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Evaluation, advice, mentoring, strategy
I got an agent with my second novel. We sold it in a two-book deal.
A short story written in five days to a competition prompt then sold to Apex Magazine and got a mention in the Gardner Dozois ‘Best Of’ anthology that year.
I try to help other writers through the blog and when I can, by answering the odd question/ pointing you in the direction of useful advice.
I will evaluate your whole manuscript. This is my opinion on setting, character, plot… It is not a fine copy-edit, but I will bring up sentence level issues by example. I will read contemporary fiction, YA, science fiction, fantasy, weird. Middle grade children’s. I don’t generally read horror, new cosy mysteries, romance-sold-as-romance, or younger children’s. (All these are fine, it’s about what I feel able to advise on.)
I think traditional publishing, high quality indie publishing, and crowdfunding publishing can all be good routes. Understanding your real personal success criteria helps to be a more contented author. Book me for a strategy session.
For people submitting to UK agents I will evaluate your agent letter, synopsis and first three chapters. For people submitting to US agents, I am happy to critique synopsis and pages.
Mentoring, a focused discussion about your aims and how you might achieve them
I can give talks or run workshops for groups.
I consider ‘write for hire’ projects.
Or, if you have something else you want a debut novelist to do for you, email me.
I am committed to helping disadvantaged people but I have only limited capacity to work for free and I will do this in a structured way. If you are on a low income drop me an email: there are schemes around to offer your manuscript a professional critique for free.
Complimentary services offered by my partner
My partner has a degree in History from Oxford, was brought up by a Professor of English at UCL, and worked for many years as an academic librarian and bookseller.
She will proof-read, and I know from experience she is pedantic and exact, which is what you need.
She will beta read contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, erotica (no BDSM).
I shortly hope to offer good-value audio-book reading