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The Book of Renfield"Without having Ally to encourage my progress through The Book of Renfield, I don't know that I ever would have found the courage to confront the shadows that needed confronting to see it through. When it was all piled roughly into a shape, her editorial guidance was crucial to shaping what was there. This was an important chapter in my life and personal growth and I thank you, Ally, from my heart, for being there."

Tim Lucas, Author of The Book of Renfield (Touchstone Books, 03/05)
2014-12-03T16:21:55+00:00
“Without having Ally to encourage my progress through The Book of Renfield, I don’t know that I ever would have found the courage to confront the shadows that needed confronting to see it through. When it was all piled roughly into a shape, her editorial guidance was crucial to shaping what was there. This was View Full →

Where to Park Your Broomstick"I had never written a proposal before and knew nothing about the process. Ally's deep knowledge of the publishing industry was indispensable; she walked me through the entire process from beginning to end. The book that resulted was my first published work. Again, Ally was right there with me the whole time, shaping and developing each section and always keeping the big picture in mind. I've worked with other editors in a variety of situations, and the fact is I'd choose to work with Ally every single time."

—Lauren Manoy, author of Where to Park Your Broomstick
2014-12-03T16:17:41+00:00
“I had never written a proposal before and knew nothing about the process. Ally’s deep knowledge of the publishing industry was indispensable; she walked me through the entire process from beginning to end. The book that resulted was my first published work. Again, Ally was right there with me the whole time, shaping and developing View Full →

Ruminations on College Life“There is one reason why this book came out as wonderfully as it did, and that reason is Ally Machate. She is a complete professional and truly gifted at what she does. From the nitty-gritty of editing my introduction to Ruminations on College Life explaining to me just how the publishing process actually works, Ally was superb.”

-Aaron Karo, author
Ruminations on College Life
2014-12-03T16:14:56+00:00
“There is one reason why this book came out as wonderfully as it did, and that reason is Ally Machate. She is a complete professional and truly gifted at what she does. From the nitty-gritty of editing my introduction to Ruminations on College Life explaining to me just how the publishing process actually works, Ally View Full →

“In every instance, Ally has understood exactly what the project needed and delivered just the right level of guidance to the authors and to us. But her ability to tailor her editorial and writing skills to a wide variety of books is just one facet of her professionalism. Ally has also never missed a deadline, deals calmly and effectively with challenging projects, and is the perfect collaborator. Ally is an absolute find!”

Andrea Au
Editorial Director,
Hatherleigh Press
2014-12-03T16:10:32+00:00
“In every instance, Ally has understood exactly what the project needed and delivered just the right level of guidance to the authors and to us. But her ability to tailor her editorial and writing skills to a wide variety of books is just one facet of her professionalism. Ally has also never missed a deadline, View Full →

Synchronized Breathing “The difference between sending out my query letter and the edited version was swift and remarkable. Within an hour of sending the new version out, I had my first response asking to read my manuscript! It was tremendously satisfying to see my own work take form in a way that was a viable, commercially appealing query letter. Ally culled the best points of my query and highlighted what elements would catch the eye of agents - and they responded!"

Tara Ellison,
Author of Synchronized Breathing
2014-12-03T16:12:29+00:00

Nectar From a Stone"Sometimes it's so difficult to untangle a scene or put your finger on exactly why something is working or not working—much less explain it to the author. But Ally's comments and suggestions were all right-on-target. Her kind understanding of my work has been of inestimable value to me. Her interest has simply been to make my work the best it can be. I am certain that her insights have improved my novel and I can't imagine what I would have done without her guidance."

Jane Guill, author of Nectar From a Stone
2014-12-03T16:19:47+00:00
“Sometimes it’s so difficult to untangle a scene or put your finger on exactly why something is working or not working—much less explain it to the author. But Ally’s comments and suggestions were all right-on-target. Her kind understanding of my work has been of inestimable value to me. Her interest has simply been to make View Full →
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    Carolyn Haley’s novel, Into the Sunrise, is the story of two misfits pursuing incompatible dreams who fall in love despite themselves and find a way, through their shared love of horses, to mesh their lives as well as their hearts. Or, put into romantic book-pitch terms: She’s afraid to love again, and he’s afraid to love at all, until their shared love of horses teaches them how to love each other.

    But perhaps even more interesting than these characters’ story is the story of the novel itself. By that I mean how it evolved from an idea Carolyn had as a young girl into numerous manuscript drafts and versions over the years, finally arriving at its current version, which was picked up by Wild Rose Press and released this past May.

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