You’ve been so fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for a better editor! You suggestions were perfect and the input you provided is just what the book needed. I feel very proud now of where it is. Thank you so much!—Krystal T. Chong
Sarah was my editor for my first book and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to help me work through the process. Not only was she thorough as an editor, but she was also very insightful and helped me include and avoid several elements that I know really improved the book. Sarah’s knowledge and passion about the book publishing process clearly shines through. Highly recommend her!—Catherine Basu
I worked with Sarah on both my books. She is an amazing editor! She knows what she’s doing, and she’s very professional. Just as importantly, she loves her work and does it from her heart. She makes sure to really understand the author’s desires and dreams for their book so she can make sure it has the right information for the the right audience. I loved working with her and will definitely work with her in the future.Buyantogtokh Sukhbaatar
During our coaching, call Sarah outlined some very simple ways for me to start identifying the key points of my book, my audience, and how I could start getting the material together for my book. Instead of feeling intimidated about the idea of writing a book, I now feel that I know exactly how to start.—Charlotte Jacob
Sarah is clearly very knowledgeable about the writing and self-publishing process. In a single call, she quickly hit on the two pieces my work needs the most — a blog and an outline. She offered just the right amount of encouragement — with a dose of much-needed organizational advice — to get this show, i.e. my book, on the road.
She also demolished 3 different invisible scripts of mine, which will help me get to where I want to be faster and better! If you’re writing a book, thinking about self-publishing, or are curious about the writing and publishing world in general, I highly encourage you to reach out to her.—Shiri Dori-Hacohen
My book, and all of the ideas in it, isn't sitting in my head anymore. It's strung together into sentences, and paragraphs, and sections. It’s a goddamn book.— Aaron Williams
Sarah provides very helpful guidance about how to navigate the writing process in a way that inspires creativity while ensuring an author stays practical…. I really liked that she looked at my manuscript as both a creative endeavor as well as a business opportunity. (S)he was constantly providing tips for how to reach out to my audience, build a mailing list/website, and direct readers to my website for more books or programs.— Mary Kay Tam
After completing a study skills book aimed at a college audience, I needed a developmental editor who would be able to tell me whether the manuscript was coherent, readable and effective. Sarah’s experience as a proofreader of technical papers and her work as a copy editor at a prestigious university made her the perfect candidate.
Sarah really took the time to think about how the student audience would see my book and what they would need from it. She pointed out several key areas where the manuscript could be strengthened and even suggested whole new ways of doing things which had never occurred to me. The book has been significantly improved, thanks to Sarah’s insights.— John Henderson
Sarah Barbour worked with my novel doing substantive edits. She came up with tons of extremely helpful suggestions that I think really improved the overall flow of the novel. She was prompt in returning the initial and edited drafts to me, and she responded to all my emails usually same day. She was a pleasure to work with. Thanks, Sarah!— Annabelle Costa
Sarah did a great job editing my first book. It was a true story and a difficult subject for me to write about. Sarah did exactly what I needed her to do. She gave my story structure, flow and pace, and offered wise counsel when it was needed. Her efforts transformed a merely interesting story into a captivating read.—Jim Graham
After seeing only a sample chapter of copyediting from Sarah, I was impressed. She’d taken the time to familiarize herself with the location I was writing about, found an error in the spelling of the location I wouldn’t have figured out if you gave me three years, and corrected a variety of missteps I made. When I got the finished manuscript back, I found the same consistent attention to detail, both in the grammatical and the editorial. She made (extremely) helpful suggestions to make the passages flow better, discovered technical errors, and made the book worlds better. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone who was looking for a careful pair of eyes to check over their work.—Robert J. Crane
My editor is the BEST. I’m really glad I found her. She is very careful to respect my voice, and she gets that English is not my mother tongue. She suggests new words/sentences that strengthen the story without changing the mood.
So, big thumbs up to Sarah Barbour! I wholeheartedly recommend her especially if English is not your first language!— Nathalie Aynie
A big shout out to Sarah Barbour. Had tons of questions on self-publishing versus traditional publishing and you made it so easy for me to understand every step of the process + make up my mind. Thank you!— Chérine Kurdi