References for Sarah Cortez’s Editing Skills

Sarah Cortez was essential to the honing of my manuscript. She was prompt in her responses, attentive to my particular needs, and offered a new look, layered with her considerable experience and intelligence. Her notes were detailed, organized and her enthusiasm was encouraging. She saw the manuscript’s strengths and built upon them, in a fresh and invigorating way. A fine teammate on the rocky road to a published manuscript!
— Lucy Griffith, Ph. D.
Sarah Cortez is a brilliant and sensitive editor. Her insight and guidance was an essential aid to me in deepening the themes, organization, and meaning of my chapbook. With her skill and knowledge, I was able to craft an award-winning book. She even pointed out the contest to enter.
— Loueva Smith, winner, 2015 Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize given by Texas Review Press.
Ms. Cortez is the sort of editor with whom I love to work…she has a good eye.
— Joseph Bruchac, Author and Editor, (

Among Mr. Bruchac’s many awards … American Book Award, Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, NEA Writing Fellowship in Poetry, Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, Cherokee Nation Prose Award, Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature, 1998 Writer of the Year Award and Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas

Ms. Cortez has the uncanny ability to create an emotional arc for a poetry manuscript given an assortment of seemingly unrelated poems. She offered me the best way I could amplify the artistic expression of my work. I trust her to review my writing whether it’s organizing, proofreading, or editing. I don’t hesitate to recommend her to any of my poetry friends.
— John Milkereitm, "A Rotating Equipment Engineer is Never Finished", Ink Brush Press March, 2015
If you are serious about your writing project, I highly recommend Sarah Cortex’s editorial service. She is technically sound, prompt, efficient and has a wonderful velvet hammer behind her bright smile that helps to guide the writer. Plus, she’s a published author and poet, in other words, she fully understands what it feels like to be the writer. Before you let a publisher or literary agent see your words, invest in your work product, and make a smart investment in Sarah Cortez’s editorial service.
— Nathaniel Sewell, Author (
Sarah Cortez is an editor who immerses herself in a story and then probes with questions of why and how to move the writer’s vision to a deeper level. She does not rewrite or push herself into the project; she uses her curiosity and insights to help the writer create the best story.
— Myra McIlvain, Author of "Stein House", a Kirkus Best of 2014 (