mentoring for writers

What I offer:

Mentoring, editing, and reading services for Middle Grade, Teen and YA fiction, and for flash fiction and short stories of all kinds. I believe in giving kind, constructive feedback, and my aim is to help writers on to the next step of their journey, whether that be submission to agents and publishers, self-publication, or developing writing as a hobby. My qualifications and experience can be found here and testimonials here.

My basic rate is £25.00 per hour which equates to approximately 3,000 words of fiction. The rates below are intended as a guide for specific requirements. Please get in touch via the contact form or direct message on Twitter 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.

Getting ready to submit to agents?

Synopsis

Margin notes and short report

Up to 600 words                                             £20.00

Query/Submission Letter

Margin notes and short report

Up to 500 words                                             £15.00

Opening Chapters

Margin notes and short report

Up to 5,000 words                                          £40.00

Up to 10,000 words                                        £75.00

Submission Package

(Synopsis, Query Letter, Opening Chapters)

Margin notes and short report

Up to 5,000 words                                          £70.00

Up to 10,000 words                                        £100.00

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

Short stories

Detailed feedback

Up to 2,500 words                                          £25.00

Up to 5,000 words                                          £40.00

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                                        £220

Up to 40,000 words                                        £290

Up to 50,000 words                                        £360

Up to 60,000 words                                        £430

Up to 70,000 words                                        £490

Up to 80,000 words                                        £550

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

Chapters or Chunks

Margin notes and report.

Up to 5,000 words                                          £40.00

Up to 10,000 words                                        £75.00

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                                        £75.00

Up to 40,000 words                                        £100.00

Up to 50,000 words                                        £125.00

Up to 60,000 words                                        £150.00

Up to 70,000 words                                        £175.00

Up to 80,000 words                                        £200.00

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 £25.00 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 £25.00 per month

Mentoring with #WriteMentor

I also work with the wonderful Stuart White and many other mentors to offer support to pre-agented writers.

#WriteMentor Spark

This programme is a paid for scheme that aims to give mentoring on a work in progress, alongside craft chats, industry expert interviews and discussions, and opportunities to pitch to agents. Most importantly, it encourages a community of writers who can form critique groups and support each other. There are several levels which can be paid for on a monthly basis. This scheme is particularly helpful for writers who’d like to build a writing support network. You don’t need to have a finished manuscript to be part of the programme.

#WriteMentor Summer Programme

I have previously mentored for the summer programme. This is free to pre-agented writers of YA, MG or PB with a completed manuscript in English. It involves applying and being selected and has led to many success stories. In 2018, I mentored Lydia Massiah – you can read about our experience and the exciting things that have happened since here.

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