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I am writing to describe my professional relationship to Maia and express my gratitude for the invaluable writing assistance she has provided me over the past 10 years.
I wrote 6 screenplays (2 true stories, 1 adaptation, 3 original stories) which needed a lot of work. When she agreed to help me work on them (at a very affordable price), the screenplays turned into much more presentable scripts with lean writing and proper screenwriting style. She also helped me with major plot problems along the way, which has encouraged me to keep on writing and doing my utmost always.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HUINALA
by Gilberto Gonzalez, MD
Editing your own script is not a good idea. It does not work. The eyes read what the brain intended to state, and many mistakes go unnoticed, thus I decided to do seek help. I joined “The Writer’s Forum,” and through it, I learned about someone who provides help to aspiring writers. But, the recommendation came with a warning,” Do it if you can take being chastised,” or something to that effect. I sent her the first chapter and waited. What she returned was a shocker, since the whole thing was speckled red; furthermore, each one of her comments made sense, and each one was a learning experience. Undoubtedly, I needed help, and she was willing to provide it.
Maia and I exchange numerous emails over the course of several months, until she edited the entire story--not only that, she patiently tutored me on how to use Word functions that I did not know existed. I asked her to keep my style intact, to make it sound as if I had written it, and she did. Near the end, when I thanked her for it, saying, “It must have been an experience for you,” she inserted a disclaimer: “You got me laughing here Gil . . . it sure is quite an experience . . . your ms has the honor of being the only one of the many thousands I have edited/corrected that hasn’t had to suffer the full brunt of my Virgo nit-picking . . . it will go down in history.”
Through the Boulder Rotary Club, I meet an astronomer who is a science writer. I purposely directed our conversation to the subject of editing. I will paraphrase what he said. “That is always a humbling experience, and if you find one that does not return your work speckled red, watch out, he or she is not doing a good job.” His comment should not be an excuse for careless writing, but it made me feel better knowing that even the pros need a good editor. I know Maia did an outstanding job, and I sincerely thank her for all her help and patience.
I had the privilege of working with Maia over a two year period.
Maia worked diligently on my manuscript, helping me edit and re-write chapter by chapter. She also helped me set out my book proposal and chapter outline. Each day, sometimes several times a day, I would work on my manuscript and email it to Maia. Within a short period of time, Maia would have my work edited in a clear and concise manner and have it emailed back to me with changes suggested.
Maia also helped to develop my writing skills and worked as my mentor.
I feel today my writing has improved immensely thanks to her competent ways and commitment to developing writing techniques with her clients.
I could not recommend her more.
I found Maia's work ethic and honesty to go above and beyond what my expectations were and what I asked of her.
It is my absolute pleasure and honor to recommend her services. Anyone that is lucky enough to work alongside Maia is fortunate in my opinion.
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|MY WRITING HISTORY|
one of my 'mentees' asked me the following questions and i saved the answers to pass along to anyone else needing a rundown on my writing background… because I am no longer this person, I won’t go into details beyond what’s listed here… I hope those who want to know more can be gracious enough to respect my privacy and desire to leave that life in the past:
1) Why did you become a writer?
long story: was born to be one, but just hadn't known it till had the time/freedom to do it... wrote well in school; edited, wrote gossip column and made up crossword puzzles for school paper, [was nat'l honor society member, IQ well in genius range but lazy, so only an a- student]... wrote poems for my kids while having/rearing first 5 in less than 5 yrs, then last 2 in 2nd doomed marriage...
after separation from husband #2 in las vegas, moved to connecticut with youngest 2children [only ones still living at home] & wrote first novel, ‘casa eva’... i became a professional writing consultant, had clients needing all kinds of writing work/help... turned out stage plays, a musical, a screenplay, song lyrics, novels, humorous auto-bio of my own and other books in the works... got an agent who believed passionately in my work and was on brink of selling it, when i left all behind [after my 18-yr-old youngest was settled in her ballet career], gave away all i owned, & became 'maia' a philosopher and seeker/teacher of truth... bottom line answer to your question: i love the use of words!!!
2) Did you go to College?
at hs graduation, won scholarship i never applied for, to most expensive private jr college in us, turned it down; was accepted at antioch univ & didn't go... only college was at age 39-40 when, 22 yrs after 3 yrs hs french, I placed 2nd yr college level in french and audited 5cr fr 2 & 3 courses at u. of nevada, las vegas by day and 3cr italian night course [why?...i traveled in europe every yr and wanted to be more fluent]...
3) What type of writing did/do you do?
anything/everything that takes words, including 4 yrs' paralegal work for 2 child incest victims to free them from their father/grandpa rapists + wrote briefs and interrogatories my $200/hr attorneys used in my own court wrangles, thanks to a vindictive ex w/ too many millions, no morality/honesty...
as a writing consultant in the 80’s/90’s, i had $75-150/hr clients for whom i wrote advertising copy & 'killer' dunning letters [to donald trump & joan rivers, among other deadbeats]; helped a masters-degreed educator write an application essay for her doctoral program then taught her how to write her doctoral thesis; analyzed would-be writers' hopeless novels/whatevers and showed them how to do it right... had stories/poems published [by paying venues] was commissioned by pres. of MCI, NY to write the theme song lyrics for his b'way musical [sadly, it bombed on opening night]... originated & wrote a regional magazine's column for singles; edited magazines; etc., ad infinitum... up to 1995…
since I gave away all I owned and left my old life and old work behind in ‘95, I’ve been writing philosophical essays and poetry [in ‘plainspeak’ for ordinary folk] that I give away for free and retain no rights to; wrote ‘a mother’s guide to clean-living in a dirty universe’ + assorted other world-benefiting stuff [see on website: www.saysmom.com ]; wrote screenplays and rewrote books for others [for free]; had a column of this ‘new life’ work published in the hopi tribal newspaper; and now, I do [always for free], all that I once did for fees, mentoring/helping aspiring writers of all breeds, and go anywhere to help those who want to make a difference for the better in this human-made mess of a world…