I found Chimera like I’ve found most of my writerly resources: through Twitter. For a year, I was a regular in Brenda Drake’s contests with a manuscript I intended to publish. As I got more involved in the online writer world and entered more contests, I soon learned that there are these brilliant editorial types that help with pitches, synopses, query letters, etc.
One day, Brenda tweeted that her critique partners had created an editorial company, Chimera Editorial, and that she pretty much trusted them with her writer life. That’s a strong recommendation, so I decided to contact them. I got a quick and professional response, and we began work on my ailing query letter soon after.
And I loved all of their suggestions!
Because I loved the overhaul they did on my query letter, I turned to Chimera for help on a short story I wanted to submit to the Hidden Youth anthology. The story North, a YA paranormal based on my great-grandparents, was really personal to me, so I wanted to work with someone I’d trust to shine it up.
Jami’s critique was perfect, so perfect that I came back with two more short stories! The first one, my Great Migration ghost story, was selected for the Hidden Youth anthology, and will be published in November 2016 from Crossed Genres. It will be my first publication credit, and I’m beyond excited that Chimera could help me get there. I’d recommended Chimera to any writer that I know.Imani Josey
K.T. Hanna and Jami Nord are my wonderful critique partners. Their sharp editorial eyes have spotted weakness in my manuscripts. Their notes are in depth and clearly explain what isn’t working and how you might strengthen the story. Additionally, their work ethic is impeccable and they always deliver when promised. Not to mention they both are kind and compassionate about what they do.Brenda Drake
I cannot say enough about the help I have received from both KT and Jami. Their knowledge of language and what makes a good story has provided me invaluable insights into making my story the best it can be. Without them, I would be lost.Damon Stewart Pren
Marlo Berliner has a passion and talent for story. In my own manuscripts, for developmental editing, she was able to spot plot holes, inconsistencies in character development, and in line editing she is quick to catch overused words, grammar, formatting errors–in essence all of the requirements for an ms to be submission ready. Anyone who acquires this brilliant woman, as agent or editor, will be a lucky writer.
I recently worked with KT Hanna on my latest manuscript. She was a fabulous editor. She really has an eye for making structural changes that affect the quality and outcome of the whole book. She’s honest, yet encouraging. After reading her critique, I was really motivated to edit my manuscript, and felt that the final product was much stronger than what I sent it to her. I have to admit to being a bit of a crazy client — making little changes and continuously sending new versions, having computer problems, horse issues — but KT was amazingly patient through all of that. She answered my questions thoroughly and promptly, and was always really friendly.
In addition, I felt like she took an interest in the placement and outcome of my work beyond the edits, talking to me about my query and through my submission list. I’m currently querying the manuscript, and thanks to her hard work and suggestions, I really do feel like I’m submitting the strongest book I possibly can. I would recommend Chimera to anybody, and will definitely work with KT again in the future!Julia Essenburg