Testimonials

‘I learned more from Sara's edit on my first draft than I did in two years on a Creative Writing MA. Incisive, intelligent and creative editing that absolutely lifts a piece of writing.’
 Jane Brittan author of The Edge of Me 

‘Sara has the most attuned editorial eye I’ve ever come across. She notices gems no matter how deeply hidden and can coax the very best out of people with her gentle and encouraging hand. Her talent as a writer herself has, I think, a lot to do with this.’
Jodie Hodges, Literary Agent, United Agents

'Sara Starbuck commissioned my first novels at Hodder & Stougton and I couldn't have wished for a better editor. Hugely insightful, sensitive and warm, she cares passionately about her writers and their work. She helped me become a much better writer and - some thirteen years and eleven books later - she is still my go-to person for advice on all things writing and publishing and the first person I recommend to other writers seeking editorial guidance. Massively experienced, highly respected within the publishing industry AND a lovely person, what more could any writer ask for?'

Siobhan Curham, author of Dear Dylan, the Shipwrecked Series, True Face and The Moonlight Dreamers

‘I was introduced to Sara Starbuck, an introduction that was most fortunate for me. Sara’s work is of an extremely high standard. She is approachable, friendly, timely, and above all professional. Without Sara’s input my work would be significantly less polished. I would recommend Sara to any writer seeking an experienced editor.’
David Penny, author of The Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries

‘I’ve worked with Sara as an author and as a proofreader, she has been a delight in every respect. Talented, reliable, responsive and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the publishing industry, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services.’
Felicity Johnston, Commissioning Editor, Orion Children’s Books 


‘Fantastic girl-pirate author Sara Starbuck launched Reading Force 2012 for us on board HMS Warrior in Portsmouth. Sara brought her wealth of experience and abundant enthusiasm to her session with the children – she made them laugh, fired them up about stories and reading, and they all took a pledge to become bookaneers! We gave the children copies of Sara’s Pirate Fleur books and they were absolutely thrilled with them. Having worked with Sara, I highly recommend her for author visits and events.’
Hattie Gordon, Reading Force

'I was struggling to get an agent when Sara Starbuck was recommended to me. Sara gave me a comprehensive overview and edit of my book. With her encouragement, we turned the book around and I got an agent and publisher. I wholeheartedly recommend Sara to anyone seeking editorial help.'

Joy Kluver, author of Detective Bernadette Noel Series, Bookouture

'A friend recommended Sara and I took him up on his suggestion. I’m so glad I did. I found her to be at all times professional and personable. With the assistance of her insight and imagination, she helped me bring about an abundance of improvements to my novel, which is now a much better read. Finally, talking with her is like giving your brain an Alka-Seltzer; when you’ve finished you’ll be fizzing.'

Glynn Hollway, author  

 

'I loved working with Sara, and we had tons of fun together when she edited my Suzy P books. She brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to a project, as well as boundless positivity and heaps of ideas on how a text could be improved, which is exactly what you want in an editor. Sara is friendly, approachable and easy to talk to and I recommend her highly.'
Karen Saunders, author, Suzy P series

 

'Sara Starbuck is an amazing author to invite for an event to meet and engage the children with a brilliant mix of information and fun. Her passion for writing shines through and inspires children making them believe they can all be the best at whatever they choose to be, from pirates or fairies or something else entirely. Sara is a joy to work with personally and for the children she meets the best hour they could ever have with an author.'

Debra Conroy, Children's Services Manager, Manchester Libraries

‘I was introduced to Sara at a time when my book needed an expert eye and ruthless direction. I got this and more. Her personal commitment and diligence saw me through. Not only did I gain a trusted editorial magician, I also had fun.’

Helen Lederer

'Sara is the consummate editor: thorough, thoughtful and incisive.  Her patience, encouragement and advice based on years of industry experience made her contribution to my work invaluable.'

Gerard Mullins, author

'Sara has given me incredible support throughout my time with her. Her
confidence in my work was instrumental in helping me finish the first
draft and the advice and guidance she has provided for the second draft has been even more valuable. I was worried about writing a series for the
first time, and how to approach planning the first of a series but,
thanks to Sara's expertise and queries, I have now developed a plan
and outline for all three books in my trilogy and can approach agents
and publishers with confidence. I would recommend her to anyone.'

Annabel Rudd, author