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What recent clients are saying:

“Once you work with Steven Bauer you can’t ever imagine working without him. He delivers hard truth in such a graceful, encouraging way you look forward to jumping into the rewrite. The result is not only a better manuscript, but you actually become a better writer.”
Brian Wells, author of THE LEAGUE AND THE LANTERN

“Working with Steven was one of the best decisions I made to help kick off my writing career. His edits to my manuscript for my novel,
FEAST OF SORROW, helped me to finally land an agent which led to a publishing deal. And a delightful bonus was that the edits with my publisher for that novel were mostly minimal; Steven's good work put me ten steps ahead in the process."
Crystal King

"I don't know where I'd be without the guidance and skillful editing of Steven Bauer. He has taught me so much about point of view and character development. He's truly responsible for helping me craft my first novel,
THE INTERSECT into an award-winning book. And he has done wonders with my second novel, AFTER THE FALL. He delivers the work on-time and with the precision of a gifted craftsman. He's kind and respectful and I am so lucky to have him as my editor." 
~ Brad Graber

Steven Bauer is a terrific, gifted editor and guide. He reads a manuscript carefully and has the rare ability to make suggestions without being prescriptive. He understands a writer’s vision and follows that vision. His comments are always insightful and have deepened my understanding of a project. He has a poet’s eye and ear for language, too. It’s a pleasure to work with him, and he's very generous with his time, open to discussion, questions, and follow-up.”

“I may have worked and reworked my manuscript for years, all the while receiving valuable feedback from critique partners and writing teachers and agents, but nothing has come close to the depth and breadth of the insight I received from this editor. And now that I am going through the line edits, I see unfolding before me pure wizardry.” Read the entire blog post, “Why a Good Freelance Editor is Worth Splurging On”
Anjali Mitter Duva, author of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN

“When I sent my manuscripts to Steven, I thought they were perfect, ready for publishing. I shed my rose-colored glasses when his edited copy came back with many suggestions. His insight and good judgment upgraded and refined my work. His comments are always respectful and encouraging.”
Bonnie Stanard, author of WHAT MISSING MEANS

“A terrific, hard-working and thorough editor, and his suggestions and insights have been invaluable.   Plus, it has simply been fun to work with him.”
Dallas Hudgens, author of DRIVE LIKE HELL, SEASON OF GENE, and WAKE UP, WE’RE HERE

“Working with Steven Bauer on my manuscript was a delightful and challenging exercise in synergy, where we put our heads together and created something I couldn't have achieved on my own. His sensitivity to language, nuance and theme helped us hone the text and bring it to a finer level of polish and expression. I am so pleased with the results, and am grateful to Steven for partnering with me in this creative process.”
Abbie Rosner, author of BREAKING BREAD IN GALILEE

"I have over one hundred books on writing on my bookshelf behind me and yet I feel like I have learned more from you in your correspondence than in all of them combined."
Alex O'Neal

"Steven's focus and expertise have been invaluable in helping me revise a manuscript that started out as a very simple story and is now, thanks to him, ever closer to where I need it to be. Many times I would have given up on my novel, but he was always able not only to find the significance in what I was trying to say, but also to show me how and where to deepen the content. (I think Steven knew where my story was supposed to go even before I did.) But he doesn't put you there; he gives you the tools and professional criticism to make you learn along the way, which, to me, was far more valuable than completing the manuscript, since it has helped me in other endeavors as well. I would recommend Steven’s services to any aspiring writer without hesitation."
--Mike Siebenaler

Your report makes me feel like I'm in a master class at a prestigious school or renowned literary workshop."
--Michael Myers

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