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Testimonials & References for RMJ Manuscript Service LLC
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Kevin Alyn Elders
Having worked as a screenwriter for 31 years, I was worn out by countless battles with clueless development execs who wanted to weigh in on how to 'fix' my screenplays, so I was nervous about hiring an 'editor' to help me refine my first novel. It was my experience that those who could actually write, wrote; those who couldn't write, edited. Rogena changed all that. Frankly, I wouldn't publish a thing without her.
She was forceful with her criticisms without being intractable. She was collaborative without being pedantic, and most importantly, she took the time to analyze, understand and respect my unique style without trying to impose her own. She's an ace with punctuation, something we ignore in screenwriting, and she's a wiz at formatting, making the "e" in e-book stand for 'easy.'
I am deeply indebted to her and remain one of her biggest fans.
Honestly, if there's anything in my book you don't like, I'd bet real money that it's an instance where I ignored Rogena's advice. That's how good she is.
Kevin Alyn Elders is an Author, Screenwriter, Producer, and Director. From his early works, including the Iron Eagle action adventure series, through his later works, including Echelon Conspiracy, he has sold 23 out of 26 original screenplays and has written in many genres for notable directors, actors and producers such as Oliver Stone, Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joel Silver, Albert S. Ruddy, and Louis Gossett Jr, His taut, compelling, suspense-filled narratives have found their latest incarnation in his upcoming Screen Novel Series of Paperbacks, Ebooks, and Audiobooks.
WEBSITE: www.kevinalynelders.com — Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and IMDb.
[[RMJ MS edited Room 502, Kevin's first Screen Novel. The feature film version is scheduled to start pre-production Fall 2016]]
Rogena came to me recommended by a fellow author, and from first making contact with her, I found her to be nothing but professional and courteous in our correspondence. She was a wealth of knowledge plus a beacon of light before, during, and after the editing process. After reading my edited manuscript, I found the job she performed made my novel a much smoother one to read, but I was still able to see my own writing voice heavily throughout the book. No question was too silly or too much to ask, and I feel I have already gained much more knowledge for writing and grammar after only my first novel. I look forward to working with her again, and again, and again.
Chris Heinicke is the Bestselling Author of 5PM, A Novel. After reading his debut novel, you will want to continue to watch his writing career. Follow him on Facebook and Amazon.
Rogena Mitchell-Jones goes the distance for her clients. I have been blown away by Rogena's level of professionalism and careful editing skills. She is one editor who has left a lasting impression—a wonderful one—on me. I highly recommend her editing services to anyone who asks.
Scarlett Dawn is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author. Follow Scarlett on Amazon and Facebook to stay up on her hot new releases.
When my second book (but the first book of importance) was stalled with a publisher who was tearing it apart… I felt the world had gone mad, and my baby was going to be spread out for the vultures to tear at the breast, and it’s voice would be buried in the rough sands at the edge of the sea—where the tides ebb and flow.
The universe has rivers, and in those rivers, there are eddies. Most might just paddle on through those eddies; others may paddle past looking for the exciting rapids… But if you are calm, and listen when you are becalmed in one of those eddies—you may just find more than you were looking for—more than you bargained for… you may find that special person, that special someone.
I threw myself into the waters and floated away from the publisher and their so-called grammar police. I floated… watching the calm air of the night sky… and finally, I came to rest against a shore.
On the shore, there was a voice of reason. It was a voice who spoke of telling a story, not about gerunds and gerundives. It spoke of the power of words strung together, not only to convey a concept, but also to tell a story, to draw forth from the reader their untold, unrealized story.
The voice spoke of stories, not of whether a comma goes here or here or there. It was always about the golden relationship existing between a writer and a reader.
What she forgot to mention though, was the equally special bond and relationship that only comes from two friends finding a common ground to pursue a loftier goal. Such is my friend, editor and cheerful nudge—Rogena.
Almost a year later, the book--Stoneheart—would be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Baer Charlton is the Bestselling Author of STONEHEART: A Path of Identity and Redemption. Other works by Baer include the Southside Hooker Series and a standalone, Angel Flights. Connect with Baer on Facebook and on Amazon.
When I came to Rogena, it was on very short notice. Somehow, she managed to fit me into her already very full schedule. She worked with me on payments and even allowed me to add more to my manuscript. She was extremely professional yet had a glowing sense of humor. She made me feel confident, not only about my writing, but about her editing. After looking over the manuscript she had edited for me, I can tell you that I will be coming back to her from here on out. Good editors are hard to come by, and that’s exactly what Rogena is—an excellent editor.
