What Others Have Said
We have been working with clients for over ten years. Here is what they have said:
"I’ve been working with Tim Smolko for over a year now. He first came to my attention after reading and reviewing his excellent book, Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play: Inside Two Long Songs (Profiles in Popular Music). I’m now writing a book on theatrical rock of the 1970’s and I've contracted with Tim to provide copy-editing services regarding content, and proofreading to improve grammar and phrasing. As to content, Tim’s extensive knowledge of musical history, including classical and rock forms has proved invaluable as he is able to suggest and craft text that is improving the book at every turn. He has my highest recommendation for these types of services."
"I have worked through lots of documents and my CV with Joanna. Joanna is well organized and detail oriented as an editor. She helped me to fix grammatical errors and unclear sentences, and provided suggestions on how to improve the paper and make it an easy read. Whenever I wanted to follow up on her comments via e-mail, she answered very quickly with valuable suggestions. I am always satisfied with her excellent proofreading."--N.S.
"Copyediting is a matter of trust. It is no small matter to hand your intellectual property to another person, but everyone’s work can benefit from outside feedback before it goes to the publisher, and no one is more trustworthy in their ethics and criticism than Joanna and Tim Smolko. You can be assured that they will give your work a careful and critical read, and will invest themselves in your project. The Smolkos are the kindest intellectuals with whom you will have the good fortune to meet, and I believe it is this valuable quality that will set them apart from other editors in the field." --L.O.
"There were many people that helped me in the last months of finishing my master's degree, but perhaps the single most crucial was Joanna Smolko. I came to Joanna in the final stages of editing my thesis, probably with a wild look in my eye. Like many students, being so close to my research had impeded my ability to see problem areas objectively. During my meetings with Joanna, she graciously helped me take my paper from one with good content and ideas with shaky structure to a paper with clear and concise writing built around a solid foundation. Not only did she provide superb editing in syntax, grammar, and content, but she helped to make the main tenets of my argument stronger, all with encouragement and careful explanation. I'm definitely a better writer because of Joanna."--K.C.
"Having Tim and Joanna Smolko do the final review edit and proofreading for my late husband Kenny's 300+ page coffee table essays book was a great decision I made in publishing this book --they were expert and timely; that allowed us to get it quicker to the book designer. Only some readers adore looking at an index, and I love the one Tim and Joanna Smolko did for my indie publication of America, Wild Turkeys & Mongrel Dogs, by my late husband Kenny Morgan." --Sally Stuart Morgan, Publisher, Morgan's Americana / Morgan's Turkey Callers, LLC
"If you are looking for someone who is thorough, yet quick. Follows your instructions well, but also exercises good judgment. Is discerning, knowledgable, and affable, well you have found not one, but two such editors/proofers.
Tim and Joanna teamed up to proof and edit a 300+ page coffee table book, and also created an excellent and intuitive index. They have an eye for detail, and caught some glitches I had not even considered. All this and a great sense of humor. What more could you ask for?
Highly recommend them."--Leslie Geiser
Editor, America Wild Turkeys and Mongrel Dogs (2014, Morgan's Americana)
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