"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." --Lilly Ghahremani, JD, MBA, literary agent and co-founder of Full Circle Literary
 Etaf Rum

Etaf Rum

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.
— Etaf Rum, debut novelist A Woman Is No Man (HarperCollins)
 Lee Holcomb, JD

Lee Holcomb, JD

 Heather Sears

Heather Sears

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, author of Mind to Mouth: A Busy Chick's Guide to Mindful Mealtime Moments
 Dr. Robert Graff

Dr. Robert Graff

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
 Tanya Sood

Tanya Sood

…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
 Billy Kilson

Billy Kilson

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.
— Billy Kilson, GRAMMY Award (R) winning drummer, author of The Solid Beat Concept: A Modern Method for Musical Advancement
Finding Cristen Iris was one of those instances that you look back on in awe and wonder how you were so fortunate to find a person that you didn’t even know you needed. However, that’s what happened. Without Cristen, I don’t think my book would have ever been published. Cristen gave me the honest feedback and encouragement that I needed to keep going. Not only did she understood the need of my industry (the legal industry) she also nailed my ideal reader (attorneys). 

Months after our official work finished, she’s continued to reach out to me with ideas and connections to help me in my book launch. I couldn’t be more grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Cristen. I highly recommend Cristen to anyone going through the book writing process.
— Lee Holcomb
 Kim Foster

Kim Foster

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
 Scott Marchant

Scott Marchant

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.
— Scott Marchant, author of the Hiking Idaho series
 Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Thank you to my sharp-eyed editor Cristen Iris. I’m grateful for your sense of humor and fiercely productive availability.
— Laurie Buchanan, PhD, author of The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace
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

Speaking and Workshop Testimonials

"Cristen's engagement with the audience was phenomenal. The information was well presented. She is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and engaging speaker. I highly recommend her as a presenter." --Renee Settle

"Amazing insight. Really appreciate the transparent, no-holds-barred presentation. Tremendous help!" --Jake Levya

"Cristen is an authority and gives a well-structured workshop. Really liked the comparison of nonfiction and fiction and what's at stake for the reader." --Pamela Thompson

"The handout is great and a good resource for later ... excellent talk. You're my role model. I want to be as informed and professional as you are." --CS Kjar

"Cristen's information and presentation are pragmatic. I walked away with gems I can use." --anonymous

“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

"Cristen cares." --anonymous