The Writing Texan Testimonials

Carolyn helps smart people and dynamic businesses
to “say it well and say it right.”

Leah Nicholson

David Wray

Dee Borgoyn

Kathy Field

“As a first-time author, I didn’t know what to expect as I began the process of seeking publication. A strategy session with Carolyn was highly recommended to me by a friend, and indeed it was extremely helpful in shaping my vision and priorities for the book. Carolyn then composed a marketing and publishing plan, which I incorporated into my book proposal, and prepared me for what to expect through the negotiation process. Along my journey, Carolyn was always accessible with expertise, resources, and encouragement. I’ve signed with an excellent publisher and couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you Carolyn!!.”

Megan Neubauer

Pick-Your-Own Farming

“Carolyn was the structural editor for my manuscript. To say she helped me elevate the writing style doesn’t come close to doing her justice. Her ability to see structure, flow and a story is a true talent complemented only by her ability to be candid, clear and supportive throughout the collaborative process. I won’t hesitate for a moment to work with Carolyn on my next book!.”

David Wray

The Power of Potential

” Writing a book with Carolyn was extremely frustrating. However, that’s a great thing. You don’t want an editor who is easy on your writing and overly supportive, because if they are, your book won’t have any chance at reaching its potential. If you are looking for the easiest pathway to writing, don’t work with Carolyn. If you want to be challenged, much like a personal trainer would challenge you in the gym, then she is the best. My book has her to thank for its six-pack abs.”

Nick Powills

Sticks & Stones: Building Entrepreneurial Success from Life’s Struggles

” I struggled for 4 years over many attempts at writing my book before hiring a professional ghostwriter. From the first meeting Carolyn exuded a calm intelligence I was looking for. She also had a relaxed willingness to read every word, poem, outline I had written to date. As early as the first chapter I was convinced I had made the ideal choice in Carolyn. She asks all the right questions in the right order, really listens to what you are saying—your intonation and inflections, your pauses- to not only capture your topic but your feelings. Her work could not have sounded more like ME! She is professional, compassionate, on time and always dependable. I’ll likely hire Carolyn again to ghostwrite my next book.”

Danna Wessels

Danna’s Dust: A Cancer Warrior’s Journey

” Carolyn performed as the developmental editor for my book. She was excellent in her ability to help me shape the words within my book to project just the right message and tone. She asked on-point probing questions such that I could get to the heart of inconsistencies. She was able to digest the subject matter quickly, and find loose ends and sections needing more content. Carolyn kept me to a schedule and provided a great framework for me to be able to focus on what was important to complete the manuscript. The resulting manuscript was fabulous and the book is now published and doing well in the market.”

Tina Kuhn

The Manager’s Communication Toolkit

” Carolyn brought order to the ‘chaos’ of my manuscript by first assessing what I had, flipping it on its head, surgically deconstructing it, reaching into my brain and is methodically transforming my manuscript into a masterpiece. When you hire Carolyn, you hire an artisan at the highest skill level of her craft. Carolyn not only produces the highest quality of work; Carolyn also sharpens you in the process. Trust me when I tell you: When she bids on your project, your search is over. Carolyn is amazing!!!”

Todd L. Shuler

The Tiger Tamer: Managing and Transforming Your Business Without Getting Eaten Alive

” Without Carolyn this book would not have the proper voice or direction to become the great story that it has. She constantly kept me on point and clarified my words from the beginning to the end. It’s important to have an editor who understands the author they are working with in order to properly put their words and thoughts on paper.”

Tom Bradburn

LUCK OF THE DRAW: A Love Story in 3 Countries, 2 States and 7 Cities

” From start to finish, Carolyn Roark assisted me with every aspect of writing my humorous novel. Honestly, I could not have completed this project without her deep literary knowledge, creative input, and keen attention to detail. Prompt and professional, Carolyn completed the work beyond my expectations. I would undoubtedly recommend her services and will be using her again soon.”

Morgan McGrady

It’s a Ball

” My first novel is a police procedural set in the Texas of thirty years ago. I wanted somebody who understood cops and that era. I found Carolyn Roark via Linked-In. What did I get? Leaner, more logically arranged chapters. Characters I had liked going in and now liked more because of Carolyn’s efforts. The Unit, Into The Briar Patch is a better story and book for having her on the team. I would recommend Carolyn without hesitation and hope to work with her again.”

Paul Battaglia

The Unit: Into the Briar Patch

” I met Carolyn through my publisher. This is my first book project, and all new territory for me personally and professionally. Throughout the process, Carolyn has been a coach, mentor, critic, clarifier, partner and when needed butt-kicker. She’s a wealth of information—always has suggestions, guidance and resources at the ready. The book wouldn’t be a reality without her, she’s made my dreams of writing come true.”

Dee Borgoyn

28 Ways of Compassion

“I was very fortunate to find Carolyn to edit my recent book on small business. I gave her over 100 pages of my thoughts to edit and the end result was fabulous. She was able to organize and edit it and never once does the book lose my voice. She was more demanding of me then I was of her which is unusual. Communication was extremely efficient and I was never left waiting. I highly recommend Carolyn and wouldn’t hesitate to refer her or use her again.”

Stephen Leski

A Man and a Van

“Carolyn provided exactly what I needed to get my book from ‘oh-so-close’ to ready for publication. I was constantly impressed with her ability to keep my voice throughout her edits, and her remarkable gift of helping me say exactly what I wanted to convey when I was fumbling with language. Sustainability with Style would not be the success it is without Carolyn’s expert touch.”

Lisa Heinze

Sustainability with Style

Ben Glass

Playing To Win: What Napoleon Hill Might Say about “Success” to Today’s Solo and Small Firm Lawyer

“Carolyn has a strong grasp of the English language. She’s always the first person to edit or even see my books. I owe much of my success to her working out the many kinks in my early drafts.”

Stephen Guise

The Mini Habits Series

” Carolyn has a strong grasp of the English language. She’s always the first person to edit or even see my books. I owe much of my success to her working out the many kinks in my early drafts.”

Stephen Guise

How to Be an Imperfectionist: The New Way to Self-Acceptance, Fearless Living, and Freedom from Perfection

” Carolyn has a strong grasp of the English language. She’s always the first person to edit or even see my books. I owe much of my success to her working out the many kinks in my early drafts.”

Stephen Guise

Elastic Habits: How to Create Smarter Habits That Adapt to Your Day

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