Do you like novels and golf? On the Hole is an award-winning novel about golf—and so much more—by Jeff Bacot. On the Hole won the prestigious 2013 EVVY Merit Award for fiction in May, and just won the 2013 GOLD MEDAL Award for sports fiction, with a 5 star rating from the judges of the “Readers Favorite” group.
Regarding Edit911’s editing, Jeff has this to say: “Winning these awards was in no small part because of the brilliant editing help I had from you, Dr. Robert, and Dr. Dan. Edit911 was instrumental in helping me get my novel done. In fact, I literally couldn’t have ended up with my novel nearly as well-written as it is without having had your fantastic editing suggestions and guidance.”
On the Hole is a terrific story! Thanks for entrusting it to us, Jeff!
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Dr. Paul Hernandez is one of the country’s greatest, most respected, dedicated and inspiring college professors. I’m [Dr. Marc D. Baldwin, Owner of Edit911] truly honored to be working with him to edit and polish what will be a bestselling, highly influential book The Pedagogy of Real Talk. He has attained such stature that he won the 2012 NEA Reg Weaver Human & Civil Rights Award.
About his experience working with the Edit911 Staff and me, Paul says: “I am so happy with your editing services, Marc, as you a true professional. I look forward to a long term working relationship with your company. You are a big part of the success of the book and I just want you to know I will sing your praises when it is all said and done to everyone I know. Your support is a wonderful thing, my friend. Of course, if there is anything I can ever be of service for please do not hesitate to ask.”
Paul Hernandez is not your typical college professor. See: Tattoos. Hear: His story. Hernandez, an assistant professor at Central Michigan University, grew up in poverty in Los Angeles – real poverty, the eating out of garbage cans and sleeping in cars kind of poverty.
“I was born and raised in deep poverty,” he says, by a single mother who came to the United States from Central America and struggled to earn more than $5,000 a year.
School should have been a haven. But it wasn’t. “School was, unfortunately, more of a punishment, in terms of what it felt like and was like,” Hernandez recalls. For one thing, it’s hard to focus when you’re hungry. For another, far too many of his teachers looked past Hernandez, or through him. Maybe he had “potential,” as some said, but most never tried to tap it.
“In eighth grade, I remember my grades: F, F, F, F, F – with 60 absences. I pretty much just stopped going to school…and no, nobody came looking for me,” he said. “Being a deviant kid, being involved in so many things, being in trouble all the time, it just didn’t allow for success in school.”
For most kids, the story ends there: jail or death.
But Hernandez recalls a dawning realization as a teenager that brought him, stumbling over his words, to the registrar’s desk at the local community college. It was this: He realized that everybody who held power had an education. “Walking in there, it was scary. And it was humiliating – because the questions I asked were so preposterous to them. They couldn’t help but chuckle when I said, ‘Hey, I want to go here.’”
But he persevered, hiding his textbooks from his gang family. And eventually, with the help of a California State University, Los Angeles mentor and the hope that he would eventually make a difference in the lives of kids just like him, Hernandez went on to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University, specializing in race in education.
Along the way, as part of his dissertation, Hernandez developed “Real Talk “ an alternative pedagogy that any teacher can use to connect with their students. “You know students don’t think of teachers as people like them,” says Hernandez – but when they do, when they make that personal connection, it lays the foundation for connections to the curriculum.
Hernandez, who is also a contributor to NEA’s journal Thought and Action, also has modeled a “College 101” program that helps at-risk high school sophomores to see themselves as college students. You can read more about that program here: http://www.nea.org/home/49629.htm
Denise Messenger is a cancer survivor. Her book “Got Cancer? Now What?” has won three prestigious awards:
eLit Award of 2012 Gold Medal under the category of Health/Medicine/Nutrition for excellence in digital publishing
The International Book Award winner in the category of Health-Cancer
The Indie Excellence Award as a finalist under the Cancer category
Edit911 is proud and humbled to report that Denise “attributes the success of Got Cancer? Now What? to the excellent editing produced by the Edit911 team. The big challenge was finding an editor who could not only edit the book, but who had medical terminology and experience with scientific research and technical jargon. Blending these together and keeping the integrity of the book and research took dedication and a special talent. Good editing involves keeping the author’s intent in balance with the overall objective of the book. Edit911 succeeded with this.”
Denise attended UC Irvine where she received her Certificate in Human Resource Management and held the position of Vice President of Human Resources with a major firm in Orange County, California. While attending Orange Coast College toward a BA in Communications she received a diagnosis of both breast cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
She transitioned into working in the medical field for a few years to be closer to physicians and to learn more about therapies. She was determined to find a gentle, more nontoxic and immune supporting way to fight her cancer. As a result she was cured of her breast cancer.
After six years of fighting the CLL, reading medical journals, research studies, articles, books and consulting with researchers and physicians worldwide she ultimately found a cure as a stage-four patient for the second cancer, CLL.
During these years she found her passion was writing and helping other cancer patients by identifying and fulfilling their needs—whether it was a hotel room for the night or a nutritional drink to regain some strength. One day she decided to extend her meaningful work into writing a book to help others.
