Lilly Ghahremani, JD, MBA, literary agent and co-founder of Full Circle Literary

"After 15+ years in publishing, I can say that Cristen sets the gold standard for freelance editing. She recently worked with us on a client's memoir proposal, including an extensive amount of co-writing of sample chapters. From the start of the process, I was highly impressed with her writing, her ideas, and just how much organization and inspiration she brought to the project. Her writing was beautiful, clear, and very true to the author's unique voice. Collaborating with her has been a joy for both author and agent. She had tremendous impact on this project, and we will look forward to working with her on many more, given our experience."

Billy Kilson, GRAMMY Award ® winner

"Through a series of phone calls, well, more like countless times of me bugging Cristen, she always greeted me with grace, kindness, and at times mercy…. Anyone who, whether a professional or a novice like me, is looking for some help and assistance with writing, your one stop is Cristen Iris. It’s an over-stated cliche, but I literally could not have done this without her.  I had a beat and a concept, but she helped make it solid."


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Etaf Rum, author of A Woman Is No Man (HarperCollins)

“Cristen is the most BRILLIANT editor I have ever worked with. Her editorial comments on my novel ... helped me recognize several patterns in my writing style, both good and bad. She has an eye for what good writing should read like, and every single comment she made was 100% accurate. That kind of editing is a gift that few people possess. She will always be my go-to editor.”

Update: Etaf Rum’s debut novels sells in a six-figure preempt deal with world rights


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"Cristen is a true professional on every level ...

... As a leader for the Nonfiction Authors Association, she provided support, training and encouragement for her team. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she never hesitates to go above and beyond to exceed expectations. She has been a valued asset to our organization and will no doubt continue to dazzle all those she works with in the future." --Stephanie Chandler, CEO and founder, Nonfiction Authors Association


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Scott Marchant, author of the Hiking Idaho series

"Your efforts have made this book the best one yet, so thank you so much for working on the project. You have taught me many things regarding the editing process. It is a great relief to see this book almost completed."


Cristen is incredibly efficient as a researcher, able to quickly wade through large documents and produce a summary relevant to the topic at hand. She is adept at knowing how much she can realistically take on. Great communication skills ...
— Dr. Robert Graff, Chronic Disease and Environmental Health Epidemiologist

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"Cristen Iris is an excellent speaker who is known for her editing skill and professionalism. She clearly expresses relevant material that I can immediately apply in my business. I appreciate Cristen’s ability to readily handle questions and offer well-researched methods and ideas. I know I will always come away with valuable takeaways when I hear her speak." -Kim Foster, freelance book editor


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Heather Sears

author of Mind to Mouth: A Busy Chick's Guide to Mindful Mealtime Moments

It was a privilege to work with Cristen. She is a highly knowledgeable editor and a wonderfully precise thinker. Her skill, commitment to excellence, and ability to understand my intent, inhabit it, and articulate it improved my manuscript tremendously. Our editing process was a fun partnership and I highly recommend her!
— Heather Sears

As a presenter, teacher, author, and Toastmaster, I am always delighted to find someone as talented, graceful, and professional as Cristen Iris. She exudes confidence, displays high organizational skills, while being able to deliver each person’s needs in a training setting. She’s a gem in our community, and I’m thankful to know and work with her.
— Sherry Briscoe, author and workshop organizer for the Idaho Writers Guild

 Tanya Sood, author of  She Has Risen: Resurrect Your Divine Feminine Wisdom and Celebrate Your Miraculous Girly Bits    "…you….are so incredibly… AWESOME!!! I love you! Thank you for your brilliance, and your deep contributions to this work. I am so grateful for you."

Tanya Sood, author of She Has Risen: Resurrect Your Divine Feminine Wisdom and Celebrate Your Miraculous Girly Bits

"…you….are so incredibly… AWESOME!!! I love you! Thank you for your brilliance, and your deep contributions to this work. I am so grateful for you."


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"Thank you to my sharp-eyed editor Cristen Iris. I'm grateful for your sense of humor and fiercely productive availability."

Laurie Buchanan, PhD, also the author of Note to Self