The job of an editor in a publishing house is the dullest, hardest, most exciting, exasperating, and rewarding of perhaps any job in the world.—John Hall Wheelock

I can live for two months on a good compliment.—Mark Twain

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Testimonials for Joanne’s Work as a Freelance Editor

Joanne Asala has worked in publishing for over twenty years and as an independent book and manuscript editor since 2000. These are some testimonials of her editing and design work.

Some Glad Morning

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to [The Demise of Luleta Jones]. I truly appreciate your excellent proofreading.—Mark Allen Boone, editor and publisher, Blacksmith Books LLC

I proofread two titles for Blacksmith Books: The Demise of Luleta Jones by Mark Allen Boone and Some Glad Morning by Irene Steele. Blacksmith Books is a small independent publisher specializing in quality fiction and nonfiction for the discerning African-American reader.


You were more than a big help. I’m going to recommend you to everyone under the sun. You’ve always got a friend in Jersey.—Quashon Davis, Q-Man Books

I created an interior layout for the book Masquerade, a story of two brothers who fall in love with the same woman.

I have known Joanne for over 10 years and consider her to be one of the finest professionals in the area of writing, editing, graphics, and photo design. She is very easy to work with. You will not be disappointed.—Bart McGuinn, Vice President Human Resources, Distribution Plus, Inc.

I designed and continue to edit a corporate newsletter for DPI.

Charming Alarming Disarming

You really did a good job with the typesetting, and the book is beautiful.—Ann Lee, Juputer2Books

I created an interior layout for the book Charming, Alarming, Disarming, a thrilling novel of suspense.

TravelFit Paris

Thanks, Joanne! Couldn’t have done it without you! I...look forward to working with you again.—Patricia John, TravelFit Guides™, Inc.

I did the interior layout for Patricia’s travel book.

Uptown: Portrait of a Palace

I can’t thank you enough for heading up this project. It’s been so great for the theatre, not to mention for Mike and me!—John Pappas, filmmaker

I got the DVDs in the mail today, and they look fabulous. Thank you again so much for all of the work you put into making them happen.—Michael Bisberg, filmmaker

Uptown: Portrait of a Palace by filmmakers John Pappas and Michael Bisberg premiered at the Portage Theatre in Chicago in early 2006 and was shown on Chicago Public Television later in the year. I created the disc and case art for the DVD release.

Thanks again for all the hard work on this project. It was a challenge to keep track of all the different versions, and we appreciate your dedication to help us get it done!—Janet Conley, Kantola Productions, California

I did the layouts for six different workbooks for one of Kantola’s series on sexual harassment.

Mona Lisa’s Seduction

Thanks for all your hard work!—Kim Rogers, b’Evolutionary Books

I did the layout for Kim’s book Mona Lisa’s Seduction.

Bang Oblivion

Thanks for everything. It’s still scary to pull the trigger and send it off, but I feel more comfortable now.—Michael Ehrenreich, South Orange, New Jersey

I proofread two of Michael’s books, Amaranth and Bang Oblivion.

Thank you for the great editing job of Illusion. Your attention to detail was impressive.—Camélia Rose, New Hope, Pennsylvania

First, thank you for the positive feedback on my manuscript! I REALLY appreciated that! I lucked up in that you’re my target audience, so your feedback means a tremendous amount to me. Second, I reviewed your edits and they are very thorough and comprehensive. I appreciate your attention to detail.—JJ Smith, Washington, DC

Thanks for the wonderful job and all the extra effort and guidance (and copy) that you did and put into this project. I do appreciate it. When I get to the point where I need an editor on my other projects, I’ll be sure to check and see if you are available.—Harry Bryer, Ohio

You have done a great job with the light editing and proofreading. Thanks a lot. Next year I hope to publish a men’s edition, and I hope I can get back to you with this assignment also. I will be happy to recommend your services.—H. Vejelgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

Thank you for the great feedback; I look forward to working through your edits.—K.R.G., Tbilisi, Georgia

This is wonderful! Thank you so much for all of your work! You give great suggestions and I am truly grateful for your service.—N.M., Naperville, Illinois

Thanks again. Your comments really made all the difference.—E.A., New York, New York

Thanks for all of your hard work. You made a lot of catches that I completely overlooked...Anyhow, I just wanted to thank you for everything. The book’s much more readable as a result of your edits. By the way, I really got a kick out of your comments. After putting almost two years into the damn book it was very cool to get someone else’s reactions to it.—D.F., Chicago, Illinois

I am very pleased with what you have done...the back cover [copy] is truly what represents the message, me, and the whole picture!—T.M., Millbrook, New York

I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your fast turnaround and your attention to detail.—J.L.R., Raleigh, North Carolina

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