"Gaynor has been my editor for more than 10 years. In that time she has edited hundreds of my writings, from travel brochures to non-fiction books and fiction novels.
"In 2002 I was writing a book about stress in the workplace, based on workshops that I had given with colleagues across Australia and New Zealand. The book was growing larger and larger as I kept revising, until Gaynor came along and took it from me. She said, "we need a small version that stressed people can use." (My book had been aimed at psychologists and safety consultants, which was, on reflection a rather narrow market.) She took the essential principles from my rambling work, then re-expressed them in a much better way. When she'd finished with it, a major publisher in New Zealand took the book on, and called it "Beating Stress at Work".
"In 2005 I started on my first fiction work, titled, "He Dreamed a Train". I didn't know what the book was at first, except that it was something to do with the way we lay tracks upon the countryside, and about the way that towns can die when the artery of the train line is severed. Gaynor worked with me on this book for the next five years, gently revealing the music that lay hidden in the words, touching the story so softly that its heart was never bruised. It was of course my own life story, and as I wrote it over the years, I came to know myself; the abandoned train line was a symbol of my own emotional life, and as I bought the train back in story, I felt myself come alive too.
"Gaynor just knows when to be hard and when to be soft. She pruned the first book with vigour, and fertilised the second with care. I've finished my train novel now, and I've started on a second. I'm modelling myself upon her as I revise, bravely taking shears to dead paragraphs while waiting patiently for the true form to arrive when I sense something hidden in my stumbling words."
Workplace psychologist and ergonomist; author. Sydney, Australia
"Turning to Gaynor (or Conscious Media), to assist me in editing and producing my book was the best move I made.
"With great patience and sensitivity she took my writing to a professional and polished level. Her attention to detail, and her positive support was a breath of fresh air. She guided me throug difficulties and even at times despair, with great care and intelligence. My book would not have reached the calibre it is without her help and guidance."
Mt Tamborine, QLD
Author: Grail Haven Flower Essences
"I was so lucky to find Gaynor Foster to edit my work, as I had been struggling fruitlessly with text for my website.
The subject matter was spiritual in nature revolving around a new path in healing and communication with horses. I spoke to Gaynor briefly and sent her my fragmented text. I was absolutely delighted with the result. Gaynor had intuitively understood my inner voice and sensitively edited and guided my text to clarity. I look forward to working with Gaynor in the future."
"Gaynor is one of the most generous, loving sincere people I know! She edited my book in record time. She has such a breadth and depth of understanding, exactly what it takes to turn chaos into order, which was exactly what my book was – I honestly thought it was an impossible undertaking and she more than exceeded my expectations.
"She was able to make amazing additions which bridged the gap of what it was I was conveying, and she was able to eliminate the ramble by creating crystal-clear, easily understandable chapters and paragraphs with smooth transitions!
"I highly recommend Gaynor to edit your book especially if it's spiritually based – she will bring it to a new level with her amazing insight and blessings!"
In sincere gratitude and love
Tiffany Silver, California, USA
"I have known Gaynor for many years and have always respected her and
valued her opinion. When the time came to compose text for my website and brochures, there was no question that I would go to her first. My biggest fear was that I might not be able to describe my very unique offering in a way that she would understand well enough to tell to the world. I was thrilled to see what came back!
"My incomplete and poorly articulated thoughts were presented in clear and concise language, but still sounding like something that I would really say. I was also surprised at how fast she turned it around. I was really working on a deadline so I was grateful for that!
"One more thing that I really appreciate about working with Gaynor is that she is honest and straightforward with her feedback. She will tell you what works and what doesn't, and explain why. I would recommend Gaynor to anyone who needs a qualified and experienced editor."
Relationship Counsellor, Sydney, Australia
"I first met Gaynor as part of my preparation for a journey to India in June 2010. I discovered that she was also an editor...and I just happened to be writing a book. What synchronicity?
"I basically had no idea how to put my thoughts and feelings into any sort of order, which I was becoming increasingly frustrated about.
"I engaged Gaynor and found very quickly that she not only know what she was doing, but she had an extraordinary ability to ask questions about what was missing in the manuscript. This enabled me to search more deeply into my desires to bring more than I ever imagined to my story.
"I am immensely grateful to Gaynor for her persistence, aptitude and integrity in our work together on The Absen T.
"Blessings and deepest thanks."
Corporate Coach and Mentor, Sydney, Australia
"Gaynor edited and proofed my very first astrological article and subsequently my first Sun Sign column some 14 years ago. I found her editing both sensitive and subtle – somehow she always managed to make my words flow better, yet with little indiscernible change. The test for me is that I always hear my own voice when I re-read the proofed copy of my work.
Her help and encouragement over the years has brought me to the point where the book I once thought to be only a pipe dream is now a very real possibility – and for that I am extremely grateful…"
PMAFA, DMANZ, QA FAA Astrologer, Auckland, New Zealand