Here are some testimonials from clients I’ve worked with and what they’ve had to say regarding my work.
‘Scott Vandervalk has been an editor for Aurealis, Australia’s Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, since 2012. In that time he’s been vital in helping us maintain our rigorous publishing schedule (10 issues each year). He was also crucial in our transition to digital/online publishing, and his expertise and insights meant that Aurealis has been able to reach a wider audience than ever.
The quality of Scott’s editing is extremely high, and he is always punctual, meeting deadlines with alacrity. He liaises equally well with the publishers and with the authors, and manages the unexpected with care and aplomb.
We have no hesitation in recommending Scott as an editor, particularly in the speculative fiction area.’
– Aurealis editors at Aurealis magazine
‘Scott is an intuitive editor, communicative throughout the process and has an eye for perfection. His experience across forms and genres offers him a great balance in his approach to work. After 10 years with an editor who retired, it was hit and miss for me until I found Scott. He understands my voice and helps me bring out the best version of my work.’
‘Scott was absolutely amazing. I started working with him back in 2015 when I was first thinking of self-publishing, and had a huge crazy idea for a steam-flavoured fantasy series. He helped me become a better writer with his guidance and feedback, paving the way for better books, and his advice has since been implemented on much of my work. The manner in which he gives developmental feedback feels far less a criticism than a nice older uncle telling me I can do better. His encouragement that I had a writing voice helped me launch my writing career, but most importantly his ability to temper compliments with constructive criticism was invaluable when I started working with other editors, as I became used to receiving and growing from that criticism. Scott is an invaluable editor of any type and I highly recommend him.’
– E. J. Dawson, author of The Last Prophecy series, Queen of Spades series, One series & Behind the Veil
‘Busybird Publishing has been lucky enough to have Scott on their freelance list for a number of years now. We love his dedication to the written word and his great editing. We highly recommend Scott and his excellent skills in editing. He will be an asset to your publishing project.’ – Blaise van Hecke, Busybird publisher
‘A multi-faceted editor with experience in different fields of writing, Scott knows what makes prose work. He is able to connect with authors, understand their needs, and help them realise their writing’s fullest potential. Whether it’s structure, copy, or something in-between, I can’t recommend Scott enough.’
– Les Zigomanis, editor for Busybird Publishing
‘Since first working with Scott, I’ve always looked to him when I embark on a new project. He is professional, proactive, and flexible. He’s consistently improved each product on which he has worked. I highly recommend working with him, and look forward to doing so in the future.’