I just finished helping a client edit and publish her first book. Here’s what she told me about her experience:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for making my long-held dream come true.
When I first came to you, I had a vision in my mind. I wanted to create a little book. I knew what I wanted it to say, how I wanted the pages to feel and how I wanted to images to look. I knew how I wanted people to be able to hold it and open it and use it. I knew what I wanted but I had no idea how to make it happen.
The first gift you gave me on this project was acceptance. You supported me emotionally as I took the leap to present my idea to the world. You gave me confidence and encouraged me. Thank you.
The second gift you gave me was peace of mind. I was intimidated by my lack of knowledge. I didn’t even know where to start. You took over and handled all the details. You managed the editing, the formatting and the printing. You even helped steer me in the right direction about the binding. You worked out details of things that I wouldn’t have even known to ask about. You completely took the stress away for me. Thank you.
The third gift was the book itself. When I held the copy in my hands for the first time, I cried. It was everything I imagined. You have no idea what you have done for me. Without you, this book would still just be a dream. Thank you.
I look forward to your guidance in the future as we make electronic and audio versions available.
With deepest appreciation,
Here’s what a couple clients say about the family history writing services I provide:
“I saw a post by Lori Knutson offering to help people get started on recording their family history, and I thought what a great service. My parents have so many stories I wanted in writing and I thought with her help we could make it happen. Once I contacted Lori, she was so efficient. She contacted my parents to set up a time to meet with them and audio tape their stories. She had all the stories written up and ready to share within a week of me contacting her. I enjoyed reading through the stories and I’m glad to have them in print.”
~ Joyce Sortland
“I’ve been telling everyone what a great idea this is, a perfect gift no matter how you look at it. It’s a gift to or from the storyteller, and it’s a winner either way.”
~ Bernice Symington
I recently helped someone write a eulogy for her father:
I reached out to Lori Knutson for help with writing my dad’s eulogy. I was kind of stumbling along. Lori took what I had down on paper and was quick with editing and polishing my work. She developed an ending to wrap things up too. Lori has a great way with words. Thank you for your help Lori.
~ Patti Hovde
A couple teachers say this about my young adult books and resources:
I used The Ghost of Northumberland Strait as a read-aloud at the beginning of the year. I found several advantages to this book. First, not only was it a local author, but a teacher in our own division! This engaged my Grade 5 students right off the bat. Also, being set in the Maritimes, it made for a wonderful cross-curricular reference for the Social Studies 5 program. Using Lori’s book as an exemplar for trait-based writing helped my students make connections to their reading and writing.
My favorite aspects of the novel study materials were twofold. First, they were based upon sound and current assessment for learning practices in our division. Secondly, they took into account differentiation in the classroom by hitting both higher and lower level thinking.
The Ghost of Northumberland Strait will become my “go to” book for quite some time.
~ Brian Harvey, Grade 5 Teacher/ Former Curriculum Coach, Vermilion Elementary School
My Literacy class discovered Lori Knutson’s novel, The Ghost of the Northumberland Strait this year! We were completely and absolutely engaged in Ms. Knutson’s book. The students would predict happenings and demonstrate intrigue and curiosity throughout the entire story. We were so engaged and we loved the book so much, we felt we needed to let Ms. Knutson know. We wrote letters to Ms. Knutson and to our delight, she eloquently connected with each student through her responses in return. I highly recommend this novel and the support material Ms. Knutson has created.
~ Ms. Jane Wilson, Special Education Coordinator, Montague Intermediate School, PEI
A publisher shares these thoughts about my work:
What can this author not write? Whether Ms. Knutson is writing non-fiction about sacred simplicities or fiction about torrid complexities—as is the case of this latest gem of a novel—her subjects are raw, her characters authentic, and her ideas always provocative. I’ll read everything she publishes and always invite her to coach my own authors and clients.
~Faith Farthing, Publisher, Roadie Books
Praise for Denby Jullsen from a fellow author:
Lori Knutson’s novel takes an intriguing look into a rural east-central Alberta village during the Depression and the suspicious death that occurs there. Knutson spins a web of mystery as we all try to learn just what happened to Denby Jullsen. The story is filled with lively characters and even the town plays its part in this sexy and violent novel.
~ Kelly Clemmer, co-author 13 Ways to Kill Your Community and former Editor-in-Chief of Star News Inc.
Here’s what one newspaper editor says about my writing:
Lori Knutson’s ability to juxtapose the common everyday occurrences many of us have experienced with a component of faith and question is highly insightful.
~ Fred Rinne, Managing Editor, Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune
A librarian says nice things about my young adult novels:
Lori creates perfect characters for her young readers. Her stories have just the right amount of suspense and mystery mixed with age-appropriate humour. Where There’s a Will is a delightful sequel to the equally delightful The Ghost of Northumberland Strait. I would highly recommend these books for any library.
~ Patricia Mackie, former Library Manager within Parkland Regional Library System