Thumbtack Reviews (thank you to all those for your feedback.)
Time Well Spent
If Deborah had been my English teacher through grade school and high school, I would have embraced my authentic voice a long time ago and quite frankly – my life would have been a lot different. Her service isn’t technically therapy – but how can it not be when you start hearing your deepest voice? Writing is healing -at least for me, and I find that very fun and satisfying.
Deborah is multi-skilled as a writing coach. The one skill most helpful to me was her constant open – hearted encouragement towards me as an aspiring writer. She constantly insisted that I listen to my own authentic voice, that I share my gift with the world. I love the confidence she has in herself. It gave me permission to have confidence in my own voice.
I worked with Deborah for 3 months, using her private coaching service. I was impressed with her eye for pulling out the best phrases, words and key ideas within an essay.
What I wanted more of during our one hour sessions was more time spent in “hands – on” activity for actually writing. It was too easy to leave the session and not actually “do” what she suggested. This is what I will do next time I work with her.
Lyn A.Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 10, 2012:
Dear Lyn. Everything you ever wrote after we spent time together was a joy to read. You are a better writer than you ever saw yourself as, but I saw it and I see it still. We have more work to do and I look forward to it. And yes, more time “doing” in our sessions together. Definitely,That book of yours wants to be written! Thank you.
I was first introduced to Deb over a year ago, after she invited me to be a part of her weekly writing group we affectionately called Tuesday’s with Deborah or better known to us as A Writers Support Group for Reticent Bloggers. She created a safe haven for writers and bloggers to incubate their ideas and share thoughts weekly. Which turned out to be some of the best inspiration, not only for my writing, but for my business as well.
I have also had the opportunity to work with her on my first book, The Art of Working for Yourself which she was my editor and voice on my shoulder, helping me get out of my own way. I have to thank her for helping me keep my writing voice as the project went along. As tough as the process sometimes was for me, Deb was pivotal in making sure I stayed on track and helped me flush out ideas from the cover to my bio. I would work with her again in a heartbeat. What more can I say, Deb is good at what she does.
Gerald G.Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 4, 2012:
To work with someone who is open and willing to try what is suggested and love what results AND whose idea for a book is born of their core values is always a pleasure and working with you again is something I look forward to! Thanks for sharing your experience of our collaboration on your first of three books! Your first book is an easy and inspiring read that conveys who you are and what you champion with heartfelt savvy and direct personal experience. And all your marketing (the website, the video trailer) looks fabulous!
This is from the acknowledgments portion of my book, The Athlete within You : a mental approach to sports and business. As you will learn, this book has been thirty-two years in development. If not for my good friend and writing coach, Deborah Drake it would still be a half completed pile of paper. Her encouragement and nurturing through the writing process has not only changed my writing, but changed me.
Mike M.Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 4, 2012:
Your project was especially meaningful for me to be part of. A dusty manuscript that deserved publication 30 years ago it is no more! I look forward to the companion pieces and products you author and publish in the future. Self-publishing ourselves is the way to go and supporting you from start to finish in record time for your conference appearance was a Wild Ride I would do all over again!
For two years Deb facilitated a weekly Writer’s Circle (now known as Tuesdays With Deborah – please Google it). Thanks to her gentle and encouraging persistence I went from non-blogger to blogger. We got to know each other and I shared my second book with her (Resumes That Resume Careers) and we decided to co-author a much-expanded second edition (Burn Your Resume! You Need a Professional Profile. http://amzn.to/GDwKYo). What Deb brought to the second edition is significant: a. the subtitle and expanded focus of this edition (Winning the Inner and Outer Game of Finding Work or New Business), b. the elements of how to play an effective Inner Game, c. an additional focus on Solopreneurs, d. editing and layout of the book’s interior using InDesign, e. sourcing and managing graphic artist for cover design, f. coordination with the printer, and g. website maintenance and update, and h. marketing and related workshops, which we are doing together. Thanks to Deb a number of authors now have books in print, and in the near future she and I will add a Kindle version of Burn Your Resume! to our offerings, and others will follow. She has my total, 100% endorsement.
Donald B.Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 3, 2012:
Thank you for the generous and kind and complimentary words! Working with you is a prime example of working with an ideal client and collaborator–as we both support and challenge each other to produce high quality content and stay true to the mission and purpose. To be part of the creation process from A to Z is one of my favorite scenarios.Collaborating with you as I do these days is something I always look forward to. ~ Deb