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. Outlined below are some starting points.

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 denoument.
  • 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 writng 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.