“Cecily provided superior editorial and coaching services when she reviewed my final book manuscript prior to submitting it to my publisher in early 2013. Not only did she edit the manuscript as written, but she raised questions about missing pieces from my memoir, such as how it felt to travel to India with the woman I love when we had a three-month consulting assignment there, soon after we married. By adding the missing details Cecily wondered about when she read my manuscript, the story was more complete and compelling. She raised similar questions in other parts of the manuscript, in addition to superb editorial notations. … Choosing Cecily as my editor revealed the following observations about her work: She sticks to deadlines. She is exceptionally perceptive and highly intelligent. She is pleasant, kind, and offers constructive criticisms. Plus, she’s an avid baseball fan! I recommend Cecily Sailer with great enthusiasm, and without reservation. In short, she’s a gem!”

Earl B. Russell, author of Cold Turkey at Nine

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“I began working with Cecily four years ago because I longed to write but didn’t know how to start. I felt timid and silly about wanting to be a writer, but because Cecily took my writing seriously, I soon did too. She has been a phenomenal teacher. After every coaching session, I walk away with a clear idea of the work I need to do, the confidence that I can do it, and a restored enthusiasm for writing.”

Julie Frey, coaching client

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“Cecily was instrumental in getting my book (self-)published. She did all of the leg work, made the contacts for someone to do the cover and print the book. She responded quickly to any questions and my concerns and made a face-to-face visit, which is why I wanted someone locally to help me. I couldn’t have done it without Cecily’s guidance because this was my first attempt at  book publishing. Her price for assisting me was affordable and it was a good experience for me. I learned quite a bit at the same time.” 

Zenobia Orimoloye, author of the collection Bits of Pieces

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“Cecily is incredible and I am extremely pleased with her work. This is exactly what I was looking for and it has recharged the creative battery. The revision process, in some ways, is more daunting than the writing process. With Cecily’s critique, I have a roadmap.”

Sherry Statman, manuscript consulting client

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“Cecily Sailer was an excellent workshop teacher. I can not offer enough praise. She was knowledgeable, a good communicator, provided a generous amount of verbal and written feedback and was amazing in the way she handled questions from all kinds of personality types. I’m impressed and grateful.”

Participant in Write By Night‘s In-Short Fiction Workshop

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“This workshop and the instructor really broke down what’s at stake in the [magical realism] genre, and now I feel more comfortable encouraging more imaginative work from myself.”

Participant in Write By Night‘s Magical Realism Writing Workshop

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“When I wrote The End on the last page of my first novel, in large part I had Cecily Sailer to thank. She guided me from the beginning of my project with her wisdom and encouraged me when I was overwhelmed and hopelessly lost in the weeds. Not only did I complete a 250-page book, but I became a stronger writer under her editing and story-structure guidance. I wholeheartedly recommend Cecily as a writing coach and editor.”

Leslie Tourish, coaching client

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“Cecily Sailer is a great writing coach to have in your corner. She is reliable, supportive, and challenging. She has helped me to improve my writing skills, get through writing blocks, and have the faith in myself to publish a peer-reviewed article and work toward publishing a book. I highly recommend her as an editor and coach.”

Stacy Nakell, coaching client