Danny McAllister approached us wondering if the motivational blogs that he’d written over the years could work as a book. He had a structurally solid manuscript, with a sincere and passionate edge, that just needed a bit of a nip and tuck. For Danny’s version of events, please read on …
Ann took my first manuscript from wordy babble into a concise read that still reflected my aims and hopes for Frustration Point!
I loved our ‘chapter chats’. These were fun fortnightly sessions where Ann presented me with her thoughts on the strengths and areas for improvement for each of the chapters. Although there was a lot to do, she helped me break the work into manageable chunks, always coaching me to think about exactly what I was trying to say then helping me say it clearly. This method (of asking strategic questions and encouraging me to answer them) both kept the cost down and improved my writing. She taught me about the skills, quirks and habits of writing, which has inspired me to keep going. Before meeting Ann, I had feared that writing clearly and expressing my thoughts passionately might be beyond me. Now I know it isn’t.
As a personal trainer, I’m always thinking about how to get the best out of people. Ann’s gentle but unrelenting questioning, and engaging nature means she does this intuitively. Her advice on structure, flow and message guided the manuscript to become exactly the book I’d hoped for. I’ve had so much great feedback from people reading the book then making a commitment to change their lives for the better. I’m eternally grateful for Ann’s part in that. She’s a gem!