You are worth your weight in gold. I have never had such comprehensive, understandable and insightful comments on anything I've written as I had from your comments. -Gail Marshall O'Brien
I wanted the best and I received much more. Thank you for your thorough and helpful February 17 evaluation. You are gifted with "writerly skills" and sound advice. -Shirley Anderson
Catherine, thank you so much for your input and guidance. Regurgitating a novel from my head into a Word doc is easy. Making it something anyone else but me (and my parents!!) wants to read is hard and I was utterly in the dark as to where to go. I got a little guidance from a lit agent who asked to read it, but that was about it and it was very little. Thank you for being that lantern in the dark. -Scott Thomas
I just heard from PlainView. They want to publish the book! Thank you so much for the lead. This wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for your giving me the heads up. Mil gracias. -Angie O'Gorman, author of The Book of Sins
I cannot put this manuscript down! It is awesome. Overdue thanks to great editorial work by Catherine Rankovic. Thank you so much, you get the first copy! - Memory Bengesa, author of Born Again Afresh
Catherine Rankovic is the best of several editors whose work I know. She is versatile, capable of handling everyting from short stories to complex manuscripts; responsive to each author's main objectives as well as the subtleties of the text; disciplined in organizing her time and meeting deadlines; technically skillful in working through light or heavy editing assignments, totally professional. -Warren Bryan Martin, author of The Colors of Conscience
Working with Catherine, I have completed my fourth book of poetry Rails and Ties and a chapbook, Bodies in the Creek. While working with her, I have had success in getting my poems winning in contests and being published. She is the consummate partner for any writer who wants to move ahead in his/her craft. I am grateful to her each and every time we meet to go over my most recent work. - Maurice "Bud" Hirsch
from more clients and workshop participants . . .
There are no accidents! Finding you was just what my book needed. -Sue Mayfield Geiger, author of Gibbons Street
Good news: my poems "Underneath the Apple Tree and "Knots Unwind" I wrote in Catherine's class last quarter were accepted for publication in Circa: A Literary Review, meaning I have four poems written in that course being published. Catherine, thank you so much for all of your help. I feel that class really elevated my poetry writing to the next level. -Janna Vought, degree candidate in the Lindenwood University MFA in Creative Writing program
Thanks for the years of advice and support. -John S. McFarland, author of The Black Garden
When I received a book deal, [Catherine] was the first one I called for a review of the contract. Her advice was based on professional wisdom and knowledge of the industry. Everything we discussed was given serious consideration by the publisher and many changes were made. In the end, I have a much better contract that provides for more author protections and benefits than I could have ever figured out on my own. I highly recommend her as a coach and advisor to anyone making a career move in the writing field. -Janet Zenke Edwards, author of Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray
I've told people that I feel like a teenage guitar player who is getting private lessons from George Harrison. I realize how fortunate I am! -Patty Wirth
I am going to be published! I wanted to share this news with you because you have been instrumental in encouraging me to expand my writing horizons. -Kathy Lasater
I want to thank you so much for your wonderful inspiration, your excellent critique, and your supportive comments. -J. Adam Keith
I won honorable mention in a poetry contest! I would like to thank my mother, my father, my creative writing teacher Catherine Rankovic, and my best friend. -Layne Simpson
I promise to write every day, more than ten minutes, which is the first time I've made such a promise in the 48 years of my life. No more whining about "wanting to write" or wishing or any of that. You've helped me turn on the faucet and I'm going to try to keep it running. -Leslie Weinstein
I'm excited to see the economy that your investment brings to my little book. . . Thanks to you the book may have a tiny bit in common with Chanel's simple style! -Robin VerHage-Abrams, author of Chanel Simple (in press)
With [Catherine's] guidance, I was able to completely restructure and revise an essay that was then nominated for the WEP Intro Journal Awards. -Beth Mead, Director, M.F.A. program, Lindenwood University
I've come to writing late and I'm a slow learner, so teachers who take my work seriously and take the time to criticize seriously are important. Thanks for your toughness and encouragement. -Sharon P.
Thanks! Your class has been just the informative kick-in-the-pants that I've needed. I'm glad you had us submit things; I tend to sit on them for ages, when what I need to do is revise as far as I can, do some market research, and then let go. -Kathleen Kayembe
Before your class, I was not familiar at all with going through a major revision process on my poetry, or how beneficial it would be to do so. I had only made a few minor changes, but never a complete overhaul as we are practicing in your class. . . I can now see why all my work always felt unfinished to me. Therefore, learning this revision process has been extremely helpful. -Jane Cushman
I sincerely appreciate your critique of my historical fiction work, Keeper of Coin. I am pleased that you thought my main character seemed real and sympathetic...Your critical comments were invaluable, particularly your advice about keeping action in the novel. I will keep your suggestions in front of me as I continue to edit the manuscript. -Mary Kay Tuberty
You are still the teacher who taught me the most about what it means to be a good writer. -Tim Bryant
Before your class, I had very little confidence in my writing -- I'm hoping that the courage I gained through participating in your class will continue to help me in future classes and to develop even further as a writer than I had ever imagined I could. - Melanie Smigielski
Thank you for your timely and prompt work. I appreciate how you were able to get into the manuscript and then do all the editing so quickly! -Bonney Patterson, author of Hunted in the Heartland: A Memoir of Murder
from organizations . . .
Again, thank you for being our Keynote Speaker and Presenter. We are very grateful for your expertise. -Claire Applewhite, President, Missouri Writers Guild, author of The Wrong Side of Memphis, Crazy for You, St. Louis Hustle and Tennessee Plates.
Thank you so much for your time and wonderful presentation to the Writing for Publication class at Lifelong Learning Institute. You gave us so much helpful information and a firm footing for proceeding. -Karen Sterbenz, instructor, Lifelong Learning Institute, Washington University
Catherine: Your reading was a show-stopper. Could you hear the intensity of people listening? Or the the enthusiasm of the applause after? -Tim Leach, Words on Purpose
All roads lead to Catherine. -Mary Troy, director, M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, University of Missouri-St. Louis, author of Joe Baker is Dead, The Alibi Café, and Beauties
from readers and audiences. . .
As model essays I use several examples from The Missouri Review's archives. . . 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' by Catherine Rankovic is a lesson in how to describe the nearly impossible: Elvis's phrasing and singing voice. -Kris Somerville, University of Missouri-Columbia
I think you are one of the best essayists writing in America today. -Kathleen Finneran, author of The Tender Land
I work with Chef Dave at Lift for Life. He is taking a poetry class right now (I forget where) and he went to your reading last week. He asked me if I know you. He said when you finished your reading he had to blink and remind himself he was still in the room. Apparently, your reading completely transported him elsewhere. Even the next day he was talking about it! -Denise P. Bogard, Writing Specialist at Lift for Life Academy Middle and High School
I just wanted to tell you how much I love your book. I've read it cover to cover about four times now. And I keep reading it out loud to people. -Jennifer MacNair
Catherine Rankovic is not a poet of the sweet-words-and-tender-emotions school, nor is she one to take "poetic license" if that means exaggerating, embellishing or distorting the truth. No, she wields words like filet blades: a few swift cuts and the heart lies exposed, glistening with traces of blood. -St. Louis Magazine (February 2006)
I was hoping someone could give me Catherine's email; I wanted to tell her I stayed up last night and read her book and thought it was just great. -Matt Freeman, poet, author of Desolation on Delmar and Darkness Never Far, and editor of the anthology Flood Stage: An Anthology of St. Louis Poets.