About Lin Treadgold



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 lin.treadgold@yahoo.co.uk

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.


5 responses to “About Lin Treadgold

  1. Cuz Peter

    Hi Lin – didn’t remember that you are younger than i b a couple of years!! Listened to your Radio Scilly program. Thx for sending the link.

  2. Mike Stevens

    Hi Lin, I just swung by to learn more about you; wow, The Netherlands, huh? Isn’t it amazing that here we are, thousands of miles apart, and yet we can talk like it’s no problem! You know, you talked about being too busy to write, but with me, I never even thought about writing, until having my head caved in in a car accident forced me to slow down. I’ve always been a creative person, but now my voice is messed up, so I can’t sing in a heavy metal band, and I guess writing has taken its place. I know next-to-nothing about doing it well, but I guess you could say I’m a work in progress!

  3. Hi Mike
    In view of your circumstances it is important to have a writing ‘friend’. Writing is a lonely occupation, believe me I know with living in a country with a foreign language and especially as I live out in the sticks. Any time you want to bounce off your ideas I would be happy to help you get started. I always remind myself that I was there once. You are doing well so far. May I suggest you read lots of books about ‘How to Write’ Don’t expect it to go in all at once, these books are a reference to improving your writing skills.Also read lots of novels from authors you admire and then move out of your comfort zone to the one’s you’ve never heard of and compare the difference. Be critical. When writing I would advise anyone to’ free write’ first and fix it later.(Discovery learning takes longer but goes in better) Many authors plan their story, but it’s all a case of personal choice. You can learn so much more by using your text as a kind of jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces have to fit perfectly, otherwise the whole picture doesn’t work. I wish you every success.

  4. Janice cairns

    Really enjoyed Mike’s letter and Lin’s reply.

  5. Pingback: Getting to Know the Author: Lin Treadgold | Glynis Smy: Author of Historical Romance with a Twist

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