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Testimonials

I’ve been lucky enough to work with dozens of amazing authors throughout my career, helping craft their manuscripts into books ready to share with the world. Here’s what a few of them had to say about working with me. (And if you’d like to learn more about their books, either click the hyperlinks or ask me—I’m always happy to recommend these authors!)


Anne Nerison is the first editor I have every hired, and it turned out to be a great experience. I asked her to review my debut 73,000 word thriller.

She methodically managed my expectations as to what services she would provide, and her timeline. The edited version came back to me on time with her precise suggestions for changes, explaining it thoroughly. She also made grammar and spelling corrections.

While I was going through the manuscript making those changes, I would send her an email with various questions, and she would respond back to me within hours. Her explanations were thorough and clear.

Once I had finished my manuscript using most of her suggestions, I had total confidence to begin the arduous task of sending it out to literary agents. Now I wait but am hopeful. Thank you, Anne.

I’ll be back to her with my short story collection.

– Donna Graham, author of Next and the Last One (forthcoming)


I wanted to say thank you! Thank you for taking the time to go through my manuscript and work with my messy ideas! You’ve made it into a wonderful piece of work and I couldn’t have done it without you.

Austin Lauterwasser, author of Parallel


I am extremely pleased with the editorial work Anne Nerison has done to enhance and improve my manuscript. As expected, she did, of course, correct punctuation and grammar. In addition, and of paramount importance, she addressed the content of my work by assessing the timeline and validity of the sequence of events within the manuscript.  What does that mean?  It means, not only did she read the manuscript, she researched and corrected its content. She also guided me in the steps necessary to publish my manuscript.  I would recommend Inkstand Editorial to any new writer.

– William Himango, author of Provenance (forthcoming)


Anne Nerison, owner of Inkstand Editorial, is a talented person who edited my last four novels, and I believe she is responsible, to a large part, for their success.  One, A River Through Two Harbors, was chosen as runner-up for a Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and the mystery series, of which it is a part, has done very well relative to recognition and sales.

Anne is the type of person with whom you can be comfortable discussing the pros and cons of your writing over a cup of coffee.  She is meticulous in her editing, yet critiques work in a gentle and constructive way.  I believe anyone would find her helpful and encouraging.  I do not hesitate in recommending her.

– Dennis Herschbach, author of the Two Harbors mysteries, among others


I loved working with Anne on my first novel, Scruples and Drams.  As an editor, she gave educated and experienced advice while allowing me to have ownership of my writing. I look forward to her help with my next novel in the series.

– Cynthia Frank-Stupnik, author of Around Clearwater, Scruples and Drams, and Pins & Needles, among others


Anne Nerison has been my editor at North Star Press of St. Cloud for two of my mystery books. I found her to be a professional and skilled editor. She’s easy to work with and has caught errors and inconsistencies I hadn’t noticed. It’s been a pleasure to work with Anne on my projects.

– Midge Bubany, author of the Cal Sheehan mysteries


Anne Nerison is a master at the English language. She has edited many of my novels and has enriched them for my readers. She never changes the story but can rearrange a sentence to make it stronger. Anne is a delight to work with she has patience and a kind heart that allows an author to ask her advice. She is extremely dedicated to her work and does it to perfection. She also has the knowledge of the publishing business by working for years at my publisher. I hope you will give her a try because I believe you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend her work.

– Joanne Vruno, author of Loon Child, the Seasons of Elves series, and Tree Spirits (forthcoming)


Anne Nerison is a true editor in every sense of the word. She loves the profession and loves reading. She can edit well at any level from copy editing to major substantive editing, and has the capacity to discern what’s needed while working with an inherent understanding of the author’s voice. She is versatile as well—Anne edited both my memoir and a short story collection (nominated for an award). I recommend Anne for authors at any point in their writing career.

– Catherine Holm, author of Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time and Voice Lessons: Tales of Breaking Free, among others