Kind Words from Clients
Gerry Toledo, leadership guru and coach
“Despite my countless hours of writing and research, I was ill prepared to refine my manuscript into a cohesive volume that delivered the impact I sought. I knew I needed an editor, but I had no idea the depths to which the editing journey would take me. I did, however, realize that I needed to find someone with enough insight and experience to not only refine my manuscript but also help me release the death grip I had on my proverbial ‘darlings.’ Although I felt I knew what I was in for with regard to the editing process, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
“Enter Karin Wiberg of Clear Sight Books. After meeting with her, I got a good sense for her knowledge and experience. I felt at ease that my manuscript would be in good hands, but more importantly I got a good sense of her dedication to getting it right. She became the partner and collaborator that I needed. She took on the difficult task of compassionately telling me what I needed to hear. Her positive influence was instrumental in getting me past my own stubbornness and a key element to the project’s success. She is a consummate professional whose unmatched insight and assistance have been invaluable to completion of the manuscript. I can’t thank her enough for her diligence and dedication. I can’t wait to work with her on my next project.”
Gerry’s book, Stop Executive Anarchy: Become a Better Leader, Optimize Your Business, Improve Your Life, is now available on Amazon, and you can read more about Gerry’s coaching and consulting on his website. (And let me just say, we are very in sync on leadership philosophy!)
Janice Hawkins-Mitchell, Beatlemaniac and adventurer
“When I asked Karin to critique my manuscript, I’d already had two editors look at it, and they both thought it was fine, but I wasn’t convinced it was really ‘done.’ When Karin first sent me her feedback, I almost cried because it felt like there was so much more work to do.
“But she kindly and patiently helped me prioritize the work, and then coached me through the revision process. When the manuscript really was ready, she gave it a final editorial polish. Karin also helped me with my book proposal, and now I’m starting to query agents. My manuscript is lightyears better, I’ve learned a lot about writing, and I’m in a much better position to succeed than I was six months ago.
“Karin and I truly became a team—and we’re already talking about my next book!”
And not quite two years after Jan and I started working together, her story, My Ticket to Ride: How I Ran Away to England to Meet the Beatles and Got Rock and Roll Banned in Cleveland (A True Story from 1964), was published by Gray & Company Publishers. And it’s fantastic!
Sara Christiansen, HR consultant and social scientist
“You may call it karma, fate, or sheer randomness, but I believe people are divinely sent to intersect our lives at the times we need them the most. When I was writing this book, I googled how long is the average nonfiction book? I came across an article that answered my question eloquently. As I scrolled the text, I noticed the author’s picture. OMG, it was my childhood friend Karin Wiberg.
“Karin and I literally grew up together. From kindergarten to high school graduation, she and I shared most of life’s experiences. We were Girl Scouts in the same troop, we performed in chorus and jazz choir together, and we even worked alongside one another at Baskin-Robbins. After graduation, our lives went in different directions, but I thought of her often. So when I realized that Karin had founded her own publishing firm in North Carolina, I reached out immediately. She was exactly who I needed at the exact time I needed her. Not only is she now my publisher, but we have also renewed a valuable friendship. Thanks, Karin.”
What a pleasure to reconnect with Sara and have a chance to work together on her project! HR Leadershift can be found on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other online retailers. Find Sara online at HRLeadershift.com.
Lloyd Griffith, coach and spiritual guide
“Karin is really a professional in terms of publishing and writing, but also an excellent coach.
“The best part of working with her was her encouragement and support. There were times I was ready to throw in towel, but Karin was just enough optimistic and hopeful to keep me pushing through. Her criticisms were gentle and right. She pushed me to think more and differently—to get out of flat writing and get some color into it. She helped develop me as a writer in what I could see about toning and deepening the characters and conversation.
“And a big plus was helping with the publishing piece—it’s a world I have no knowledge of. Taking the manuscript and running with it was a huge gift. I am so glad I finished this book and grateful to have Karin’s support. It’s been a wonderful experience for me.”
Lloyd’s book, Soul Force: A Story about the Rebirthing of Divine Presence in a Postmodern World, can be found on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other online retailers. And he’s quite the coach himself. 🙂
Philippos Aristotelous, consultant, speaker, coach
“While doing some research on how to publish my first book and how to select an editor, I came across a really interesting blog post Karin wrote. I sent an email inquiry and just a few hours later received Karin’s reply. I was truly impressed by her initial response to an otherwise plain-vanilla inquiry about a fee for editing the draft manuscript of my book. Karin invested effort to perform background research on me, checking my website and blog to see what I and my business are all about. The result? A fully customised and value-centred approach that left me with no option but to retain her to edit my book as well as help with production.
