Be it life experience, training, or simply natural ability that allows Kurt Brindley to home into what works and what doesn’t in a piece of writing, it is an editorial skill that is much needed in a field of activity that is intrinsically subjective and where it is all too easy, despite one’s best efforts, to fool oneself as to what one has achieved. As a proven friend of independent writers, he has a track record of doing what one expects from a friend — a fair assessment of one’s efforts and ongoing support in fine-tuning the results. Having not only been at the receiving end of his critiques but also exercised my own upon Kurt’s publications, I am reassured that his is a sensibility that separates the literary wheat from the prosaic chaff whose presence is perhaps the worst sin that we writers commit.
– PAUL XYLINIDES, author of THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA
Kurt Brindley’s sharp eye and cogent editorial suggestions were a tremendous help in getting my self-published book Hawser to a professional level. He has a thorough understanding of grammar as well as excellent proofreading abilities, catching errors that other editors missed. Most of all, Kurt is not afraid to make suggestions about story arc and continuity that can help make a good story great. I heartily recommend his services.
– J HARDY CARROLL, author of HAWSER
I met Kurt Brindley through his poetry collection Poems from the River. If you haven’t read his poem “The Barn” do — he has a love of words. That alone is a recommendation for this service. He also reviewed one of my short stories, gave honest and thorough feedback, plus a much needed editing. You can trust Kurt with your words.
– JOHN NORTHCUTT YOUNG, author of IN MEMORY OF
…Mr. Brindley’s writing is refreshing and clear. The text is clear of typos and grammar errors that mar so many other books, so you can concentrate on the story. He communicates richly the facets of navy life, and we are given enough description to vividly picture the places on the ship such as the quarters, the bowels of the tanks, and the ship’s mess. Ultimately, this book examines prejudice and assumptions and wrestles with the inevitability of our actions: Are we programmed to act as we do, or are we free to act in whatever way we please? Do our roles define us and others around us?
– MARK BOWES, Amazon Review for The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor