Some people like me. Hear why.
Hiring Dara to edit my memoir was one of my best decisions ever. She answered my many questions but more importantly she asked even better ones. Dara had immediate, keen insight into the heart of my work. She was brilliant with the order and flow of my manuscript, helping me blend prose and poetry to tell a difficult, emotional story. Dara gave me not just an objective view but an aerial view that allowed me to see a way through the maze of complexities and weave all the elements into a coherent, cohesive, award-winning memoir. ~Jeannie Piekos, author of Buoyancy, 2019 Midwest Book Award winner
It's one thing to put all the words of a story down on paper. It's another thing to put them in the right order. Dara Syrkin has the ability and the ear and the heart to unravel the words I write to reveal what I was trying to say and make it sound better. ~Paul Raymer, energy and building science expert and novelist
Dara Syrkin edited my book of poetry. She's smart, empathetic, catches the nuances, knows the terrain, gets back to you fast, and is a great pleasure to work with. I'd recommend her to anyone. ~Robert K. Hudnut
I worked with Dara when I was a member of the Loft, and as a freelance writer. As an editor, Dara is excellent, personable, and a joy to work with. Quite often, as a writer, you come to expect an editor to chop up your pieces to the point where your voice is taken away. In Dara's case, her editing was impeccable, and she only made my voice clearer and much stronger. ~Caryl Hunter, writer and photographer
As an editor, Dara is insightful, creative, and fun to work with. While maintaining an overarching sense of the goals of the whole piece, she doesn't lose sight of the importance of each word. ~Ellen Baker, author of I Gave My Heart to Know This, Keeping the House (and a gorgeous essay for A View from the Loft –DS)
I never knew how much I needed an editor until I hired one. Dara Syrkin helped me more than she'll ever know. ~Daniel Klecko, CEO of Saint Agnes Baking Company
Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars. ~Serbian proverb