Services for Writers

As well as being employed by publishers and agents I enjoy working directly with writers. I always tailor the editorial service to you and your manuscript – so that you can be sure of receiving exactly what you need to take your writing forward. I offer both long-term mentoring and one-off services, which are outlined below.

Please don't hesitate to Contact Me to discuss your writing and the type of service you are looking for.

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Manuscript review

Children’s fiction – 5+ to YA

  • I read and assess the manuscript, giving you feedback in the form of a report.
  • Covers all key areas including plot, pacing, characterisation, writing, beginning, climax and denouement.
  • Gives suggestions for improvement and advice on next steps.
  • Suitable for writers looking for a fresh opinion of their work.

Comprehensive edit

Children’s fiction – 5+ to YA

  • I read and assess the manuscript and provide you with in-depth editorial feedback.
  • In report format, which can also be accompanied by an annotated manuscript – very similar to an in-house structural edit.
  • Covers all areas to give comprehensive editorial guidance, suggestions for improvement and tutoring on relevant writing techniques.
  • Suitable for writers wanting an edit that gives them all the tools to redraft with confidence.

Line edit

Children’s fiction – 5+ to YA

  • I read the manuscript and make line-by-line suggestions, queries and notes directly onto it.
  • Suitable for manuscripts that are structurally sound, but would benefit from a focused editorial eye to improve writing flow and readability, and other specific editorial aspects such as show don't tell and point of view.
  • Can be accompanied by brief editorial notes to highlight any more general editorial issues.

Copy-editing

Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction

  • To polish a manuscript ready for submission or publication.
  • The level of copy-editing can be agreed - if desired it can include corrections to improve flow and readability, in addition to typographical, grammar and consistency errors.
  • Author queries made directly on the manuscript to highlight aspects in need of your attention.
  • Can be combined with a line edit.

Other services

  • Feedback and guidance on covering letters and synopses.
  • Reviewing first chapters and/or plot breakdown.
  • Tutoring on writing and self-editing techniques.
  • Group talks and workshops.
  • I can work either electronically or on a hard copy, depending on your preference.

FAQs

  • I usually ask to see a sample of your manuscript in order to help advise on the editorial service most suitable for you and to give you a quote.
  • Once we have agreed on the exact editorial service, the fee and the deadline, I require payment before I commence work.
  • Please note that I do tend to get booked up – usual turnaround time is six to eight weeks.
  • I see every relationship with a client as long-term – I am happy to give advice (on the industry, next steps, agents, etc.) and discuss any queries you might have at no extra cost.
  • I maintain strict confidentiality – with regards to both your work and our communication.
  • If you can't see what you're looking for here please don't hesitate to Contact Me to discuss your requirements.
  • Check out the Testimonials page for feedback on me and my work.

If you're looking for help with your picture book, I recommend Blue Elephant Storyshaping. Run by Natascha Biebow, it is an editing, coaching and mentoring service aimed at empowering picture book writers and illustrators to fine-tune their work pre-submission.