J.L. Beck is an AMAZON Bestselling Author of the Bittersweet Series (Book 1-5) and A Kingpin Love Affair Series. Follow her on Facebook and Amazon.
When I started researching editors for my first book, I was afraid that none of my stories would become published because I couldn’t afford the cost of the quotes I had received. I nearly gave up, until I saw Rogena’s name in one of my favorite author’s books. I thought, ‘one more’, and I messaged her. I was thrilled she was affordable, and her reputable work preceded my expectations. After working with Rogena for three published novels (and soon a fourth), I will NEVER go to another editor. Rogena is easy to work with, she’s down to earth, and she’s extremely helpful. She’s quick to respond to messages, and she’s awesome to reassure authors, even when we aren’t so good with grammar and punctuation. She works with budgets, and she’s honest. Honesty is hard to come by nowadays, but when you add in how professional and friendly she is, it’s a win-win. I love Rogena to pieces and am so thankful to have stumbled upon her name almost a year ago. She saved me from giving up on my dream.
Jen Cousineau is the Bestselling Author of A Deadly Bet, A Secret Gamble, and Licentious, and more. Follow her on Amazon and Facebook. www.JenCousineau.com
I wanted to share my experiences as a writer dealing with Rogena Mitchell-Jones.
Putting together a literary book of fiction is a giant task. An author’s work really begins when the book has been written. Selecting someone to love that property as much as the author does is a difficult endeavor. I was fortunate when I met Ms. Mitchell-Jones.
Her manuscript services are amazing. She is what you call the total package. The freelance editing service includes copy editing, proofreading, critiquing, and formatting.
She catches the small problem areas, fixes them and makes a manuscript shine. In short, she makes the writer look not only good, but the best that writer can be. She brings out the glisten in a work.
Proficient in grammar, and brilliant in the knowledge that authenticates writing, she is one of the top editors in the country for a reason. She is that good! Her encyclopedic mind delves into finding meanings. She sorts all the components it takes to make books come alive with realism.
She takes that extra step to make certain the project maintains its goals and integrity the author intended. She never changes the voice of a work – as an editor, she corrects, enhances, and polishes.
With an enormous respect for her professionalism, I also admire her as a person. She is a woman of integrity, devotion to her profession, and she is a joy to work with. Please feel free to contact me concerning Ms. Mitchell-Jones.
Kieran York is an Award-Winning, Bestselling Author of literary fiction in the Lesbian Fiction genre. She is also a talented poet. Follow her on Facebook and Amazon. Website: http://kieranyork.com
Working with Rogena for my second story, The CW Chronicles: "Sinners" was an absolutely awesome experience. I was lucky to have found her. I was looking for responsibility, and she delivered! Not only is Rogena an educated editor, she is an avid reader and supporter of authors. Her services did not stop with just tearing up my work with her virtual red ink, but also by using her large network of people to help me gain exposure and provide advice on my story development. I appreciate her, because I can tell she does it genuinely and simply because she understands that authors need this type of support, not just because it was part of the 'contract.' Communication with Rogena was a breeze. She is not only an editor but also has become my editor. Thank you for the great work. I hope to write for many more years, and for you to always be there!
Silvano Williams is Bestselling Author, dreamer, and producer of awesome things. He is the author of Spoonfed Addiction and The CW Chronicles: Sinners - Book 1. For more information about Silvano and his upcoming works, follow him on Facebook.
Cindy Ponds Newell
I couldn't believe how helpful Rogena was from the start of my project until it was complete. Her professional expertise really made me feel confident about my novel. She was courteous, helpful, and eager to help the entire way. I honestly don't think I could have ever finished the process without her. The manuscript I submitted to her had already been edited, but she found several mistakes. She was able to show me that she is excellent at what she does. I recommend her to everyone now! The manuscript I sent her was very unpolished, and she did an excellent job in making it perfect where both editing and formatting are concerned. This journey has taught me that you get what you pay for, and even though there are people in this field who may offer lower prices, you get top of the line with Rogena. I would much rather pay a little more and get a top quality, polished novel than something semi-finished or scantly edited. With Rogena, you can't go wrong! Thank you again, Rogena, for making the experience of publishing my novel a smooth and headache-free experience!
Cindy Ponds Newell is the Bestselling Author of Attached, Winter's Rage, and other suspenseful ghost stories. Amazon or on Facebook. Be sure to "like" both pages if you like a good ghost story!
