Mia Kleve has been a vital part of my journey to being a published author. As a proof reader, developmental editor, and line editor, she rates among the best I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the last decade. She is a vitally important member of my team. Under her watchful and critical eye, more than a dozen novels of mine have become reality. Mia Kleve has the highest possible recommendation I could possibly give.
~Kevin Ikenberry, author of the bestselling science fiction novels Sleeper Protocol, Peacemaker, and Deathangel.
MRK’d Up Editing is the real deal. Line editing was spot on. The intelligent and thoughtful commentary shaped my writing in the most positive of ways. Didn’t expect that. Promised deadlines were always met. Didn’t expect that either. What I got back went way beyond my expectations!
~Bill Cherf, author of The Lictor of Magic and I Am the Storm.
Mia was an excellent professional to work with for beta-reading and workshopping feedback for my novel. The service was prompt and affordable, and her commentary was insightful.
~Mike Jack Stoumbos, author of The Signal Out of Space
As a new writer in the business I was anxious to get the very best editing I could. I wanted to put my best foot forward as a fantasy writer and I wanted to learn. Mia didn’t disappoint. The first story she edited she did a developmental edit. She surprised me with her breadth of knowledge in my subject (Vikings) as well as her knowledge of the fantasy genre. She showed me how I could improve the story and my writing in general. She is thorough and impressively well-informed on a variety of topics as well as an excellent editor. She’s professional, fast, and kind.
Mia is not only easy to work with, but also professional and patient. She will work as closely or distant as the author needs, and is always available for follow-up and very fast to respond. Your work will be better for it, and I highly recommend her services!
I’ve pre-contracted Mia Kleve to line-edit my third Novel. She’d line-edited my first two, which should tell you everything you need to know.
Okay, a little more info: My first several editors had a meltdown with my themes and characters. The result was they spent developmental/line editing time ignoring basic issues with my story’s structure and filled the pages with grammar mark-ups. As you know, said Bob, grammar/spelling/punctuation is the last thing you obsess on after you have a coherent story on paper. Until then you are correcting text that may be deleted anyway.
In each of my novels, Mia capably wrestled theme/character/story arcs, showed me what was redundant, what made no sense, what had to be moved, and what was missing. I believe that an editor who isn’t mean is a waste of time, but also all the meanness must have actionable suggestions. Mia more than fits the bill.
~Terry Gene, author of Causality is Optional and Causality Rebound
When I was writing my first book, I asked a professional writer I respect to name the best editor he knew. Without hesitation, he said Mia Kleve. When I contacted her, she had a slot available and said she was willing to work with a new author.
I was pretty nervous and figured she’d tell me not to quit my day job. Instead, she sent back a thorough edit with dozens and dozens of corrections, along with suggestions on how to improve the story and its characters. I integrated all those suggestions (except one, sorry Mia) and my novel vastly improved.
She is currently editing my third book, and my main fear now is that she’ll become so sought after that she won’t have time for me in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised. She’s that good. I highly recommend MRK’d Up Editing.
~Russ Tilton, author of Night Terror and PIT
Mia Kleve is a professional I enjoy working with. She is very attentive to details, such as points of view and things like head hopping. Her experience with military science fiction, with the jargon and concepts, is exceptional. She has a sharp and attentive attitude which stands out.
She is kind and patient. She actually invests in the story, perhaps as much as the author. It’s not just fixing grammar and punctuation it is ensuring consistency and plot that extends beyond just book one. I would highly recommend her as an editor, especially in the Mil SF genre.
~William S. Frisbee, Jr., author of the Last Marines series