“It was somewhat terrifying being a first-time author on a very tight four-month deadline. That fear disappeared almost immediately when I started working with Emily.
It was not just that her comments and edits always made a particular sentence, paragraph or page better, it was her sense of calm and professionalism that infused every interaction I had with her. Emily's judgment and vision did far more, though, than simply make my book better, in many ways she made Bailout the book that it was.
I can't imagine how I would have made it through the process without her, and no recommendation that I could give could possibly capture the value that she adds as an editor. She is the best at what she does, and any author fortunate enough to have her input as an editor will have a far better book — and book-writing experience -- as a result.”
--Neil Barofsky, author of New York Times bestseller Bailout
"You could not ask for a better editor. Emily is brilliant at bringing out the best in a writer, passionate about her projects and a demon at structure and detail. She is an excellent judge of tone, pace and style, and if you need her, always there for you at the end of the phone. She manages to find a way of improving every page."
--Alex Bellos, author of Here's Looking at Euclid
"Emily understands that the most important editing happens before any paragraphs are written. What's the book really about? What do you want readers to both know and feel when the book is done? What's the most powerful way to tell the story? Emily is not only good at all that, she knows how to do it, how to talk about it.
When there are chapters written, you discover that Emily's editing sensibility is as good as her conceptual thinking. She's great at seeing whether chapters have the right narrative drive, whether the stories make the themes vivid, she's great at seeing what's missing. And she's also very good — scarily good — at line editing.
Emily also has something most editors really lack: A vivid sense of the market, of what books sell, what kinds of books people want to read, of how to market a book once it's done. Her support there has been rare, and also invaluable.
Both my books have benefitoted on every page from having Emily Loose as my editor, and I hope to use her on books #3 and #4, whenever those might occur."
--Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect and The Big Thirst
“In working on Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Emily Loose helped me to understand what I was struggling to say, and then she helped me find the right voice and narrative with which to say it. She was the first person to share my vision of Mongolian history, and then she saw how it could be made into a compelling book, allowing me to see my own work very differently while keeping my original goal. She helped me to write a successful version of the book I wanted to write rather than telling me I should be writing another book.
I hope that she will help me on every book that I write.”
--Jack Weatherford, author of New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
“ Whether you write nonfiction or novels, essays or op-eds, you quickly learn that having your work "edited" can mean many different things, from "barely touched" to "aggressively ruined."
Emily works in the sweet spot between the unfortunate extremes: She balances an intense appreciation for the writer's individual voice and specific purposes with a pitch-perfect ear for when the voice isn't working or the purposes aren't being fulfilled. And she has the all-important editorial gift for seeing a writing project's architecture clearly even when the writer themselves can't quite make it out -- which was particularly important in my case, because she worked with me on the longest project of my career, shepherding it from the seven-page outline stage to the baggy monster of a rough draft phase to the streamlined-but-still-substantial finished product.
I couldn't have done it without her, and I'm confident that any writer fortunate enough to have her on their side will say the same.”
--Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of Bad Religion