This was the first new story I’ve written after querying my sci-fi unsuccessfully for years, so I was a little nervous about the project. Jaime’s feedback was exactly what I needed! She was quick to point out mistakes and what didn’t work, but just as important, her positive comments and reactions in just the right places were priceless.
Editors have a tough job. They have to show writer’s their mistakes and how to fix them, and they have to do it in a way that doesn’t make writers run screaming. It’s a fine line between “I’m a bad writer, I should just quit,” and “I’m a good writer with some issues, but I can do this!” I think the key is that Jaime approached the critique from a place of compassion and support, so that even when she did deliver bad news, I knew she was still on my side. I’m wishing a long and successful career for her!
Jaime was really easy to talk to, and her encouragement made me feel like I was on the right track with developing my story idea. I’d be very comfortable working with her when I’m ready to pursue book coaching to take my story into a more focused drafting phase.
Jaime is a pleasure to work with. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her knowledge and insight will be a tremendous asset to my project.
I’m in the process of self-publishing, and Jaime provided such helpful and thoughtful advice about the process. After an hour long consultation, I feel so much better prepared to move forward with my book. I will definitely come back to Jaime for advice and support in the future!
When you know your book inside out, it becomes too difficult to find opportunities to improve it – you need a professional with a fresh pair of eyes. Jaime, of Pitch & Polish, offered more than a helping hand. She suggested new plot strings, proposed more compelling character developments, encouraged stronger character relationships I had not seen on my own, and much more. She also helped with the basic stuff, such as grammar, typos and dialogue tagging I had overlooked. My book now feels like a far more accomplished piece which I believe justifies a spot in the bookstore. Without Jaime and her fun, constructive, digestible feedback, I could not have brought it to that level. – Michael Pudney, author of Language Liberated
Jaime is by far one of the best editors I’ve worked with, both in skill and as a support system. She’s more than just an editor, she’s a cheerleader, an educator, and above all- a champion for my work. -M.S., author of I Am Nobody
Between books, periodicals, and the internet, there is a lot of advice out there for querying agents– much of it contradictory. Jaime completely demystified the process of writing the letter, clearing up what had seemed a foggy art of throwing darts in the dark and hoping for a bull’s-eye. I’m confident in being able to submit with the strongest representation of my work, and I won’t be sending out anything in the future without her polish. -G.S. Brouwer, author of Filters & Fictions
After years of writing, it wasn’t until I was brave enough and got other writers/authors to look at my work when I started feeling like I “belonged” to something. Polish and Pitch, led by the incomparable Jaime Dill, was that home for me. She fostered me into a group of writers and encouraged not only my writing, but the research around it. From outlines and playlists, to just plain fangirling about characters, Jaime and this community renewed my enthusiasm for writing when I truly had very little hope. I owe a lot of my growth as a writer and author to them.
Every writer needs an editor, but Jaime offers more than that. When I started my debut novel, ‘Carnival of Heaven,’ I’ll admit I was lost. As a result, most editors wouldn’t have given me the time of day, but Jaime did. She acted as a teacher, mentor, and friend through one of the most rewarding and difficult processes I’ve ever been through. And that’s saying something, coming from someone who wrote a book about their struggle with cancer!
I’d also like to point out, that I’m not the kind of person who typically does these sorts of things. However, the only reason I’m actually going toward my dream, is thanks to her encouragement and advice. I’ve gotten two full manuscript requests (so far) with her help, compared to zero on the first iteration of my story.
With all that said, it’s obvious I could probably gush about her services until my fingers fell off. But be that as it may, do yourself a favor. If you’re looking for an editor, give Jaime a shot. She won’t steer you wrong, and you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
-Ryan Olson, Psychological Thriller writer
Perhaps the single best thing I have done for my writing career is to work along side with Jaime Dill. Her insight into your writing vision is astonishing, her work ethic and response time is impeccable. She is kind yet firm with her recommendations and has transformed my writing by transforming me. Seriously, she is one of the greatest things that has happened to my writing career.
Guitar Hanna, Kid Lit writer