. Barbara brings out the fine details and makes me look good.
– Jeffrey Rowe
Barbara invests time to understand content and vision for your book or article. Easy to work with; just a warm and kind soul.
– Sarah Michel
Barbara edited my two books with a genuine eye for perfection and readerability! (It seems like the exact word!) She accomplishes your goals with aplomb—a true professional.
– Dee Dukehart, Success… It’s All In Your VOICE; The Guiding Write: How To Direct and Navigate Your Readers… Every Time
Barbara helped make my book manuscript more engaging by re-titling chapters, tightening wordy sentences, and making my prose more poignant and graceful. She was consistently generous with her time, gracious in her manner, focused and prompt.
– Loren Ekroth, Ph.D.
Barbara has a great touch, knowing just where to put her finger to preserve the meaning yet smooth out the flow of words. She immediately appreciated the tone of the book and got right in synch. She is great to work with.
– Will Murray, The World’s Greatest Aunt or Uncle
I did not realize how much I needed your help. It was actually intimidating to see the magic you were able to do with my draft copy. This work for a national magazine article put me in a good light.
– Bill Johnson, CSP, professional speaker
Bye-Bye Boring Bio is now earning five-star reviews on Amazon and inviting praise and results for readers across Main Street USA and the world. It’s exciting, and I am very grateful to you.
– Nancy Juetten, Bye Bye Boring Bio
Barbara did a phenomenal job editing the copy for our website, www.avanteleadership.com. Her marketing insights and attention to detail are highly appreciated and valued.
– Christine Testolini, Avante Leadership Group
Barbara is definitely the Yoda of writing. I have developed a deep respect for Barbara’s skills and talents. She is so approachable and open to the flow—a rare individual who is both authentic and genuine.
– Margaret Page, Etiquette Page
I’ve had 9 books edited, so far, by Barbara. I’ll keep coming back because I can’t beat the quality of her work, her welcoming personality, and how easy she really makes the editing process.
– Tonia Boterf, The Practical Expert
Your responsiveness, ideas, and editing skills moved my manuscript to where I feel it is finally ready to go.
– Dr. Mike Deninger, Snakes in My Dreams
You really made the difference in my books. I am extremely grateful and actually rather in awe of your work.
– Jack Cotton, CRS, CRB, author of 3 luxury real estate books
What would I have done without Barbara’s professional editorial skills? I am the proud published author of my book. Because of her assistance, it all came together in great harmony.
– Sonia Easley, Heart-Oriented Thinking
Your editing work is precise yet remains friendly, it’s professional yet still remains intimate and sincere.
– Wave Bannister, How to Talk to Someone You Don’t Want To—But Have To
Barbara’s contextual editing helped me create a book where concepts flowed easily from one topic to the next. Barbara gave me the guidance I needed to reorganize and flesh out my book. I’m a more conscious writer after working with Barbara!
– Elaine Correia Dollowitch
Barbara provided excellent editing and extraordinary sensitivity to the style of the writing and subject matter. Her judgments were always fair and to the point. She has my endless thanks for her patience and willingness to give a new author the benefit of her extensive editorial experience.
– Steve Vogel, The Prostate Storm: A Journey Through Prostate Cancer
Barbara is the best in her business, hands down. Her creative flair and attention to detail mean top-notch results.
– Mike Faber, professional speaker, consultant, author
You did a superb re-write and made this article so smooth. I know you trimmed a lot of fat, but nothing was lost and much gained … just what I had hoped for.
– Lynn Fraley, RN, MN, DrPH, Braless
Barbara did more to polish my words than I had expected. She took my work from amateurish to professional. I was delighted with her skill at developing subtitles, knowing how to position chapters, creating an introduction, and having a critical eye for accurate content.
– Michelle Barry Franco, Vision Into Action: The Brazen Soul Program
Landing a great publisher would not have been possible without Barbara’s editing skills. I won’t send out anything important without first getting Barbara’s keen eye for perfection. I am truly in awe of her work!
– Maureen Minnehan-Jones, Wisdom to Wellness
Barbara advanced the quality of my book to make it a persuasive compelling call to action. Her combo of manuscript review plus nitty-gritty editing is worth every penny!
– Dr. Phil Johnson, author of Soulwise: How to Create a Conspiracy of Hope, Health, and Harmony
Barbara takes a want-to-be-book-writer to a successful author! Having her edit my first book made my writing more clearly, succinct, and alive. Barbara’s extensive expertise deliver results that will make you and your book successful.
– Deborah Gardner, How to Sell to Men Without Wearing a Low-Cut Dress
Barbara, I’m thrilled by what you’ve done with these chapters! The voice is warm and you’ve organized the material so that it’s sensual and compelling. I was hoping it would have a slow build to a crescendo, then leave the reader moved at the end (like a sexual arch!). Thank you for juicing things up!
– Alexandra Katehakis, Erotic Intelligence
Barbara is editing my second book Tales from the Road. Not only is she the best editor, she’s fabulous to work with—a total pleasure every step of the way. I highly recommend her services.
