Nicole Evans has a sharp eye for developmental issues in manuscripts that are hard for the author – who is so close to the text – to identify. With a knack for finding weak spots in pacing and under-developed or inconsistent character traits, Nicole’s feedback always helped me provide strong editorial guidance to my clients. During her time as an intern with me, I relied on her expertise in her favorite genres to show me ways a book could be just a little bit stronger, giving a story that extra edge needed in a very competitive market. Nicole also learned at a rapid pace throughout her internship with me, integrating many of my own editorial strategies into her own arsenal of critical skills, such as gauging whether the book opens in exactly the right place, or whether the climaxes need a little something extra, and identifying repetitive writing habits that disrupt a reader’s seamless experience. I highly recommend her developmental services for writers preparing to query agents, submit directly to presses, or self-publish their books.