Here are some testimonials from clients I’ve worked with and what they’ve had to say regarding my work.
‘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.’
‘Finding someone to copyedit my novel Entropy was a daunting prospect. As a debut author and novice in the publishing arena, I didn’t have a clue how to find my perfect editor. After sending out a number of enquiries requesting a sample edit, I was impressed by Scott’s considered response. I then asked him for a manuscript assessment, which was comprehensive and demonstrated that he was invested in my story. I’d found my perfect editor.
Working with Scott has been an absolute pleasure. He is knowledgeable, attentive, and courteous with his feedback, which is important to a new writer. He provided advice rather than ultimatums, which helped keep the story true to what I wanted. Scott is a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).
Scott is an important contributor to Entropy, and I would not hesitate to ask for his editing assistance on my next project.
– Michael McGinty, author
‘Scott’s feedback has been invaluable in the development and refining of my manuscripts. He has this amazing ability to grasp the big picture while figuring out which delicate pieces need shifting or adjusting. His insight and suggestions have made my graphic novels stronger, clearer, and better that I could even imagine. I highly recommend Scott’s services at any stage of the writing process.’
– Renee Treml, writer and illustrator
‘Scott Vandervalk has been an editor for Aurealis, Australia’s Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, since 2011. 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 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. 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.’