Welcome to TheEssentialWriter! My name is Don Sloan and I hope to make your time here enjoyable and instructive.

I am a writer with two published novels and a novella, along with two works of nonfiction. So, if you, too, are a writer, I can totally relate.

I’ve also spent a great deal of time reviewing books — more than 200 over the past year and a half. You’ll find many of those reviews elsewhere on this site.

Currently, I spend my time writing, editing books, journaling on these pages, and reviewing books for TheEssentialWriter and the Midwest Book Review.

If you’re looking for an impartial review, I’ll be glad to thoroughly read and critique your work for a small fee. It’s not expensive, and a quality, professional evaluation can be invaluable in promoting your book.

Reviews typically are between 350 and 500 words and include a comprehensive proofreading for such things as typos, illogical sentence structure and formatting issues. For punctuation and a more in-depth review of your manuscript, I offer editing services, priced separately.

I hope you take a stroll around TheEssentialWriter. It’s loaded with lots of helpful tips, examples, writing prompts, and personal meanderings on the trials and tribulations of The Writer’s Life (well, this writer, anyway.) 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. Please bookmark this site and visit often. Or subscribe to receive regular updates.

All the best, and keep writing!




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