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Among my many editing clients, the following are award-winners.

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Stan Crawford

Finalist for the Best First Book of Poetry Award given by the Texas Institute of Letters in 2017

Sarah's skill and insight in reordering the poems and sections of my manuscript, and in suggesting
revisions to the poems themselves, improved my book immensely, and brought it to life. I recommend her to anyone needing an editor, not least because she's delightful to work with! I give her the credit for the ease with
which I found a publisher for my collection.

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Lucy Griffith

“We Make a Tiny Herd” was a finalist in the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Contest in 2018.

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!

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Loueva Smith

Winner, 2015 Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize given by Texas Review Press.

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.

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Mel Anderson

Congrats to my client, Mel Anderson, author of “Eleven Regrets” (Little Bear Publications, 2015), for her grand-prize winning entry in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards!,

I was lucky enough to edit Mel’s book—a tragic yet vitally important memoir about childhood abuse. Asked by Writers Digest if she would do anything differently if she self-published again, Mel said, “If I were to do it over again, I’d definitely still hire a professional editor for the final manuscript. My final editor, Sarah Cortez, was so helpful for finishing touches, lingering questions and typos.”

Thank you, Sarah, for you insight concerning my book “Forgiving Others.” I found you suggestions valuable in making my work a better product to present to a publisher and, ultimately, my intended audience. It was a pleasure speaking with you and having the opportunity to bounce ideas back and forth. Definitely one of the better decisions that I made in my writing process was selecting you to be my editor. I look forward to future collaborations.
— Keith Proctor Author of the "In Other Words" series
I’m so pleased and impressed with the editorial assistance I received from Sarah Cortez. I’ve been working on my novel off and on for many years, and had lost objectivity. Not only did Sarah provide helpful, detailed perspective on story arc and character development, she pinpointed the areas where I had waded into quicksand and helped with problem-solving. I appreciated her direct, warm, insightful communication. It was obvious she had spent time with my manuscript because she had an in-depth understanding of my vision for the story. Her wisdom, experience and professionalism shine in her feedback.

Her editorial report plus phone call discussion have given me the clarity to move forward with my revision in a productive way. I also feel encouraged and energized. Working with Sarah on my manuscript has been a true joy, and I will always be grateful to her!
— Ondine Alegra Kuraoka, Work-in-progress, “Sisters of Aguamiel” June 2019
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

Sarah Cortez is an extraordinary, talented, gifted, and empathetic editor and author. She encouraged me to write and publish and live out my dreams. There is no doubt God placed her in my path. She brings out the best in those with whom she works. Her skills bring out the best in the words I created. My books, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love and Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation and Divorce, would still be in a drawer in my file cabinet without Sarah to bring them to life.
— Jack H. Emmott III, Author, Master Credentialed Collaborative Lawyer, Polio Survivor, Child of God
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 (

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