I am a fervent believer in the importance of editing, but I am even more passionate about the importance of getting the right editor for the job. My thanks goes to Rogena Mitchell-Jones for her help and expertise. I am very pleased with the way she cleaned up the document. I was highly satisfied with her work, and approved 99% of her changes as we went along with the process. Her work, I might add, was precise and to the point, and more importantly, on time and within budget. I am delighted to say that I will be working with Rogena throughout the Roads of Luhonono project, and beyond.
Hamilton Hill is the Bestselling Author of The Roads of Luhonono: The adventures of an Australian boy & an American Girl in Africa. www.theroadsofluhonono.com
When I met Rogena Mitchell-Jones in September of 2013, my first book, The Stones of Andarus, had been out for almost a year. It had gotten positive reviews, but a couple of reviews pointed out the need for some additional editing. When I met Rogena, Book 2, Predator & Prey was nearly complete so I needed two books professionally edited. Rogena didn't even blink and took on both books. As work began on Book 1, we clicked and quickly found that we work very well together. Authors can be very sensitive when it comes to their "babies." Criticism of those babies can send an author into a fetal position for days. Rogena has learned how to gently, yet firmly point out things that need to be fixed, tweaked or polished without making me want to find a dark corner to brood in for a month. Rogena understands that her role as editor is part mother, part partner, part nursemaid and, ultimately someone you can trust with your most precious creation. As I told her one day, “I am presenting Daimion (the main character in my series) to the world. You are combing his hair.” She works hard for her authors, going above and beyond what is required. She pours herself into a manuscript and works on it like it was her manuscript... not someone else’s. From editing to formatting and more, Rogena takes care of her authors. I am so fortunate to have found Rogena and if you are looking for a PROFESSIONAL, hardworking and dedicated editor who will treat your baby like it was her own, then look no further than Rogena Mitchell-Jones Manuscript Service!
Bestselling Author Tom Sechrist is the author of The Stones of Andarus and Predator & Prey (The Devenshire Chronicles Books 1-2) www.tomsechrist.com
I used Rogena as an editor for my debut novel and had a wonderful experience. She did an amazing line by line edit and helped me clean up my manuscript very nicely. She was also very good about staying in contact and keeping me updated on where she was in the editing process. Not only did she do a great job, but she was very kind and easy to work with. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone needing an editor and would love to work with her again on any of my future manuscripts.
Lisa Fisher is the author of the novel Higher and Home Again. Lisa lives in the Seattle area, and when she's not writing fiction, she can usually be found hanging with her kids and her herd of doggies! www.lisafisherbooks.com
I used Rogena as a beta/proofreader for a previously published book that I revised for the purpose of self-publishing. She pointed out typos and spelling errors I had missed and advised whenever something just didn’t make sense, all in a timely fashion. With her help, I was able to upload a polished and error-free book. I will definitely use her as my go-to beta reader for all future books. I was very comfortable recommending her to some of my author friends, and will not hesitate to recommend her to others.
Nancy Morse is an Award-Winning Bestselling Author of historical and contemporary romance novels. She has been writing for over 25 years. www.nancymorse.com
I hired Rogena to format my second non-fiction book. It was very complicated with many headings, subheadings, and lists. She did a wonderful job and was very responsive to changes. I could tell that Rogena really cared about my book and wanted it to be the best it could be. She was very easy to work with and got back to me right away. Rogena went the extra mile for me, and I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
Kim Fredrickson is the author of Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend and Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. www.kimfredrickson.com
When I began the search to find the perfect editor for my debut novel, I was overwhelmed. Faced with more than ten qualified candidates, I followed my gut and went with the one that not only exhibited exceptional talent in the art of editing but the one who made me feel warm and welcome. As a debut author, I was in over my head, and Rogena rescued me from the murky waters. A great editor can perfect and polish a manuscript. An exceptional one can do all that and then some. An exceptional editor is one who understands authorial voice is as important as the grammatically correct construction of words. An exceptional editor is one who takes great pride in her work and her clients. An exceptional editor is Rogena Mitchell-Jones.
K.B. Nelson is the Bestselling Author of Carnival, Amusement, Carnival Nights, Faithless, and more. Follow K.B. on Facebook and Amazon.
Rogena quite possibly saved my writing career before it could even begin. She was my shooting star, my wish upon a candle—my editing savior. I had the pleasure of working with her on my second novel as well as the re-editing of my debut novel, Fear Me. She was insightful, exacting and most importantly, she never treated me as if I were just a client. If I needed to whine or lay my insecurities on the table, she was the ear I relied on. If I had a last minute change or a manuscript crisis, she was readily available. If I simply wanted to share exciting news, she was my cheerleader. Her responsiveness is comforting. Her punctuality is impressive. Rogena’s impeccable skills have allowed me to publish error-free novels. I can’t see how I could ever turn to another editing service.
