For Virginia Bailey Parker as a Book Coach, Speaker, and Business Expert
Skillful editing helped business book author connect with her readers—and her book became a bestseller!
Coaching helps bi-lingual author achieve her lifelong goal and benefit an international charity
Virginia Bailey Parker’s coaching was extremely valuable in helping me to organize and publish my book, Poemas y Cuentos Cortos. She also helped me to see past my personal goals—to explore ways to use my book, as well, to support the humanitarian efforts of the nonprofit organization, Friends of Guatemala. Having my book contribute to the improvement of the medical, educational, and nutritional needs of desperately poor children and their families has made my journey as an author immensely gratifying. Even though my book is in Spanish, Virginia was able to guide me through the many other layers of writing, publishing, and marketing to achieve my life-long ambition, beyond what I had originally hoped for.
Lucrecia Eugenia Yaquián Luttmann, President of Friends of Guatemala, Inc. and author of Poemas y Cuentos Cortos..
Author found editor’s expert assistance invaluable when writing her life story to help others overcome depression.
I am grateful to Virginia Bailey Parker for seeing merit in my story, for her inspiring dedication, and her astounding visionary gift. She helped me to shape my manuscript into the kind of book that I needed but couldn’t find when I was struggling with depression, so I could ease the road to recovery for others.
·Annick Hivert-Carthew, Author of Strategies to Overcome Depression: A Survivor Shares 150 Tips for Sufferers, Families, and Advocates.
Workshop sparked creativity and gave writers the tools to move forward.
Virginia Bailey Parker is an engaging and polished speaker who delivers content-rich programs with style. Her workshop, “Making the Most of Your Memoir,” was a favorite among those attending the Detroit Working Writers (DWW) 2012 writers’ conference. Whether conducting interactive workshops for professional and emerging writers, or addressing students, she is a naturally gifted speaker who provides her audiences with clear explanations of concepts, concrete examples, and abundant encouragement. Her workshop participants come away feeling creative and eager to apply what they’ve learned to their own projects.
·Diana U. Dinverno, Immediate past president of Detroit Working Writers, freelance writer, and attorney
Writer finds inspiration and focus for her memoir!
Your workshop inspired me! There has been a memoir sitting inside me for three years now—I just didn’t have the focus until yesterday. Thank you!
·Linda Anger, President of The Write Concept
Reframing her vision led to a better option for sharing her life’s experiences.
I took one of Virginia Bailey Parker’s writing workshops, and was so glad I did! I love reading memoir, and having lived a pretty wild and crazy life, I always wanted to write about it. Novelists, of course, borrow from life, but we use more emotional truth rather than factual details. I found the answer to my desire to write a memoir in Virginia’s fabulous memoir workshop. She told me why, ethically, I was better sticking to fiction: “Our rights end where another’s begins.” My life story would hurt members of my family, people I love very much. So the short memoirs I write now, as suggested by Virginia, are reflective or humorous posts for my blog. Virginia’s content is excellent. She gives plenty of food for thought for fiction and non-fiction writers, and memoirists. I highly recommend Virginia Bailey Parker as a speaker or workshop leader.
·Cynthia Harrison, author of contemporary women’s fiction. Her new novel is Blue Heaven. www.cynthiaharrison.com
Author finds resolve for a story that is unique and worth sharing!
Virginia Bailey Parker understands the creative process and that there is no rigid formula for telling a story. But the most significant advice I took away from her memoir workshop was to trust my story and write it. It was a liberating message that I took to heart, and it guides me still when I’m tempted to think “Who would be interested in my story?”
·Iris Lee Underwood, owner of Yule Love It Lavender Farm and author of Encouraging Words for All Seasons and Growing Lavender and Other Poems www.yuleloveitlavender.com
Learning to analyze the current market niche yields a critical tool to succeed.
