Writer. Editor. Nature Lover.
Welcome to the website of Amanda K. Jaros - Writer. Editor. Nature Lover.
The Latin root of the word editor is edere, which means “to bring forth.” I am an editor who is passionate about helping writers bring forth their very best work.
Whether you're looking to contact me about my editing services, read some of my writing, or check out my blog, you'll find everything you need here!
"As I look forward to publishing my experiences while accompanying my wife of 38 years through the sunset of her life, Amanda has helped me build a foundation under my hopes, encouraged me to write more, and shared her helpful comments on what I might do to accomplish my dreams. Her comments and suggestions have never been judgmental, always been encouraging, and have kept me moving toward my goal. She suggested “If you are going to write a memoir, you ought to read one!” which has been motivational and helpful."
"Amanda is a thoughtful, compassionate editor who provides honest, usable feedback with comments that are spot on. She is professional, communicative, and encouraging, and her unique perspective and gentle approach make going back to my work a true joy. I can't say enough good things about Amanda, and I'd highly recommend contacting her."
"I've both worked with Amanda as an editorial colleague and have had the privilege of having my work edited by her. She is an insightful reader whose feedback is well balanced between positive encouragement and thoughtful suggestions for improvement. When reviewing my manuscript, she was able to focus on sentence-level details while keeping track of the whole project's arc and the balance of information, description, action, and reflection throughout. Amanda helped me clarify my vision for my book and to stay focused when it started to veer in other directions, and her regular reminders to dig into my narrator's feelings helped my memoir reach a deeper level of meaning and emotional truth."
Amanda helped me identify what was working in my essays and what was not. Specifically, she really helped me find the narrative arc in my essays, providing ideas of ways my work could be shaped for particular genres and audiences (though she was never too prescriptive). After receiving feedback from Amanda, I felt that there was new life breathed into my work, and I was eager to jump into the revision process because I had been given tangible tasks to complete.”
"I've worked with Amanda on several manuscripts and, every time, she offers not only insightful, constructive criticism but also a plan for shaping the narrative. It's easy to get lost in the weeds of your own work, so her perspective is especially helpful when I need a fresh set of eyes. She's also been incredibly encouraging throughout the process of editing and rewriting. I've enjoyed working with her and will continue to call on her for advice as I move through my writing career."
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