I book doctored for a major London literary consultancy for about 15 years and now do this freelance. I work with all kinds of writers – from first-timers to seasoned pros. I’ve also helped several writers who are accomplished in one medium to transition to another – helping radio dramatists and non-fiction writers turn their talents to novels and memoir.

I’ve had even longer experience writing novels and non-fiction myself 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 two decades or more. I also teach creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.

A manuscript I doctored in its early stages went on to win the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. And I love new writers! I have worked with many, guiding them to the stage where their manuscript is taken seriously by agents,  publishers, readers and book bloggers.


Teaching style

My style is to take your materials – manuscript or synopsis – and to give you an in-depth tutorial (or tutorials) on your writing, your strengths and weaknesses, and 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.

What would suit your needs? Here are some options:

  • In-depth report
  • Smaller excerpt with Skype consultation
  • One-to-one consultations and mentoring


In-depth developmental report/ manuscript critique

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 book 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?

My charges for a full manuscript critique are GBP£70 per 1,000 words, 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. And I notice a LOT – the price reflects the time I spend, my experience and the thoroughness of the work. It’s in line with the Writer’s Market survey.

Is that all?

Is that all you get? No, I don’t abandon you after the initial report. Once you’ve had a chance to read the report, digest it, try out the ideas I’ve given you, we can schedule a follow-up conversation by Skype (which you are welcome to record, with video off if you prefer). 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!

Smaller excerpt and Skype consultation A lot of writers find it helpful to ask me to critique a portion of the book – the synopsis and the beginning, or other excerpts with particular issues. 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. Email me to discuss your needs, as the price varies depending on how much preparation I need to do.

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. If your situation will need more hours of preparation or research, we can do that too – email me for details. Rozmorriswriter at gmail dotcom


Prefer regular face-to-face discussions? I can mentor you via a series of Skype tutorials. We’ll tackle your book in stages and I’ll help you find the way to write to your fullest potential. Price on application.

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

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 25 years, the last 12 years freelance. I can copy-edit and proof-read a manuscript, in UK English – email me for details. My rates for copy editing and proof reading are in line with the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, formerly 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.


Yes I can, depending on the nature of the book. Price on application.


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.

  5. #10 by Denycia Thompson on March 7, 2015 - 4:08 am

    Hello Roz, I’m a brand new writer. I’ve written my first book and I was wondering how to go about editing it. Also, what is the process. For instance, should I get an agent first? And I i submitted my story to you how long would it take for you to edit it. It’s a little over 100 pages on Google docs.

  6. #12 by Ann Heitland on April 13, 2016 - 5:23 pm

    Writing historical fiction in the American Midwest during the first half of the 20th Century. Is this something you would consider?

  7. #13 by ESTHER OLUFEMI on July 1, 2020 - 7:38 pm


    I need a professional editor for a book I am about to publish. Could you kindly help with this please?

  8. #15 by Pamela Rothfield on January 14, 2022 - 5:12 am

    Hello Roz. I am in the process of writing my autobiography and wondered whether you would be able to give me help in Developmental and Line Editing. I have never attempted to write anything of this size and complexity and have no doubt that your experience and professional expertise would greatly improve the quality of my writing. I have written around 20K words so far and expect the whole project will run to about 80K. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  9. #17 by Darrell Dorsey on August 10, 2022 - 1:33 pm

    I have written a non fictional self help book regarding real estate investing in the US. I need help with the structure of the content, formatting, and assuring that the book is clear and concise.

    • #18 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on August 10, 2022 - 2:14 pm

      Hi Darrell! Shall we continue in the privacy of email? rozmorriswriter at gmail dotcom

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