Editorial Services

When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.

– Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


I am passionate about helping fellow writers take their work to the next level. Years ago, after working on my first book for almost 8 years without daring to show it to an industry professional, I took the plunge and sent it off for an editorial critique. It was the best thing I could have done. On the back of an insightful and encouraging report I was able to improve my work to the point that I got my agent and my first publishing deal.

What I offer

I provide a thorough manuscript appraisal looking at both the technical side of your novel or short story – plot, character development, dialogue and pace – as well as more subtle aspects of effective story-telling such as impact, originality and how to make a reader engage emotionally.

For a full manuscript appraisal including follow-up discussion:

(up to 70,000 words, £5 per additional 1000 words) £350
Synopsis and first three chapters £100
Short story critique (up to 5000 words) £75

How to submit

Send your query to me via the contact form below. Once I receive it we will chat either over email or by phone – whichever you prefer.

How to pay

Once you’re happy to go ahead, I ask for payment in advance. You will receive your appraisal report within 4 weeks for a novel and within 2 weeks for short stories or synopsis & first 3 chapters.