Writers' Club

Testimonials

I was very happy when Rowanvale Books hit me up on Twitter. I had just started to write my book and I was anxious to get expert opinions and advice. All of the staff that I had interactions with were wonderful. Sarah, my Advisor, was courteous, prompt and on target with her suggestions for improving my work. Even though she wouldn’t tell me if anyone would want to read what I had written, she was instrumental in cleaning up some of the rough spots. I look forward to more of her comments as I produce more work.

Dan Wunderlin, who used our Writing Advisor Service
The Writing Advisor Service has been great so far. My story is progressing nicely and Sarah has been incredibly helpful. I would definitely recommend it to other authors, especially those who are new to the publishing side of this work. The reminders and notes have been fantastic. Brit Cassidy, who used our Writing Advisor Service
I appreciate immensely that you have spotted and highlighted so well to me the strong points and writing qualities on one side, and the fields that I need to focus better and improve on the other side. On the weak points - I knew the sentences need to be revised and improved, no doubt, as well as the choice of words, with certain exceptions. A very self critical persona like myself is quite well aware of such problem areas, but only hints the good parts. Because of this it felt really refreshing to see a positive feedback written down that seemed very sincere as well. Realizing my strengths I feel I have a good support in continuing my work like a "refresh". So thank you for that Sapphira! You have a real talent in making elaborate analysis on phrases and to recommend a better version of the same content, so I appreciated your feedback on this area of my writing. But mostly I want to thank you and acknowledge the fact that very fast you have found a sincere and authentic approach in highlighting all the plus value points of the samples and bringing them forward. Anna Mistry, who used our Writing Advisor Service

I have been using the Writing Advisor Service for about 5 months now and Sapphira has been my Writing Advisor. I have found Sapphira to be everything I’d want in an advisor: Sapphira is understanding, inspiring and supportive. I have found her feedback to be constructive, fair and encouraging. She always provides constructive feedback that I feel I have learnt from, and always manages to get me back on track with her encouraging words. I feel she understands the tone of the collection that I am writing and does not steer me in a direction that perhaps I do not want to take the collection.
Overall, I am very happy with the service I have been receiving from the entire Rowanvale team. Without sounding too corny: I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sapphira and the team for helping me to be one step closer to my dream.

Jennifer Heapes, who used our Writing Advisor Service

Using the Rowanvale Books Writing Advisor Service has been a huge benefit to me when it comes to my writing skills. Having someone professional to discuss writing with has made a massive difference for me, and I am glad I signed up to the service… I have definitely found using the Writing Adviser Service to be of great help to me, and I would recommend it to any other authors who are seeking detailed and professional help with their manuscripts. Cat and Sarah have both been courteous and prompt with their replies, and I definitely feel like, now that I have someone to go over what I've worked on with me, it's much easier to iron out the details and find what approach works best. Having someone professional offer feedback on my writing has certainly helped to boost my confidence, especially in regards to showing my writing to others. I'm so glad that I came across Rowanvale Books and decided to make use of their service!

Luke McWilliams, who used our Writing Advisor Service

I've really enjoyed my time with Rowanvale Books. They've provided me with the confidence and feedback I needed to finally turn my first draft into a polished piece!… Sapphira's feedback and advice on my first novel has been very valuable. She's given me the confidence boost I needed and I now feel equipped to tackle revisions as I aim for the scary world of publication!

Rachel Hobbs, who used our Writing Advisor Service
At first I was rather doubtful of the Writing Advisor service, especially when I learned that the money I paid every month only allowed for an hour of time a month. However, the feedback that I receive from it, even if it's only two chapters a month, is very beneficial! Moreover, having Sapphira as my Writing Advisor is definitely a bonus; she's very kind, and very patient with me too. I knew very little about publishing books before I started talking to her and I asked all kinds of questions. She seemed more than happy to expand on points that I didn't understand, which I could imagine may have been a bit daunting at times. But overall it's worth the money, and I appreciate all the work Sapphira puts into my attempt at creating a decent enough story to publish! Danielle Crowe, who used our Writing Advisor Service

Saph has been both professional and very friendly in all of our communications. I always looked forward to her monthly feedbacks on my story, since she identified positive aspects before the gentle suggestions for improvement in my writing. I am fixing up the errors that she found, and will be self-editing the story one more time after that to watch out for any other examples of the 3 main bad writing habits that I didn't know I had (since I don't think that she identified each of the many times I made the frequent errors-mostly too many commas-but instead gave me very specific examples of how I could correct a few of them per chapter). She has made me aware of my individual weaknesses, so that I could grow as a writer and watch out for those mistakes in the future.

...I am a teacher that has taught writing for many years, so I thought that I didn't need very much help with editing, except for commas. Saph was able to mention a few more errors in my writing that had nothing to do with punctuation, that I had no idea about. I have learned to watch out for those few things. She constantly pointed out the positive things I was doing. As a new author, it was an intimidating thought to deal with publishers, but my entire experience with this company has been similar to having a friend next door guiding me along the way. I am continuing to work with them in other areas, and highly recommend the service to others. 

…As a new author, I know that there are many aspects of publishing a story to learn about and then to apply. I thought that it would be so nice to have an experienced friend who could give me some feedback about how I am doing so far, as well as other thoughts and suggestions. I discovered the Writing Advisor Service, and feel that I have found that friend in Sapphira. She is my personal genie: asking what exactly I want, and then providing the pros and cons of what I have written in a very warm but professional manner. She informed me of how the other services that they provide can help me in the future, provided the links, and introduced me to other staff who specialize in those other areas. This is the boost I needed to refine my skills, and to keep me motivated about continuing on with the process.

Kathy Marker, who used our Writing Advisor Service