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Editorial surgeries 

IF YOU'RE WRITING A BOOK, YOU'RE ALREADY DOING SOMETHING CHALLENGING AND WORTHWHILE. It can be a lonely process, however – and our editorial surgeries have been especially designed as short sessions where writers can access one-to-one support advice from professional editors.

Editorial surgeries include:

  • ŸŸŸA thirty-minute face-to-face session (via Skype or another similar online video chat programme) where you will be able to tap into our knowledge as editors and industry professionals; and
  • The option to submit, prior to your meeting, up to 3000 words of written material, alongside a breakdown of your key areas of concerns and interests, so that the session can be tailored to your specific needs.


What do editorial surgeries cover?

Surgeries can be utilised in a number of ways. It may be an honest assessment and advice on your work in progress.

If you’re a fiction writer, you may have stumbled on a plot hole, be experiencing some trouble with character or pace… You may be unsure of your structure, your timeline, your dialogue…  Or perhaps it’s none of these things, and instead you want something more general – a fresh eye to look over a sample of your work and give feedback on where you are and how to go forward.

Alternatively, it may be advice on publishing that you’re after. You may feel confident about your own writing, but have practical questions about the wider landscape: How to tailor your submission letter, how best to pitch yourself, how to get going when it comes to seeking out agents and publishers…

Here too, we can draw on decades of experience. We can look at covering letters and synopses (as well as that key initial chapter) – and we will also offer you honest, rigorous advice on navigating the submissions process. We can talk through the pros and cons of self-publishing, whether to hold out for a mainstream publisher, what kinds of books are best placed and where… and just generally offer up some of the statistics and hard numbers involved in publishing today.


Key details:

Editorial sessions run on a monthly basis throughout the year.

There will be five sessions each month, and bookings will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.*

Further information on fees, available slots, and how to sign up for an editorial surgery can be found by clicking the following links:


*Low-earner spaces. Every month, one of these 30-minute surgeries will be made freely available to a writer on a low-income. We do not ask for proof of income or any other information (we want to respect your right to privacy), and in the first instance you should simply email, with ‘Editorial surgery’ in the subject line. Do be advised that these sessions, again, will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, and are likely to fill up swiftly.