Writing is an inherently intimate process that searches the crevices of our heart for hidden stories and elusive sentiments. Only a coach who knows the heart well can accompany the writer on this solitary journey. Annie Tucker is one such coach. Through her gentle guidance, which included helping me logically structure my book so that readers could better follow the unfolding of the story, I learned to write. Her confidence and encouragement opened an important door to my soul, for which I am forever grateful.
—Gwendolyn Plano, author, Letting Go into Perfect Love
I hired and managed Annie at Real Girls Media (which later in her employment became Meredith Corporation), where I served as editor in chief for five and a half years. As a leader on our team and a big, conceptual thinker, she was irreplaceable. She had an editor title, but, being a true leader, she acted well beyond that capacity in every way, and she did it of her own accord to help the department run even more efficiently. Annie is also a master at writing both concisely and descriptively. She can look at a piece—either her own or someone else’s—and quickly ascertain how to make it stronger by rewriting or deleting passages, and, perhaps more important, she knows how to articulate her thinking behind these decisions clearly, quickly, and with finesse. These abilities are only enhanced by her editing skills; her knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style is unsurpassed by anyone I’ve ever worked with. All those important accolades aside, she’s an absolute delight to work with. Annie has an infectious sense of humor, a razor-sharp wit, and an unparalleled work ethic. I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again someday.
—Rebecca Brown, Editorial and Digital Media Publishing Consultant
I can’t overemphasize Annie’s skill, reliability, and consistency when it comes to all things editorial. Annie is a natural editor. She is one of those rare editors who is both gifted and skillful at what she does. It takes years of experience to gain the sort of meticulous and detail-oriented command Annie has on language and grammar, but it takes wisdom and compassion to gracefully consider a writer’s work and make it better without being intrusive. She is a tremendous editor who is conscientious and always on time, and who consistently makes my life, as the overseer of any given manuscript, so much easier! So valuable!
—Brooke Warner, Founder, Warner Coaching, and Publisher, She Writes Press
Annie is a gifted editor who understands the three key elements of successful fiction: plot, character, and voice. Not only is she smart, but she has great recall in realizing where character and plot points don’t mesh and what it takes to streamline them. One of Annie’s fortes is making sure character and voice stay consistent. If you are fortunate enough to engage Annie for your project, your characters and story will have an amazing advocate bringing them to life.
—Don Hudson, author, A Broken Hallelujah
Annie is the gold standard of editors. She is a sensitive and wise reader, with a gracious manner that immediately earns the trust of writers and publishers. She’s reliable, intelligent, marketplace-savvy, and clear-minded about what a manuscript needs. I consider her a gift to every manuscript she edits—no matter the shelf, topic, or scope.
—Laura Mazer, Executive Editor, Seal Press
For seven-plus years, Annie has easily been one of the best, most responsive, professional, and capable editors at my editorial services company. I couldn’t recommend her any more highly, and hope to work with her for years to come.
—Ankur Gupta, CEO, Creative Solutions