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.
Kerry Cohen Hoffman, MFA, Lennox, MA, author of Easy, published by Simon & Shuster.
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.
Sharon Romm, MD, Seattle, WA, author of Dating After 50, published by Quill Driver Books
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. 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.
Kerry Cohen Hoffman,MFA, Portland, OR
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.
Morgan Hunt, Ashland, OR
Trish, I received the final version of the nonfiction proposal and it looks great. I can't thank you enough for your help. I see now that although I think I'm a pretty good writer, I didn't know jack crap about writing a proposal. I cringe at the thought of sending my original draft to my prospective agent. Thank goodness I came to you. Very impressive. ... And now I've been signed by a top New York literary agent.
Jon Ibrahim, Chicago, IL, author of Chicago Tribune Redeye column, "The Sex Playbook"
I just thought I'd let you know my memoir about my strange childhood home has been accepted for publication. With the addition of some historical material, the book is essentially the same as when I worked with you on it. Thank you so much for all your help. You were very instrumental in my getting this published.
Kate Barlow, Oakville, Canada, author of Abode of Love, in press, Mainstream Publishing.
Trish, I am happy to inform you that today-about 5 minutes ago-I found a top literary agent who is enthusiastic about my manuscript and would love to represent me. I am one of those persons who believes in 'render to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar' and in this case you were my Ceasar. Thank you Trish for your invaluable help in reviewing and polishing my manuscript. Without your very professional and yet mild and respectful critique I would not have made it this far. I am elated and hope to soon be able to inform you that we have found a publisher. In the case that I will need your professional help, you will certainly hear from me.Thank you again and wish me luck.
Yolanda Croes, Aruba
Trish, you take concepts, ideas, and disjointed thoughts and make them sing. Thank you for clarifying the complex psychological and emotional issues of retirement to ensure the readability of my book. I am deeply grateful for your support.
Douglas Fletcher, Laguna Beach, CA, author of Life After Work: Redefining Retirement
After working with you on my query letter and synopsis, I'm writing to update you on the latest positive development in my agent search. A top New York literary agent wrote:
Thank you for the wonderful query letter and brief synopsis. Absolutely,
we would like to have a chance to read your novel. Please send the
complete manuscript. We are most intrigued and are grateful for your
Trish, thank YOU once again for helping me get this kind of attention.
Don Reneau, Chicago, IL
Thank you so much for your help with my literary agent search. I would never have been able to drill down to the important pieces of the story that needed to be included in the query letter and synopsis without your assistance, and your input on the story has been valuable as well.
Lanie H., Sacramento, CA
I e-mailed my query to the agent
last night per your directions. He called me first thing this morning and
asked me to send him the entire manuscript. It's unbelievable! I
didn't expect anything that quick. Your query methods really move agents.
Thanks again, and again, and again.
PCP, Ontario, Canada
I don't know what to say. I'm the e-mail equivalent of speechless. The query letter is better than the novel! I would never have thought to write anything like this.
I queried more than 60 agents over
the course of two years without getting a single positive response. After
AuthorAssist, I am getting numerous requests for the manuscript.
MS, San Diego, CA
AuthorAssist helped me create professional
and attention-getting query materials including my letter, bio, and synopsis.
Patricia has ingenuity and respect for the art and craft of writing.
JE, Carlsbad, CA
You're performing an invaluable service.
You may end up responsible for a whole new generation of published writers.
SR, Sugar Hill, GA
One thing is clear, your service is
invaluable and you certainly earn every penny of your fee.