Before “Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary” got published, I had to find an editor. That in itself was a process. I sent sample chapters to several editors. Here is the feedback from one of those editors…
Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary, by Steven Jennings, is full of “gut kickers.” Gut kickers are lines or moments in the stories that stop you cold. For writing to truly move you or teach you something, these lines have to be present.
Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary is rife with these lines. Whats more is some of these lines almost make you stop breathing. The razor-sharp honesty in this writing is at once terrifying and compelling. That strength alone speaks volumes about Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary.
Another essential characteristic of good writing is voice. Steven Jennings’ voice is quite strong in its directness, urgency, and fearlessness. Indeed, it seems the only thing he fears is himself. I find this quite compelling and I think others will too; more than that, I think many will identify with him strongly.
Steven Jennings has a talent for crafting story. He delivers information efficiently, keeping the narrative moving at a quick clip, which gives it a lean powerful quality. Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary charges at the reader and doesn’t stop.
Lastly, giving this type of feedback without having a formal agreement and discussing a fee is not typical, which is a testament to the strength and provocative nature of the writing. Clearly, I’m interested in this project.
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