The breakthroughs that writers experience in my workshops and programs make them authorities on the stories they are telling themselves and the story they are trying to tell; which, in turn, makes for more robust writers who are no longer second guessing themselves or anyone else that matters. What I do is help writers recover their bearings and inhabit a healthy headspace, ensuring that the demands of their novel, their Art, life, the writing community and the marketplace no longer eclipse the one person holding all this together: You.
Remit: Supporting writers in developing their works in progress and securing book deals.
How: Devising and running a series of inspiring writing workshops/groups through Waterstones, Bush Theatre London and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Setting up an editorial manuscript service to advise individual clients on progressing their novels to completion. Evaluating potential and scope for future-funded transmedia projects.
Result: High success rate in progressing writers to book deals. Devised and ran successful workshops in "Synopsis Writing" and "From First – Completed Draft".
Creating and guiding Boho Mornings (creative walks around London) for several years. Setting up an editorial manuscript service to advise individual clients on developing their intellectual properties. Many went on to secure book deals. Evaluating potential and scope for future-funded transmedia projects on behalf of Portal Entertainment. Volunteering at YMCA and London youth centres to help teenagers with writing their CVs and class projects. Writing qualitative reports for the organisations based on my observations.
Remit: Presenting 12 new services to support writers and champion their careers.
How: Recruiting editors and agents to support and advise writers at key junctures throughout their creative and professional progress; setting guidelines and best practice for constructive, evaluative feedback.
Result: A high- quality, professional editorial service for writers.
Remit: Launching new adult fiction division; winning over publishers and writers, generating a new cottage industry in the UK.
How: Supporting authors every step of the way; collaborating with a team of editors; training junior editors; commissioning professional fiction writers; guiding authors through this new process and practice; editing manuscripts and seeing them through to publication.
Result: Multiple deals for series fiction across YA, Crime, Sci Fi & Fantasy and Women’s Fiction with HarperCollins, Hodder Headline, Hachette and Harlequin.
Meeting with publishers to brainstorm series concepts; further developing projects in-house. Writing story lines (40-page story world bibles). Collaborating with a team of writers and training junior writers. Commissioning and editing professional fiction writers.
Literature & Fiction / Crime & Thriller Editor
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I specialize in literary and LGBT fiction, but I'm also a sucker for multicultural fiction and tales with a quirky, speculative twist.
Feminist editor for Routledge Press and others. Empowering female-identifying authors from first draft to pitch-ready manuscript.