– Anita S. Henehan, Tales from the Road, How To Run Away From Home After 50
You really came through for me on this, Barbara. You captured my thoughts so well. You’re easy to work with and I appreciate you.
– Dr. Paul Homoly, CSP
There are thousands of supposedly powerful editors who claim that they can assist you with perfecting your editing. There is one who not only has the gift of articulating your work brilliantly (be it a book, proposal, article, etc.) but does so with a sense of precision and grace leaving you with a masterpiece. Save the time in your creative process by accessing the best.
– Allan Milham, speaker, author
Did you catch some great stuff Barbara! Love working with you, as you really know how to get my mind cooking. I have every confidence that teaming up with you was the BEST thing I could do on this project. Thank you for giving me peace of mind.
– Risa Simon, speaker, author
Without Barbara’s masterful touch, my book would have suffered. She helped tighten the text, add some creative elements and improve the structure. Although my manuscript started as a rough diamond, Barbara got it close to a polished beauty.
– Douglas Gehrman, Leadership for Life
I’ve worked with many people who are good at what they do. And then there are those like you who are simply ‘good.’
– John A. Jenson, Good
Barbara sensitively listened to what was not only in my mind, but also in my heart. She brought my thoughts to clarity and continuity so each word, sentence, paragraph, and chapter rang with significance. I learned more about myself by writing with Barbara, as readers will learn more about me when they journey through my books. I appreciate her wisdom and insights paired with her generous editing options as I penned my personal story in Real Belonging and business principles in Vision For A Change.
– Lynn Price, social entrepreneur, speaker, coach, author
If you want someone who is creative and competent, then call on Barbara. She gets your job done with finesse and you’ll be delighted with the result.
– Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress
To Barbara, who has turned my lawyerly writing into more lively prose.
– Sara Holtz, Bringin’ in the Rain: A Woman Lawyer’s Guide to Business Development
Great editing—appreciate you. Choose JOY!
– Lynn Tellford-Sahl, Intentional Joy
Thanks for your support and your incredible eye for detail. You’ve made a big difference at every stage: editing my book proposal, fine-tuning my manuscript, and honing all of my marketing materials. I appreciate your ability to keep my voice intact, your great editing skills, and especially your attitude of partnership.
– Lisa R. Delman, Letters from the Heart Project
I just wanted to let you know, Making Big Money Investing in Foreclosures hit the Wall Street Journal business bestseller list! This is great, great news. Thank you for all you did to make this such a fabulous book.
– Mary B. Good, Acquisitions Editor, Dearborn Trade
Barbara’s expertise in reviewing manuscripts is top notch, far outshining her competition. I trust her results always and receive high value.
– Dr. Caron Goode
I needed your input and expertise, and you were there for me.
– Eric Chester, CSP, CPAE, Generation Why
You were the cornerstone of success for Motivational Leaders. The editing was innovative, creative, and technically perfect. You have the gift to enhance without changing the meaning, correct without detracting, clarify while simplifying and supplement with wisdom and insight.
– Vilis Ozols, Ozols Business Group
Barbara has been invaluable in completing each of my 7 best-selling books. More than a great editor, she takes my projects from start to finish on tight deadlines. She has surpassed both my publisher’s and my own expectations. A super professional, dedicated, caring—a lovely person to work with.
– Robert Shemin, author, real estate expert
Thanks for your excellent and timely work. I appreciate all the support you have given—immensely.
– Peggy O’Neill, Walking Tall
Your editing is so fabulous. You made every sentence sound crisp and clean.
– Ann Tardy, From Glass Ceiling to Open Sky
Barbara, your ‘influence’ can be felt throughout this book. Thanks for going the extra mile to get it just right
– John Jenson, The Essentials of Influence
You really helped hone my efforts into a wonderful product. Thanks so much for your support and collaboration.
– Don Andersson, Select the Best Executive for Your Organization—Hire for Fit
As an editor and ghostwriter, Barbara delivers efficiency and top service. Her great listening and communication skills save me much time.
– Debra Fine, professional speaker and author
You have an amazing ability to pick up on my unique style and quickly do an edit that moved my book Cash and Control to a more professional level. You are a soul mate who works as a sprinter to meet the pace that worked best for me.
– Stefania Aulicino, The Entrepreneur’s Advocate
Barbara grasped the essence of my message quickly and helped me perfect my writing so my final manuscript was the best it could be. She met every deadline and maintained her calm and professional demeanor throughout.
– Richard Weingardt, PE, Forks in the Road, RAUT, columnist for Structural Engineering
Barbara, you can step into the chaos of a creative project and make sense of it. You took my words and gave them a warm and friendly place to resonate on the pages. Your playfulness and spirit have made my travels into this new arena very rewarding!
– Katherine Carol, Tango: Dance of Self-Discovery
I have asked for Barbara’s inspiration and editorial skills for major projects such as book proposals, articles, and marketing materials. I highly value her professional opinion and integrity. Moreover, she delivers her work with an attitude of service and friendship that says, ‘I value you.’
– Caron Goode, Ed.D., author and psychotherapist