"Fawkes has worked as my assistant now for several years. I love working with her for a number of reasons: she's self-motivated, insightful, and is willing to tackle any job that I ask of her. More and more, I've had her editing work for me—looking over novels and writing assignments and offering critiques. Very often, the authors that we work with tell me, 'Thank Fawkes for all of her valuable suggestions. I was just simply blown away by her insights and her thoroughness.' And they're right. She is a fine editor. That's why I ask her to look over just about everything that I send out for publication."
Amazon and Audible best-selling author of Awakening
"September C. Fawkes edited my first book in a paranormal romance series. She took the time to understand my unique voice in order to find ways to enhance it, find weaknesses and give examples of strengthening them, and bring the story to a release-ready state. The changes she made were so spot on that I knew she really cared about the story and wanted it to be the best it possibly could be. The book became a best-seller and has garnered a large newsletter/mailing list for my other books."
"Her editing is precise and insightful. She gets to the heart of the story and makes suggestions to tighten and sharpen the prose until it isn't just alive, but thriving. Fawkes encourages you to be the best author you can be."
"I found her comments on my MS thoughtful, detailed, precise, and kind. She is a critiquer after my own heart. I thought she did a very good job. One of the things she mentioned caught my eye particularly—where I gave a description of the MC's emotional reaction expressed physically and she highlighted it as a potential POV break. . . . It was a comment that shows me that she is really paying attention, and has a fine understanding of POV."
"I am so thankful for the editing work that Fawkes did on my first novel, The Feather and the Moon Well. Not only did I receive great edits, but she also offered terrific suggestions to improve my story. Working with Fawkes also taught me ways to improve my writing that I will forever carry with me. I would eagerly recommend her for any writing venture."
"I loved the feedback you gave me. It was really thorough and encouraging, and that's a rare thing."
Former Marine Corps grunt turned aerospace engineer for NASA's Kennedy Space Center and writer
"I enjoyed her edits because they were accurate and succinct. Most importantly to a fragile ego like my own, they were tactful and expressed in a fun and witty voice. It made swallowing them not the chocking hazard of previous forays into voluntary and professional editing alike. Fawkes employs a high command of the literary skills necessary to tell a compelling story and the empathy to guide authors through the turbulent waters of their own creation. . . . She's the best I've ever had edit my work. Really."
"I was very pleased with the work that got done! I still read the critique letter from time to time when I need encouragement and inspiration."
STEPHEN B. ARMSTRONG
Ph.D., Professor of English, Dixie State University
"After serving initially as a fiction editor [on The Southern Quill], she became the publication’s managing editor and oversaw the production of the 2011 edition—arguably the best in the journal’s 50-year history."
Poet and creative nonfiction writer
"As an instructor, and a professional creative writer myself, I immediately recognized talent . . . Fawkes shows a thoughtfulness concerning image and scene that is refreshing and beautiful."
"After five years of struggling with my first memoir, I knew I needed professional help. My writers' group suggested September C. Fawkes's blog. I read–learned, a lot–laughed at her wit, and re-tackled my MS armed with confidence and a superb writing coach in my corner. I remember thinking, She really gets it!"
JAY S. WILLIS
"September C. Fawkes is a fantastic editor. I highly recommend her services."
"Finding September and getting her to work with me on my story was a critical step in my progression in writing! Not only because of her ability to revise, edit, and make suggestions, but what I really came to value is her willingness to teach along the process and share her expertise! So awesome. Her feedback, edits, and notes, complete with links to relevant posts, are a masterclass in writing! She was the right teacher, editor, and guide to help me improve every aspect of my work."
PHILO V CARTER
"Some of the positive feedback you gave me really blew me away, and your suggestions were wonderful. I agree with pretty much all of them. You obviously really thought through my story, and I appreciate it. I hope to hire you again."
"As before, I am extremely pleased with the work. Everything seemed useful, and I'm confident I can polish up the manuscript to completion."
"I've been revising my manuscript and really like your editorial input. And you've articulated issues more specifically than any of my beta-readers."
"I am a young writer and needed some help with one of my projects. I hired September to edit my work and was thrilled with her detailed work on my story. I came away more excited to write and still use her notes as I rework the story. She is thorough, honest and yet encouraging in her style. I will use her again."
"Having September edit my manuscript was like taking an advanced writing class. I highly recommend her."
Tamara L. Bordon
Author & Illustrator
"I have been working on this manuscript off and on for years and couldn't put my finger on what was wrong. She nailed all of it! After I read the edits, I thought 'Yes, that's what it needs!' Editing went so well after the feedback. I appreciated it so much. The manuscript is much richer, and I think it flows better. She did an excellent job!"
"Your suggestions were amazing! I can't express how grateful I am! I know the work you've done will help me greatly. I am positive I have more growing to do, but your edits make a lot of sense, and I am making great progress. I did my best to absorb everything you told me. I attended a virtual writing conference, and was able to pitch to two publishers. They both asked for the entire book!"