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Shellie Neumeier

“As a fun summer project, my two elementary-aged children and I wrote a mid-grade chapter book filled with adventure and childlike creatures. I promised them both, one way or the other, we’d publish that story, but try as I might it wasn’t finding a publisher or agent. The tale needed something, but I didn’t know what.

Using the SCBWI recommended list of editors, I found Eileen and sent her our manuscript. Her thorough and meticulous perusal found several areas that needed tweaking. When those revisions were made, the manuscript found a home and will be published February 2012.

Thank you Eileen for helping our publication dream come true (and from saving this mom’s promise to her children).”

Crystal Allen

In the early manuscript stages of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy, I attended a workshop hosted by Eileen Robinson of F1rst Pages. During that workshop, Eileen emphasized the crucial elements needed in our first paragraphs and first pages to draw interest from agents and editors. Through her editing, critiquing and teachings, I went on to develop an awesome opening for my debut novel that gained high praise from Publisher’s Weekly and Children’s Literature Review.

Aida Castro-Henix, Picture Book Author, NY

"I began writing about ten years ago, thinking that my great stories would get published in no time at all and soon, I’d be enjoying a career as a published author. Well…after submitting several stories to different publishers and getting rejected over and over, I decided about four years ago to stop submitting stories and start concentrating on my writing skills. Obviously, something was missing. I just didn’t know what. I knew that it was time to get the advice of a professional to see exactly what I was doing wrong. That’s when I found Eileen’s website, took a chance and sent her a picture book story. When I got her critique, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It was full of so many red marks that I felt like I was back in school and I failed a test! But, as I read her comments and after we spoke, I decided to use everything she gave me to rewrite the story. And, I have to say for the first time, I felt like I finally "got it".

That feeling of something missing was no longer there. I sent Eileen the improved version of the story and received a second critique that is helping me to tighten it up and get it ready for submission. I feel like I have grown more as a writer from the two critiques that Eileen has done, than in the entire ten years that I have been writing! Eileen’s advice and guidance has been invaluable and I would not have the confidence or desire to continue pursuing my goal to become a published author if it were not for her. Eileen will always have a special place in my heart. She is an angel to me and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with her."

Yes, I mean every word! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love always!

Michael Sussman, Picture Book Author

I am extremely impressed with the seriousness and thoroughness with which Eileen approaches her critiques. Feeling stuck after several drafts of a piece, I was able to use Eileen's feedback to radically rework the material into a much better story. Eileen's enthusiasm is uplifting, and I found her delightful to work with.

Josh Bartok, Wisdom Publications

"Eileen's professional insights were of enormous help as we moved into new territory, publishing our first YA/Middle-grade book. And she was also a great pleasure to deal with."

Jo Tanenbaum, aspiring picture book author

I knew my mss needed a trip to the ER. And it came to life under Eileen's caring and critical direction. My dream is to find a publisher. If I do, the credit goes to Eileen Robinson. I must say that I have had a first-rate writing course with an energetic, optimistic and truly gifted teacher. It's been a wonderful experience with a real professional

Tameka Brown, PBs/Early Readers

Investing in the critique services of F1rst Pages is one of the best decisions I have made yet in my writing career.

That's what I had to say last year about the value of my association with F1rst Pages and Eileen Robinson. The critiques I received from her put my career on a whole new trajectory! I am happy to say that the quality of my writing has improved so much, that I was recently offered representation by Andrea Brown Literary Agency (which I ecstatically accepted)!

This is an exciting advancement for me, and F1rst Pages is definitely on my short list of those to thank! Eileen, your critiques were detailed and insightful…and your expression of enthusiasm about my writing kept me going through many a rejection! I am so happy to be associated with this stellar organization!

Sheri Dillard, Atlanta, GA

"As an aspiring picture book writer, I realized that I had a lot to learn about the world of children's book publishing. But what I didn't realize was just how much. Of course I knew that I needed a great story…with interesting characters…a plot that keeps moving…etc., but there is so much more involved.

My critique from F1rst Pages not only helped to make my story stronger, but it also guided me through the submission process. In order to stand out in a very competitive market, it is crucial to look professional. Eileen's advice ranged from the very simple, but necessary, suggestion of choosing a different font…to more complex advice, such as knowing my audience and suggestions for making my story more age-appropriate.

Eileen's critiques are tough, but honest, and she manages to inspire rather than discourage. I really enjoyed my experience with F1rst Pages, and I highly recommend her service."

Melissa Leonard, Picture Book Author, NY

"WOW! We heard about Eileen's amazing reputation while working on what will be the first of a series of children's books. Her ability to take words and bring them to life is truly a gift. Because of Eileen's diligent & insightful editing, we now have two world-renowned agencies interested in our project. I would recommend that anyone looking to publish a book work with Eileen…she not only knows the in's and out's of this industry, but she is extremely personable, friendly and wonderful to work with. She not only edits, but she goes WAY beyond and helps writers breathe life into their story. Without a doubt, I am truly honored to have had a chance to work with Eileen and can't thank her enough for her time and assistance."

Hester Bass, Children's Author and Workshop Speaker, www.hesterbass.com

"Eileen Robinson set my career in motion. We met at a conference, where Eileen rightly stressed that aspiring authors learn the business of publishing as well as the craft of writing. She displayed a keen ability to spot what works in a manuscript and what will sell in the marketplace.

Eileen acquired my first children's book, an early reader, and I deeply appreciate the start she gave me as a published author. Now I have an agent and we've just sold a picture book. Consider F1rst Pages for your project, and imagine the doors Eileen Robinson could open for you."

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