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Endorsements

Letters of Recommendation

From Bruce Holland Rogers, two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award:

Joe excels at being able to identify the two or three issues that most need to be addressed in a piece of writing, and he can articulate clearly how the writer might improve the work. More significantly, Joe knows how to make the piece under discussion serve as an occasion for considering general principles of good writing. That is, he’s able to help other writers learn from both the examples of strong writing and the missed opportunities of weak writing.

In Joe, I see an accomplished writer, yes, but also a writer who can think abstractly about writing, explain how good writing works, and show other writers how to be more effective on the page.

I recommend him without reservations.

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From Kathleen J. Alcalá, author of The Desert Remembers My Name, Essays on Family and Writing, and three novels:

Joe’s love of language infuses his work, and he is careful and meticulous in his writing. He is patient, thoughtful, and plans ahead. I think he possesses a balance of empathy and discipline that make him an excellent instructor.

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From Wayne Ude, MFA Program Director, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts:

Joe Ponepinto illustrates what Kate Gale, editor of Red Hen Press and recent President of Western PEN, calls a “good literary citizen.” Such a person enters into a situation involving writers looking beyond what he or she might gain to see what he or she might give. Joe has proven to be that kind of good literary citizen.

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From Richard Stiennon, author of Surviving Cyberwar:

Joe is an active fiction author and experienced journalist. He does an amazing job of editing. He goes beyond words and grammar and thinks about the overall story line.  I highly recommend him. He was instrumental in seeing Surviving Cyberwar through to manuscript submission!

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From Carol Frischmann, author of Pets and the Planet:

When I wrote Pets and the Planet: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Pet Care, I asked Joe to do a readability review before my final submission to the publisher.  His comments on the manuscript’s strengths and weakness focused my final revision efforts where they were most needed. Joe’s services helped me submit high quality, on-time work. In a competitive market, only the best writers get work. Only the best of the best writers get publishers’ attention time after time. Will I use Joe’s services again?  You bet.

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From Marcel DeClercq, Aerial Productions:

Joe Ponepinto is a highly experienced writer and editor, who has a thorough understanding and appreciation of the language of film. Joe recently performed an edit of a screen adaptation of my writing partner Christopher Hudson’s novel Northern Cross. He did an expert script edit, making numerous recommendations that enabled us to greatly improve the plot, storyline and continuity of our screenplay. We incorporated all of Joe’s suggestions in the final draft.

I’ve worked with a lot of writers and editors in my 30 year career as a professional writer, and Joe Ponepinto is one of the very best. I highly recommend his services for any type of writing/editing project.

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