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Testimonials
 

 

 
 
Maya’s greatest strength as a writer and editor (and former agent) is her honesty. This comes through in her prose and in her editing. Her judgment is solid and her writer’s voice is strong, compelling, and clear. I have worked with Maya in both an agent-client and fellow writer capacity, and I was unequivocally impressed with her skills in both arenas – a rare combination.

As an editor and agent Maya is a pro who cares deeply about the work, whether it be a finished proposal, a manuscript, or a half-baked book idea. She’s adept at refining writing, tightening and strengthening concepts, and catching inconsistencies that have escaped the author’s attention.”
— Heather Wagner, author of Happiness on $10 a Day (HarperCollins 2009) and Friend or Faux (Quirk 2008)
 
 

 
 
Maya Rock understands writing and writers. She not only taught me how to create and present a proposal for my nonfiction book My Diva but also offered the most sensitive and intelligent notes while editing my novel. Her questions about my characters helped me to see who they are and then develop them. That’s the most useful kind of editing–responding to the work in a way that shows the writer the writing, instead of telling the writer how to write
— Michael Montlack, editor of My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press 2009)
 
 

 
 
Maya Rock is a wonderful editor. Her patience, dedication, and attention to detail are valued skills rarely found in the industry today. Rock has the ability to see the potential in an imperfect project, and the guts and drive to take it on. I would trust Rock with another manuscript of mine any day.
— Alison Weaver, Gone to the Crazies (HarperCollins 2009)
 
 

 
 
Thank you, Maya Rock, for your incredibly detailed critique. Your comments resonated and made clear the flaws that I had overlooked. I had several ‘a-ha’ moments while reading your feedback. I also appreciate your affable, yet professional approach. I highly recommend your services
— Allison Morgan, The Someday Jar (Berkley 2015)
 
 

 
 
I’m one of those writers that throws everything but the kitchen sink into a manuscript at first, and then through the revision process, I see what rises up to the top. Maya Rock of Fresh Ink Book Editing deeply understands my instincts and inclinations as a writer, which is a rare find. She digs into my manuscripts, hunts for meaning, and can wade through my mess to root out the essential question that I’m scratching at. Then, with an expert blend of honesty, logic, and care, she helps me isolate things to deepen, helps me identify elements to put aside for later, and directs me on the best ways to proceed through the story I am trying to tell.
— Dhonielle Clayton, THE BELLES (Hyperion 2017)
 
 

 
 
Maya’s keen editorial eye made my novel shine. As a debut author, I had no idea what to expect from her editorial letter, and was afraid to open it! But I’m so glad I did. Her edit letter was organized by issue, with spot-on suggestions on how to make the revisions, and it had just enough positives to make it easy to take the negatives. Instead of making me dread revisions, she made me excited to do them. Her line edits came next, and she made me examine every sentence, every word. She sprinkled in positive comments here and there that kept me smiling through all that hard work. When I was done, my manuscript had improved a thousandfold. Maya helped me become a better writer. I’m currently working on my next book, and as I write each scene, I ask myself, “What would Maya say about this?” I was very blessed to be able to work with Maya, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an editor.”
— Clara Kensie, RUN TO YOU (Harlequin 2015)