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Sheryl Schecter, coaching client (January 2022 - December 2022)


During the year I’ve worked with Trish, she has guided me in expanding a long-form essay into a book-length memoir. Through our regular zoom sessions, she’s helped me to fully develop the story lines in the essay so they would resonate with a wider audience. When my confidence flagged and I questioned if I even had a story to tell, she would expertly identify the greater concepts I’d addressed and teach me how to expand them into a progressive story and support them with scenes and dialogue.


Trish is extraordinarily easy to talk with and our conversations were invaluable in helping me flesh out what to include to support my thesis. If we disagreed--a rare occurrence--we respectfully listened to one another’s point of view; Trish never changed my words or conclusions and always respected my role as the author and her role as my advisor.


Finally, Trish was invaluable in teaching me book structure and, yes, even punctuation when I got too enthusiastic with commas or misplaced my quotation marks and parentheses. I’ve worked with other editors (some names you’d recognize) and give Trish all the credit for moving me further along in my writing career than any of her predecessors.  


Trish Lockard helped turn my dream of being an author into a reality. I always wanted to publish a book and Trish made the process easy. 

Her prices are reasonable and she was always prompt and thorough in her edits. I highly recommend Trish!

Butch Evans, author of Smooth Sailing with Options

Coming early 2022

I’ve been publishing since 1984 and this is the first time I’ve used a professional editor. Wow. I had no idea what I was missing. Trish is an excellent editor, very skilled at her work, and not only did she turn my book into a polished manuscript, I learned a lot about the editing process and what it takes to really take a book to a publishing level. Not only that but she was fun to work with. Five stars. I highly recommend Trish for your work, from big projects to small.


Trish coached me in writing Foster Parenting Matters: Creating a Home of Hope and Healing, my first book, helping me write my story so that others would want to read it. I learned so much through her firm yet kind guidance. Later, Trish edited my book with great expertise, helping to polish my work. I would definitely use Trish again. 

I highly recommend Trish Lockard. Writing my first book was scary and vulnerable but Trish helped make my dream a reality. Trish helped me through the process by providing constructive feedback and timely edits. Her prices were fair and she also put me in contact with other professionals to help with the art and cover. I hope to use her services again on my next endeavor.


Krystal Fortney, LPC-MHSP, author of Broken Gems Therapeutic Journal


As a first-time author who knew very little about the editing process; I found Trish to be very supportive and easy to work with! She offered suggestions to improve my writing and really helped me translate the message of emotional wellness for my future readers. Trish connected me with other professionals and really contributed her skills to my first amazing piece of work. If you are searching for a timely but challenging editor, Trish would be the perfect choice! I look forward to working with her on my next project.

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Leda Porter, Author of 25 Dates To Happily Never After


After publishing my first book, I realized that I had some editing issues and I was embarrassed. So much that I didn’t promote the book as planned. As I was nearing completion of my second book, I started having anxiety because I had no idea where I would find a reputable editor. Well, call it divine intervention, but somehow, I found the Editorial Freelancers Association website and I found Trish.

I sent an inquiry and she responded within a day. From the moment we started corresponding, she was very pleasant and encouraging. I sent her the first chapter of my book and I really loved her feedback. Trish never tried to change my voice or the tone of my book. She was also very honest with me when she suggested changes. I appreciate her for that.

Trish was a pleasure to work with. She kept the lines of communication open with me and I never questioned anything she said. I felt very comfortable with her throughout the process. I told her my timeline and she was able to work with it.

If you want to work with an experienced editor, then I recommend Trish. She challenges you in a way that makes you a better writer. She is professional and honest. Those are qualities I look for when I am working with someone. I am more confident in my writing skills and I can’t wait to share this book with the world. I’m sure this will not be our last time working together. Thank you, Trish, for being so amazing! I couldn’t have made it without you!

Dr. Terri L. Lyon, author and activist at Life At The Intersection

From Acknowledgments, What's On Your Sign? How to focus your passion and change the world.

My fantastic editor Trish (Richert) Lockard contributed to this book in many ways. After she reviewed my NaNoWriMo draft, she had excellent ideas for the structure of the content. She also suggested creative additions such as interviewing local activists. That's my favorite part of the book now. She walks that tightrope between inspiration and critique perfectly.... I'm not sure I would have made it without you, Trish!


Trish Lockard Terri Lyon
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