Lorin was instrumental in helping to develop and then polish my debut novel. From larger story concepts, down to crafting elegant prose, Lorin is a brilliant mentor. I look forward to working with her for many projects to come.”
-- Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, HarperCollins
Brenda Windberg doesn’t just know story, she feels it. More importantly she helps you know and feel your own story more than you could imagine. She helped me redefine the center of my story’s plot and edit it, strengthening it in ways I couldn’t have done alone. In getting ready to submit my manuscript, she also provided suggestions and ideas for queries that helped me obtain my agent. Brenda’s help comes in a gentle but sure manner, making it easier to do what needs to be done.”
-- Kathy Golitko White, represented by Diane Freed of FINE PRINT
I highly recommend Lorin's services to anyone who wants to take his or her writing to a new level. Lorin's expert advice and editorial comments pushed my manuscript from good to sellable. With her meticulous line edits, I submitted a polished manuscript that quickly attracted the attention of multiple agents and publishers. The result? A two-book deal at auction to Scholastic!
-- Donna Cooner, author of SKINNY, Scholastic
I thought I had done my best and did not need any professional help, but after Brenda Windberg’s structural edit on my epic I knew I had more to learn. I thought my minor characters were three-dimensional. They weren't. I thought my point of view was clear. It wasn't. I thought the pacing was crisp. It dragged. She spotted all my flaws and praised my strengths. I was so impressed I asked for a line edit. She helped me tighten my writing style, and I did not just end up with a better book, I ended up a better writer."
-- Larry C. Kay
Brenda Windberg's editorial assistance was invaluable in the final revisions of my novel. Her thorough and insightful suggestions enabled me to bring my characters to life in a way that makes the story more compelling. Brenda knew exactly what was needed to enhance my writing and working with her was a pleasure. She is a brilliant editor."
-- Richard S. Hillman
If you are looking for writing help, Lorin is it. She’s got the experience, she’s got the confidence, but most of all she has the eye. She can look at your manuscript and tell you exactly what it needs.”
-- Lissa Price, debut author of STARTERS, lRandom House, Delacorte
When I met Brenda Windberg during the [Breakout Novel Intensive], I was so impressed with her insight and her kindness, I approached her on the spot to work with me. Brenda showed me that my "pretty good story" had the makings of something so much better. She provided me with concrete examples of where I had gone wrong, what I had done right, and how I could raise the book to its highest potential yet. She's provided valuable brainstorming where I was stuck, got me "unstuck," and challenged me when I needed a push. The future for my novel seems limitless under her expert guidance. Insightful, kind and professional, everything I hoped for in an editor."
-- Jeanne M. Ledwell
Immediately after signing a new contract for my Brides of Gabriel series with Harper Collins, I asked Lorin to work with me on the manuscripts from concept to finished product. I knew my editor at Harper would add her own editorial touches, but I wanted to take my writing to a new level before I turned in the books. Lorin provided everything--and more!--I'd hoped for in an editor. She cheered me on throughout the writing process, gave me invaluable editorial direction, brainstormed with me when I got stuck, and even exchanged edited chapters during some all-night vigils to help me meet my publisher's deadlines. I can't praise her services highly enough.”
-- Diane Noble, bestselling author of THE VEIL, THE SISTER WIFE, THE BETRAYAL, and others
I met Lorin at the Breakout Novel Intensive Conference, and after our meetings felt that she had a clear understanding of my goals and what I wanted to convey in my novel. I worked with her to edit the manuscript after I'd written seven drafts and she made me see it with new eyes. All of my problem areas became clear, and I was able to complete a final draft of the manuscript and confidently send it out to agents. More than half of the agents who read sample chapters of the work asked to see the full manuscript, and weeks later, I had an agent. I have no doubt that Lorin's editorial help had a huge part in my success.”
-- Erika Robuck, author of RECEIVE ME FALLING, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL and CALL ME ZELDA, Penguin
I’ve had three other editors over the years. I liken them to cars. The first was a great Ford, dependable, and could find things that were obviously wrong with my pages. The second was a solid SUV who gave me tips, corrected things, and could be depended upon to make my pages look good--not great. The third was a nice Cadillac who had many published books and who went beyond the simple editing into insight of what the book needed, and why, and where. But Lorin is the Ferrari: she leaves them all in the dust.”
