Rainbow Works Pty Ltd / Lorraine C.
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Tom Kwok
When I completed a draft of my memoir - a coming-of-age story about an immigrant Chinese boy growing up in Australia in the 1960s - I was quite satisfied with the results and thinking I had a hit on my hand, I entered my manuscript into two literary competitions, and sent it to a publisher. I was unsuccessful in my attempt to have my work published. Doubts began to emerge. Had I taken the wrong approach? In late 2014, I met Lorraine Cobcroft, of Rainbow Works Pty Ltd, at a literary workshop. She offered to read my manuscript and provide me with a critical feedback. Her assessment of my draft was that my story was interesting but that with some modifications, it would have greater appeal and success in the marketplace. She suggested an entirely different approach which included: rearrangement of the early chapters; creating an element of mystery and suspense to keep readers on the journey of discovery; and putting greater emphasis on Chinese culture and tradition, history and immigration to Australia. She also helped to address overwriting, repetition and filtering, reducing the draft by at least 10,000 words. She also suggested a change to the title to arouse interest and curiosity amongst non-Chinese readers. Others might think Lorraine’s approach is too critical, but I really appreciated her honesty and felt completely comfortable entrusting my story with her. She preserved by writing style and maintained my voice. I believe that she has shaped an end product which is significantly better than my original, and greater than my expectations. Lorraine is like a lapidary. Instead of cutting and polishing precious stones, she cut and polished my manuscript. With her expert knowledge and skills, she deftly pulled my draft apart and reassembled it. The finished product is impressive and one that I am very proud of. Lorraine keeps the writer’s best interests at heart. Her main objective is to provide the writer with food for thought and assist with rewriting and telling the story in the best way possible. I have no hesitation in recommending Lorraine for her professional services. Tom Kwok