Testimonials

Testimonials

“You hope your editor will seem as excited as you are about your work and will inspire you to make it better and then better again, but you also hope your editor will bring a combination of experience, knowledge, creativity, insight, kindness, encouragement, flexible thinking, rigour, professionalism, fun, and the ability to see issues and solutions on both the large and small scale. All those hopes were realized when Amanda Lewis worked with me on my novel, my twentieth published book. My novel and I couldn’t have had a better experience.”

―Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates (finalist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize)

“Exceptional editors are rare, and that is why I am grateful to have found Amanda Lewis. She is both a gifted editor and a pleasure to work with. Amanda’s thoughtful, detail-oriented and professional style vastly improved my book. I offer the strongest possible endorsement without hesitation.”

—Micah White, author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution

“Thanks for the consistently strong work you put in regarding Adult Onset—your gifts and ethics are a boon to everyone who has worked with you.”

―Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset

“Amanda Lewis is an astute and insightful editor and publishing professional. She is also deeply engaged in the arts, the environment, and other issues and causes that contribute to making our communities thrive. Not least, she is a delight to work with.”

―Anne Giardini, author, director, and Chancellor of Simon Fraser University

“Amanda is generous, meticulous, deeply incisive, and an extraordinary champion for writers and their work.”

―Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors (winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize)

“I haven’t had anything edited since my high school days and there was an initial shock when I received my work back from Amanda with all that red! But after going through the pages and through the corrections it was clear to see just how much care goes into her work. She edits with love and compassion. And somehow steers the ship toward more precision and clarity without taking away the tone and feel of the piece. I’m so happy she helped me with my e-book and will definitely be coming to her for future projects. And she’s the coolest! Amanda, I’m thankful to know you.”

―Shawna Turner, yoga teacher

“I have been very fortunate to benefit from Amanda Lewis’s sharp editorial eye, as well as her political wisdom. Over the years I have been deeply impressed with her fierce dedication to quality publishing, and by the positive attitude she brings to her projects. It is a joy to work with Amanda, and I can’t recommend her highly enough.”

—Naomi Klein

“Amanda Lewis has been one of the first readers of my work for years. First drafts are a crucial, vulnerable time for any writer, and Amanda’s close reading, insightful comments and palpable excitement about story and craft, are both clarifying and motivating. She’s a true pleasure to work with.”

—John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and The Jaguar’s Children

“I asked Amanda for assistance in preparing a slide deck for a job interview presentation. My first draft was full of information, which is how information is usually presented in my organization.  Amanda skillfully challenged me to present myself rather than a succession of dry facts. She reminded me that the job requirements did not specify being boring, which made me smile and loosen up.  Amanda drew out the main themes that I wanted to convey, and my feelings about the interview shifted from resistance to enthusiasm. In addition, she fixed up all of the typos and fonts to ensure that the presentation was 100% professional.  As a result, I aced the interview. Amanda is an absolute pleasure to work with and helped me to present a professional and engaging version of myself.”

—Laura McConkey, labour relations specialist

“Working with Amanda is both a pleasure and a challenge because she asks all the right questions to ensure you dig deep and produce your strongest work. I couldn’t have asked for a better editor. She is creative, thorough, and thought-provoking.”

―Tzeporah Berman, author of This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

“I had the good luck to work with my first novel, All True Not a Lie In It, with Amanda. Without her, the manuscript wouldn’t have been picked up, polished, and reshaped into its final form. She’s the reader you dream of—inspiring, encouraging, clear-minded, and eagle-eyed.”

―Alix Hawley, author of All True Not a Lie in It