Carin Jayne Casey, Chester, VA
“A New Song Rises Up! Sharing Struggles Toward Salvation” September 29, 2020
Before publishing ‘A New Song Rises Up!’ and the Study Guide, it had been over five years since my previous books. But I still vividly remember the emotionally painful struggles I faced with various editor criticism that ensued during that very personal process.
Not with Kim! Her comments were always upbeat, positive, encouraging, and kind. With Kim working with me, editing was a fun portion to birthing these creations.
She was always patient, even when I would suddenly need to add or change content and when I was demanding with cover design. Writing began late January/early February with release scheduled for September 29, 2020. In addition to all the complications that come with the COVID-19, we traveled through this Pandemic era with unique personal challenges (i.e., my son’s passing and Kim’s health emergency).
Kim brought me awesome resource references and helped me every step of the way through the launch – a wonderful experience to cherish. We made it! I sincerely appreciate all that Kim did along our journey so I can now share my message of hope to the world. I recommend Kim for your book journey!
Dr. Kimberly Matthews,
“Kim is so knowledgeable about the publishing process that she makes it look easy. Kim is a delight to work with, she made my dream come true of becoming a children’s book author.” ~Dr. Kimberly Matthews, author of Forever Friends.
Angela B. Brown, Petersburg, VA
Co-Author, “Mary Tells Her Story”
Kim Eley, CEO of KWE Publishing, and Angela B. Brown, founder of Yeshua’s House, on the day they signed their contract to work together. Their collaboration, Mary Tells Her Story: The True Founder of Yeshua’s House, is the compilation of stories from Angela’s mother, Mary. Mary lost her mother at an early age from domestic violence. Grandmother Angela’s tragic end in 1917 had bright beginnings in 2013. Her stories are poignant, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes utterly heartbreaking. Mary Tells Her Story was published in October 2019, and all proceeds go towards Yeshua’s House. Click here to purchase your copy on Amazon.
“Writing a book can be a lonely process unless you have someone who is also invested in it. Kim Wells Eley was invested in the process of bringing Mary Tells Her Story to light. Kim, in editor mode, broke the news to me: Mom’s orally recorded stream of consciousness memories were hard to follow. After corralling Mom’s loping thoughts into chapters, even I had a greater appreciation for Mom’s life.” ~Angela B. Brown
DeNita Turner, Glen Allen, VA
Author of “Pass the Word”
“Kim is creative, professional, talented, and a joy to work with.”
Angela Edwards, Richmond, VA
Co-Author of “Gutsy Tales Off the Rails”
“Kim Eley has been wonderful to work with. Our group of storytellers decided to put our stories into a book, and Kim was there for us every step of the journey. She not only made the process painless, but turned it into a fun adventure for us all. Kim advised the group and guided us through the process while managing input from each individual. As if that weren’t enough, she guided each of us through the same process with our own individual books. Kim is an amazing person with a can-do attitude, a sense of fun, and an amazing knowledge of publishing. I highly recommend working with Kim and KWE Publishing to anyone thinking of publishing their book. “
Rachel M, Canby, OR
“Kim Eley was a WONDERFUL editor to work with; especially on my first book when the process felt somewhat overwhelming and scary. Kim took all the scary out of it and made the tedious process of editing a whole lot more manageable and fun. I heard the phrase, “Editors just want to rewrite your book!” and I can actually say this is NOT the case whatsoever with Kim. Instead, she enhances your work, while preserving your “voice” throughout the writing process. Kim is now, not only my Editor, but a friend as well. I highly recommend KWE Publishing for your next book.”
Mary Beth Thompsen, Richmond, VA
Mary Beth has been working on writing her book for about 10 years. She came to the KWE Publishing Writing Retreat in Blackstone March 15-17, 2019 and got inspired! Check out her testimonial.
Magdaline D., MD
“The Weekend Writer’s Retreat was exactly what I needed to light a fire under me and get me writing again. The workshops provided by Kim outlined the writing process, from start to finish, and the fellowship among the authors was phenomenal. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this amazing weekend. Not only did I start my book, but I also made some new friendships for life. Thank you again Kim – can’t wait till the next one!!”
Diana Parra, M.A., Phoenix, AZ
Author of “Leading With a Broken Heart”
“Kim is a phenomenal writing coach and publisher. With her coaching I published my first book and met my publishing deadline. Throughout the process, Kim provided direction, excellent feedback, and insight. Her perspective was invaluable and with her guidance the integrity of my book and it’s message were maintained. She was so fun to work with and her laughter is infectious. I highly recommend Kim and I look forward to working with her again in the future. “
Lisa Bennett, Richmond, VA
Lisa is an awesome optometrist on a mission! She’s writing her first book (YAY!) to encourage parents to get their kids’ eyes checked…and she’s using a children’s book format to write it! She and Kim are collaborating on her book which will be released in 2021. She talks about the KWEPUB Writing Retreat held March 15-17, 2019.
