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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.