I contacted Theo ten years into writing my memoir while I was struggling with structure. She did a “turbo” read and gained knowledge of the entire plot. After our Skype-like discussions, which were as pleasant as they were productive, she recommended I cut the first 120 pages! It was her explanation—her reasoning about why this worked best—that had me agreeing a few days later. And, I loved that I had learned something new. Pieces of those first pages made it into the book as backstory when necessary, and by the time I signed a contract, the initial 120 pages were long gone. Thanks, Theo, I’m certain your expertise made a difference.
Author, Reckless Steps Toward Sanity (UNM Press 2019)