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Jack Ketchum

“My LitReactor experience was a fine one, and that was in large part because Mark made it so painless for me. I’m not terribly computer-savvy, but Mark eased me into the swing of things immediately and whenever I did come up against a problem, technical or otherwise, he guided me through and solved it for me with dispatch. His advice to me was always direct and totally to the point. I’d worked with him before on my workshop for The Cult, so I trusted him to give me hand if and when I needed it, and knowing that he was going to be my backup-man for LitReactor was one of the reasons I said yes to the project in the first place.

That he also happens to be a balanced critic in his own right, and a pleasure to communicate with, is a bonus. I recommend him heartily.”

-Dallas Mayr, aka Jack Ketchum
December 24, 2012. Jack worked directly with Mark at LitReactor

David Corbett

“Every experience I had with Mark was professional, pleasant, efficient, and successful. He was my chief liaison as an instructor with Litreactor and I couldn’t have been happier. No question went unanswered, the responses were always prompt and thorough, and the rapport was genial and collaborative. I felt in expert hands, and would recommend him unreservedly.”

-David Corbett, Author
December 23, 2012. David worked directly with Mark at LitReactor

Christopher Bram

“I am a novelist, author of nine novels, and a professor at the Gallatin School at New York University. Last summer I taught an online writing class for Litreactor titled “Beginning Your Novel.” Mark was my supervisor, mentor and guardian angel. He was a joy to work with, smart, patient, helpful, and friendly. Whenever I had a question (which was often), he not only got back to me quickly, he provided clear, direct, useful answers. He is very smart and very nice, a combination that isn’t as common as one would like.”

-Christopher Bram, Author | Instructor
December 18, 2012. Reported to Mark at LitReactor

Ed Sikov

“I couldn’t have taught my course on memoir writing at LitReactor if it weren’t for Mark. His knowledge and experience guided me as I put together the syllabus, and he made the course much more focused than I would have been able to do on my own. He’s a real pro, and I recommend him highly.”

-Ed Sikov, Columnist, LitReactor
December 13, 2012. Reported to Mark at LitReactor

Lidia Yuknavitch

“To put it simply, Mark Vanderpool walks on water. Yes, I know that is a figurative statement–but I’m getting to the literal. I worked with and reported to Mark directly as an Instructor for the Litreactor online series of courses, two of which I have taught. Mark helped me to set the course up in terms of online layout and design; he assigned me an online tech (who by the way, was also fantastic, no doubt due to Mark’s good judgement); he answered every possible technical and pedagogical question I had; he collaborated with me as each course proceeded in a professional and even delightful manner.

It was clear from the get-go that Mark’s expertise in publishing, writing, editing, teaching, online workshop administration and coordination, computer and digital arts organization, communication, and interpersonal business collaboration are unparalleled. Period.

I enjoyed working with Mark at Litreactor more than with any other person associated with the organization. I recommend him highly and with the utmost enthusiasm. I would hire him if I could. Anyone who would like to contact me regarding this recommendation should do so at: lidiamiles@yahoo.com.”

-Lidia Yuknavitch, Writer, Editor, Lit professor, Chiasmus Press.
December 14, 2012. Reported to Mark at LitReactor

Mark Vanderpool, Freelance Writer and Editor 
Lexington, Kentucky, USA 40509

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7 Things Your Reader Needs To Hear You Say

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1. I respect your time.

When you spend some time with me, it won’t be wasted. The subject line in my email won’t create a false sense of urgency that leaves you feeling fooled.

If you open it and skim the content, you’ll probably want to dig in because there’s a real payoff.

Same for the headline of my article or the opening hook of a short story. If you persevere till the end you won’t be disappointed.

At the very least, you’ll know I put in the time and addressed the finish of my story with the same thoughtfulness and concentration that I applied to the opener.

To the best of my ability, I’ll make it a good experience and completely worth your time.

2. I respect your intelligence.

you've got me thinking.

you’ve got me thinking.

I won’t talk down to you. I won’t skip over something difficult because you might not understand it. If there’s an elegant way to explore the intricacy without the storytelling bogging down in those details, we’ll do that based on my best guess of how much you’ll enjoy.

Detail and nuance that lend well to the overall storytelling won’t be avoided or glossed or dumbed-down. If it’s something worth learning about, I’m willing to do my part so that the reader and I learn about it together. But I’m not writing a Wikipedia entry. I won’t explain unlimited things that you could Google on your own. The storytelling will come first.

3. I respect your imagination.

While I won’t withhold or merely dangle a topic that we should explore, I will sometimes hint at things when I know you can get it or when innuendo serves our purposes more than the broad light of midday. And to be sure, I will prefer the well-placed adjective or descriptive phrase over a laundry list of unneeded detail. I’ll delete anything that doesn’t add energy to the scene. And I’ll trust many blanks to be filled by the reader’s imagination.

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