David’s initial edit of the first chapter of HELP! NOW! shifted the tempo of my writing style, making it quicker, more upbeat and energetic. In time, my own writing began to flow in that voice: simple and to the point. Without his perceptive and precise editing, I would not have transformed into a writer, and my attractive and accessible book would not exist. David remained undaunted and enthusiastic right to the end, no matter how long my internal process interfered . He was a trooper, a coach, a very human and humorous companion, with as much allegiance to my book as to me.
David comments: This project required my knowledge of both contemporary and pre-Academy French and willingness to give up a lot of sleep to meet the deadline. Robin’s extensive archival research and interpretation were impressive – but she needed an editor who could piece the content into logical order and crispen the writing as well as keep her from falling apart under deadline pressure. Her Dissertation Committee encouraged her to turn it into a commercial book, one likely to be used in Women’s and Gender Studies classes. Meanwhile an academic version is in contracted with University of Georgia Press – and we’re delighted to be working together again.
Robin’s compliment: You make me so much smarter than I am!! As for the exclamation points, you can use as many as you want. One doesn’t do it justice. You are a gift from the ancestors.
David has a gift for quickly grasping the essence of a piece, then skillfully coaching the writer to express it fully. His clear and direct approach to editing brought out nuances and veins of gold in my writing that would have otherwise lain dormant and unexpressed. David’s compassionate and genuine approach has helped my writing reach its highest potential so far.
Ron has worked with me on a dramatic and passionate coming of age memoir.
I’ve worked with fine content editors, copy editors and various coaches. It is an exquisite joy to have all these skills together. Whatever was needed to move my projects forward, David could help.
David is able to feel into others, and into their words, and into the present moment.
David has conducted several events at our private Library: Five 25-minute face-to-face writing consultations in front of an audience; a talk with Q&A about working with an editor; and lectures on “Planning Your Novel,” “Outline for Efficient Writing,” and “Using Beta Readers.” The events were great successes because of David’s caring demeanor, razor sharp editorial mind, and quick wit. He will be invited back!
When I read your edits I wanted to call you and shout, Yes! Mush! Mush!
Working with you was very helpful. You were like a good therapist: kind, thoughtful, attentive yet direct.
Having completed several revisions of my first novel, I knew it wasn’t finished but I lacked direction. Working with David proved to be both pleasurable and fruitful. His suggestions were also indispensable in helping me streamline several large sections. Thanks to my experience with David, I quickly found the energy and direction I needed to write a new beginning and bring the whole novel up to a new level.
You really are a master of the short but provocative sentence!
I am thoroughly impressed and in awe of your “hard-nosed” editing. your work is sheer brilliance!
After recording and listening to the Because chapter a few times, I added in a couple more of the changes you suggested that I had omitted before. Imagine, David, you really do have an ear for what works! I’m glad you have plenty of work. Every writer you assist and every manuscript you touch make for one more beautiful thing in this world.
I love the way you present concepts and ideas — practical and accessible.
I want to thank you for your humor, insight, and help…. Thank you so much for being wonderful in a stressful situation!
I wish my husband could know what I mean, like you do, instead of just hearing what I’m saying. You and I make a good team.
I love what has become of my stories. There’s a tenderness of heart with you, also a laser beam clarity.
Your rewrite caught the spirit of the original and has turned it into an exciting adventure
From Acknowledgements: David Colin Carr, dream editor: for managing to wrest every ounce of Indian-ness from me, for making the narrative richer and deeper, and for wringing the best performance out of me.
I could not put the novel down! (Truly, this is so, despite my having read the previous draft and knowing what events would unfold.) I am just incredibly impressed with this edited version, with the fleshed out characters and the fleshed out descriptions and the sense of being shown a peek behind the curtain into the lives of these four Indian-Americans. I enjoyed so much, too, all the “Indian-ness,” as you put it at the end, that your editor wrested from you. The book is stuffed full of it and, I feel, makes it such a rich and enjoyable read. I am completely bereft that there are no more pages to turn. I long to know how these four friends do in the next ten years of their lives.
Your input was pivotal in helping me cut and shape the final version.
Talking with you is like having an olive. The more you eat the better they taste.
In letter to his publisher, Volcano Press: David is a patient and highly competent man. I value his expertise and his demeanor. His efforts have improved my manuscript.
You’ve made me a better writer and I can’t thank you enough for all the amazing help with the manuscript!
After a marathon online outlining session: words cannot express how much i love you right now. and i can’t because i’m exhausted. but trust me, i’ll spend the rest of my life trying to tell you.
I like the economy and directness your suggestions create. I find your sensibilities about sensitive subjects refreshingly honest. I’ve taught my dog to bow at my feet for a treat…replace dog with me, treat with you. You deserve all the accolades you can garner.
The feedback on the writing and website was very helpful, but what your words did for my heart was much bigger. Clearly, you are a “writing therapist,” and not just an editor.
My husband keeps calling you my private workshop. He thought your services were a great deal. Thank you for helping me bring it up a few levels. Now on to climbing the next one.
I love the work we are doing together. There is no feel of separation, as in this is MY work and you are MY editor. The work was done in the past. The transmission of it in written form is a co-creation that continues to evolve.
You not only rendered a clean manuscript but also really understood this subject and its importance for our time. Your nurturance of this project’s unfolding has far exceeded the formal task of editing.
I want to acknowledge how much more enjoyable, and productive, this process is when working in collaboration with you!