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Dear Ms. Balliett,

I was wondering if you'd be willing to look over the first six chapters of my book? I realize it's a tall order and understand that you're very busy. However, I'm a new writer and desperate for any and all criticism I can get. Anything you could advise would be so helpful, thank you.

Yours truly,

Samantha

Here's the link just incase you are interested:
http://www.worthyofpublishing.com/book.asp?book_ID=1711

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Hi Samantha,

I clicked the link, read your reviews, and clicked the first chapter.

The opening is too informative, reading like a fact sheet.

I have not read it all, but I will soon.

I would suggest opening the first chapter with a different approach to draw the reader into the story right off.

Let me read it to make some valid suggestions of how and what you can do.

I normally charge for this, as I am an editor, not just a writer.

It will take some time, but you can contact me by email: jannieballiett@yahoo.com (my personal email)...

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Jannie Balliett

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.

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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Organizations
Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

Past/Present Clients
I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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