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When I was a publisher at HarperCollins, Abigail was one of my go-to freelance editors. Her insightful, thoughtful and questioning approach was always appreciated by the authors. She is an excellent editor and critical thinker, and any writer, new or experienced, will find her skills invaluable.
Stephanie Smith, freelance editor
Abigail Nathan was the copyeditor for my epic fantasy trilogy, The Tainted Realm (Vengeance, Rebellion, Justice) and she did a great job. I am only too happy to recommend her services.
Ian Irvine, author
Ms Nathan is the ideal partner for a novelist. She’s an astute reader with a fine grasp of narrative construction, authorial voice and consistency of presentation. She has a great eye for errors, plotholes and pointing out issues of narrative plausability. Best of all, Ms Nathan is able to point out any and all authorial mis-steps with great tact and sensitivity and never, at any time, cross the line into rewriting the work to suit herself. Always, without exception, she honours the author’s intent.
Karen Miller, author of the Godspeaker trilogy and the Rogue Agent series
The Talkative Writer
Bothersome Words has a keen eye for detail and a natural instinct for structure, world building, and character. Whether it’s structural editing, copy editing, manuscript assessment, or even blurb revision, Bothersome Words will hone your strengths and bolster your weaknesses. If you want your work to be the best that it can be, then I highly recommend Bothersome Words.
Mitchell Hogan, author of The Tainted Cabal series
The thing I enjoyed most about working with Bothersome Words was ending up with a much better novel. Bothersome Words made a huge effort to understand what I had wanted to achieve with The Game Bird and then worked with me to bring a better version and vision of that novel to life.
The insights and feedback gained from my edit also helped enhance both my writing style and execution and will improve my subsequent work. A little paradoxically, after working with Bothersome Words I felt The Game Bird was closer to the novel that I had originally set out to write.
I found my edit a fun, rewarding and fulfilling exercise. I would, and hopefully will, be glad to use Bothersome Words again.
Aidan R Walsh, author of The Game Bird
Abigail was my editor for One Hot Winter’s Night. It was a relief to work with someone who had both a fine touch and a careful eye – I felt that she improved my work and helped me make it a better story, but she was always respectful and kind to the sensitive author! She improved my writing a hundredfold, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Serenity Woods, author
Serenity Woods Romance
Abigail at Bothersome Words is not only one of the best editors around, but an incredibly smart, witty and all-round wonderful person to work with. Her feedback is always honest and tactfully delivered to help you make your work shine. Plus her knowledge of the industry and desire to help her clients succeed means you’ll feel as if you have an editorial White Knight on your side – offering advice and support whenever you confront the perils of publishing. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Dan Hanks, writer
As a newbie author, I asked Bothersome Words to provide a manuscript assessment for my fantasy novel. Friends had told me that the story and my writing were good, but I knew that if I wanted to improve I would need feedback that was honest – even if it might not be what I wanted to hear. The assessment was very thorough and dug deep into every tiny detail of my world so that I could make changes as necessary to strengthen the story, but it was also honest about the manuscript’s strengths. The editor gave me the courage I needed to begin to the querying process; after the assessment, I knew without a doubt that my manuscript was ready for that step. But, importantly, this process helped me make the story as strong as it could be before I started down that road.
Michelle Birkette, writer
I sent my precious manuscript to Abigail at Bothersome Words and the entire experience has been fantastic. I now have an assessment that is making me look at my work through ‘new’ eyes – and furthered my education in the art of writing prose, which I will take with me when I begin the first draft of my next book. I have a detailed and unbiased analysis of the plot and of each character, as well as notes on pacing, questions on world building, examples of showing and telling (and overwriting) in my prose as well as points on its overall cohesion.
Getting an assessment of my work has helped me craft a plan of attack for my 5th (and final – I hope) draft and pointed things out to me that I was just too close to the work to see. Abigail’s assistance has benefited me in ways that have already changed how I approach each stage of working on a novel and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be working with Abigail Nathan at Bothersome Words again.
Mark Timmony, writer
When I presented my first manuscript to Abigail for editing, I didn’t know then how much I would learn and grow as a writer. Abigail’s feedback was structured and insightful, she highlighted sections that needed more focus and other sections that should be cut or integrated into the story. Abigail’s assessment of my manuscript was full of positive encouragement which gave me the bridge I needed between the creation of my masterpiece and the practical side, refining for publication.
Belinda Coleman, writer
If you want a comprehensive critique of your plot, a systematic review of your writing and an instructive appraisal of your characters – you can’t do better than submit your manuscript for assessment by Bothersome Words. Their suggestions on how to polish your work are insightful, and their interest in helping you improve your masterpiece is refreshingly genuine. For their editorial honesty and tact, I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Zena Shapter, author
I have always had a wonderful outcome working with Abigail Nathan as my Editor. She has edited all three of my books and always exceeds my every expectation. Not only is she a wonderful, friendly person, but a wonderful editor.
Relief would be the word to describe what I felt after working with Abigail. Relief that my Manuscript was in the hands of someone who knows her craft and understood me as an author. In the beginning I remember worrying that maybe she wouldn’t understand the complexities of my series. I’m happy to say I no longer worry.
I remember when I finished reading the edited version, sitting on my couch with the largest smile on my face, I could not stop smiling. My manuscript was exactly what I’d hoped it would be and more. Abigail is an exceptional editor, her attention for detail, her keen eye for mistakes, checking facts and professionalism is beyond outstanding. I’ve always likened her to a builder; you wouldn’t get an apprentice to build your house, you’d get a professional who knows what they’re doing; Abigail is the equivalent to the builder. She is a landscaper of words and the only professional you get to edit when you want your words to sing. She cuts away the rough edges of a manuscript and turns your prose into the diamond it is. I have nothing but praise for Abigail; she is worth her weight in gold and then some.
Renee Spyrou, author of the Seraphympire series