Word Bird has a lot of happy clients. Wouldn't you like to count yourself among them?

  • Finding a literary agent is not for the faint of heartespecially if one has never been down that road before and, as in my case, is trying to place a long piece of historical non-fiction.  Kelly Wimmer was the perfect partner.  She helped me understand the process, wrote a query letter that was so convincing that several agents wanted to see more, wrote a synopsis that was far more concise and clear than anything I could have written, and advised me once an agent displayed interest.  Not only was her work superb, but her counsel gave me a level of confidence that encouraged me to persevere a process that from start to finish took a surprisingly short five months.   TW

  • Word Bird was an invaluable step on my journey to publication. While immersed in the writing process, we often lose our objectivity. Kelly O'Connor McNees's razor-sharp eye and vast knowledge of story structure provided suggestions I would otherwise have missed. Thanks to Kelly's evaluation and feedback, I was able to strengthen my draft and my craft, eventually receiving multiple offers of representation."    —Lori Nelson Spielman, internationally bestselling author

  • "Even published novelists need a second trusted, expert set of eyes to read their work. I count on Word Bird to provide thoughtful insight in a most timely manner."      —Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, The Improper Life of Bezilia Grove, and The Funeral Dress

  • “Kelly provided an insightful evaluation that really opened my eyes and gave me the spark to rewrite an ending that I knew didn’t work. She provides constructive feedback that guides without directing. . . . I would, without hesitation, recommend Kelly’s editing services.”     —Randy Richardson, author of Cheeseland and president of the Chicago Writers Association

  • "The most valuable lesson I’ve learned in working with Kelly McNees is that the author is far too close to see his work for what it is. A writer simply must work with a trusted editor. I have come to trust Kelly’s critiques and guidance implicitly. Her style is to first recognize what works, and then bring out the velvet hammer and make it better. For me, it was making the story work from beginning to end, with a character arc that was complete, and the sustaining of plot tension. Kelly’s written critiques and the annotated text were invaluable to making sense of what needed work. Just as importantly for me, she was generous with kudos on what worked as well. I’m as thin-skinned as any writer out there, and this kept me going more times than I’d like to admit. I can say without reservation that in the year and change that I have worked with Kelly, I have been given an education on writing. Whether it involves style, technique, or voice, our relationship is one of student and mentor, coach and quarterback. Every writer, no matter their experience, needs to have such a relationship. Kelly is my editor for life."  —James Smurawa, author of The Child of Atitecos 

  • Prior to working with Kelly Harms Wimmer, I had read books, participated in webinars, and tried countless approaches to writing the perfect query letter and a synopsis that not only was brief but managed to encapsulate what is a fairly complex story. I never really felt like I got the pitch right, and, worse, when the rejections came back from agents, I could never tell if they were saying no to the story or the query. Kelly put together a query and synopsis package that was so succinct and punchy I wanted to read the book myself. She knows the right words, how to grab attention and move the agent from query to requests for a partial manuscript. I have had three requests for partials already, and from those agents who have decided to pass, it is not unusual to hear words like “great premise” and “strong project” and “publishable”.  This business is so much about getting the foot in the door. I highly recommend Kelly Harms Wimmer for those who are entering this stage of their writing career.  —James Smurawa, author of The Child of Atitecos 

  • "Word Bird really helped fine-tune my novel. The service was prompt, with insightful observations that guided me in the right direction. It was also reasonably priced, and I plan on using the service again."     —Scott Young

  • "Kelly goes the extra mile in providing professional input that is itself well worth the cost she charges for an extensive manuscript evaluation. I highly recommend her to both the novice and seasoned writer."     —Paul Blievernicht   

  • "There aren't enough adjectives to adequately describe the service rendered by Kelly McNees and Kelly Wimmer, but here's a few: professional, competent, brilliant, personal, accurate, and thorough. They not only catch and correct everything--they also make brilliant suggestions you'd never think of. In short, they are the best."     —Larry Loftis, author of Stirred, Not Shaken

  • "I am deeply grateful to have received the best of your innate insight and oodles of experience in helping me shape Death at the Races. You are absolutely spot on with all your comments and I am so glad to glean from your objective input."     —Gwyneth Bledsoe, author of Death at the Races and Death Before Breakfast

  • “Working with Kelly has been great for my writing career. She was able to help provide a very important additional perspective to my novel from a developmental standpoint and was also extremely helpful in assisting me to perfect my manuscript through the copyediting process. Not only did I end up with a significantly improved manuscript, I learned more about my own writing approach and the art and skill of writing than I ever did from any book, class, or conference. I’ll be working with Kelly on all my future projects.”     —Dan Burns, author of The First Sixty Seconds

  • “Thank you again for your valuable, professional input on the query for my novel and sample manuscript pages. I have had several requests for partials and fulls, from agents who I previously thought were out of my league, so I know that the query has been effective.”    —Susan

  • “Although I had previously written two nonfiction books, I wanted to write a novel. Before sending the manuscript to literary agents, I knew I needed a professional editor to offer an honest critique. The resulting evaluation and copyediting were very professional and exactly what I wanted. In addition, Kelly took an interest in my project and gave me wonderful suggestions and the validation I needed to take the next steps in getting my novel published. I highly recommend Word Bird Editorial Services.     —John Cassara, author of On the Trail of Terror Finance

  • “Holy cojones, you are worth every single penny!!! I’m so tickled as I read your copy and evaluation. Your notes are invaluable.”   —Cecilia Gray, author of the Jane Austen Academy series

  • “After receiving feedback from my agent regarding edits she wanted to see in my novel, I was at a loss as to how to proceed. Working with Kelly, I was able to understand what needed to change and, most importantly, how to make those changes while holding on to the integrity of my story. She helped me develop a detailed plan for revising my book, including where to insert new scenes and how to expand on existing ones. The result of our partnership is a much-improved text that I can really be proud of as I shop it around to editors and publishers. Without hesitation, I’d recommend Kelly to any writer looking for outside guidance in developing a manuscript.”      —Debra Pickett, journalist and author of Reporting Lives

  • “Your editing work on my paranormal romance manuscript has exceeded every one of my expectations. Considering all the writing seminars, classes, workshops, and contests I’ve paid for (and learned from), the absolute best thing I’ve done for my writing career to date is hire you as my professional editor."   —Caroljane Foster