I'm a bestselling author with experience teaching creative writing at MA level, and I love working with early-career writers to help them hone their manuscripts, find their voice and make writing a more central part of their lives. I can help with nonfiction, novels, children's and young adult fiction (I'm no good with poetry, sorry!).
How I can help:
- Give you compassionate feedback on your writing to help you see your own strengths and weaknesses.
- Suggest specific exercises and resources to help you learn the skills you need to round out your creative toolkit.
- Work with you to develop a full-length project to the point where it's ready for submission.
- Be your writing cheerleader, and help to hold you accountable to your own writing goals.
What I can't do:
- Proofreading or detailed line edits.
- Act as a sensitivity reader.
- Introduce you to an agent or publisher.
- Guarantee publication.
Initial exploratory session
Start here. I always want to make sure that there's a good match between my abilities and your creative goals before we commit to working together. If there's good chemistry, we can then proceed to month-by-month mentoring.
- An outline of your project,
- Up to 3,000 words,
- A cover letter telling me what you'd like my help with.
- Written feedback,
- Suggestions for next steps in a 30-minute meeting (online),
- A follow-up email with suggested next steps.
Price: £70 once-off.
Ongoing support as you write a full-length work, from the wild fumbling through the first draft, to establishing a sustainable writing routine, to revising the manuscript into a well-structured form, all the way to polishing the query letter to send to potential agents.
- Up to 5,000 words a month (to a deadline).
- Written feedback on your work,
- A 1-hour meeting every month (online or in-person in east London),
- Suggestions for exercises and resources,
- Support with setting goals and establishing a writing routine that works for you.
Price: £80 per month or £384 for six months paid upfront (20% discount).
Full manuscript reading
Detailed, impartial feedback on the full draft of a book, including commentary on the concept, plot, structure, character journeys and writing style. Please note that this is not a full copy-edit, this is known as developmental editing. Suitable for early or late drafts of a manuscript.
- A full-length work of up to 120,000 words,
- A cover letter telling me if there are particular questions you have or areas you'd like me to give special attention to,
- (Optional) A draft of your query letter and synopsis.
- An editorial report of around 3,500 words,
- In-line comments in the document flagging specific problem areas and moments of brilliance,
- A 30-minute meeting (online).
Price: £18 per 1,000 words. Expect a 4-week turnaround for longer projects.
If you're working on a children's book or picture book, let me know and we can agree on a price structure that suits you.
Please note that I reserve the right to choose not to continue working with you at any time, for any reason. You'll be refunded pro-rata if you pre-paid for a six month package.