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ESTIMONIALS

“Karmen's enthusiasm for the books we publish and her passionate championship for our authors was inspiring. Her good humour and keen interest were greatly appreciated, and her intuition and well-rounded perspective of the publishing landscape make her a tremendous asset as an editor.” - Iris Tupholme, SVP and Publisher of HarperCollins Canada

It was a great pleasure to have Karmen Wells, the first co-editor at HarperCollins, to work on my novel. Her insights are eagle sharp. Her suggestions are masterful. Karmen is an incisive intellect who holds your words in the palm of her hand before sending them off in the right direction.

- Beatrice MacNeil, author

“I'd trust Karmen with editorial projects of all kinds—she's thorough, reliable, energetic. Crucially, she's an excellent reader and editor with rare insight.” 
- Kelly Joseph, Publishing Manager at McClelland & Stewart

TESTIMONIALS

“Karmen Wells is brilliant and worth every penny! Her thoughtful memos, edits and track changes went far beyond an average, superficial analysis. . . .Her personal passion to elevate story (especially stories of a darker tonality) is what makes her a tour-de-force editor. She digs deep, finding thematic details and symbolism that even I didn't notice and helps bring them to light while still keeping my poetic writing style in mind. . . . Karmen was flexible, kind, poised and went out of her way to do more than what was in our initial agreement—10/10 would recommend! She will improve your novel tenfold!” 
- Laurel Elizabeth Hasara, author & screenwriter

“Karmen Wells has a unique perspective to offer screenwriters because of her background in publishing.

I felt like she was genuinely advocating from a mainstream audience’s perspective, rather than from a specialized (and jaded) Hollywood production company gatekeeper. . . . And the added line-level commentary is not only a testimony to the level of attention to detail she provided but also a very useful gauge to me as a writer.”

- Manfred Lopez Grem, screenwriter

Karmen has helped me transition from novelist to screenwriter. She also provided effective, practical career advice, shining a light on my path forward. . . . However, for me, her real value is in being a hitwoman for bad content and bad ideas. She will stab a knife through your darlings and bury them in a deep hole. And that's what every writer needs in an editor.” 

- Daniel Sullivan, screenwriter & author of Black Collar

“For any writer who’s ever been attached to their work for way, way too long—in other words, when all objectivity has flown out the window—to find someone who not only understands what the hell you’re doing but how the hell to actually improve upon it, is the sort of person that makes you go, 'Man, where have YOU been!?' That’s Karmen. Her feedback was not only helpful, logical, and nuanced, but is derived from a fundamental understanding of my plot, characters, and overall vision, and honestly, that sort of critique is utterly invaluable. AND she did it all in a super concise and personable manner. So, yeah—she’s infuriatingly talented.” 
- Mike Weir, author

“Karmen’s insight into the horror genre is immense. She helped me mine untapped wells of suspense that had been effectively sitting under my nose in my script. Working with the rules and situations that had already been established in the screenplay, she was able to find ways to significantly elevate the tension, and further improve the story as a whole.

- Skye Braband, screenwriter, 2020 ScreenCraft Horror Contest Semifinalist

“While reading Karmen’s in-depth analysis of my manuscript, I felt like she had somehow gotten her hands on my personal writing notes. There were paragraphs, chapters, and even a character I still had doubts about (and secretly hoped no one would notice) and yet she managed to ferret each one out. In addition to finding the weak areas, she offered constructive suggestions that improved the manuscript. I look forward to working with Karmen Wells on my next project.” 
- Patricia Fulton, horror author
“Karmen’s insightful and encouraging editorial input on my novel Worry, both as an assistant to my literary agent and then as an editor at HarperCollins Canada, was invaluable. Her suggestions vastly improved the story I was trying to tell, and her excitement about my work and faith in my abilities buoyed me up during the entire process. Any writer would be lucky to have her in their corner.” 
- Jessica Westhead, author of Worry

“Karmen gives thoughtful, thorough, and personal feedback. She helped me dig deeper and was generous with her time and attention throughout the process. I absolutely hope to work with Karmen again in the future.

- James Morosini, actor & filmmaker, 2020 ScreenCraft Comedy Contest Winner 

“Although I’ve written numerous screenplays, I finally tried my hand at writing a horror novel. Fortunately, I came across Karmen Wells. . . . I found her notes concise, helpful and positive in tone, even when suggesting things I honestly hadn’t thought of or when flagging mistakes. I got the impression she is in it FOR the author—she’s not there to pass judgement, just to help. . . . . She had well-thought-out and concrete suggestions on making scenes better and improving the narrative flow. I totally endorse her and Shelf Made Creative for any editorial needs and hope to work with her again in the future.” 

- Mark Cerulli, horror author & screenwriter 

Most feedback services and people do the same thing:

tell you what’s wrong, assign a number to it and maybe give you some pointers on how to make it better. Karmen starts with what’s right and gives you tips to bring everything else up to it. She’s more concerned about the best possible script and not just getting it off her desk like many coverage services have the tendency to do. I’d recommend her in a heartbeat.

- Scott Sawitz, screenwriter

“Karmen's enthusiasm for the books we publish and her passionate championship for our authors was inspiring. Her good humour and keen interest were greatly appreciated, and her intuition and well-rounded perspective of the publishing landscape make her a tremendous asset as an editor.”
- Iris Tupholme, SVP and Publisher of HarperCollins Canada

It was a great pleasure to have Karmen Wells, the first co-editor at HarperCollins, to work on my novel. Her insights are eagle sharp. Her suggestions are masterful. Karmen is an incisive intellect who holds your words in the palm of her hand before sending them off in the right direction.

- Beatrice MacNeil, author of The Girl He Left Behind

“I'd trust Karmen with editorial projects of all kinds—she's thorough, reliable, energetic. Crucially, she's an excellent reader and editor with rare insight.” 
- Kelly Joseph, Publishing Manager at McClelland & Stewart
“Karmen is the best secret weapon an agent could have—an editor who catches all of the things I missed. She’s helped our clients improve their manuscripts by catching the things—both big and small—that ordinary editors miss.”
- Sam Hiyate, President at The Rights Factory

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