Science-Fiction & Fantasy Writer
I primarily write flash fiction and was having a hard time finding an editor who was willing to work with shorter pieces. Most editors had a high minimum word requirement and it would have meant getting feedback on dozens of pieces at once. Since I’m at the beginning of my learning curve, in terms of pursuing professional publication, I knew most of the pieces would share similar flaws and bulk editorial feedback would most likely be repetitive.
Thankfully Elzevera was willing to work with me in much smaller batches! Now I’m much less worried about duplication and look forward to every email as a chance to learn something new. Her developmental editing feedback has been an immense help in making sure the tone and intent of my pieces are coming across correctly.
I’ve had quite a few a-ha! moments when she’s nailed the nebulous bit of something that was wrong with a story. I knew it was there, I just couldn’t figure out what it was. Now that I can see it, I can fix it—and it’s the best feeling in the world!
I have used beta readers and review-for-review services like Scribophile and OWW (Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror), but nothing has come close to helping me hone my stories as much as her feedback.
Elzevera’s been incredible friendly, helpful, and effective and I am so glad I found her! I am planning to continue using her services (and learning from her posts and videos) and would recommend her to anyone looking for developmental editing. Who knows, someday I might manage to send her something novel-sized! ;)
She went above and beyond to help me improve my work, and to show me the strengths in my work and the places where I need to improve, and she showed me how to strengthen those areas. I have taken everything she has said on board and I will be referring back to it when I self-edit my writing in the future.
Elzevera is such a nice person and very friendly and approachable, and a top-class editor!! I was very impressed by her, and I would definitely work with her again! I would highly recommend her to any writer seeking a good editor, or any writer who struggles with editing.
She has shown me that editing can be enjoyable, and I really appreciate that. I look at editing with a more positive mindset now.
She has helped me in more ways than just improving my writing, she has also helped me build confidence around editing my own work. Cannot recommend enough!!!
Prior to working with Elzevera, I knew my flash fiction piece needed professional evaluation but struggled to find an editor who understands the nuances of flash fiction writing.
Elzevera is easily the most attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful fiction editor I've worked with to date. I'm extremely impressed by the thoroughness of her work. Now, I'm much clearer on what needs to be done to develop my story.
Most significantly, I've learned: how to build the setting, characters, and plot through crucial details; the intricacies of showing versus telling; and the value of patience when self-editing.
Along with that, Elzevera is just a wonderful person to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their fiction writing abilities or seeking feedback on a particular story.
"The one place I've seen something really come together is in editing. Sometimes you can save pieces in a way that you're really shocked."
- Nick Kroll
Miriam A. Maddock,
I am an avid follower of Elzevera on Instagram, as I find her advice informative. Also, she had certain way of engaging with listeners when posting her videos. You're drawn in by her friendliness, and there's nothing false about her. You can tell she wants to help those who genuinely want to be helped. She recently did a sample edit for me, and i have to admit, it opened my eyes, making me "see" so much more in my work. Any advice I catch from her on Instagram, is taken on board. I have suggested to other writers to follow her, for her tips and advice. If and when I am in a position to hire a professional editor, I would not hesitate to call on Elzevera's services. :)
I was in the stage where I had just drafted and really didnt know what needed fixing. Now I can see some of the issues in my work. Elzevera definitely asks the right questions to make you consider your work in a different light.