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Latest Reviews

  1. Lisa Coughlin
    Lisa Coughlin
    5/5,
    Cheryl did a fantastic job at answering my multitude of questions and went beyond the call of duty in helping me. Thank you for offering the opportunity to work with a member on the other side of the publishing coin.
  2. Bgilmore
    Bgilmore
    3/5,
    I'm giving this workshop a 3 only because of the unrealistic timeline for assignments. Too much was expected in a short amount of time. The information provided was rich and I learned so much -- things that will help me do a better job at crafting my book, but the assignments -- all required within a week -- were too much. Not that I'm any different from the others who signed up ( for $50 I might add), but my 10 hour work days made it almost impossible to complete the expected work. I liked this workshop and I hope next time, considerable time is given to complete one assignment before the next one is due.
    1. Shelby Morgen
      Author's Response
      I understand completely and I'll be glad to help out if you'd like to finish the assignments. I think it might be helpful, too, to have the assignments, or at least the first one, a week before the workshop starts.
  3. Cynthia Young
    Cynthia Young
    5/5,
    Robin provided great feedback on the assignments. She gave thoughtful and detailed answers to questions. I would take additional classes from her.
  4. India Powers
    India Powers
    5/5,
    This was a fantastic class! Thanks to Shelley I had some major breakthroughs. I have always struggled with revisions, and in her class I realized it was because I didn't trust myself as a writer. With her gentle guidance, I found my inner voice again. Telling the story I want to tell, the way I want to tell it, has brought joy back to the writing experience for me! It's been so wonderful to approach revisions with excitement, and not the dread I used to have. Wonderful class!
  5. ElsieD
    ElsieD
    5/5,
    Robin had great insight on all the posted lessons and it allowed me to learn from not only my own blueprint, but everyone else's. She was excellent at finding the good and tweaking the not so good. ;) She answered questions that authors have always wanted to ask but we're afraid too! Amazing teacher with a gift to share her expertise with others to help them grow.
  6. Ane Ryan Walker
    Ane Ryan Walker
    5/5,
    Excellent! This might be the best class I've taken with SA. Robin Haseltine was insightful and excellent in in sharing advice and direction. I would like to see more classes with hands on learning experiences.
  7. Barbara Hoyt
    Barbara Hoyt
    5/5,
    Shelley put a lot of work and effort into making the class relevant to the individual needs of the participants. She's a very intuitive facilitator and extremely knowledgeable about the topic. The webinar format was helpful, as were her timely and thorough responses to all of our questions. Bravo.
  8. Phillis Dee
    Phillis Dee
    5/5,
    I love this workshop! Becky Martinez is a wonderful instructor. Her lectures and homework are easy to follow and understand. I'm looking forward to her other workshops.
  9. Alison McMahan
    Alison McMahan
    4/5,
    Becky Martinez always teaches a great class. But this time I noticed some issues with the yahoo group that I have heard others complain about but had not experienced myself. Becky couldn't see our posts sometimes, other times we couldn't see her posts. For example, you are now telling me the course is over, but she only posted the last lesson a couple days ago and has not responded to the last few lessons worth of assignments. I would prefer that the course be truly complete before I am asked for a review, but in this case I don't know if the course isn't complete or if the yahoo group issue makes it look incomplete. Because of this yahoo group problem I will hesitate to take another savvy author course.
  10. elledge8-earthlink.net
    elledge8-earthlink.net
    5/5,
    I'd give it a rating twice as high if I could. A wonderful
    class from a wonderful teacher. Can't wait for the next
    one to start next week.
  11. GHorsfall
    GHorsfall
    5/5,
    Excellent idea and just the kick start I need to start writing again.
  12. Luanna Nau02e
    Luanna Nau02e
    4/5,
    Over all a great workshop. I learned quite a bit about crafting a cozy mystery. I was disappointed however that my last two assignments didn't receive comments from the instructor. And I find it a bit weird that there was no farewell message from the instructor, no wrap-up, the workshop just--ended.
  13. Marin McGinnis
    Marin McGinnis
    4/5,
    We haven't had the last lesson yet, which is now several days late. I would have liked to see more constructive feedback from the instructor--strokes are nice, but all comments on homework seemed pretty superficial. Course content was useful, although I had hoped to get a bit more information on structuring a cozy.
  14. elledge8-earthlink.net
    elledge8-earthlink.net
    5/5,
    Great, informative class. I look forward to taking
    more classes from this teacher again.
    Gwynne Elledge
  15. JoanDee
    JoanDee
    2/5,
    Many people prefer a class that includes participation. I do not. I don't find it helpful to share in the snippets offered. I would prefer more character input, with foibles, strong and weak qualities. It's the character who makes the story. I don't read cozies with recipes. Too cute. I did not receive the 8th lesson email.
  16. Linda H
    Linda H
    2/5,
    I found it very difficult to find the class every time I logged in, so I gave up after the second lesson.
  17. Mako-clb
    Mako-clb
    4/5,
    This was a great event. I enjoyed getting feedback from three other people. The different perspectives gave me a lot to think about and different avenues to follow. It was also beneficial to compare the feedback I gave to the feedback others gave to each writer. My only suggestion would be to give a little more time to read each story and provide feedback, especially as it seemed some writers were also still working on their own stories.