I know I’m great. But what do my clients have to say?
Client: G Benson, Author (NEW!)
“I’ve worked with Zee a couple of times now, and each has been smooth-going, fast, and exacting. She takes the time to understand what an author is looking for, and is very careful to preserve the author’s voice and vision. She has a keen eye for everything from character voice to grammar to scenes that need tweaking. Not only do you get utter professionalism, you also get someone who takes the time to highlight the things that work well, helping you shape a novel into the best it can possibly be. I would recommend Zee in a heartbeat.”
“My content editor, Zee Ahmad, received a manuscript riddled with exposition, copyrighted material, and statistical jargon. A lesser editor would have quit on the spot and invoiced Astrid for the time spent reading it, but Zee took on the project with energy and cheer. She spent countless hours working with me to improve the book, and she went out of her way to make it a positive experience. Thank you, and sorry about all the spreadsheets.”
– Acknowledgement in The Love Factor.
Client: Alexandra Jones, Author
“Zee has been providing developmental editing and copyediting for a personal, ongoing fiction project over the past few years. Working with her has been a joy. Not only does she operate with a high degree of professionalism, and meet or exceed my expectations in terms of project turnaround times, but the feedback she provides is invaluable. Her insightful, in-depth commentary highlights both the things I’m doing right as well as areas that could be improved upon. She has a unique ability to see the big picture of a story as well as its details, and to provide thoughtful feedback on both. The fact that she goes the extra mile by providing both positive and critical feedback has strengthened my storytelling, characterization and writing style by helping me to understand my strengths as well as my weaknesses. I would recommend Zee to anyone looking for an editor on a fiction project, and will most certainly continue working with her in the future.”
Client: Marinca Kaldeway, Author
“Working on a piece of fiction with Zee’s expert guidance was truly a life-altering experience. Because she excels at focusing on what is already there and building up the aspects of the story that work, the rewrite was a joy. Her elaborate and helpful notes gave me the sense of having someone take me through the text by the hand, making everything feel manageable. It was so rewarding to preserve everything that was beautiful and add what made it better.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the time Zee took to enthusiastically illustrate the positive. She had such a thorough grasp of the text, she was able to point out exactly what subtext still needed to be made explicit. The thoughtful attention she put into discussing my questions was beyond helpful. By illustrating the effect of each decision vividly, she allowed me to not only to finetune my characters’ voices, but reinvent my own, as well.
“The way Zee approached this process gave me the courage to look at the way I write fiction from a new perspective, and dare to attempt more challenging directions. Zee is a genius.”
Client: Kristine Tauch
Website: Fair Planet Arts
“When I found Two Marshmallows, I was looking for an English-language editor for my children’s stories. The work process started out very smoothly with Zee. The attention and detailed analysis she honored my texts with were outstanding. Zee was always available, she always came up with more than one option to any arising question and her kindness and tender support were a source of motivation to me throughout our time together.”
Client: Manifold Press
“During the decade that I was Managing Editor of Manifold Press, Zee was our primary editor and proof-reader – especially when the author’s first language was not English. She was always willing to go the extra mile to sort out linguistic misunderstandings, and produced highly polished results which we were proud to publish. Whatever the genre or the subject matter, Zee gives it 100% of her energies and will treat every project with equal care and attention. We really could not have asked for a better service, and I would recommend her to anyone who needs a thorough and attentive editor.”
– Fiona Pickles, Managing Editor, Manifold Press
Client: WTS Vertalingen (now Powerling )
Contact person: Tinka Kars
“Before working with Zee, we worked with our native English-speaking translators for proofreading and revision work. While they could re-write a text or English translation, they did not have much experience with writing a text. Zee can create the text, either from scratch or by starting with an interview.
“We found Zee via a colleague of ours, who gave us a good reference. We had a very nice meeting with her and one of our clients, who explained what they expected of a copywriter. She showed us her portfolio and let us know that she could handle the job.
“Our clients say that Zee produces good texts that are good to read, and they are comfortable communicating and working with her. She always gives detailed updates on the progress of a job. Zee’s communication is good and her style of writing ‘fits’ the client.”
* Voor mijn Nederlandse bezoekers: Ik spreek zowel Engels als Nederlands, dus u kunt voor vragen over schrijven en copywriting in beide talen bij mij terecht.