Etta H. Bond, Henrico, VA
Author of “Reaching New Heights: Poems of Inspiration”
“For the past year, I have worked with Kim Eley on a life long dream of writing a book of poetry. As a result of having the opportunity to work with her, I am very proud to say that my dream is now a reality. It can often prove to be a challenging task when one works toward accomplishing the goal of writing a book; however, I am a firm believer that having the right person working along with you makes all the difference. Someone that is easy to work with, knowledgeable, considerate, focused, and I certainly don’t want to leave out her bubbly personality, which makes it more a delight to work with her. When an individual is working with a person that possesses these types of characteristics, who thinks about quitting? I count it a privilege to have worked with Kim in publishing my very first book of poetry, and I am so looking forward to working with her with publishing other books.”
Heather LeRoss, Seattle, WA
Author of “Just Tell Me I’m Pretty!”
“I recently had the pleasure of working with Kim on editing my book. Kim followed up with me right away after I sent her the manuscript, asking about my audience, my goals and what exactly I was looking for from her. She gave me a time-frame for completion and finished long before estimation. Her feedback was warm, kind and thoughtful, and showed me she had read the entire book. She gave careful thought to her suggestions, all of which were spot on. I’d work with and recommend Kim for anyone who wants a thorough review of their work, delivered with sincerity and the gentleness all writers hope for when reviewing feedback on their projects.” (2017)
Heather Z., Fargo, ND
“Kim’s infectious enthusiasm and encouragement inspired me to share my stories with her after which she provided succinct and productive feedback. This process of sharing my story and getting her feedback busted me through my writing blocks. She also gave me great tidbits of wisdom on how to overcome my limiting thoughts and beliefs. Her infectious laugh can convince any avoidant writer to cut the excuses and get down to business. I thought writing had to be painful, but Kim makes it fun again!” (2017)
Valerie McCloud, Midlothian, VA
Author Valerie arrived at the retreat with one book idea in mind. After our strategy session, she realized she wanted to pursue another book idea! The retreat was held March 15-17, 2019.
Yemaja Jubilee and L. Roi Boyd III, Richmond VA
Kim Eley with Yemaja Jubilee, author of “Couldn’t Keep It To Myself,” at top, and L. Roi Boyd III, aka “Professor Pop Culture,” author of “Bless His Soul: The Agony, The Ecstasy, and The Destiny of Michael Jackson”, at bottom. Taken at the Cultural Libations event on March 23, 2018.
Emma N., Prince George, VA
“Kim Eley was part of my support team when I decided to return to school after 22 years to pursue my Master of Business Administration degree and she is part of my support team on journey to obtain my doctoral degree. She reviewed my papers to ensure that I used the proper format, grammar, and punctuation. She did an excellent job reviewing and editing my work which led to her reviewing and editing my son’s work while working on his doctoral degree which he received in 2013. Everyone needs a person like Kim Eley on their team. Having Kim review and edit my work gives me a sense of relief and confidence that my work is exceptional.”
Emma and Dorian Newberg with Jerry Eley at the “Tickers” book signing at the Bucket Trade in Petersburg, VA, on July 30, 2017.
Dyanne J., Franklin, VA
“Kim makes the writing and publishing process feel so achievable.”
Catherine S., San Diego, CA
“Kim is an excellent communicator. She listens attentively, responds with grace to any questions, and makes sure that everyone on the team is well-represented and included in discussions. She was attentive and responsive to the needs of our project and as issues came up, she was very professional in how she handled the challenges.” (2018)
Pamela P., Prince George, VA
“I met Kim during Christmas at Panera’s. I call her my Christmas miracle because I was in great need of learning more about the writing process. Kim and I met weekly for a few months. She guided me through the process of changing my manuscript into third person, pointed out several key factors, and was actively involved through the process. We shared invaluable information about the writing field and marketing. It’s true she has a bubbly personality that you will enjoy while you’re in her care. I plan to continue to work with Kim through the process as I navigate my way through the field of writing and publishing. Thank you, Kim, for your support and friendship.”
Roberta C., Manakin-Sabot, VA
Author of “Sheep & the Shepherd”
“Kim Eley took my manuscript and turned it into a beautiful book! Her own publishing experience enabled her to give advice throughout the process. She was very helpful with details and even suggested a way to make the color of the text visually compatible with the illustrations in a pleasing way. Her many contacts made expertise available when needed to address unusual aspects. Graphic designers were called on for help for small details. As a first-time author with no knowledge of publishing protocol, I found her help essential and her resources invaluable.”
In a word, she is a ‘gem’…She is a great presenter who connects exceptionally well with her audience.
Aideen F., Columbia, MD
“I have worked with Kim several times during the rewrites of my manuscript and her input has been INVALUABLE! I think every writer, especially those of us who are just starting out, shares their work with fear and trepidation, like a mother leaving her baby at daycare for the first time; we desperately hope that our work will be loved, respected, and cared for as much as we love, respect, and care for it. In Kim, I have found the most loving and nurturing caregiver for my work and for myself as a writer! She has given me the perfect balance of encouraging positive feedback and productive constructive criticism. My work and myself as a writer are worlds better because of Kim’s input and guidance and I will be forever grateful to her!”