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On request, we are happy to provide some letters of recommendation. For two such letters, click here and here.

From Writers

"I've tried several editors, and you are head and shoulders above the rest. Your collaboration is greatly valued. It is an honor to have you edit my work." —Huntington Beach, CA

"I've tried other editors, and it has been wasted money. I prefer, as always, to work with you. Please call me when you have space in your schedule." —Bellingham, WA

"Mari's editing is superb. Because she is a writer herself, she seems to have that magic editing touch: rearranging, substituting the proper word, cutting and adding when necessary, and overall, at all times improving a manuscript." —Pebble Beach, CA

"I learned a lot about editing from you. My book was a success, and I appreciate all the help you gave me." —Carmel Valley, CA

"I feel much more secure about my author website, thanks to your helpful changes." —Bainbridge Island, WA

"As usual, I love the edits to my book proposal, just great. I really appreciate your super expertise and fresh eyes. Magnificent work!" —Capitola, CA

"I highly recommend Mari Lynch for editorial work when crafting high quality writing for publication....What I found particularly valuable was Mari's professional approach to reviewing my writing....Whenever she recommended any significant change...she helpfully explained the reason why." —Indianapolis, IN

"I learned more in our 20 minutes on the phone than I had in reading many articles on the publishing process." —West Hartford, CT

"Thank you so much for...flaws you found [in an internationally renowned book that sets industry standards for editing]." —New York, NY

"I turned to Mari for her expertise regarding grammar and other English usage questions, as well as technical advice. She not only gave me valuable advice in those and other areas, she did related research on my behalf too....Those efforts added extra depth and texture to this work of fiction. Her research also resulted in the discovery of [related works of art], and Mari further assisted by securing permissions for their reuse in the book....I found Mari to be very conscientious and dedicated, and I would recommend her to anyone who might have use of her services." —Los Gatos, CA

"What a special gift it was that members of the California Writers Club recommended to me professional and highly respected editor Mari Lynch Dehmler. I am fortunate to have obtained her services, and I greatly appreciate her meticulous and unstinting attention in editing my manuscript, as well as her kindness." —Pebble Beach, CA

"After so many false starts with other editors, I am finally moving forward. I feel very grateful for your wisdom, broad experience, and sound advice. I am impressed by your sensitivity to tone and that you get what I am trying to say. I am thrilled with what you have done." —Chicago, IL

"Mari Lynch is that rare person who recognizes and respects your own tone and timbre, then helps you write more effectively with your own words. I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my project, and I owe a great deal of that success to Mari's services. She is a true professional and a tremendous asset. There is no one better." —Monterey, CA

"Mari Lynch Dehmler saw me through the painstaking process of revision. I was lucky to have her sound judgment and critical eye. And when I felt like giving up, her enthusiasm kept me going....Her comments and editing are a big help." —Oakhurst, CA

"Mari Lynch Dehmler deserves much credit for her fine job of editing. Her attention to detail and tireless pursuit of correction revived my lagging spirits." —Santa Cruz, CA

"You did a magnificent job on my manuscript. I'm so excited and pleased with the outcome!" —Pacific Grove, CA

"Beautiful work, as usual." —Carmel Valley, CA


From Publishers

"Love working with you—and again sincerely appreciate your candor and guidance as we move our publication forward....Thanks so much for the editing on that writer's piece...and more importantly, your diligence in doing the additional research, above and beyond. I can't thank you enough!...You've elevated the newsletter, and I'm very thankful for all your help. I truly enjoy working with—and learning from—you!" —Publisher of agriculture industry newsletter, California

"During the decade that we worked together on a monthly basis, I found Mari to be both sensible and reliable in fulfilling her obligations. Rather than propose unrealistic schedules that were sure to deteriorate, she set reasonable deadlines and faithfully fulfilled her commitments." —Publisher of health and nutrition newsletter, California

"I worked with Mari on a complex publications project. She proved herself an excellent writer and editor. She coordinated a myriad of writers, editors, reviewers, printers, typists, and graphic artists with a sure and professional hand, despite tremendous time and other pressures." —Publisher of school textbooks, California

