"I had the very, very fortunate experience of choosing Tell Tell to both edit and assist me in the publication of my poetry book When Night Sets In. Tell Tell's guidance, support, and advice proved invaluable! Already a published author, I had worked with other writers and editors before.
Working with Tell Tell was a true joy. Their experience, wisdom and creativity enhanced my work immeasurably. I would and do recommend Tell Tell to assist anyone who writes poetry and wants to publish their work, or simply to make it better. Tell Tell Poetry is amazing!" - Richard Jaffe, author of When Night Sets In
“Kallie Falandays is just as gifted a teacher as she is a poet (and that is really saying something.) She will take your poem and ask just the right questions and suggest just the right directives to mold your poem into something you envisioned, but were unable to execute on your own. More importantly, she does this in a seemingly effortless and extremely sensitive manner. She gets to the core of your words and helps you improve your poem from the inside out until you are satisfied. Her patience and insights are unending.”
“Kallie edited my novel, “Ella Bandita and the Wanderer,” and she was a pleasure to work with. She was efficient, timely, and got the sections back by the promised deadlines. My favorite aspect of working with Kallie is that her editing style was not invasive. Instead of changing sentences and phrases to what she thought would be better, she would suggest changes in the comments section that I could agree to or not. I didn’t always agree to her suggestions, but she was good at pointing out sections that were unclear and/or confusing. Our working relationship was a lovely, collaborative process.”
— Montgomery Mahaffey
“Kallie is an editor extraordinaire! Her feedback helps me turn my little sow’s ear into a silk purse (which is supposed to be impossible). Her style is so friendly; she can say anything at all about one of my poems and I am eager to hear it. Her ability to do fine-tuning is very impressive, and I am always amazed that by the end of our process, the lines have become so smooth. Sometimes I can’t recognize the piece for the sheer quality that has emerged in revision.The distinctive elements she brings to her editing include a fine ear, a delicate sense of rhythm and timing, an extraordinary understanding of nuance, a storehouse of literary comparisons, and an intense respect for my intention and my voice. Her deep, innate understanding of human nature helps me make sure my characters don’t say or do anything inconsistent with their natures. And she’s funny.Kallie has a magic touch, helping me hear the full potential of each piece, and where it ought to go. And, here’s the best part: not only are her suggestions incisive, but the manner in which she makes them is subtle, gentle and tactful! ”
“Kallie is rare among editors and manuscript consultants for her ability to pinpoint how a poem can be strengthened on its own terms. What is striking and immediately helpful is her ability to comprehend the structure, mood and intention of a poem and zero in on what needs to be addressed. I should emphasize that rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach, she is attentive to the particular qualities of each poem. Recently, I worked with her as I pared down and chose destinations for serial poems, and a series that had always been somewhat sprawling was immediately published by a journal she recommended. Kallie shows great versatility when it comes to various forms: she is as effective when dealing with a piece designed for performance as she is with one that depends heavily on how it is laid out on the page. She is erudite, sensitive and efficient, with an ear that matches her command of craft, and a comfort level with the practical matters that surround the poem. I could not recommend Kallie more highly.”