Praise for 7 Memories
You were invaluable in helping me see my project through from the earliest stages to publication. You read my manuscript with an impartial thoughtfulness and with intelligence. You made helpful suggestions for change and aided me to implement them. Your editing was always for the improvement of the work.
When it was time to find an agent and a publisher, you helped me along every step of the way. You never gave me false hope, but provided gentle encouragement. Your opinions were always wise! Now that my book has been published and is receiving the positive comments of others, I truly know it couldn’t have been done without you.
After receiving my MFA, publishing many stories, and receiving awards for my writing, I knew I was a skilled writer. But, like any writer, I have areas in my work that need improvement. Trish, you gave me exceptional, directive support in those areas – in my case, plot and wordiness. With your guidance, it took me only six months to write the book I’ve been trying to write for years — and to get a top New York literary agent to represent me. Now, a major publishing house has bought the rights and will be publishing it. You led me (at times hand-held me) through the process of creating a superb query and synopsis. I could not have done this without you.
With your coaching, there were such noticeable changes in my writing. I received more education from you, than I did in most college courses. It was quite intense. In fact, it was remarkable. You are a talented woman with so much integrity. You changed the course of my life. I am now a published author and freelance reporter.
In today’s ultra-competitive market, even seasoned writers can use an objective and knowledgeable mentor. Trish, you helped me refine my marketing queries and did so in a pleasant, constructive manner. The first query I sent after consulting with you has resulted in a publishing contract. Thanks, Trish!
I’m amazed that I could continuously work on this book and, line by line, taking my time, see how I could slice a word or phrase here and there, to the benefit of not only pace but impact of meaning. I have truly learned more in this work triggered by your help than in 20+ years and four prior novels. The passion and dexterity I have down; but it’s really more about craft.
Trish Benesh is a literary critic who has guided me through 27 drafts of “Hey, Doc! Does Speling Count?” She combines a professional attitude with a great sense of humor and a positive outlook on life (sprinkled with a few ironic twists). I knew she was perfect for me in our initial email exchange, and that gut level impression never changed. While no author likes his/her work criticized, I always welcomed the 7 or 8 three-page, single-spaced critiques I commissioned from Trish. She was able to identify problems I could not see, but, more importantly, she presented her suggestions in ways I could immediately accept. Never once was I hurt, discouraged, or upset by her critiques. In the end, I agreed with every suggestion she made.
I must tell you how much I appreciate your guidance and advice. After reading through some of the comments on your web site, I have to admit that unlike some of your other clients, I have never felt possessive about what I’ve written, or what should be cut or added. Being a novice writer, I rely on your insight and look forward to the revisions. The direction you give for adjusting, rewriting or creating prose is encouraging and allows for thought-provoking creativity. Learning how to write a synopsis and query letter with your guidance turned into a fun exercise. I have thoroughly enjoyed the writing process and have learned much more than I ever imagined. I am almost embarrassed when I think of the first piece I sent to you. The story certainly has developed since its first submission and I look forward to working with you on future projects
I had been working so long on my novel, I was just sick of it. Trish, you helped me with your short collaborative exercises that weren’t too overwhelming. Working on the exercises together and having someone out there giving me instant feedback was extremely helpful. I’m living in a remote rural part of Nevada and I feel somewhat isolated.The longer exercises didn’t seem overwhelming, either. Working with you resulted in a breakthrough for me and I could see that I had to make a couple of major changes to the novel. Your exercises allowed me to see the forest through the trees. These simple, short assignments really helped. (Although they really weren’t so simple, after all.) But I thought it was fun and interesting and it got me writing again.
I must admit I have learned more from you helping me with this book then I would have by taking a course or even reading about what to do. I think my book is much better and I have been able to include everything that is important. I really enjoyed the rewriting process. I am interested in seeing how we revise the synopsis and write the cover letter to agents. I look forward to working with you on the sequel.
Trish, you’ve helped me do it again. This time a major publisher has bought the rights to my memoir and offered a six-figure advance. And again, I could not have done this without you.
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