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!

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