Writing Services

Before you submit your manuscript to an agent, publisher or competition, it’s a good idea to get professional feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your writing.
I have spent several years helping aspiring writers prepare for that crucial next step – the submission.

I am always honest. If I feel you’re not ready yet, I’ll tell you. I’ll also explain why your manuscript needs more work and what you can do to improve it. On the other hand, if your work is ready, I will give you as much help as I can: tweaking your submission letter, getting your opening chapters word-perfect and – most important of all – helping you write a gripping synopsis that will make an agent sit up and take notice.

Details of all writing services are listed below. Payment is required at the time that the service is first commissioned. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

If you want to discuss any of the services listed below, please contact me: Contact Sheila

Editing

The editing process is simple:

  • I’ll ask you to send me a sample of your work which I’ll edit for free and send back to you. This gives you an opportunity to see what you’re paying for and allows me to determine how much help you’ll need
  • We agree a fee
  • I edit your document and send it back to you.

Fees

Between £3.00 to £4.00 per page (a page is 250 words), depending on how much help is required.

Synopsis writing

Unlike many writers, I enjoy synopsis writing. As well as working with my own clients, I am the Synopsis Doctor for Words With Jam magazine, where I help writers who are having particular problems writing a synopsis.

If you think this service might be what you need, here’s how it works:

  • You send me your synopsis
  • I read it and will quote a price, based on how much work your synopsis needs
  • If you’re happy with the price, I will then give you feedback and comments on your synopsis; this will include detailed suggestions for how to improve it
  • I’ll ask you to rewrite your synopsis based on my feedback and send it back to me
  • Then I’ll read it again, make further comments and send it back to you
  • We keep going like this until we have a synopsis we’re both happy with

Best of all, once you’ve gone through this process you’ll find it easy to write the synopsis for your next novel. I promise.

Fees

The price depends on how much work I think your synopsis needs. In general, the fee ranges from £35 to £90.

Help with submission packs

The synopsis forms just one part of your submission pack to agents and publishers.
In general, you will also need to provide a well-written cover letter and the first three chapters of your novel. This is something I can help with too.

Here’s how it works:

  • I’ll read the submission pack and determine how much help you need
  • We’ll agree a price
  • I’ll send you detailed feedback and comments
  • You will rewrite the opening chapters, cover letter and synopsis and send them back to me
  • I will give you further feedback
  • We will continue like this until you have a submission pack we are both happy with

Fees

Depending on how much help you need, the fee will range from £70 to £140.

Mentoring for crime writers

I also offer a mentoring service for aspiring crime writers. If you have written the first draft of a crime novel and feel you need support getting the final draft ready for submission to agents and publishers, I can help.

The mentoring programme lasts for one year. During this time, we will have six one-to-one sessions and work to an ongoing, agreed programme of work aimed at getting your novel ready for publication. At the end of the process, when your novel is ready, I will also work with you on your submission pack: the synopsis, cover letter and opening chapters. This is all part of the mentoring package.

I was mentored early on in my writing career and understand what a positive experience it can be to be supported by a fellow crime writer who believes in you and understands what you’re trying to do.

I only work with authors I believe really have the potential to get published. It’s a difficult time for all aspiring writings and I don’t want to waste your time or money giving you false hope.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email me and we can have an initial discussion about what you need and how I might be able to help. If I feel you’re not ready for the mentoring programme I will give you detailed feedback on my reasons for this, and advise the steps you can take to get you to this level.

Fees

The fee for the mentoring programme is £1600, payable on acceptance to the programme.

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