"Working with TR Perri has made me a better writer. As a graduate of a literary program from a prestigious university, my claim always was that I knew a thing or two about writing and words. The truth, however, is that the best education for me as a writer came from the writing process; the writer writing, and the editor saying something like, “What the hell are you doing here? It’s wrong, now go back and fix it. I know you can do better.” TR and I have that relationship, and without it I would not have grown as a writer, nor would my work be as good as it is now.
When I handed over the first draft of my first novel to TR, I thought I had created something amazing. Through his coaching, developmental editing, and copy editing, TR helped me take that “something amazing” to a level beyond what I had envisioned when I initially set out. While revising my work, through various rewrites, adjustments, and character and story development, TR was a compass in a sea of creativity. The final product of working with TR is a novel that I am truly proud of, and one that is better for having been evaluated, critiqued, and corrected.
If you are writing to publish, you need an editor. TR came highly recommended to me, and I highly recommend him as well. He is professional, and fun to work with. He doesn’t miss, and he won’t let things slide. TR will require your best from you, and in the end, you will thank him for it."
-H.K. James, author
"As a new author, I can't stress enough how invaluable TR has been in helping me through the writing process. I only wish I had met him a year ago before publishing my first book. He has opened my eyes to the possibilities of my work, and as an independent writer, the validation and confidence he’s given has helped carve out a foothold for me in the literary world.
Though there are several, one example of how his knowledge and experience has directly impacted the success of my work is that I wasn’t even classifying it correctly. Though Book One was reviewed by several agents and copy-edited, it took TR to read the first few chapters to identify that I was writing Adventure Fiction with a Romance-overlay. As someone who was marketing her book as a Romance, well, you can’t put a price on that type of focus, or on someone who takes his time to know your work and is so invested that he’s able to steer you ahead into the right slip of wind.
Writers are surrounded by well-meaning people who tend to want to curb criticism, feeling like positivity is the only way to be supportive. While much of TR's instruction centers around all that is good and great in my work, he isn't afraid to point out the flaws and is anxious to suggest ways to improve. I found his approach to be exactly what I need. His detailed and candid feedback on my projects has become something I rely heavily on. Regardless of the genre, he is able to slice through the unnecessary and sharpen my imagery.
From my experience with him, I have complete confidence that he will continue to make me a better writer and highly recommend him to anyone in need of a guiding hand.
-Nina Loard, author of The Stolen Skye trilogy. Books 1 and 2 available on Amazon.
"As a nonfiction writer, my closeness to my subject matter can sometimes lead to the use of shortcuts. Having TR review and edit my work forced me to reconsider the entire piece from the reader's perspective. His incredibly close read of the document (proofing every. single. line.) and thoughtful questions throughout the document put me in the mindset of someone unfamiliar with the subject matter. His summary highlighted places in the piece that could be tightened as well as scenes that could be expanded to benefit the story. As daunting as the thought of reworking the pages seems, I am excited to strengthen the piece with TR's suggestions."
-Daisy Abreu MFA
"TR generously offered to read a selection from the third draft of my novel. Having attended The Wesleyan Writer's Conference and taken a few writing classes along the way, I truly appreciate TR's finely honed ability as a thoughtful reader. Working with TR reminded me how invaluable it can be to have a focused, careful reader: his solid history of "workshopping" lots of writing is immediately apparent. A recent graduate of Fairfield University's Master's Program in Fiction, TR's succinct suggestions were both spot-on and helpful. His pointers for building dramatic tension were particularly useful. His interpretation was a good reminder about how different readers bring their unique life experiences to the page, which can add an unexpected spin to a writer's intended meaning. TR's reaction to my work reminded me to think carefully about what I want to convey -- he has a talent for bringing things to my attention which were buried deep in my prose and created much fodder for our discussions. Sometimes writers have trouble reading their own work with "fresh" eyes and can be a bit myopic when writing in a vacuum: thinking they have created crystal clear prose and character descriptions yet still have no idea how a reader will react to a character or their actions.
We talked about perspective, the usual telling vs showing and he gave some specific line edits, all of which were good suggestions. TR clearly articulates how he experiences everything from characters to prose. His advice was excellent: to hone this draft by sifting through the long descriptive passages (my prose he felt was my strength but also weighed the story down) and make the story more dynamic by bringing in more dialogue, right from the beginning of the book. Without actually offering examples or even options for specific changes, aside from pointing out words that were weak or descriptions where the action dragged, TR was respectful of what I was trying to create and did not impose his style on me. His modus operandi: to offer suggestions about where the manuscript needs improvement -- indeed, what TR seems to enjoy most is giving the writer plenty to think about in terms of options for how they may want to shape their own piece of writing."
-S. Peabody, third draft, novel-in-progress, working title: The Great Divide
"I have been writing for years because forming stories is my passion, and I have always been satisfied with the work I produce. Not once had I ever considered that my writing style could need improvement. I assumed from the ranting and raving of my “fans” in certain online cafes that my work was pretty spot on and mature. Well, who would have believed it that my writing style needed help! It did! My work is layered with rich meaning and verse-like descriptions, but I did not think that that style could affect my readers for the negative. Thanks to TR, my eyes have been opened. I gave him the prologue to a psychological thriller that I am planning to hash out this year, and he returned it to me dripping with red ink. He beat it up to a bloody pulp! When I received the first edit in my email, I almost choked on my coffee because, frankly, I was not expecting all the effort he put into reviewing it. He broke it down for me, and made me ask myself questions. He highlighted areas that were confusing and too verse-style, suggested writing techniques for me to practice formulating plot, and brought me into focus on areas that could be condensed or explained or re-phrased. It was brilliant. I had never before had someone care so much about helping me improve my work. Fluffy, encouraging “critiques” were great when I needed the confidence boost to continue writing, but TR forced me to focus and produce something that proved its quality. The best part, he was not rude or angry with the mishaps in my work. He was encouraging and professional. It inspired me to punch my prologue in the face and say, “Ha! Just you wait…It’s about to serious, my friend!” He pushed me just enough to want to fix it and have him beat it up again. I can’t wait to work with TR on the following chapters of my thriller and produce something epic with his help!"