CJ’s critique of my first 10 pages was so enlightening, it gave me insight on the manuscript as a whole. I gained clarity and confidence, as her feedback was both helpful and encouraging.
I’ve been so fortunate to work with C.J. on multiple projects now, and I’m always amazed by her insight and thoughtfulness. Not only is she a wonderful writer, but she’s a wonderful critique partner who always sees to the heart of the story and aims straight for it.
I’d spent more than a year in the query trenches, with no luck. After CJ critiqued the first 25 pages of my manuscript, I made changes based upon her recommendations – and my first book was accepted for publication less than a year later. For my second novel, her suggestion added depth and a whole new dimension to the story. That book is scheduled for release at the end of this year. Do I really need to say how highly I value her manuscript critiques?
CJ’s critical eye is as sharp as her wit. Not only did she call out numerous mistakes I’d been making in my draft, but she did it with enough heart and humor that it never felt painful. She was the first person to critique my writing, and the pages definitely showed my inexperience. But she found a way to push me to do better while also helping me believe in myself–and the project–and made me want to keep going.
C.J. has a knack for picking out what’s working and what’s not working from the very first pages of a manuscript. Her help has been invaluable in building both my skills and my confidence as a writer. After reading the opening of one of my novels, she suggested a structural change that led to a successful rewrite and made the novel strong enough to sign with an agent.