Melissa brings many years of vital publishing and writing knowledge with her. Her knowledge of current trends and approaches in the marketplace in tandem with her solid editorial chops to shape and form a work to appeal to just that arena makes her a valuable resource.”

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam

Managing Director, Editorial at Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

“Like most first-time authors, I was nervous about giving my baby to an editor to carve up. Melissa was gentle with her feedback, and offered suggestions that were both logical and intuitive. She was especially helpful with structure and organization, and her experience with the self-help market took my book from merely interesting to very effective within a couple of drafts. Highly recommend.”

– Epiphany Jordan
Karuna Sessions
Author of Somebody Hold Me: the Single Person’s Guide to Nurturing Human Touch

“Melissa has helped me to nurture my authentic voice as a writer and get clear on the bigger picture of my story and message. Her knowledge of the publishing world combined with her innate wisdom shine through in the way she empowers authors to get their work out there. From punctuation, to title, to flow, to marketing, Melissa has a wealth of knowledge that I feel so grateful to benefit from.”

– Harmony Kwiker
Aligning with essence, loving from wholeness

Author of Reveal: Embody the True Self Beyond Trauma and Conditioning

“I have had the pleasure to work with Melissa Kirk on a number of writing projects. She was my editor on several books and she and I co-authored a book, Depression 101. Melissa has always been such a joy to work with. She clearly has been the best editor I have teamed up with during the past 25 years. Technically, she knows her stuff. She is creative, flexible and a team player. Every project was made significantly better thanks to her help and expertise. Beyond this, she also is simply a wonderful and decent human being. She is a gem. I can recommend her very highly.”

– John Preston, Psy.D
Professor emeritus
Alliant International University, Sacramento


“She provided the quality insights I was looking for from an insider in the self-improvement space. Definitely recommend Melissa for your editorial needs.”

– Palak Shah
Upcoming books (titles not final):

The Gita Project: How an Ancient Hindu Text can Help You Achieve Peace and Success

Brand Genuine: Using the Wisdom of Karma Yoga to Achieve your Professional Dreams

“Working with Melissa was an absolute dream. She provided developmental and copy editing for my first book. I chose Melissa because of her extensive background in creative non-fiction, and boy did it show. She helped me shape my writing into a consistent and compelling voice, achieving the conversational tone I desired. Even better, her questions and comments on each version of the draft prompted me to significantly tighten arguments and stories. I’ll be hiring her again for the next book and would recommend her without hesitation.”

Brian Miller

Author of Three New People

(recently reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly!)

“Melissa expertly guided the content editing process through clear, step-by-step suggestions that improved the flow and impact of my non-fiction manuscript. I found her comments to be helpful and precise. I recommend working with Words to Honey for authors who want to take their text to the next level…”

Josh Lane

Conscious Nature: The Art & Neuroscience Meditating in Nature

“Melissa was the answer! She was able to help me bring clarity and focus to my key points. She was able to point out where I needed more elaboration and where I should cut some material. And she was always positive and encouraging along the way!”

Lisa Samet, ND

Emotional Repatterning: Healing Emotional Pain by Rewiring the Brain
(currently in contract negotiations)

My book will be published in Spring 2020, thanks in part to Melissa’s skill and professionalism.”


Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness

Contracted to Simon & Schuster