In this easy-to-read guide, Denise Messenger describes precisely what to do after the devastation of a cancer diagnosis by covering both the scientific and personal aspects of cancer. She illustrates how being positive and prepared can have an incredibly beneficial effect on cancer outcomes. Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or know someone who has, this book will help you decide how to select doctors and treatments, as well as how to take care of your body with both traditional and alternative therapies.
Featured Clients: John Clarence & Thomas Whittle, authors of The Gold House trilogy
Prepare to be astounded, shocked, and thoroughly engrossed by this incredible true story that John Clarence & Thomas Whittle have meticulously, rigorously, and brilliantly researched and written. Edit911 could not be more proud of having been chosen to edit this blockbuster trilogy.
The product of 8 years of research and writing, The Gold House trilogy has been read and reviewed by prominent authors and scholars who support the charges leveled by the authors against the government and numerous individuals. The books are packed with photos, endnotes, and an index and they are available on Nook, Kobo, Amazon-Kindle, iBookstore, and in a limited hardback first edition, which are available at www.victoriopeak.com.
Working with John was a great experience for me [Marc D. Baldwin, PhD, Owner of Edit911, Inc.]. Because of the magnitude and importance of his huge project, we talked many times on the phone and exchanged dozens of emails to be sure my editors and I fully understood his editing objectives. The end result is a trilogy beyond the reader’s wildest imagination —they blow the lid off a conspiracy of silence in this extraordinary story of government corruption that rivals Watergate.
Needless to say, John and his co-author Tom are extremely pleased with Edit911’s work on their project.
In John’s own words: “The first thing that must be resolved when you begin writing is to determine whether you are writing for yourself, or if you wish to have your ideas and thoughts shared with others…and eventually criticized. If you are merely writing for yourself you really don’t need an editor. But if you want your book to reach the widest possible audience, you need an editor.”
“One reason that I decided to contact Marc Baldwin at Edit 911 was that I came to realize that I was deeper in the woods when I finish writing the books than I was when I started. The Gold House trilogy is a set of complex stories that had to be meticulously researched, but because of the subject matter it was important to stay with it: do the research, compile it, look for corroboration, and then begin writing. I finally found my way out of the woods after turning the final draft over to Edit911. It was the smartest thing I did, aside from writing the books. Shortly afterward Marc returned the manuscripts and it was then that I realized that writing a book is only the first step, and the other steps begin and end with your editor and later a good proofreader.”
“Here is what I learned when I surrendered my manuscripts to Edit911: never write yourself into the story unless absolutely necessary; use simple words to get your point across; never say in ten words what can be said in five; avoid repetitiveness; be honest with your writing; present your work for editing when you have exhausted on resource material that adds substance to the story you are telling; and at all times be honest with yourself when you write about others. These are the lessons I learned from Marc Baldwin at Edit911. His work is extraordinary and has made my work that much better.”
I thank John for his kind words and I also predict that The Gold House will be a major motion picture and result in a Congressional investigation. That’s how big and important this true story is.
Frank Lee Jackson Jr.’s book,Brothers Forever, is about love, trust, devotion, humanity, and respect of all races. The fact that the characters are all different races has no bearing at all to them. They will do anything for each other, even in a life or death matter, just as a very close blood family would do. It also examines the subject of who you are really related to.
Currently finishing up the screenplay for Brothers Forever, Frank, a father of three, drove tractor trailers and was a supervisor for over twenty years to put his kids through college, though the passion to write was burning in him. While he would be on long driving trips to other states, he would talk into his micro recorder, and later put in on paper. But after all the years on the job, he had to stop working because of a serious spinal injury that required surgery.
Frank had problems dealing with the situation because of the loss of income until his wife, who was by his side and there helping him deal with the situation, whispered some inspiring words to him. She characterized the injury as a blessing in disguise, one he needed to take advantage of by dedicating himself to his writing and taking it seriously. So he did.
Frank describes his experience with Edit911: “Working with Edit911 was truly a learning experience for me. Upon completing the writing of my book, I knew I needed professional editing done to make my book as professional as possible for publishing. That’s when Edit911 entered the picture. I talked with several editing companies, and also sent in samples of my book to them to get an example of their editing work. For the most part, all of the others editing company’s samples were pretty good, but I chose Edit911 because their editing sample was more appealing. I informed them what I wanted done, and they covered it and then some. They even went the extra mile to let me know what else could be done to make it a better story for publishing, and they helped me get to where it is now, without outrageous extra fees. They cut over forty thousand unnecessary repetitive words. They also suggested I develop my characters better. They explained the reason for every suggestion, which really helped me better understand the process of writing a book. In a nutshell, they know what they’re doing and take pride in their work. I enjoyed working with them, and will work with them again.”
Frank is now proud to say that one of his children has graduated from college and two others are now attending college. He has completed his first book with more to come and also has a screenplay in the works. Frank believes it is never too late to pursue your dreams as long as you keep the faith.
You can reach Frank on Facebook (Frank Jackson), Twitter (Jackson@Boochill1), Linkedin (Frank Jackson), and Google+ (Frank Jackson).