After attending one of Virginia Bailey Parker’s workshops, I am now approaching the writing of my memoir differently. What stuck with me most was that she told us to read other memoirs and analyze what makes them resonate with us. I always knew what kind of memoirs I liked to read but never really analyzed what it was about them that had an impact on me. Doing that analysis helps me figure out how my memoir will resonate with readers. I also appreciate her forthright way of presenting. It was organized, clear, and focused on what will be helpful to the participants. Beyond her writing accomplishments, she is also a very effective teacher!
·Sharlene Innes, Writer
Business coaching helps franchisee chart course and secure SBA loan!
Virginia Bailey Parker and her team at EnVision Associates, LLC were very professional and precise in fine-tuning our business plan and helping us to sort out how best to run our business. We received compliments from our loan broker, who said that it was one of the best, clearest, and most informative business plans that ever came across his desk. I am confident that Virginia and her company helped speed our loan along with the bank and the SBA (Small Business Administration).
·Northern Granite LLC
Business plan guidance helped company launch two franchise locations!
Words cannot express our appreciation to Virginia Bailey Parker and her staff! They turned our basic business plan for two Little Caesars Pizzeria franchises into a beautiful and professional document very quickly. Their insight, guidance, and prompt response to our needs were incredible. We recommend Virginia and EnVision Associates, LLC with the highest accolades.
·Talbot’s on the Water, A Little Caesars franchisee
For Virginia as the National Award-Winning Author of The Water’s Edge
“The author has done her homework with this novel, which is filled with good historical research. And although this book is by no means something I would label feminist literature, it certainly has an underlying theme on the plight of seventeenth century English women . . . Highly recommended.”
·Pat Maynard, The Historical Novels Review (U.S ./U.K.)
“Through Parker’s well-informed prose, we get the opportunity to hear, smell, feel, taste, and see a community as it struggles to carve out its place in history . . . Nicely paced and highly accessible to the reader.”
·Victoria Diaz, Book reviewer for the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers
“As if Arnold Toynbee and Jane Austen had collaborated, Parker’s novel captures the passionate yet mannered lives of early Americans as they live the historical events which created our country.”
·Elizabth Kane Buzzelli, Novelist and book reviewer for the Traverse City Record-Eagle
The Water’s Edge offers a factual, accurate historical setting and a fascinating, dramatic storyline that keeps readers enthralled from first page to last. . . To read The Water’s Edge is to live history. Parker tells a colorful, dramatic story from which anyone may learn what those perilous times were like.”
·Richard Langford, Book reviewer for the Deland Beacon (Florida)
“What makes all the research so remarkable is the way Parker wove it into a multigenerational story of three families. Once I started to read The Water’s Edge, I could not put it down. I was sorry it had to end.
·Philip Mason, Distinguished Professor of History, Wayne State University
“Virginia Bailey Parker has written a wonderful novel entitled The Water’s Edge. . . . The characters are memorable and presented as multi-dimensional human beings, not just single featured stereotypes of the colonial founders. The author describes history in generational terms in this novel and recreates for the reader the vivid details of life and death on the American colonial frontier.”
·Jeffrey G. Charnley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University
“The Water’s Edge gave me just what I wanted—a clear and accurate picture of earliest Puritan New England, clothed in the pleasant garb of fiction. From the religious climate to the practice of medicine to the challenge of cooking on an open hearth, Parker’s many-stranded story offers a savory taste of every aspect of the real world of the first European settlers in Massachusetts.”
·Joyce Rockwood, Georgia Fiction Writer of the Year-2000 and author of Apalachee
The Water’s Edge is a beautifully written saga . . . reminiscent of the literary classics that have withstood the test of time—a novel as lyrical and mesmerizing as Derek Walcott’s Omeros. Parker’s words and descriptions, artistically wrought, have shaped a haunting story that lingers with the reader long after the last page is turned.”
·Rainelle Burton, Author of The Root Worker, a “Book Sense 76” Pick
Virginia Bailey Parker has woven her superb research skills and her gift of storytelling into a spellbinder. . . I didn’t want to close the book.
·Virginia Law Burns, Award-winning author of Tall Annie