Consultancy

I’ve book doctored for a major London literary consultancy for about 15 years and now do this freelance as well. I’ve had even longer experience writing novels and non-fiction and working with editors in the major publishing houses. There are a lot of people who take on editing work, especially these days, but this has been my job for nearly two decades.

A manuscript I doctored in its early stages went on to win the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. I have also worked with many promising new writers, guiding them to the stage where their manuscript is taken seriously by agents and publishers. I have a number of more seasoned clients who ask me to be a professional pair of eyes on manuscripts in progress, and intellectual property companies who hire me to guide authors through revisions.

Teaching style

My style is to take your materials – manuscript or synopsis – and to give you an in-depth tutorial on your writing, your strengths and weaknesses, and to give you the tools to improve. I won’t tell you spurious writing rules or pat, template answers; I will read your work carefully, consider your aims, tastes and individual talents, and give you a personally tailored writing course.

In-depth report

I work with completed manuscripts, or a manuscript as complete as you can get it. I write you a detailed report on your characters, character arcs, plot and story structure, pacing, dialogue, description, writing style and anything else I feel should be discussed. I’ll use plenty of examples from your work – all with the aim of helping you bring the novel up to publishable quality.

I usually try to turn them around within 6 weeks, other work permitting, but if you decide you do want to proceed I will make a firm delivery date and do my utmost to stick to it so you’re not gnawing your fingernails for too long.

How much?

From 2014, my charges for a full manuscript critique are GBP£10.50 per 1,000 words, minimum charge GBP£350, payable in advance (I can send you a Paypal invoice and I let Paypal do the currency conversion).

That may seem like quite a chunk of money, but what I tell you in this initial report will help you not only with this novel, but with all the others you’ll write afterwards.

Is that all?

Is that all you get? No, I don’t abandon you after the initial report. You’re guaranteed up to 4 emails (ie 4 sent by you) for questions, discussions and so on. What clients usually do is write queries directly on the report in a contrasting colour and we have a back-and-forth conversation like that. Which is quite fun.

What kind of books do I work with?

I work with non-fiction, memoir, fictionalised memoir and a lot of types of fiction. But if your book is in a genre I don’t read I might not be the best person to advise you. Drop me an email  – rozmorriswriter at gmaildotcom – and tell me a little more about your book.

Is there a cheaper option?

There certainly is!

Synopsis and first 10k words A lot of writers find it helpful to ask me to critique a portion of the book – the synopsis and first 10,000 words. Usually I can identify in that the main issues for the rest of the book and you can use it to guide your revisions of the whole thing. The cost of that would be GBP£350.

Want a bigger portion analysed? GBP£350 for the first 10,000 words, then the rest at GBP£10.50 per 1,000 words after that.

NEW! One-to-one consultations

Stuck on your outline? Want to pep up your plot but you’re out of ideas? Stuck and in need of a chat with a professional? Want to pick my brains for any other reason?  We can chat on Skype. One hour personal consultation plus another hour of my time preparing with your synopsis or other materials. GBP£200

About my speaking and tutoring experience, from Geek Lates to BIC to The Guardian masterclasses

I also have an intensive multimedia course with bestselling thriller author and self-publishing speaker Joanna Penn USD$99

And Nail Your Novel books! Find out more here, including which book to read first!

Copy-editing and proof-reading

I’ve worked in book production for more than 20 years, the last three years freelance. I can copy-edit and proof-read a manuscript, in UK English – email me for details. My rates are in line with the Society for Editors and Proof-readers. But copy-editing and proof-reading are only necessary if you’re publishing the manuscript yourself. If you’re submitting to agents and publishers you don’t need this.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to drop me a line and we can chat about what options might suit you. Want to know the really fiddly fine print (there isn’t a lot of it, don’t worry) – find terms & conditions here.

  1. #1 by DonnaMarie Cohen on January 19, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    One of my manuscripts is women’s humor genre. Is this something you would critique?

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on January 19, 2012 - 1:50 pm

      Hi Donna
      I might well do – tell me a little more. If you email me a synopsis (just a rough one is fine) we can talk further. Cheers!

  2. #3 by G!o# on February 17, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Hi, okay i’m still new at this writing world and i was going through some publishing houses and i see they’re saying, to have my book published i need to have an editor, well experienced editor to be exact. Is there a way you offer that service and if so, what are your charges?

    • #4 by dirtywhitecandy on February 18, 2012 - 10:11 am

      Hi! You don’t necessarily need to have an editor in order to submit. I always advise people to try to submit to agents first (rather than publishers) and see what the response is. It may be that your manuscript is most of the way there anyway, and the agent will help you with tweaks.
      If you find you’re getting rejected and they’re encouraging you to learn a little more about the craft, that’s the time you might find it beneficial to use an editor. Prices differ, but my charges are in this post.

  3. #5 by Charlie Mellor on April 12, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Hi Roz, Joanna Penn suggested I drop you a line. I’ve completed a 85,000 word memoir that I’d like editing. I notice you provide a detailed critique, but does this also mean that you edit errors at the same time – or would I have to pay twice for this service?
    Many thanks, Chris

    • #6 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on April 13, 2013 - 7:24 am

      Hi Charlie
      Thanks for your enquiry! Critiquing and editing would be two services – not least because they require two different mindsets, so I’d have to go through the manuscript separate times! Hope that clarifies.

  4. #7 by Stationery Explorer on February 17, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Hello Roz,
    Continuing our discussion on facebook (I am Chris with too many esses in the middle), should I (may I) email you a brief synopsis of my novel to initiate further discussion? I can assure that, despite not seeming to take anything seriously, this outlook does not extend to writing. Essentially I promise I won’t be a pain to work with!

    • #8 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on February 17, 2014 - 6:39 pm

      Chrisssssss…… sure, email away! Give me a day or two to respond as I’m deep in another manuscript and can’t uproot myself today. You don’t have to send a formal synopsis, just a paragraph or two about the kind of book it is and the audience you’re aiming for.

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