“Well worth it is all I can say. Karin took me by the hand from day one, guided me throughout the incredible learning experience of writing and publishing a book, and helped me bring this project to fruition. Karin’s genuine care, passion, dedication and professionalism in her art cannot be overstated.”
After a fifteen-year career at Cyprus’s largest law ﬁrm, Philippos is now a business strategist and consultant. (He also has a few magic tricks up his sleeve.) His books, The MARVEL of Engagement and The MARVEL of Happiness, are available on Amazon.
Leslie Menard, business mentor, strategist, bookkeeper
“About five years ago and after about ten years of providing contract bookkeeping services, I had a thin idea floating through my head that I could write a book to help small business owners better understand their business accounting. I was seeing the same patterns of misunderstanding and basic mistakes from clients, and I knew the fix was relatively simple.
“I started writing, but at the point that it came time to move forward from the first draft, I knew I was in trouble. Taking complex subject matter and distilling what I know into something business owners can use was overwhelming. While I can work with business owners and, on instinct, experience, and intuition, sort out what needs to be done to elevate their businesses financially and functionally, I was at a complete loss with the book.
“After first contact with Karin, I knew she could help. Between gentle pushing, suggestions, guidance, and her wealth of knowledge and experience, she made this thing happen. She kept me on track and carried the whole process. And now, thanks to her, I am a published author. She understands writing, phrasing, formatting, and most of all, people. My author’s voice was kept intact, and the resulting book sounds just like me when I’m sitting next to a stressed-out client.
“I cannot imagine how any author could self-publish on their own and produce a professional, quality book without assistance. Karin’s eye for detail, her integrity, and her commitment carried me through to a published book of which I am proud. It absolutely would not have happened without her!”
Stephanie Scotti, business speaking coach
“When I first started working on my book, I wondered if had anything valuable to share. I wanted to do more than just write a book—I wanted to make a difference. My problem was the curse of knowledge: I’d been doing my work for so long that I’d become unclear about what differentiated me from other communication and speaking experts.
“Karin listened closely to how I work and gave me context and validation about what made me different: my attention to mindset and business results. And now readers are telling me that’s exactly what resonates most about the book. This insight and clarity has helped me connect better to myself, my message, and my audience. (If you read the book, you’ll understand the importance.)
“Karin’s integrity, her ability to capture my voice, her commitment to quality and continuous learning, her equally dedicated team… This book project wasn’t just a job—it was a commitment to my success, and it mirrored how I work with my own clients. If you’re just trying to get your book done, Karin might not be the best fit for you, but she’s the perfect fit when you are looking for excellence.”
K.P. Haley, rancher, executive, lifelong learner
“I tried two different companies to help me edit and publish my book. Neither lived up to their promises.
“This book truly would not have gotten done without her. Her considerate way with people and skill with the written word helped bring this book to life. Thank you, Karin. You’re the best!”
Mallika Paulraj, investing expert
“I knew I needed to get this book done—I had all the material and my clients kept asking for it. But it just wasn’t happening, so I reached out to Karin for coaching.
“She gave me the plan, accountability, and encouragement I needed to focus and pound through the first draft in a fairly short amount of time. Her editorial comments went far beyond what I expected and really helped me structure my book with my readers in mind.
“I’ve so enjoyed working with her—and I am already planning my next book!”
Alan Hoffler, speaker and communication coach
“Hiring Karin put an amazing publishing team on my side.
“I got a project manager, setting dates, priorities, dependencies, and schedules. I got a business manager, someone who took the time to understand the bigger goals at stake and offer advice on integrating my content into the context of my business. I got a ghostwriter who managed some tough passages with my words even when I didn’t know I had words. I got an editor, who conjugated my verbs, undangled my participles, and cut the fluff to reduce my content by a third and still get the message out. I got a brand expert, who preserved my tone and voice while organizing content. I got a promoter in someone who connected me to larger audiences, and created materials that summarized and plugged my project. I got a print advisor with expertise in navigating the publishing tools we used.
“And even I had a cheerleader, celebrating my victories and giving me a pep talk when things got bogged down, providing me with the belief that I really could complete the book.
“I got this team all with one person. Simply put, my book never would have gotten published without Karin.”
Visit MillsWyck Communications to learn more about Alan’s services. Alan’s book, Presentation Sin, can be found on Amazon.
Maryann Locaparra (Patalano), New Thought leader
“Karin has demonstrated an extraordinary caring and commitment to my project and my success. Her skills, insight and planning ability resulted in a project that was easy for me follow and understand. As an author, I consider Karin to be an invaluable resource in both the publishing side and the business side of the process. She is the complete package. In fact, I have already hired her to lead my next project!”
Maryann’s book, The Peephole Effect, is available on Amazon.
