Mentoring, Editing & Reading Services

I offer mentoring, editing and reading services for Middle Grade, Teen and YA fiction, and for short stories of all kinds. My qualifications and experience can be found here. I believe in giving kind but constructive feedback, and my aim is to help writers on to the next step of their journey.

The rates below are intended as a guide. Please get in touch via the contact form in the first instance to discuss where you are with your writing and the help needed. We will agree a plan and price that best suits your situation.

Synopsis

Margin notes and one-page report

Up to 600 words                                             £15.00

Query/Submission Letter

Margin notes and half-page report

Up to 500 words                                             £10.00

Opening Chapters

Margin notes and short report

Up to 5,000 words                                          £35.00

Up to 10,000 words                                        £70.00

Submission Package

(Synopsis, Query Letter, Opening Chapters)

Margin notes and short report

Up to 5,000 words                                          £55.00

Up to 10,000 words                                        £95.00

All options include an initial chat via email, phone or skype, and a follow up ‘quick read through’ if required.

Short stories

Detailed feedback

Up to 2,500 words                                          £20.00

Up to 5,000 words                                          £35.00

Full Report

  • Suitable for a Children’s or YA early draft of complete manuscript.
  • Editorial margin notes plus full report on strengths and weaknesses, style, plot, structure, pace, characterisation and voice.
  • Includes one hour of mentoring/discussion/brainstorming via email/phone/skype.

Up to 30,000 words                                        £200

Up to 40,000 words                                        £260

Up to 50,000 words                                        £320

Up to 60,000 words                                        £380

Up to 70,000 words                                        £440

Up to 80,000 words                                        £500

Follow up reading and feedback at a reduced rate if required.

Chapters or Chunks

Margin notes and report.

Up to 5,000 words                                          £35.00

Up to 10,000 words                                        £70.00

Please provide a synopsis or outline of the full manuscript with this option.

Beta Reading

This is suitable for a polished manuscript that is ready to go on submission. The purpose is to check overall sense and pick up any inconsistencies. Although it’s not a copy edit, any typos or errors spotted will be highlighted.

Up to 30,000 words                                        £60.00

Up to 40,000 words                                        £80.00

Up to 50,000 words                                        £100.00

Up to 60,000 words                                        £120.00

Up to 70,000 words                                        £140.00

Up to 80,000 words                                        £160.00

Procrastinator’s package

Do you work better if you have a deadline? Do you need chivvying or chasing up?

  • Free initial discussion about your writing objectives and how you can achieve them
  • Weekly or monthly word count deadlines set
  • Chasing if required
  • Feedback as agreed.

Tailor made plan for you                                From £20.00 per month

Work in progress package

Working on a first draft – need a weekly or monthly word count target and someone to send it to?  

Plot holes? Need someone to help you fill them?

Redrafting/editing – want support as you go along?

Tailor made plan for you                                From £20.00 per month