Book Editing Testimonials

What Clients Say About Katy’s Editing Skills

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Katy Koontz is on my writing dream team. She is a scribe-extraordinaire with an upbeat, get ‘er done attitude and work ethic that is in the upper one percent of everyone I’ve ever worked with. She is a superstar writer, editor, and researcher. And I really don’t want the rest of the world to know how good she is, in case I need her for another project. So please don’t read this.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is the author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom; The Wisdom of Menopause; Mother/Daughter Wisdom; The Secret Pleasures of Menopause; and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Playbook.

Victoria Price

I knew from the moment I met Katy that working with her would be a joy-filled adventure and an amazing ongoing conversation. Boy was I ever right! In fact, “working with” hardly seems like the way to describe the ease, fluidity, and depth of our editing process. That process not only birthed a book–for which I am grateful–but it also gave me a dear friendship with an extraordinary person of integrity. There are lots of people out there who can move paragraphs around and use a red pencil, restructuring chapters and telling you where to put a comma, but there are very few who can hear your heart and then safeguard it on the pages of a book. Katy does that beautifully–and then finds a way for it to be a hell of a lot of fun at the same time. In the immortal words of that old Broadway joke: “We laughed. We cried. It was better than Cats.” WAY better than Cats!

Victoria Price is the author of The Way of Being Lost and Living Love.

Dale L. Goldstein, LCSW

It has been the greatest of pleasures to have Katy Koontz assist me in every phase of writing and editing my first book. I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to undertake this project, and, in all honesty, I might not have seen it through to completion had it not been for Katy’s skillfulness, steadfastness, patience, encouragement and wise counsel along the way. I cannot imagine having had a better editor and companion on the journey. I give Katy the highest possible recommendation.

Dale L. Goldstein, LCSW, is the author of Heartwork: How To Get What You Really, Really Want.

Peter Calhoun

I have worked closely with Katy Koontz for three years and have the highest regard for her professionalism, her thoroughness, and for the quality of her work. During this time, she has written a book proposal for me and frequently served as a literary advisor. Her influence was directly responsible for getting me a publisher. Katy’s wealth of knowledge, gift for words, and readiness to share her time and talents has enormously impressed me, making it always a pleasure to work with her. I whole-heartedly recommend and endorse Katy without reservation.

Peter Calhoun is the author of Soul on Fire.

Joe Dispenza, D.C.

Katy Koontz is a master of her craft. She edits with kindness, researches with skill and enthusiasm, writes with clarity and continuity, organizes material coherently, informs and guides a manuscript with sincere feedback and most importantly, is actively engaged as well as totally committed to a great body of work. Katy is intelligent, professional, experienced, timely, versatile, patient, informative, and very organized. My experience with her on my last project superseded all expectations. We accomplished miracles together in a wonderful partnership. I recommend Katy to anyone who wants to feel totally supported in the creative process. She is a humble genius.

Joe Dispenza, D.C., is the author of You Are the Placebo, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, and Evolve Your Brain.

Diane Cirincione, Ph.D.

Working with Katy Koontz has proven to be one of my best decisions yet! Having previously worked on a number of books without her, I found the difference palpable. I have been delighted at Katy’s ability to not only fully ‘get me,’ but her uncanny talent to hear behind my words what I wanted to say and to integrate my thoughts into a voice that is mine. Our writing together was deeply enhanced by her intuitive personality, intelligence, and professionalism, and I give her my highest recommendation.

Diane Cirincione, Ph.D., is the author of Sounds of the Morning Sun and co-author with Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., of A Mini Course for Life; Finding Our Way Home; Change Your Mind, Change Your Life; Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life; and Love Is the Answer.

Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Katy is amazing! From the first time we spoke about my book project, she was encouraging, enthusiastic, and eager to dive right in. Her extraordinary understanding of the written word and of book publishing helped to keep me moving through the process. I am astounded by how easy (and painless) she made this whole experience. She also had an uncanny ability to take my words and change them in such a way as to make my message stronger, clearer, and richer. One of the best things was that she ‘got’ me, which made working with her so easy. She truly has an incredible gift. I look forward to working with her for many years to come.

Deanna Brann, Ph.D., is the author of Reluctantly Related and Reluctantly Related Revisited.

Anita Moorjani

Katy came to me highly recommended by Dr. Joe Dispenza, and I don’t know if I can repay him for the recommendation! Her skills are far and away too numerous to list. She is a wealth of knowledge, a great researcher of facts, very detail oriented, and wonderful to brainstorm ideas with—not to mention that she really puts her heart into her work! I have always considered myself a reasonable writer, so I was looking for someone who wouldn’t change my voice. Katy not only kept my style, but she also made my words pop out of the pages in a way that I would not have been able to do myself! I whole-heartedly recommend her without hesitation, and I definitely plan to use her again! Hopefully, she’s still available for me when I need her!

Anita Moorjani is the author of Dying to Be Me and What If This Is Heaven?

Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D.

Katy Koontz is probably the best writer I have ever encountered in my professional career. Why, you ask? In every sentence of my book, The Intuitive Advisor (Hay House 2009) she maintained my voice and content. I wrote every word of the book, but Katy helped me clean up the English and polished up my writing in such a way that made me sound like the writer she is but I’m not. Hire her if you can get her but not when I need her.

Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D., is the author of The Intuitive Advisor, The New Feminine Brain, and Awakening Intuition.

Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D.

Katy came highly recommended by the editors at Hay House. Not only was she a joy to work with, but I also felt totally confident that she would do a fantastic job both editing my words and keeping my voice. My voice is a combination of humor with seriousness, which can be hard for an editor to translate. But not for Katy. She kept the fun and refined my message even more, even after I had gone over my manuscript probably a thousand times! I don’t care how good of a writer you are, you still need a pro like Katy to look at your work. I’ll give two pens waaay up to recommending Katy as an editor!

Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., is the author of Nature’s Secret Messages.