Testimonials

“Nicki Richesin is a wonderful editor — painstaking, but flexible, smart, reliable, and personable. She gets high marks from other writers, and has an excellent reputation with publishers as well. I found her friendly, responsive, and extremely helpful. Working with her was truly a pleasure.”

Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club and the PEN/Faulkner Award winner We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“Nicki knew exactly what resonated and what didn’t for the essays in my anthology Spent. She held a firm pen against the page, bringing out what most needed to be said, even against resistance. I recommend Nicki highly for any editing anyone might need as a writer.”

Kerry Cohen, author of Spent and eight other books, including Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

“I’ve had the great pleasure of writing for and being edited by Nicki Richesin. She’s professional, intelligent, and creative–a winning combination!”

Ann Hood, author of The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle

“Nicki has an excellent editorial eye that can see both the forest and the trees: her detailed insights are balanced by a wonderful holistic sense of what a writer is trying to do, and how she might do it better. I valued this doubled expertise so much when we were working on essays together for two of her anthologies. Beyond her formidable and sensitive intelligence, though, is something that might be even rarer: an absolute graciousness that makes working with her a uniquely lovely pleasure.”

Catherine Newman, author of Field Guide to Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy

“Nicki Richesin brims full of enthusiasm, talent, and emotional and stylistic insight. She is a whisperer of writers for which I am forever grateful. When I wrote “Headstrong, Headlong” in What I Would Tell Her, I’d not written in almost a decade. She was gentle and generous in bringing me back to writing.”

Richard Nash, VP of Byliner, founder of Cursor, and publisher of Red Lemonade

“Nicki is a brilliant editor with a knack for inventive storytelling and an uncanny eye for detail and sensitive content. She knows good writing, and how to make it better, with advice that is always as tactful as it is perceptive. She also introduced me to our finest Merit Press writing team, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, the authors of the Twisted Lit series, so I can’t recommend her more highly.”

Jacquelyn Mitchard, Editor in Chief at Merit Press and author of 21 books including What We Lost in the Dark

“I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Nicki Richesin when my essay was included in her wonderful anthology, Crush. My writing benefited enormously not only from her keen eye as an editor, but from her nurturing style. I would feel privileged to work with her again anytime.”

Amy Greene, author of Long Man and Bloodroot

“I worked with Nicki Richesin, contributing to her anthology What I Would Tell Her, and found her editorial suggestions perceptive and helpful. She is gracious and clear in her notes on the text, has a sharp eye, and would be a boon to any work in progress.”

Thomas Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist