ARE YOU A NEW WRITER AND NEED HELP TO WRITE YOUR BOOK?
Yes, I know, we have all been there and sometimes it’s mixture of procrastination and not knowing where to go with a story idea. Whatever your motives are for writing a novel or short story, I would like to help you. Perhaps you already have a novel that needs polishing.
This is what I do:
Sadly, a question I hear a lot is:-
Why do I keep being rejected with publishers? What is wrong with my story?
I will provide you with my report and show you a better way to improve your writing skills. If you are struggling with your manuscript, I would be very happy to read the first chapter as a starting point and show you what I feel needs improvement. You can send your work to me as many times as it takes to understand what is required. Very often new writers are so keen to send their manuscript to a publisher, it’s often not ready and sharp enough. I should be able to tell you when you can ‘take the test’. It’s a bit like driving a car, I have to be able to give the keys to the learner driver and say, ‘could you drive this car on your own yet without me sat beside you?’ If they say yes, then it’s a good chance they are confident enough to take the test and pass first time. With new writers, you don’t have an instructor, it’s a lonely world out there. You need someone to tell you when your book is ready to roll.
The reason a publisher requests your first three chapters is because they can often tell, even in the first page, what kind of writer they are dealing with. Novice or experienced. I feel that if the first chapter is smart and drawing the reader in, then you have a good chance of success. Very often, the first paragraph lacks shine or the first page doesn’t allow the reader to want more. Sometimes it’s a case of improving your grammar and punctuation. Three chapters is usually enough to show what the writer can do. this is where a mentor can help. If you need to contact me, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
As with any service there is a fee, based on per hour of work. I can usually do a report on a first chapter within three hours and return it to you within a couple of days. I charge £25 per hour, but each writer’s needs differ, and so I will provide you with an estimate of costs. I will also look at the whole of your book if you wish. A report in both cases is provided.
I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Both are well-renowned for their honesty and professionalism. Your book is safe with me and will not be shared with anyone else.
In 1989 I studied a creative writing course with the University of Leeds, but due to pressure in my business I was unable to do anything with this until some years later when I retired early from my teaching job as part of the Driving Standards Agency. I began as a driving instructor and after twelve years of teaching, I moved on to a higher training course to train the instructors and spent 25 years in total with mentoring and teaching. My pass rate and grading in this job was considered to be of a very high standard. I assisted my students to pass their exams first time and often spent more time with them to be sure they got it right. I wrote training courses and at home in my quiet moments, I wrote stories and poetry, but never thought that one day I might be a published author. After early retirement I had the opportunity to write that all important book which had been sitting in a cupboard, handwritten, and forlorn. I now have two other books in progress.
After ten years of learning how to write a novel, I have finally reached a point where I feel very confident that my teaching and publishing experiences can be put to good use.
GOODBYE HENRIETTA STREET 2nd edition published by Silverwood Books.
‘Goodbye Henrietta Street’ is set in Whitby in Yorkshire and on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. When Pippa Lambton leaves her estranged husband and her home for the islands to find respite from a sad loss, she discovers more than she bargained for. Her life is turned upside down again, but this time she has Sven on her side, and perhaps the man she met at the cemetery, back home, was right. ‘Maybe you’ll find direction around the corner where it’s been waiting to meet you.’ he’d said. Pippa is now faced with a dilemma and what happened to her husband and friends whilst she was away?
The story twists around the scenery and romance of The Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. . Update: This book is now available on Amazon with the revised edition from March 2015.