"I have received your wonderfully organized materials. It is such a pleasure to work with you! The article will appear as the lead story in our next issue." —Publisher of professional journal, Virginia

"In every sense, this book is a true collaboration....With technical expertise and attention to detail, Mari coordinated an inherently complicated editorial process." —Publisher of teacher training materials, California


From Business Owners and Other Professionals

"Mari's work greatly elevated our event. Her writing masterfully conveyed [our] purpose and activities, blending a serious professionalism with a lively sense of fun. Mari's expertise in web content development and design collaboration made her services a very worthwhile investment. One of the benefits was that the workload of our management team was lightened. In past years, we received inquiries from confused website visitors. Thanks to Mari, the confusion disappeared....Mari is such a pleasure to work with....Mari has a well-earned reputation for integrity and ethics, and it is my pleasure to recommend her." —CEO of renowned annual event, Monterey, CA

"Mari's keen ability to focus on the most valuable ideas and experiences, and her talent in expressing these, made it possible for so many others to benefit from my research. When my own writing was unsuitable for submission to the desired publisher, Mari transformed my research records into a highly effective article that continues to be of practical use to readers long after publication. This collaborative effort helped fulfill my personal career goals and aided many other professionals in my field." —Health care professional, Monterey, CA

"I've known Mari Lynch both as a news source...and as a writer....In my interactions with Mari, I've found her to be meticulous with her messaging and prose. She demonstrates keen attention to detail and pairs her research with insight to move conversations forward....She's unfailingly courteous, friendly and solutions-oriented." —News editor, Monterey County, CA

"Mari has a sense of personal commitment that makes her truly helpful. Her work represents an extension of the ethical way she lives." —Nonprofit program director, Soquel, CA

"Mari is an accomplished writer and editor. I would very highly recommend her, including as one who is adept at problem solving. Mari has a very even personality to cope with any situation that arises. Her communication skills are invaluable in any and every situation. She has a very comfortable demeanor and a respectful approach to dealing with problems as they come up, being very considerate of all the feelings involved." —Communications facilitator, Del Rey Oaks, CA

"Your article for our company blog is really nicely written!" —Chief Commercial Officer, Baltimore, MD

"You are a MASTER wordworker! Thank you so much. I am really impressed." —Artist, Pacific Grove, CA

"Mari is the best! I hired her to proofread our website, and she found so many errors that I had not even noticed. She is very professional, an excellent communicator, and thorough. I can't say enough about how great she is at what she does. I highly recommend her and her services." —Business Owner, Seaside, CA

"Your communication skills, and how you express things in writing, are so valuable. Thank you for all your help!" —Artist and environmental activist, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

"Through working with Mari Lynch, I realized the benefits of having the help of a genuine wordsmith. Mari polished text while remaining sensitive to my own creativity and vision for the project. Though I consider myself a skilled writer and a competent editor, I was amazed at some of the subtle problems she found and corrected. I highly recommend Mari for writing and editing that will bring professionalism to any project." —Musician, Monterey, CA

"The love and level of professionalism you demonstrated just shines from every page. I never thought I would gaze at those pages and just be lit up inside, and yet, through your time and effort, it happened." —Nonprofit director, Monterey, CA

"Thanks again for all your work on the website. It certainly has had a positive impact! It has been a pleasure working with you. I appreciate your patience and help." —Athletic services director, Phoenix, AZ

"This is so incredibly valuable and appreciated. I can't tell you how much it helps!" —Business start-up owner, Brooklyn, NY

"Thank you for another job well done. We have high standards here and the piece will show very well." —Realtor, Honolulu, HI

"You do excellent work, creating a much more professional looking result than we could do on our own." —Health agency professional, Monterey, CA

"Wow, Mari. You are a real professional. Thank you!" —Health care provider, Monterey, CA

"I love every bit of it! Thanks so much for all your help." —Parenting professional, Seaside, CA

"As a result of my personal experience with Mari's work ethic, focus, professionalism, and ability to function as a member of a high-performing team, I am confident in recommending her as an asset to any company or organization." —Sales operations manager, Fort Collins, CO


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