“Simply put, Laura and Randy were terrific. Their suggestions during the plot development process were helpful, creative, detail oriented and well thought out. They seemed to be as invested in my story as I was and wanted to make it better. I’d highly recommend working with them.”Gage Peters, They Lurk in the Murk series
“…Randy helped me learn to write the right way, and turn what was a mess of a story into something to be proud of. I would gladly put my faith in his editing skills for all my future books.”K. Piminella, Time Rangers Series
“I had an idea for an inspiring story — basically a parable — that could really make a difference in people’s lives. A good friend told me about Randy Surles because he had worked with him as a certified StoryGrid editor. I didn’t want to write a good story. I wanted to write a great story. I’m happy to say that working with Randy and Laura was a Godsend. They are highly skilled in story structure and know how to build characters and create a story flow that is inspiring and educational; then they wrap it up into a captivating story that you don’t want to end. But when it does end, you walk away with greater insights and inspiration to bring into your own life. I’m happy to recommend Randy and Laura for anyone looking to tell a powerful story that is both fun to read and makes a difference in how you think.”
Rich Fettke – Author of Extreme Success and The Wise Investor
To Retired SGM Randy Surles, whose work on this project cannot be overstated. You were at my shoulder every step of the way: writing, editing, troubleshooting. The Story Grid ought to be damn proud of what you brought to the party. Any warrior contemplating writing a book should make their first call to Randy Surles.
From the acknowledgments in Operation Pineapple Express by New York Bestselling Author Scott Mann.
“Working with Randy has been awesome. He’s willing to roll around in the muck to find the important threads, and holds the light to keep you on the path.”
Owen Garratt, Author of The Pulse
“Randy and Laura were phenomenal in their handling of my story. I gave them a pile of words that weren’t working and they steered it in the right direction to be a story I am now immensely proud of. They didn’t only fix the book, but they fixed me. I am now a much better author for using them on this first book in my series, and armed with their insights, I now feel confident in applying those skills to all future books in the series. Thank you guys!”
Cam Walker; author of Contrail Conspiracy, a Kate Barrett Thriller
Are Randy and Laura good value for money? Let me share my experience.
I am a first time author with no prior experience. I sent my first draft in to them. They looked at it. Did their work and sent it back. I finished a two-hour zoom call to go through their report and discuss what to do now. I was devastated (I think this is normal for first time writers) but in a good way.
Finding a good editor seems more akin to finding a good doctor when you have a problem than anything else. I need to trust the doctor enough to follow his or her advice, otherwise, if nothing changes after the consultation, I might as well not have gone. The paramount quality here is competence. The doctor must be good at his or her job, able to nail the diagnosis and tell me what’s wrong and know what to do about it to make it better. If this technical proficiency is absent, there is no point.
Randy and Laura have this in spades.
To paraphrase a good friend, “Praise from an enemy and criticism from a friend is to be valued above all else.”
Competence and quality. Not just to identify problems but how to fix them. Like how a doctor should fix medical issues. Clinically, systematically, directly. No molly-coddling or sugar-coating. Getting to the point quickly, efficiently, professionally. No waffling on about irrelevent stuff.
Thankfully their bedside manner is wonderful too – that’s a bonus, but I would be more than happy with the competence alone.
If you want real help in writing your book, contact Randy and Laura.
Shane Lee, Author of Prisoner of War
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