“If you are writing a book, or anything for that matter, your work will be greatly enhanced by first running it by the editorial skills of Amy Farrar. I found working with her was very easy and her suggestions very beneficial. Her totally objective viewpoint was closer to my readers than I was. I highly recommend her.”
Michael Meiers, The Second Holocaust - How the AIDS Epidemic Was Created in a CIA Black Operation
Prior to Amy editing a book I was writing I did not know her. She was great—throughout the entire process she made sure that our communications were understandable, and that she was conveying the message I wanted to get across. She worked hard to understand my point of view and learn about the subject matter and also about who I was as a person and author. I was not only impressed with her skills and knowledge of the English language but with her personality as a caring, kind, environmentally aware and straightforward person. We still communicate and I would recommend Amy for any writing work or really any project you are working on. I know that Amy will bring success to whatever project she is involved with. I will gladly ask for her assistance in all my upcoming projects. Thank you Amy!
Jay Hill, author of 2012: A Guide to Spiritual Awareness.
"It was very easy to work with Amy. Once she started editing my book, she gave me regular updates letting me know how things were progressing. Amy made some very useful suggestions and pointed out things in the book that needed clarification. She suggested I put a map in my book letting readers know where in Europe my book was set and to add a page explaining some of the terms I had used. Amy’s skills were invaluable to me and I feel I now have a very professional manuscript."
"It was a pleasant experience working with Amy! I liked the way she communicated with me throughout the process. She is an extremely good editor, and she made me feel confident enough to follow her edits and guidelines!"
Tehmina Khan (dissertation writer)
In late 2021, I contracted with Amy Farrar to edit my personal memoir. With text, figures, footnotes, and appendices, the manuscript totaled almost 900 pages (300,000 words).
After agreeing to accept the work, Ms. Farrar was both prompt and professional in providing me with a contract that included a time and cost estimate. I found the terms more than reasonable and agreed to have her move forward with the editing. Over the period of about three months, she proceeded with her work and was always liberal in her communications with me about her progress and about things that she thought might need discussion.
After her edits and after rereading the manuscript, I was frankly surprised by how good it “sounded” and was more than satisfied with her efforts. In fact, I added an extra $100 to the final payment as an indication of my total satisfaction with the work.
I found Ms. Farrar to be most professional, more than competent, very efficient, and easy to work with. I am pleased to recommend her most highly and without hesitation to anyone in need of her editing skills.
Robert G. Lanier, PhD
"This was an exceptionally well-done overview and glimpse into the lives of young people who have ADHD. Although this is not a lengthy book, I found that it was packed with important information that not only the young adult can learn about, but also the parents and caregivers of those afflicted with any form of ADHD. The most interesting part of the book is the glimpses we get into the lives of young people and families who actually are dealing with the disorder.
We not only see the difficulties they encounter, but also their successes. This book is amazingly thorough, but shies away from being overly technical and boring. There are numerous informative sidebars, including actual reproductions of USA Today news clips that give us an historical overview of the many aspects of the disorder. In the back of the book is a thorough index, a glossary, a listing of numerous resources, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.”
There’s something special about a noncelebrity memoir.
With a celebrity memoir, you usually know at least a teensy bit about the person and their life experiences before you even crack open their book.
But with a noncelebrity memoir, you tend to go in with fewer assumptions and “spoilers.” With a noncelebrity memoir, you are given a valuable opportunity to learn something new about life.
I recently read one such memoir, namely Amy Farrar’s “A Jersey Girl’s Guide to the Universe.” This memoir is a testament to how alike all of us really are, just people doing our best to navigate our time and place in the world. It also shows how, in one way or another, we are not alone.
Despite the circumstances of Farrar’s life and my own being quite different, Farrar is incredibly relatable. Reading her memoir feels like reading an email or a letter from a friend or family member, especially when she discusses the less exciting albeit focal aspects of life (e.g., health issues, job stress).
The memoir has a fairly mellow tone, but Farrar’s spunky personality is nevertheless evident. Her writing style is crisp and casual. She does not mince words.
Despite its short length (184 pages), the book is packed with fun stories and interesting musings. Farrar tells of her Slovakian immigrant grandparents, of the highs and lows throughout her childhood and adulthood, and of the unexpected love she found miles from her hometown.
What really intrigued me was Farrar’s openness about her paranormal experiences. She talks about her experiences with lucid dreams, premonitions, and more as matter-of-factly as she talks about hairstyles and Halloween costumes. She normalizes her encounters with the supernatural, claiming to live with “one foot on terra firma and another in some other dimension.”
Farrar talks a little bit about a lot. But each detail, no matter how large or small, feels intentionally placed for the sake of a greater purpose―teaching us that there is more to life than what meets the eye. And by revealing both the particularities of her day-to-day life over the years and the realizations that she has gained over time, she also demonstrates that maybe we are not so different from one another after all.
If you are looking for a quick and comfortable read, then “Jersey Girl” may be worth bumping to the top of your reading list.
You don’t have to be a UFO and paranormal enthusiast … this book is about a lived experience of an empath that can resonate with everyone. Bravo to the author for taking risks to tell a story she knows some people will dismiss in order to connect and lift other people who won’t!
Amy Farrar is an excellent writer and has done such a great service to other people who have had paranormal experiences and experiences with UFOs. She makes us feel that we are not alone - literally and figuratively!
The book is also a wonderful time capsule of the Princeton NJ area during the 80s. I highly recommend this book, it’s a great read and hard to put down!
This guide is a user-friendly reference book that freelancers of all skill levels, from novice to experienced, will find very helpful. Farrar's book is concise, yet packed full of sound advice and helpful insights based on her own hard-won years of experience in the freelancing trenches.
Some of the book's chapters focus on very general topics applicable to all freelancers ("Tools of the Trade", "Fees and Contracts"), while others provide information specific to particular types of freelancing ("How to Write for a Magazine or Newspaper", "How to Get Your Book Published".) Each chapter contains engaging personal anecdotes, solid recommendations, and cautions against common freelancing pitfalls that many newer freelancers will find particularly illuminating as well as entertaining.
Written in an engaging, personal style, this book addresses issues from how to write better to how to write for newspapers and magazines, how to write books, and how to work for other types of clients. In the course of this, Amy Farrar covers query letters, finding clients and managing client relationships, pricing, and many other topics.
Amy was instrumental in helping me with the editing of my first two books. Her career experiences are truly an exceptional gift to learn from. This guide is a great resource to help people establish their freelance writing independence.
Well written for the middle school child who has some previous exposure to the sciences. Looks at the historical data, the basic science of measurement, and the effects of global warming. Broad scope and great introductory book for concepts. Lists additional resources, references, and glossary. I plan to give it to my grandson for an intro into the environmental sciences.