-- Christine Cook, represented by Spectrum Literary Agency
Lorin is very easy to talk to and cares about your work and your story--but she doesn't hold back. She'll tell you what works and doesn't work, and is willing to help you find solutions. She's good at spotting extra 'fluff' the story doesn't need and is great at helping you uncover what your story/plot/characters might be missing. She helped me see ways to improve my story without changing my goal.
If you do a private consultation or a workshop, Lorin and the Free Expressions team are really wonderful to work with, extremely professional, and just plain great people. You won't be disappointed.”
-- Erin Anderson
Lorin Oberweger is hands-down the best friend any writer can have! She balances critique with encouragement, and she never lets the writer settle for less than his true potential. I've come to see Lorin as more than an editor. She's a mentor who works beyond the scope of her projects--someone who's always there with a sympathetic ear or a gentle push. She's dedicated and passionate, and she guides her clients through their writing journey without holding their hand. Her guidance not only saved my work but turned it into something special.”
-- Keith Yatsuhashi, author KOJIKI, Musa Press
If you're looking for sage advice and expertise to elevate your writing to the publishable level, Lorin can help you achieve this goal. From her ability to see the 'big picture' of your over-arching narrative, to her eye for details like character development and dialogue, you can trust Lorin to help you polish your pages until they shine.”
-- Luanne Brown
Lorin has all the editorial equipment, knowledge, intellect and skills requisite for manuscript editing, but she offers more than these fundamentals. Lorin understands the creative process, how things fit together, and what takes competence into the realm of art. When I came to Lorin with my manuscript, I knew something was askew, inoperative--ick, ineffective. When she finished up her critique, I not only knew what was amiss but had gained a strategy for improvement. Bring your manuscript to Lorin and come away with a story.”
-- David Sunstrand, author of SHADOW OF THE RAVEN and SHADOWS OF DEATH
From strengthening stories, to waking up sentences, to livening word choice, Lorin can do it all. She's made all of my stories better and--from what I've learned from her--all of my future stories too."
-- Adam Dunsby
Lorin has wicked story smarts, a kindhearted approach, and the optimism + savvy you need to provide breakthroughs in your writing and career. I've personally worked with her, brought her in as a guest workshop speaker, and invited her to Pitch University as an Expert-in-Residence, because with someone like her, you just feel compelled to sing her praises and make sure you share her with the world. Lorin rocks.”
-- Diane Holmes, founder and Chief Alchemist at Pitch University.
Other writers have mentioned Lorin's tremendous skills as an editor and teacher, her fantastic skills in story development. I want to say something equally important to many of us, those of us who came quietly and shyly, nervously crept forward into this intimidating, talent packed field. Lorin has a huge and gentle heart."
-- Siobhan McCulloch-Orr
Lorin is a wonderful cheerleader and a sympathetic coach with an amazing ability to see the possibilities in your writing and help you tell the story you want to tell. I highly recommend her services, as well as the Donald Maass Breakout Novel Intensives that she so ably puts together.
-- Claudine Rogers
Whether you need a shoulder for support, a cheerleader to urge you on, or an eagle-eye to spot areas in your story that need improvement, Lorin provides it all with a gentle hand and warm heart.
She offered me encouragement when I felt discouraged, helped pin down questions I needed to address, showed me areas to consolidate and others to build out.
Lorin is a brilliant woman with a rare talent, and those of us fortunate enough to have hired her have left richer for counting her as a friend.”
-- Nancy Laughlin
My training was in smoky, loud newsrooms with anxious editors ready to jerk the paper out of the typewriter. Lorin is the opposite. Nothing takes the place of her one-on-ones. You come away with guidance, confidence, kind words (but to the point), encouragement. A degree program may give you some of those and take an extreme bite out of your pocketbook. She makes my writing soar. And, to boot, she organizes the Breakout Novel Intensives where serious writers and published authors hone craft. If you want to improve, Lorin's expertise and BONI are must-have experiences."
-- Robin Yaklin
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