Services for writers

Whether you are new to writing, a published author, or somewhere in between, I can help!

I work with (most) fiction as well as non-fiction and memoir.

You’ll find details of my services on this page.

If you’d like to know more about manuscript assessment, mentoring, an over-the-line package, line edits or writing retreats, please contact me for a (no-obligation) discussion.

Manuscript Assessment

Maybe you’ve finished a draft and can’t see how to make it better.

Maybe you’ve had conflicting feedback and you don’t know which advice to take.

Maybe you’ve been working on your novel for so long that you can’t see the wood for the trees.

A manuscript assessment includes an in-depth report, an example line edit, and a phone or Zoom call to clarify, discuss, and make a plan.

For an 80-90,000 word manuscript, the cost is £650+VAT.

(For longer or shorter manuscripts, let’s talk!)

Over-the-line package

Do you have a manuscript you’ve finished, almost-finished, or got to the end of, but it’s somehow… not there?

You’re not alone. This is such a common situation that I’ve created a package for it!

I’ll read your manuscript, write a report on it, and we’ll use that report and analysis as the basis for 4 mentoring sessions, spread over up to 6 months, to get your manuscript to a place where you feel it’s complete and ready for the world.

For a manuscript of up to 90,000 words, the cost for a report + 4 mentoring sessions is £800+VAT.


Support. Expertise. Accountability.

Whether you have the beginnings of an idea, or five versions of the same manuscript; whether you are suddenly stuck, or feel as though you keep running into the same wall; if you know your manuscript could be better, but you don’t know how to get it into shape:

it could be that mentoring is the right approach for you.

I’ll make sure I understand what you want to achieve, and then I’ll support, challenge and advise you as we work together to get you to your goal.

An initial 12 sessions, spread over up to a year, cost £800+VAT.

One-off sessions are also available. If you have a particular plot point to wrangle, want some feedback on a section (up to 5,000 words of your novel), or need a second opinion on any element of your work, this could be for you.

Cost is £70 plus VAT, including a read of up to 5,000 words.

Line Edit

A line edit is, essentially, the process of going through the weeds of a manuscript.

I will read your work and comment on Every. Damn. Thing. I’ll point out plot inconsistencies, tell you how characters are coming across, flag up places when the reader might be confused or delighted or a tiny bit bored. I’ll question the inclusion of scenes that aren’t doing enough work and encourage you to expand in other places.

A line edit on your manuscript will make you feel much more clear-sighted about the work you need to do. You should feel confident about your strengths as a writer and have a roadmap for your next draft.

A line edit costs £10+VAT/1000 words, and I can look at partial manuscripts from 5000 words up.

Writing Retreats

Twice a year, I run writing retreats at a beautiful venue in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

I build the retreat around the writers who come, so it is definitely for you!

A maximum of six writers join me for a fully catered tutored retreat, with taught sessions, 1:1s, and plenty of time to write, think, and allow space for your craft and practice to grow.

The next retreat is from 1-6 September, and the price (including all tuition, catering and accommodation) is £795-£845. This is full but you can email me to be added to the waiting list.

I’ll be announcing dates for 2023 soon - please make sure you’re on my mailing list if you’d like to come, as places go quickly and newsletter subscribers get priority.


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