I encountered John DeDakis at a seminar he held in Nashville in 2015. I'd rewritten my novel eighteen times by the time we met and been turned down by about forty agents. John took me under his wing and after extensive revisions over nine months I was able to acquire a west coast agent. Five publishers bid on my book and we finally settled on a two-book contract with Seventh Street Books. My debut novel, A Knife in the Fog, was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel (one of five finalists out of fifty-five nominations), and the audiobook won Audiofile Magazine's 2019 Earphone Award in the category of Mystery and Suspense.
Queen's Gambit won Killer Nashville's 2020 Silver Falchion Award both as Best Suspense and as Book of the Year.
I credit John with getting me to this level of success at least two years quicker than I'd have done on my own, if at all. He let me write my book, pointing out what worked and what didn't, and why. I think the most important thing he did for me was to help me find my voice, and to trust it. I have directed friends of mine who aspire to become successful writers to seek him out. His advice is practical and clear; the results speak for themselves.