Frequently asked questions
What's with the name?
I'm based in Hackney, east London, and I'd like to help as many local writers as I can. That's partly because I like meeting people, but also because I believe it gets better results. I'll do a better job of helping you perfect your literary 'voice' if I'm familiar with your real-life voice, so to speak.
How soon will I get my report?
Usually, a manuscript critique takes at least two weeks to prepare, a developmental edit at least four. But I do get booked up, so please get in touch sooner rather than later.
What genres do you work in?
I like all sorts of fiction: literary, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, LGBTQ, romance, historical ... you name it. I also work on narrative non-fiction. But I'm not too strong on short stories, poetry or children's books. Nor am I a good choice for academic writing. I also won't work on material with extreme or graphic violence.
Is my work safe with you?
Copyright of all your work remains with you, of course. I treat all projects in the strictest confidentiality.
When will my novel get published?
Unfortunately, publishing is a tough business. I can't guarantee you a book deal, or even an agent. But I'll do my best to set you on the path. If you plan on self-publishing, we can discuss the best ways to go about it.
When do you require payment?
For developmental editing and manuscript assessment, a 50% deposit must be paid before I start the project (via cheque, Paypal or bank transfer). The other 50% is payable upon completion. With copy-editing, I will invoice you when I return the edited manuscript.
If I find I can't work on your project, for whatever reason, I retain the right to cancel the arrangement and return the payment in full.
What if I change my mind?
If, after we meet and talk it over, you decide you'd rather not go ahead, we'll just leave it at that. If I spend time reading your manuscript and/or writing about it, I'll have to bill you for the time, but it won't be the full rate.