Becky Sansbury, speaker and consultant
“The stories of crisis and resilience that I had observed and experienced over the years might have gone untold if it weren’t for my collaborator and editor, Karin. She gently drew out the raw information, then worked with me to shape it and put it on the page in a way readers would understand and embrace. Every revision better captured my voice and strengthened my message.
“Karin has an amazing talent for seeing the big picture and fitting the puzzle pieces together, while looking at the details to make sure each word does its job. She pushed and challenged me to create the best book possible. On top of all that she held my hand through the entire creative process, including those scary parts in the middle where a project can feel overwhelming and confidence can falter. Not only am I grateful, but so are the readers who describe my book as their guide through scary times, their virtual arms of comfort. Without Karin, that comfort might never have been available.”
Becky’s book, After the Shock, can be found on Amazon.
John McNeil, speaker and educator
“After years of working on this book and having problems with a prior publisher, Karin helped me finally get it into the world.
“From the first time we met, she understood what I needed and I knew I could have confidence in her.
“She and her publishing company were amazing to work with, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Jonathan Alcott, entrepreneur and philanthropist
“When I started writing my memoirs, I just started writing, which seemed like the normal thing to do, right? Wrong! After I had exhausted all the stories I could remember, I had pages that didn’t make for good reading. They lacked a storyline from beginning to end.
“I heard about Karin and arranged for her to get me back on track. She rearranged, pushed, pulled and cut until the book started taking shape. She had me write some additional lines in just the right places to broaden the stories.
“I really like what she did for me! I’m working on another book, and I hope Karin will be there!”
(And, look—THREE additional books!)
Jonathan’s books, Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World, Helen’s Love, On the Farm, and The Road Up Ahead, can be found on Amazon.
Annelies Gentile, life and leadership coach
“Writing this book was like wrestling a huge monster! I needed a team to get going, and a patient, kind, and methodical plan.
“I couldn’t have pushed START without Karin. She is so good at helping reveal the deeper context; she helped me get clear on why I was writing this book in the first place.
“Karin helps you take the whine out of writing a book—she’s a freakin’ rockstar!”
Learn about Annelies’s coaching practice at ConduitforChange.com.
A. Charles, author and life coach
“When I decided to go the self-publishing route in 2015, there were two things (and only two things) I knew from the start. One, I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel and make lots of rookie mistakes by doing this myself. And two, I didn’t want to be just another cog in someone else’s big self-publishing machine.
“Karin was the perfect solution and fit for me. She worked flexibly and closely with me throughout the editing, formatting and publishing process. She has a working network of related professionals (proof readers, graphic designers, etc.) who pitched in seamlessly to pull the finished product together in a timely and first rate style. With keen insights and gentle suggestions, Karin was able to help me transform my good book into a much better one. It was an amazing process.
“Currently I’m hard at work into my second book. I’m looking forward to working with Karin again to bring out its best.”
A. Charles’s book, Owning Ourselves, can be found on Amazon.
Orit Ramler Szulik, coach and consultant
“I’m eternally thankful to my colleague who recommended Karin when I mentioned my intention to write a book. I’m not a writer, English is my second language, and writing a book was completely out of my comfort zone.
“As early as my first exploratory meeting with Karin, I got clear on which book I would write and, most importantly, I gained the confidence that I could do it. I’m now on the final stages of my book, and I know that it is all happening thanks to the support that Karin offered all along the way and the accountability she gave me towards my goal. Karin kept me on track, unstuck me when needed, provided me with wonderful editorial feedback, and inspired me with wonderful questions and great resources. Karin was a pleasure to work with, not only because she was pleasant, fun and my best advocate and cheerleader, but also because she was a great mentor from whom I’ve learned and who gained all my respect and admiration.
“When I’m thinking about my next book, I’m already thinking about Karin!”
Orit is the founder of Make it a Good One® Coaching and Consulting. She is a true citizen of the world—she was born in Israel and has lived in seven different countries, and she speaks Spanish, English, and Hebrew fluently.
Eric Larsen, executive coach
“As a coach myself, I appreciated Karin’s approach. What she brought in her specialty area (coaching writers) was an absolute difference-maker and something I had never experienced. Karin understands more than the grammar and style elements of writing.
“First, during our discovery session and kick-off call she helped me brainstorm ideas as well as discuss the various avenues for publishing a book. Then, during our VIP Day Karin helped me take these ideas and narrow them down to a coherent theme and set of supporting ideas that will make for a very good book. Her insights as to what was already available on bookshelves opened up my eyes to seeing where my book would fill a void that exists now. And she was instrumental in determining both the audience and the buyer for my book, an important distinction that I hadn’t considered.
“Finally, Karin’s detailed documentation of everything we discussed as well as her organization of my thoughts and concepts gave me the structure on which to build my book. Karin also offered several techniques that I have been using to keep this project moving forward. Her positive but firm attitude made all of this work a pleasure.”
