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!