“Ami is far more than a book editor. She a book whisperer. When my agent introduced us, I was at a standstill; completely stuck; deadline looming; dread in my core. My beloved book was somehow slipping through my fingers and I couldn’t figure out how to stop it. Ami didn’t hesitate to jump into the mess. She found the beautiful parts, gently guided me back to my path, helped me reframe the narrative, and I finished my book. In the process, Ami became a dear friend. My only regret is not bringing Ami into the process earlier. I could not recommend her more highly.”
Melissa d’Arabian, Food Network Star & New York Times bestselling author of Tasting Grace
"Ami is an excellent editor. She's more like a coach though because she encourages you and at the same time pushes you to the next level. We loved working with her."
David and Jason Benham, authors of Miracle at Shreveport
“My sincere thanks to Ami McConnell, whose sharp eye and creative thinking contributed greatly to the success of my book.”
Reverend Dr. A. R. Bernard, Spiritual Leader, New York Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, author of Four Things Women Want
“Ami McConnell was my editor for nine novels over a six-year period. She showed a true gift at every step of the publishing process, from guidance on story ideas to the editorial structure of the finished novel. What is more, she has remained a friend throughout. She matches her wisdom of the book world with a truly caring heart. She is both excellent at her work, and uniquely gifted.”
Davis Bunn, international bestselling author of The Book of Hours
“Thank you, Ami McConnell, for your talent, teamwork, enthusiasm, prayers, and most of all patience with me.”
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer & bestselling author of Kind Is the New Classy
“Ami McConnell is an extraordinary editor with a laser eye for story that is innate and can’t be learned in even the best university. I have been blessed to work with her on 40 + fiction books, and she has shaped my writing in career-changing ways. Book by book, suggestion by suggestion, Ami taught me what it takes to craft a book that reaches hearts.”
Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of Without a Trace
“Working with Ami has been an enriching experience. From our first interaction, I could tell she was knowledgeable and passionate about her craft, abundantly kind and patient to deal with a new author and extremely professional. As we worked together in my project, Ami proved to have a unique skill to turn complex ideas into fascinating stories that everyone would love to read. She was very receptive of my feedback and made sure that I was absolutely satisfied with the output of her work before calling it final. Ami defines the high standard for editorial services without any doubt, and I am beyond grateful that she agreed to work with me.”
Gonzalo Cordova, productivity strategist & author Individual Development Plan 2.0
"Ami is amazing it work with. She is flexible with her time and really values the author's voice. She dives right into the subject and emotions of the book. I am very thankful for her!"
Rachel Cruze, #1 New York Times bestselling author & host of The Rachel Cruz Show
“It was a privilege to partner with Ami McConnell. She is a gifted editor who had the unique ability to deliver important (and sometimes hard to hear) insight about my writing while also inspiring me to strive for excellence. Her passion for this project was palpable, and her heart for the reader was evidenced in her attention to detail. Ami was an invaluable partner and I’d be honored to work with her again.”
Jeannie Cunnion, author of Mom Set Free
“Ami McConnell is simply one of the best book professionals working today! She’s an intuitive and skilled editor, always honest and always constructive. She’s a talented writer and resourceful strategist. And she’s a thoughtful and compassionate advocate for readers everywhere. My book is so much better because of Ami’s editorial expertise, encouragement, and insight. I can’t wait to work with her on my next project!”
Dudley Delffs, author of The Faith of Dolly Parton
“Ami not only has a great eye for stellar content, but brings infectious enthusiasm to the process. It’s a treat getting to work with her on my authors’ projects.”
Christopher Ferebee, Agent, Ferebee Literary
“Ami McConnell is one of the most gifted editors with whom I've had the pleasure to work. Like a sculptor chipping away at the marble, Ami is able to see the potential hidden in any manuscript and offer suggestions for making the final product shine. Her keen insights bring clarity and focus to any project, and her insights draw each author into a deeper understanding of their own purpose in writing. Ami understands what a book needs in order to best represent the author's intentions, and she knows what will appeal to readers. Any author who works with Ami will find themselves growing as a writer and will end up with a much better manuscript.”
Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent
"Before working with Ami, I had no idea a fiction editor could transform a book while still staying so true to my voice. She has an incredible instinct for finding the places pixie dust could be added. She helped me see my scenes and characters in a brand new way that brought them to life and made the story pop off the page. This book simply would not be what it is today without Ami's guidance, skill, and encouragement that helped me realize my vision for the story. She's a brilliant delight of an editor."
Conor Grennan, author of The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted
“Ami McConnell is the best. She knew how to draw the finer things out of me. She encouraged me and challenged me to go deeper. She gave me the freedom to find my own voice. She was thoughtful and contemplative about every manuscript, not looking to do a repeat of a previous work but to find the best for that story. She loves her authors. Professional and skilled, she's also a friend. Any author new or old would be blessed and better-for-it by working with her.”
Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
"Ami McConnell is a rare talent, a savvy businesswoman with an expansive heart. She possesses as singular ability to hold a corporation's multiple (and sometimes conflicting) values at the forefront of her efforts in a way that wisely serves everyone's best interests. Whenever I lost sight of the big picture, Ami stepped in to remind me. She is a true visionary and workhorse, and I hope to work for her again someday very soon."
Erin Healy, author of House of Mercy
"I’ve worked with five fiction editors during my career, but Ami has to be my favorite. Her ideas and suggestions were always spot on. She made each book the best it could be. And what was particularly amazing about Ami is that she was always timely. If she said something would be done by a certain time, it would be."
April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Face of Betrayal
“One of the reasons I went into the sciences in college was to avoid having to write papers. Fast-forward 30 years. My experiences as a physician tugged at me to write a book & share my knowledge. Where would I start, I thought? I wrote my book 3 times & threw all 3 out. I did not like them. I was missing something. The 4th time I was armed with direction & Ami McConnell’s ability to bring my ideas and thoughts to life on paper. My dream of my first book was realized, and I could not be more grateful I had Ami in my corner helping this science minded non-professional writer realize the dream. And, I must admit, it’s a really good book thanks to Ami’s expertise. What a gift.”
Dr. Kevin Hoffarth, MD, IFMCP, Functional Medicine: The New Standard
"Ami is one of the most talented writers, editors, and publishing professionals I know. You'll be in great hands with Ami, no matter what you need. Do yourself a favor and reach out to Ami. You'll be so glad you did.”
Mary Hollingsworth, Publisher
“Ami served as my primary editor on numerous novels, and I’m convinced there is no one in the business more skilled than she. Ami is adept at helping authors make their stories more compelling, their characters more complex, and their plots more layered. She can pinpoint areas of weakness and provide suggested solutions. Not only is she incredibly insightful, but she is generous in affirming an author’s areas of strength and an absolute delight to work with.”
Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Barefoot Summer
“I had the privilege of working with Ami McConnell on five of my novels. Her expertise in editing, as well as character and story development, allowed each book to go to another level. But beyond her gifting as an editor are a thoughtfulness and excellence with which she approaches each project and each individual author. She saw me. Not just my story but me, the author, impacting even my personal growth as well. She is a joy to work with and a craftsman in the gift of story.”
Denise Hildreth Jones, bestselling author Savannah from Savannah
“Ami is an amazing editor and writer! In no time at all, we became great friends. I trust her completely. She took time to get to know me and then helped me make my writing shine. Thank you Ami for your dedicated and thoughtful work.”
Lora Jones, author of Song for a Broken Heart
"Ami is exceptional at what she does. It was an absolute joy to work with her. She's an incredibly talented editor, skillful in every way. She made my writing come to life in a way I never imagined."