Visit Larsen Group for more information on Eric’s executive coaching services.
Rachel Downey, business guide
“Writing a book is hard emotional work. I don’t know how anyone does it without a coach!
“Working with Karin gave me the accountability I needed along with the space to go through my own journey to vulnerably share my ideas in writing.
“She assured me my angsts were normal and that I would find my way.
“I look forward to putting my book out into the world!”
Rachel Downey is the Business Consultant for Wayward Entrepreneurs.
William Brown, coach, speaker, author
“When you go looking for something, you may find something else. When I first came to Karin, I thought I was ready to write a book. She quickly helped me realize I would benefit more from business coaching—there was a lot of “clearing” that had to happen.
“In our VIP Day we developed a solid draft business plan, and during our coaching sessions the dots got even more connected. I achieved a new level of clarity in putting things together, articulating how I work with my clients, and creating consistent messaging. I feel much more comfortable and confident now in how I approach different markets. Our time really set me up; now it is all about execution. I only wish I could hire Karin to stay around all the time!”
William can be found at iamwilliambrown.com.
Linda Gupton, brand storyteller
“When you’re writing about a subject that you know really well, it’s almost impossible to tell if you’ve said too much on one topic or not enough on another. Have you clearly explained a concept in a way a novice on the subject will understand?
“Karin provided an outside perspective to help me see my book through the eyes of my reader, identifying where the content was unclear, repetitive, or confusing.
“Every writer needs a great editor!”
Linda and her husband, Charles, help businesses tell their brand story through video, photography, and words. Visit www.charlesgupton.com, where you will find beautiful examples of the Guptons’ work.
Van Carpenter, chief creative officer
“As a creative person and coach myself, it is sometimes difficult to let people help me, particularly in deciding on business direction.
“Karin rescued me from my own complex and creative obfuscations and wisely led me down a path to clarity about what I wanted to do. She accomplished this with great listening skills, targeted strategic questions, and a special knack of knowing what I wanted despite what I was saying! She is a great mix of business strategist, coach, and trusted advisor.
“I heartily recommend Karin if you need coaching and advice to get ‘unstuck’ and start moving in a new business direction with clarity and purpose.”
Van can be found at VanCarpenter.com.
Marjorie Hudson, author, creative writing teacher
“Karin’s gentle and firm coaching has completely transformed the business life of this creative and scattered writer and teacher. I learned bookkeeping! It turns out I kind of enjoy it. Karin’s method of regular meetings, assessments, and goal setting have helped me stay accountable to my goals, and she has been a compassionate guide for me on my hot button issues—money, fees, organization, communication.
“I’ve learned something quite profound: even a feisty, self-directed creative person needs help, all kinds of help, to run a business and achieve challenging goals. I’m learning to seek out and find help for all the things I’ve been putting off for years. I’m so looking forward to the leaps and bounds and transformations this year as I continue to work with her! I really don’t know why I didn’t do this before.”
Visit Marjorie’s website to learn more about her books, workshops, coaching, and speaking.
Betty Morton, leadership, life and spiritual coach
“Karin is helping me find my written voice—to move from literary shyness to boldly sharing my story and ideas.
“She is an insightful, respectful editor who brings my voice to clarity and lifts my writing to new levels.
“Karin is smart, and she works fast.
“I tell every emerging writer I know about her, and I recommend her without reservation.”
Betty is one of the most “present” people I know. If you’re in the market for a coach, learn about her practice at Rise Coaching LLC.
Neeta Mardia, attorney
“I knew my manuscript needed a critical eye on it. I got the impression from the outset that Karin would be objective and take a ‘no-holds-barred’ approach. I also considered whether it would make a difference that my audience is in the UK, not America, and determined that, objectively, this was not key to my choice of professional guidance.
“When I first received Karin’s manuscript critique, I really took a big step back to absorb all the content. She had clearly engaged with the full manuscript, and in particular my core message. Every comment made alongside my manuscript, together with her overview, I fully agreed with. It was a real wake-up call to understand that my manuscript had a lot of content, but that it lacked flow and structure.
“If I had submitted what I initially viewed as a complete manuscript to publishers, it would have been a big mistake. I’m really excited at now completing my book, and I feel much more confident putting forward my book proposal to publishers. I could not have arrived at this point without Karin’s help.
“What I really enjoy about working with Karin is that she doesn’t treat you, or your book, as simply a piece of work. She gives a personal, real connection and puts extra effort in to ensure your success.
“Particularly with your first book, you don’t want to just give your manuscript to anybody to read, as they say it’s a bit like your ‘baby.’ The baby felt in safe hands with Karin. I really can’t thank her enough. To start from a manuscript you are happy with and get to a manuscript you are elated with is a great journey.”
Neeta Mardia is a family law attorney in the UK.