“If I might speak honestly here … editors typically hate me. I’m pedantic, elusive, exhausting and overly opinionated. So it takes someone special to manage my ego, nudge me forward, and bring out my best, both as a writer and a person. Amanda Lewis is all that. I love The Advice Trap, and she held my hand through every stage of its creation, from roughing it out at the start to the fine finishing required at the end. And all without me going into diva mode!”

Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit and The Advice Trap

“I have been very fortunate to benefit from Amanda Lewis’s sharp editorial eye, as well as her political wisdom. Over the years I have been deeply impressed with her fierce dedication to quality publishing, and by the positive attitude she brings to her projects. It is a joy to work with Amanda, and I can’t recommend her highly enough.”

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything

“I had the good fortune to work with Amanda as the editor of my most recent book, The Good Fight. The opportunity to work with a true editorial partner like Amanda is exactly why I left traditional publishing to move to a hybrid publisher for my third book. From development through substantive editing, I felt like Amanda had the perfect deft touch…knowing when to push me to make my ideas clearer and when to let my unique voice and my idiosyncrasies shine in all their glory. The Good Fight is a better book because of its excellent editing, something I wish my other books could have benefited from. Now if only this recommendation had the benefit of Amanda’s editing!!!”

Liane Davey, author of The Good Fight

Working with Amanda on my book is a highlight of my career. She asked questions that no one had ever asked me before and helped me to see where I could make the book even more clear for people and myself. Before I worked with Amanda, I thought an editor as someone who fixes your writing, it wasn’t like that. Amanda coached me to see a clearer narrative without losing the me-factor in the book. It was a delight to work with her.

Kerri Twigg, author of The Career Stories Method

“Every time someone tells me that my book is well-written, that they read it in one sitting, or says, ‘everyone should read this,’ my first thought is of Amanda. Although readers credit authors for writing good books, those authors often credit their editors. I am one of those authors who wrote a good book because I had a great editor: Amanda Lewis.”

Tom Morin, author of Your Best Work

“You hope your editor will seem as excited as you are about your work and will inspire you to make it better and then better again, but you also hope your editor will bring a combination of experience, knowledge, creativity, insight, kindness, encouragement, flexible thinking, rigour, professionalism, fun, and the ability to see issues and solutions on both the large and small scale. All those hopes were realized when Amanda Lewis worked with me on my novel, my twentieth published book. My novel and I couldn’t have had a better experience.”

Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates

“Exceptional editors are rare, and that is why I am grateful to have found Amanda Lewis. She is both a gifted editor and a pleasure to work with. Amanda’s thoughtful, detail-oriented and professional style vastly improved my book. I offer the strongest possible endorsement without hesitation.”

Micah White, author of The End of Protest

“Above all, an author needs an editor who ‘gets’ the story, not to mention the writer. It was my good fortune to be paired with Amanda Lewis whowith brioskillfully and thoughtfully edited my latest book. She is the rare combination of brilliant, hardworking, and fun. A total pro. I would work with her again in a flash.”

Howard Green, author of Railroader

“Thanks for the consistently strong work you put in regarding Adult Onset—your gifts and ethics are a boon to everyone who has worked with you.”

Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset

“Amanda Lewis is an astute and insightful editor and publishing professional. She is also deeply engaged in the arts, the environment, and other issues and causes that contribute to making our communities thrive. Not least, she is a delight to work with.”

Anne Giardini, author, director, and chancellor of Simon Fraser University

“Amanda is generous, meticulous, deeply incisive, and an extraordinary champion for writers and their work.”

Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors

“Amanda Lewis has been one of the first readers of my work for years. First drafts are a crucial, vulnerable time for any writer, and Amanda’s close reading, insightful comments and palpable excitement about story and craft, are both clarifying and motivating. She’s a true pleasure to work with.”

John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce

“Working with Amanda is both a pleasure and a challenge because she asks all the right questions to ensure you dig deep and produce your strongest work. I couldn’t have asked for a better editor. She is creative, thorough, and thought-provoking.”

Tzeporah Berman, author of This Crazy Time

“I had the good luck to work on my first novel with Amanda. Without her, the manuscript wouldn’t have been picked up, polished, and reshaped into its final form. She’s the reader you dream of—inspiring, encouraging, clear-minded, and eagle-eyed.”

Alix Hawley, author of All True Not a Lie in It

“Amanda was the perfect blend of coach and critic while I was revising my memoir. She guided the story forward from deep thematic levels all the way to language choices. I liked her, and more importantly, trusted her advice. She’s a great asset to have in your writing wheelhouse.”

Annahid Dashtgard, Senior Partner, Anima Leadership
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