I book doctored for a major London literary consultancy for about 15 years and now do this freelance. 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. 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. I have 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.
That’s the bragging done. How can I help you?
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.
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.
For 2016, my charges for a full manuscript critique are GBP£24.50 per 1,000 words, minimum charge GBP£390, 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.
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.
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£390.
Want a bigger portion analysed? GBP£390 for the first 10,000 words, then the rest at GBP£24.50 per 1,000 words after that.
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
I’ve worked in book production for more than 20 years, the last five 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.
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.