Frequently Asked Questions
What’s your experience?
I’m an award-winning writer with three novels published by Headline Review and over a decade of experience working with other writers. As a Royal Literary Fund Fellow I’ve coached hundreds of students on academic writing skills. I spent over two decades working in training and education and now regularly teach writing workshops for clients such as Stratford Literary Festival, The Bronte Parsonage Museum and East Carolina University. I also ran the UK’s largest English Literature A Level qualification and led the development and launch of the UK’s first A Level in Creative Writing, so I’m familiar with the demands and requirements of the UK education system. For three years I was Editor of Historia magazine, commissioning and editing the work of hundreds of professional writers. I’m a Fulbright Scholar and have worked with students and staff at universities in the US. Alongside my own writing projects, I work as a freelance proofreader and editor, certified by the Proofreading Academy, and I'm working towards my accreditation as a professional coach with the Coaching Academy.
Proofreading & Editing
Which academic subjects do you cover?
Almost anything! I have worked across the sciences, humanities and arts.
What file types do you accept?
Word or Pages documents only.
English is my second (or third) language. Can you help?
Yes! I frequently work with non-native English speakers, but please note your English must be of an appropriate standard. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.
Isn't this cheating? What about plagiarism?
I know how serious accusations of plagiarism can be, especially at university level. With me, your work will always remain your work. I will never change the content or meaning of your writing and will always work within university proofreading guidelines. I will make constructive suggestions, but ultimately, the decision to accept those suggestions remains with you.
I have a tight deadline. Can you help?
Please be clear about when you need your work returned. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to check through your revised document before submission. Depending on your word count, there may be an extra charge for a speedy turnaround, which will be detailed on your quote.
I’m writing a novel. Can you help?
Yes! I love working with fellow creative writers, but only accept a few clients at any one time to make sure everyone gets the attention they deserve. I offer manuscript assessments and editing, plus one-to-one coaching sessions. Fees are dependent on what’s required. Drop me a line with details of your project and the level of support you need.
How can writing coaching sessions help me?
The aim of a coaching session is to empower you to feel more confident in your writing skills and provide a clear direction for you to move forward. We will discuss your writing concerns and find solutions. This is a great option if you are struggling to get started with a piece of writing, want to learn how to create structure and narrative, or how to make your writing more engaging. I specialise in academic writing at all levels, but coaching sessions can be extremely useful for creative writers too.
How do coaching sessions work?
We will meet either by phone or Skype. If you are local (Manchester, UK) there is the option to meet in person. Once you’ve booked your session I will ask you to send me up to 1000 words of your writing in advance. We will begin our call by identifying the main areas where you need help. We may look at the example you’ve provided and use this to demonstrate how to fix any issues. We will discuss strategies you can use when working alone. By the end of the session, you'll be ready to make progress and will have a plan to move ahead.
Nuts and Bolts
How do I pay?
I require full payment upfront. I accept payment by PayPal or bank transfer. Details will be included with your quote. Once I’ve received payment, I’ll get to work!
Where can I see Terms and Conditions?
Full terms and conditions will be provided with your quote.
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