Cambria Joy, popular YouTube personality & author of Growing Strong
“Ami is much-loved and highly respected among authors. I have enjoyed interacting with her over the years and have valued her commitment to raising the bar of excellence in fiction."
Donna Kehoe, Executive Director, The Christy Award
"Ami’s experience, insight, and editorial direction and attention to detail are gold to novelists like me. She was an invaluable champion during the writing and release of my thrillers The Progeny and Firstborn.”
Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Progeny
"My experience working with Ami on Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café and The Christmas Candle has been nothing short of wonderful. She is skillful, encouraging and creative. I have nothing but a positive endorsement for her work."
Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author of Traveling Light
“Ami McConnell, you are such a great writer. You added so much to this book and made it better.”
Loretta Lynn, multiple-Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter & author of Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust
“There are times in life when our skills need a boost. When our best efforts need a champion. When the constant striving to meet a goal may find us weary; this is when we need a guide. Ami McConnell is that guide. She fearlessly clears the path in the forest of your words, sending you back on your way toward a finished manuscript. Ami demonstrates a level of professionalism that is both refreshing and reassuring. Not only is she an expert editor, Ami brings warmth and heart to her work, honoring your voice each step of the way. Thank you, Ami, for nurturing, protecting, and guiding my new book.”
Kelly McDaniel LPC, NCC, Psychotherapist & author of Ready to Heal; Breaking Free of Addictive Relationships and Mother Hunger; A Path for Daughters to Reclaim Lost Maternal Love
"Ami McConnell sees to the heart of her projects. She doesn't just edit for grammar or punctuation (though she's great at that), she has an uncanny way of making the project better and more what it should be. She brings out the best in her authors. She has a rare ability to see both the big picture and the details necessary to get there. She is insightful, professional, affable and a delight to work with. I cannot give a higher recommendation than the one I would give for Ami."
Matt Mikalatos, author of Sky Lantern
“As a first-time author, I was delighted when my literary agent introduced me to Ami McConnell. My agent prepared me ahead of time stating ‘she is by far one of the best in the industry and you are blessed to have her edit your work.’ My agent was absolutely spot on in his description of Ami. However, what he did not tell me is what an incredibly kind, patient, and beautiful person Ami is. From the onset, she treated me as an equal even though my naïveté to the publishing world was glaring! She patiently coached me through the twists and turns of the editing journey always conveying her authentic belief in me. Ami is a teacher, a coach, a cheerleader, a nurturer and an outstanding editor whose talent can take any writer's work to new level. In the end, I not only had a manuscript I was very proud of, I had a new friend and respected colleague in my life. She's the best!”
Dr. Ramona Probasco, author of Healing Well and Living Free
“Ami McConnell is the editor every author hopes for, because her focus is to make a manuscript the best it can be. Even when giving the firm editorial direction needed to deliver a powerful message, she is always positive, supportive and encouraging. I would work with her again in a heartbeat!”
Reba Riley, author of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome
"It was such a joy working with Ami. She's not like any editor I've ever worked with. She reads the book as an advocate for other readers. She showed me how to shift my work from an academic appeal to my peers to, instead, transform the hearts of everyday people. I couldn't have done it without her."
Bobby Schuller, host of The Hour of Power & author of You Are Beloved
"I spent 3 years crafting my life's work and was at a dead end. Almost to the point of surrendering the book and just throwing in the towel. That is where Ami McConnell stepped in. She took a skeleton of a manuscript and sculpted it into something I'm not only proud and honored to have written, but something that is helping so many people find true healing. Ami is truly a gift and incredibly talented!”
Carlos Whittaker, author Moment Maker and Kill the Spider
“Working with Ami has been a career highlight. She brings out the absolute best in my work, on both the macro and the micro level. I wish she could edit all my books!”
Lis Wiehl, New York Times bestselling author of Snapshot
"It has been a privilege to work with Ami. It’s like iron sharpening iron. Ami is a talented editor."
Wm. Paul Young, New York Times bestselling author The Shack