12 August 2018, 18:15-18:45 (Editorial Surgery)


12 August 2018, 18:15-18:45 (Editorial Surgery)

Add To Cart


If you’re writing a book, you’re already doing something difficult 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:

  • A thirty-minute face-to-face session (via Skype or another similar online web 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 will editorial surgeries cover?

Surgeries can be utilised in a number of ways. It may be an honest assessment and advice on your writing work in progress that you’re most in need of.

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 over four 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.

Additional information

By booking, you will be confirming a surgery for 12 August 2018, 18:15-18:45. Shortly after your purchase, you will receive an email confirmation - which will include further information, including an email address to send your supplementary material.

Surgeries are non-refundable, but you can change slots (according to availability) a maximum of two times, provided that you email us 48 hours before the scheduled surgery. 

Want to purchase an editorial surgery as a gift?

If you'd like to buy an editorial surgery as a gift to someone else, just email us at info@galleybeggar.co.uk. We'll get back to you and happily work out the details.