112 testimonials ... and counting!
Alphabetical list of all testimonials
  • Linda McFarland, Author, Co-founder Ascend2Success, Executive Assistant, The Wizard behind the CEO: Enchanted stories from the assistant with the magic WAND

    When I decided to write my second book, I knew how critical it would be to find the perfect editor. From the very beginning, I connected with Joanne and knew she was the editor for me. She knows her stuff and would quickly return material in a way that was well communicated and easy to understand. She immediately adapted to my writing style, accurately captured my ideas, and working with her was so easy. Not only did she help with editing, she designed the cover and the interior of my book. I love the finished product! I continue to use Joanne’s services for my editing projects. She’s the best!

  • Chris Forte, The Humble Warrior: Spiritual Tools for Living a Purposeful Life

    For a first-time author, Joanne made the process of self-publishing my book a breeze. Joanne gave me all the options of doing it myself or using her for certain steps along the way, which gave me comfort and confidence. I highly recommend any first-time author who wants to self-publish and doesn’t know where to start to give Joanne a call.

  • C.C. Marchesani, The Energetic Psychopath (www.AuthorOneStop.com project)

    Joanne is a visionary editor. She sees the big picture and helps your story unfold according to your heart’s purpose. I highly recommend her for copywriting, editing, and story creation.

  • Deborah Hope Wayne, Prenups and the Elephant in the Room: A Handbook for the Prenup Process

    Joanne helped guide me through the editing process with sensitivity and professionalism. She paid great attention to my goals in writing the book, and that was important to me. Joanne made herself available at each step of the way, and I felt she made it a priority to address my questions and comments using her extensive expertise. Her own turnaround time kept things moving. She was reliable, patient and professional throughout the process. I am very proud of the final product we developed together and very thankful to Joanne. I do plan to retain Joanne for the next book!

  • Leanne Brownoff, business coach and author, Freezing My Ass Off on Kilimanjaro

    As a first-time author, the process of publishing my book was a daunting task. Committing to work with Joanne was the smartest thing I did to make sure my dream became a reality. I had been searching for someone I could partner with as my book had several moving parts including audio QR codes and sound links. Joanne was referred to me by another first-time author and, by the end of our first phone call, our partnership quickly developed as her business approach, editing and publishing knowledge, à la carte service menu, and calming personality filled the integral role I needed to build momentum on my project. Beyond the qualities I have just mentioned, some of Joanne’s attributes that I most appreciated through the process were her communication skills that highlighted her fully committed, customer-focused approach. Her patience combined with her vast experience provided a plethora of solutions that allowed the process to continue to build traction. I would definitely recommend Joanne Shwed to anyone who wants to produce a fabulous end result! I look forward to working with her in the future.  

  • Jan Baumgartner, Moonlight in the Desert of Left Behind

    Joanne came highly recommended by a fellow author and colleague, and, after seeing his book, there was no hesitation in hiring Joanne. I couldn’t have been more pleased. My book turned out exactly as I had hoped—better—and her designs for both cover and interior were exactly what I had described for the look and feel that I wanted to be represented in the book. Professional, fast, accurate, creative; it was a rewarding experience, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Joanne in the future.

  • James Callner, It’s a Matter of Trust: How I Got Better from OCD with Compassion, Help, and Hope

    I can’t recommend Joanne enough to anyone who wants a professional, compassionate, patient, sensitive editor and designer. She also formatted my book beautifully and showed her incredible patience with my perfectionism for the book covers. I really didn’t know what I wanted, and Joanne stood by me with all 51 cover designs. I mean, that’s loyalty! She also has the gift to truly hear your voice in words you write and make them even better. My memoir and self-help book is intended to help all those who suffer from mental illness and, because of Joanne’s help and guidance, this will come true. She is extremely personable and has a contagious laugh that will put you right at ease. It did for me. I looked forward to our remote sessions, and I now have my first book published. Thank you, Joanne, for your talent and kindness. Because of you, I can confidently call myself an author.

  • Taryn VogetTrust Fall 

    After Joanne brilliantly edited my first book a few years ago, I knew all along she was the only one to edit my next book. I recently gave her a good manuscript and, using her rare magic, she made it a great book. Joanne has a knack for keeping your voice pure in the book, while polishing and shining the words to perfection. She has an eagle eye for detail, flow, consistency, and overall readability. Joanne is a delight to work with, totally professional, and a kind soul who wants the best for your book. I am truly grateful I found her, and I have since recommended her to several friends looking for a brilliant editor.