Selected Client Work
Many of my students and clients have published stories, articles, essays, and books, some via traditional publishers and publications, others through their own efforts, and still more through a combination. Here are some.
THE KOMMANDANT'S GIRL
An international bestseller and nominee for a Quill Award, this moving work was Pam Jenoff's first published novel. She pursued it in my class at Temple, Write Your Novel This Year. She then worked privately with me as she moved toward completion and gained agent representation. Pam has gone on to write nine more novels, including one more she worked on in my fiction workshop. Her latest, The Orphan's Tale, was a New York Times bestseller. About our years of work together Jenoff wrote, "I think of it as the Benton standard . . . The Benton Method has clearly worked for me."
THE MOZART EFFECT
This book spawned an industry. I edited the work of the ghostwriter, Alex Jack, an accomplished author and publisher for whom I've edited several other books. Of this work, Jack wrote, "Your changes really make the writing sparkle--making it more like music--taking it up another octave."
TICKET TO RIDE: INSIDE THE BEATLES' 1964 TOUR THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
As a young radio reporter, Larry Kane was chosen to ride on the Beatles' plane and got an up-close view of the Fab Four as they toured the United States for the first and second times. After I edited Kane's first book for Temple University Press, he hired me privately to work closely on his next two books over several years--one, the book above; the other, a novel.
Rebecca Matthias, two self-published novels
Diana Krantz, The White Trail
HALF WILD: STORIES
About a dozen years ago, Robin MacArthur took her first writing workshops as my student. She went on to earn an MFA from Vermont College. Her first collection came out from HarperCollins in 2016, and she has a novel forthcoming from HarperCollins.
FIREWEED: A POLITICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
One reviewer praised this moving memoir as having the pull of a fast-paced novel. What an honor it was to work with Gerda Lerner, a brilliant woman who co-founded the field of women's history. This book won the Outstanding Achievement Recognition award from the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee in 2003. In her acknowledgements, Lerner wrote of my work, including a "dedication to precision and clarity," and in a note she added, "Thanks for doing a great job. I enjoyed doing this, and I really think it is improving the manuscript."