Testimonials

“Simply put, my Southern Heart Series wouldn’t be the same without Robin’s editing. She challenged me to take each novel to its best form. Her professionalism and knowledge grew my writing and continues to do so. If you have a fictional story, you need an experienced fiction editor like Robin.”

-Janet Ferguson, multi-published independent author

“Teaming with Robin as my editor is one of the best things I did to develop my writing skill. Her ability to spot bigger issues in my story, as well as her solid command of grammar and craft, have made her editing services invaluable to me. I appreciate how she takes the time to teach the reasons for each edit she recommends. I highly recommend Robin’s editing services!

– Misty M. Beller, multi-published hybrid author

“As I read over Robin’s edits, I must have muttered “wow” about 276 times (which happens to be the same amount of pages in my book). Her edits were spot on. She is not afraid to call you out on issues, but in an encouraging and at times comical voice. And I don’t even want to think about what I would do if she decided to give up editing!”

-Dana Romanin, novelist

“The first time I worked with Robin, I sent her a synopsis and fifteen pages from the book I was writing. I received back seventeen pages covered in edits and comments. Just as important, she had written a note encouraging me to not quit. That’s Robin.

“Her feedback was so valuable that I hired her to edit the rest of the story. We worked through my manuscript in easy-to-manage chunks. She not only marked-up pages but also answered questions and helped further develop my writing skills. To me, Robin is more than an editor. She’s a writing coach who professionally invests in and personally cares about my writing and me.”

–Audrey Appenzeller, novelist

“Robin is professional, competent and fast. Her eye for both detail and the big picture makes her one of the best in the business.”

–Redbud Press, an inspirational romance publisher

“After my son passed away in 2012, I was compelled to write the story of his life. I wanted my family to have that remembrance of him and also hoped it might help those facing some of the same struggles we did. I wrote the words in the months immediately following his passing, but I could not read them, much less edit them. The pain it evoked was intense and I could not see past my emotions enough to edit the words.

“Robin’s Red Pen was the answer to my dilemma. Robin was kind enough to not only accept my project, but to offer her recommendations in a compassionate yet helpful manner. Her criticisms came with suggestions for making my writing more appealing to a reader. Her comments contained encouraging notes, pointing out things I had done well just as much as where I might improve.

“Robin is much more than a proofreader or grammarian. She truly cared about the words I wrote and helped me make them better. I could not have accomplished the feat of editing my son’s story without Robin. I owe her my heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation. I recommend Robin’s Red Pen to any writer, amateur or professional, who wants to make the words of their heart the best that they can be.”

–Cindy Regnier, author

“I met Robin when she shepherded me in my editor’s role at the Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference.  Not only did she provide me with Starbucks in the mornings, but she revealed an eye for detail, an intelligence, and a delightful sense of humor as we talked writing, grammar, and red pens, all of which prompted me to offer her a job as Assistant Editor at Wayside Press, the general market imprint I then led. We’ve both retired from Wayside, but I haven’t let go of Robin’s editing expertise. She helped me hone both Becalmed and Sailing out of Darkness and is fine-tooth combing my latest manuscript.”

Normandie Fischer, award-winning, multi-published author and
former editor, Wayside Press

“Robin’s Red Pen is a godsend to my writing. I’ve worked with her on my manuscripts for two years now and believe my dreams of becoming published wouldn’t have been achieved so quickly without her expertise. When my editor sent me my first round of edits, she said she was impressed with how clean the manuscript already was. The credit goes to Robin.”

Candice Sue Patterson, award-winning novelist

 “Robin has pushed and pulled me –sometimes kicking and screaming–to be a better writer.  I was a finalist in ACFW’s First Impressions Contest for 2013 thanks to her nasty . . . um . . . I mean . . . helpful red pen.  Don’t be afraid of it!  Embrace the red ink.”

Pegg Thomas, novelist, blogger, and founder of Quid Pro Quills

 “Robin’s edit was both thoughtful and thorough. She challenged me when I was missing character motivation, she caught all my grammatical errors (comma issues!), and her comments throughout the manuscript were helpful and pointed, showing me exactly what needed to be fixed. Robin is a gem, and I’ll for sure be using her services again!”

Lacy Williams, multi-published author and
former managing editor, Serenade Books

  “Robin’s red pen is the best thing that ever happened to my writing. Her grammar and punctuation edits are right on target, and her content suggestions always make my stories flow just a bit smoother. If you’re looking for an editor who’s unafraid to tell you what’s wrong, while freely praising what’s right, you’ve come to the right place.”

Sharon Srock, multi-published hybrid author

 “Thanks to Robin’s killer critiques, my writing dreams are now reality. I’ve only been writing three years, but an agent is reviewing my full manuscript. Who can I thank for that? Robin Patchen.”

Jericha Kingston, novelist

 “Robin’s red pen will not disappoint. I have been working with Robin since 2012. From grammar, to plot holes and storyline shortfalls, Robin catches them all.”

Kara Hunt, novelist

 “Robin Patchen’s edits are responsible for moving my writing to a new level. She is a whiz at spotting plot holes, character weaknesses, and of course, grammar and punctuation problems. Thanks to her, my dream of being a published author is a reality. Robin’s red pen is magical!”

Terri Weldon, hybrid author