B.B. Reid is the Bestselling Author of the Broken Love Series—Fear Me, Fear You, Fear Us, and Breaking Love are the first four books of the series. Follow her on Facebook and Amazon.
My experience with editors is very limited. I've only had one, so that should tell you something about Rogena Mitchell-Jones. I don't plan on getting another one. She is a brilliant copy editor; reliable, efficient, and the most obliging person you would ever meet. She is on the author's side from beginning to end and will even make out a payment plan if that will make it easier for you. Great lady to boot.
Pat Adams-Wright is the Bestselling Author of RUN and Reluctance. Follow her on Facebook and Amazon.
Working with Rogena was a wonderful and stress-free experience. She was always available for questions and kept me up on the progress of editing and formatting two of my books. Professional, courteous, and timely. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
M.L. Gardner is the Bestselling Author of the 1929 Series. Follow M.L. on Amazon and Facebook.
After working with several other editors, I was happy to find Rogena to help me re-polish my combined novellas. She was extremely knowledgeable, attentive to detail, and always willing to answer my questions. Rogena caught things even my beta readers and previous editors failed to detect. She helped me fix inconsistencies in my story and offered suggestions to help tighten areas needing more attention. Overall, I could not be happier with the finished product. For most authors, trying to find the perfect editor is always a challenge, but I’m glad I found Rogena to help me with my work. I look forward to using her services again, and I highly recommend other authors to do the same. She’s worth every penny.
Vanessa Booke, USA TODAY and AMAZON Bestselling Author of the Millionaire's Row series, Bound to You (Volumes 1-3) and Drawn to You. Follow her on Amazon and Facebook.
I hired Rogena to edit my debut novel, and once she was finished, I was completely blown away at how well she did to perfect my manuscript. She was professional, precise, was attentive to detail, and kept excellent communication with me while she worked on my manuscript. I’ve hired her to do all my future work as well. I was very pleased with the outcome of the entire experience!
Brooke Cumberland is a USA TODAY and AMAZON Bestselling Author in Coming of Age and New Adult Romance. www.brookecumberland.blogspot.com
As a first-time self-published creative nonfiction author, I consider myself fortunate to have obtained Rogena for my copy-editing and formatting needs. I handed her a lengthy and complex manuscript in-the-raw, and she skillfully combed and polished my content into a refined and print-ready piece. What I appreciated most about working with Rogena was her accessibility and congeniality. She responded to my questions quickly and thoroughly with a delightful balance of professionalism, friendliness, and humor. As I dealt with a number of other rookie stresses, my affiliation with Rogena was worry-free, knowing my story was in good hands.
Jordan Cosmo is the author of Mind Your Head: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Suicidal Queer Christian Missionary Kid. She and her wife also create beautiful music together. Follow her on Amazon and Facebook. Website: www.jordancosmo.com
Rogena saved my debut novel! I had gone to another editor and received my manuscript back worse off than when I sent it. At the last minute, Rogena took me on and saved my debut! She works fast, and she is thorough. I was so happy with her work on my first novel that I am using her again for my current manuscript. She is a true professional and has been nothing but patient in answering all my questions along the way. I don’t think I’ll ever trust anyone else with my work!
Katrina Alba is the Bestselling Author of Seasons and others to be released soon. Follow her on Amazon or Facebook to keep up with her writing.
I've worked with several editors so far in my career. However, working with Rogena was the first time I had tried my hand at self-publishing. Not only was her work phenomenal, but Rogena took the time to calm my nerves, understand my work, and also help me feel pride for a manuscript I had begun to doubt. Since releasing 'Always Been You,' I have hit multiple bestseller lists, and I believe it is in large part to Rogena's editing skills. I appreciate her ability to notice things I had missed and to be able to help me retain my voice even as she fixed my mistakes. Rogena understands personal needs, budgets, and timing. She goes above and beyond in working with you to deliver an end result to be proud of publishing. I have and will continue to recommend her to anyone looking for an editor or formatter—whether they are newbies or old hands in the business.
Jess Buffett is a Bestselling Author of romance, M/M, F/M, F/F, and she loves happily ever afters. Follow her on Amazon and Facebook.
