Susan Blumberg-Kason, Chicago:
I came to Wendy with a scattered manuscript and little understanding of how a memoir should be crafted. Two and a half years later, I signed with a New York agent. I didn't get to this place simply because I hired an independent editor. After all, I'd used a few others in the past. I got here because I worked with Wendy. She provided excellent line edits, developmental editing, and a reading list of memoirs. She's very easy to work with and her turnaround time couldn't be quicker. If you want to hear that you have a perfect manuscript and it'll go straight to auction, send it to a friend or family member. But if you're serious about publishing, you can't go wrong by trying your best and working with Wendy.
Update: Susan was able to get an agent who sold her memoir, "Good Chinese Wife" to Sourcebooks. Buy it here: Good Chinese Wife
Lygia Day Peñaflor, New York:
Wendy coached me through the second draft of my first novel. She encouraged me to stay true to my own style and voice but also pushed me to address tough questions regarding the message behind the story and the best direction for the plot. Wendy analyzes both broad issues and small details. Her high standards and honest feedback have led to tremendous improvements in my revisions. Wendy is generous with her time and expertise, and I cannot thank her enough.
Update: Lygia signed with a NY agent and her novel came out in August 2016. Buy it here: Unscripted Joss Byrd
Novelist, Manuscript Consultant and Teacher
As I have been telling friends who inquire about my writing, your fee is the best money I have spent in a long time. I know your insight will make a big difference in making my novel publishable. — R.H. - San Francisco.
Bonnie Monte, San Rafael, CA:
Wendy Tokunaga is an insightful, supportive manuscript consultant. Her no-nonsense feedback highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of my novel, with constructive suggestions for how to remedy the problems. Even when pointing out what’s not working, Wendy is absolutely encouraging. Her suggestions helped me get unstuck and tackle my next draft.
Stefanie Marlis, San Francisco Bay Area:
"If only I'd found Wendy . . ." That's how I begin whenever I tell someone about Wendy Tokunaga's spot-on editing and the difference she's made in my fiction-writing life. Her feedback is direct yet encouraging, and it's helped me with every aspect of my formerly recalcitrant novel.
Amy Jarecki, Utah:
I attended a class on characterization by Wendy Tokunaga at the San Francisco Writers Conference, and immediately took to her fun, yet intellectual style. She not only knew her stuff, but she had an air about her that seemed friendly, approachable. At the time I was receiving a lot of rejections for my manuscript. I knew the story had promise, but it needed something to push it across the line to compete at a level with other published works. I asked Wendy to conduct a full comprehensive content edit, complete with a chapter by chapter assessment. With her help I massaged the story, and submitted it to the League of Utah Writers writing contest/ five months later, Koicto won the grand prize for Best Manuscript in Show and has now been published by Sunstone Press. I give a standing ovation to Wendy and her professional editing style!
Dr. Irina Bragin, Assistant Professor Touro College, Los Angeles, CA:
Wendy helped me get going on my novel, Headmaster, which I had originally developed as a play. She read my chapters with great sensitivity to language, characters and plot. Wendy is an astute critic but her suggestions are always constructive and practical. She helped me resolve important point of view issues, and provided valuable editing advice. In fact, she is an excellent line by line editor -- and my style improved after working with her. Wendy is honest, but supportive. While she refuses to sacrifice the truth to build up your ego, she also knows how to inspire you to reach your fullest potential.