My poetry book, Out From Calaboose, was released in late 2016 and is very much a success because of Linda’s keen eye and immense poetic sensibility. Beyond offering solid grammatical advice and great academic pedigree, she cares and becomes involved in the editing process in a most genuine way. Her mother, Anne Sexton, was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who trusted Linda’s advice about her own work and named her her literary executor. It is a true testament to her abilities. Linda brings extensive dedication to all her writing and editing endeavors. First, she reads your work as a whole entity before making recommendations. She guides in a way that does not overshadow the writer’s voice but rather enhances it. Her critical thinking and great eye for detail work subtly to retain the overall goals and intentions of the work. She takes the time to know the writer and the objectives, simplifying and removing extraneous words and making the work stronger and more incisive. A good listener, Linda brings clarity and focus to the writer’s ideas and acts as a clear guide in an authentic and honest way. Furthermore, she enjoys the process and it shows in her enthusiasm and support. The editor’s job is to parse and polish while helping us realize our intentions in our own personal and original voice and expression. With Linda you could not ask for a more competent and sensitive editor to help your work reach its best potential.
My short fiction, op-eds, critical essays, and book reviews have been published, but I have found novel writing overwhelming and intimidating. After three failed attempts, I finally found a narrative and characters I not only loved but believed in, yet I still found myself flailing and drowning. When I had initially reached out to Linda, whose novels and memoirs I had read years before, she gave me confidence that I’d found the right professional to work with. And after she’d read and critiqued my clumsy first chapter, I’d known my instinct had not failed me. Linda cares about what she does and her clients. This is shown through her detailed written and oral feedback. She remains honest while being encouraging and constructive. She is also never stingy with her professional knowledge of writing fiction and memoir. You can’t go wrong with Linda as your guide.
Linda Sexton was brilliant in helping me to polish off my manuscript. First, in editing and coaching me through the revision process and then, in providing a strategy to position it for submission. She was an invaluable inspiration.
Linda has been instrumental in getting me organized and focused to write a strong query and proposal. I began the process fumbling in the dark, and with precision Linda gave me clarity and direction in what needed to be accomplished, and consistently gave me creative and illustrative ways to think about solving the problems.
Linda Sexton is one of the best editors I’ve worked with because she has the ability to zero in on both the larger picture of the narrative arc and the fine points of grammar, word repetition, spelling, use of clichés, and sentence construction. Linda’s encouraging, but it’s her honest feedback and insightful comments that have helped me to see the strengths and weaknesses of my work, allowing me to take my writing to another level. This is the mark of a great editor and I’m grateful to have been on the receiving end.
Linda’s consultations have played an integral role in my advancement as a writer. She is laser-focused in her coaching style, providing clarity and insight with grace and good humor. Linda is the consummate professional: always on time, well-prepared, and actively engaged in our work . Given her rich feedback, it’s clear that she works as hard as I do to ensure that our sessions are both productive and enlightening. What I appreciate most is Linda’s willingness to share her knowledge so generously.