When I was looking for an editor, I was discouraged by many, mainly due to high cost. When I was referred to Rogena by another of her clients, I was pleasantly surprised! She gave me an unbelievable and affordable quote, and even gave me a package rate for two manuscripts at once! I could not believe how lucky I was, and I felt I had struck gold with this woman! Not only is Rogena a lovely lady to work with, so very patient, but she does amazing and professional work. I am so over the moon with the finished result. I am recommending her to everyone know!
L.L. Hunter is the Bestselling Author of The Legend of the Archangel series, The Eden Chronicles, and Treacherous. lhunter.blogspot.com.au
As a first time author, the task of finding an editor is nothing short of daunting. Finding one who treats your story as their own, while improving upon your efforts, all without taking away your personality from the text, is even more difficult. Rogena did just that and so much more. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. She puts so much heart and effort into her work and always takes the time to communicate and answer any questions. Rogena is affordable, professional, passionate, and I’ll be using her for any future projects.
L.A. Bressett is the New Indie Bestselling Author of the Vengeful Honor Series, Wild Chase, Book 1. Find her on Goodreads Here.
I've been writing all of my life, and have always written directly from the heart, but while I love to write, I was very nervous about hiring an editor. Having Rogena Mitchell-Jones edit my debut novel, Leaving Eva, which I had previously released, alleviated all of my trepidation of handing my work over to someone else to edit. She did such a wonderful job polishing my work without compromising its essence. She is passionate, enthusiastic, and professional. Rogena is unbelievably supportive and empathetic of Authors and deadlines, which she displays with her excellent level of communication and follow up. She has exceeded my expectations in every way, and I am so glad that I found her! She is currently working on my second novel, Losing Eva, the sequel to my debut novel, and I will continue to use her for my future work, as well.
Jennifer Sivec, Bestselling Author, can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or follow her Blog on WordPress. Leaving Eva is available on Amazon!
Rogena is amazing at what she does. For nearly two years, Rogena has been by my side making my work shine. She is meticulous in her edits and even makes an author feel good with little remarks with things she loves. I won't ever look for another editor as long as Rogena Mitchell-Jones is still in business.
Bestselling Author Adrianne James writes YA/Paranormal, NA, Romance, and more. She is the author of The Mackenzie Duncan Series, Life on Loan, Overexposed, and others. Follow her on Facebook and Amazon.
Danielle Tara Evans
I used to believe I wouldn't be able to find a good editor at an affordable price. That was before I discovered Rogena Mitchell-Jones Manuscript Service. Thanks to Rogena's service, I feel much more confident about publishing my second novel, (and soon my third, which is currently being edited by both Rogena and her friend, Anne Cleary.) They are both a pleasure to work with. It is easy to see that Rogena cares and wants to help authors pursue their dreams. She is passionate about what she does, and it shows. I will definitely recommend Rogena Mitchell-Jones Manuscript Service to other authors.
Danielle Tara Evans, Bestselling Author of The Cleansing and The Revolt.
Rose J Bell
I used Rogena as a copy editor for my first novel that I wanted to self-publish. I'm very pleased with her work. She helped me to clean up the book and I liked her changes in the manuscript. I'm looking forward to working with Rogena again and would recommend her to other self-published authors.
Rose J. Bell is a pen name for an 18-year-old author living in a small town in Germany. She writes young adult urban and epic fantasy. She is the author of The Hunters and Hell's Pirates. http://rosejbell.blogspot.de/
Rebecca D Myers
I was so fortunate to have Rogena proofread my manuscript. She takes her editing seriously. Rogena is professional all the way and her communication skills are excellent. I will definitely recommend her to anyone. If you want perfection, you’re headed in the right direction when you hire her.
Rebecca Myers is the author of My Journey To Heaven and Back, which was her debut novel, published in 2012. Her second book, Remember Not a Word, is available on Amazon.
Every now and then in life you come in contact with a distant person, someone you may never meet face to face, give them a friendly peck on the cheek or shake their hand in a normal handshake. However, a connection develops that reaches beyond those mentioned above and that has happened in my case. I recently had a book edited by Rogena Mitchell. Not only was the work professionally done, but her skills gave additional life to the story. All of it was completed in a more than a reasonable period of time. The most engaging were the personal phone calls regarding the story and what I was trying to convey. She was both teacher and guide without an overbearing attitude. I thought this experience was important to pass on to other writers.
Frank Stefanick is the Bestselling Author of Shadow of the Lonely, When Justice Fails, and Justice is Vengeance. His books can be found on Amazon.
(Deceased 2015 — RIP, my friend.)