What’s your experience?
I’m an award-winning, best-selling writer with three novels published by Headline Review and over a decade of experience working with other writers.
I have a background in education and professional development and have taught writing workshops for diverse clients such as Stratford Literary Festival, Watts Gallery and East Carolina University. While working for the national exam board AQA, I led the development and launch of the UK’s first A Level in Creative Writing, so I understand the nuances and difficulties when it comes to teaching and assessing creative writing. For three years I was Editor of Historia magazine – the magazine of the Historical Writer's Association – commissioning and editing the work of hundreds of professional writers.
I’m a Fulbright Scholar and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Mentor. I’ve coached hundreds of students on academic writing skills. I'm a certified proofreader and editor, trained by the Proofreading Academy, and I'm working towards my accreditation as a professional coach with the Coaching Academy. I'm currently editor of Collected Magazine and am co-founder and lead tutor at the Historical Novel Society Academy, where I lead a flagship course, the Historical Fiction Masterclass.
How do meetings work?
We will meet either by phone or Zoom. If you are local (West Yorkshire, UK) there is the potential to meet in person. I will send you a link to book your meeting. Once you’ve booked your meeting I will ask you to send me up to 5,000 words and (if appropriate) a one-page synopsis of your project. I will need this two weeks before our meeting.
We will usually begin our meeting by discussing your work and identifying ways for you to make progress. Conversation usually stems from there and will be led by your priorities but may encompass any aspect of writing craft and/or writing as a profession. By the end of the session, you'll be ready to make progress and will have a plan to move ahead.
How and when do I send my work to you?
I will ask you to send your work to me two weeks before our agreed meeting date. If you choose a written report rather than a meeting, we will agree a date for you to receive your report. In either case, I will need your work two weeks prior. Please send your work by email as a Word document.
How do you give editorial feedback?
I use Microsoft Word tools such as track changes and comments to annotate your work. If you choose the option of a written report, your annotated manuscript will be accompanied by a detailed commentary with suggestions for improvement. If you opt for a meeting, your annotated manuscript will include bullet point notes that we will discuss in person. I will make suggestions for improvement during our meeting.
What feedback can I expect?
Comments and reports are designed to help develop your specific project and your writing craft in general. I will always be constructive and make suggestions as to how your work could be improved. I may edit small sections of your work as demonstration, but I will not line edit or proofread. I use track changes so you will always see any alterations I have made. Please note, all feedback is confidential and is not intended as public endorsement. If you would like me to provide a comment of that kind, please contact me by email.
What happens if I can't make a meeting?
No problem! You will be able to reschedule your meeting slot via the online booking system. I simply ask that you give 48 hours' notice.
What email support can I expect between meetings?
If you choose a three or six-month package, then I will be available to you between meetings by email. This might be to provide accountability on the goals that you set for yourself, or to answer your questions. You may email one set of questions per week.
Do you review longer pieces of work?
Occasionally. If you would like me to review a longer excerpt of your work-in-progress, just let me know. I charge existing clients based on word count over your monthly 5,000-word allowance. It's best to email me for an exact quote, but as a guide, 10,000 words would be £350 (an extra £100 for existing three-month clients), 30,000 words would be £450 (an extra £200 for existing three-month clients).
Can you help me find an agent or publisher?
I can provide insight, guidance and support while you approach the publication process, but I cannot provide introductions to agents or guarantee publication in any way.
Can you review my submission package?
Yes. I can review your query letter, one-page synopsis and first 5,000 words for £400. Existing clients may submit elements of their submission package as part of their monthly allowance.
How do I pay?
I require payment upfront to secure your spot. Once we've agreed on a meeting date, I'll send you an invoice with full details and T&C. At present, I only accept payment by bank transfer. If you would prefer to pay by instalments then please let me know – payment plans can be arranged. Once I’ve received payment, your spot is secured and I’ll get to work!
Where can I see Terms and Conditions?
Full terms and conditions will be provided with your first invoice.
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