2) Next, I would look at the feedback on the site (and I might google them to see if there is anything else interesting to know about them).
3) Finally, and this is very important, I would ask to schedule a call with them to see what the editorial dynamic might be between you. Most editors would be happy to offer you an initial chat - it's a good chance for an editor to determine if the 'fit' is right for them, too.
I also love helping writers navigate the publishing scene, help them with query letters, and decide whether to self-publish or take the traditional route.
If you're worried if your plot isn't tight enough or you're struggling with character development, I can help you. I have over a decade of experience in the industry, and recently I've joined Shawn Coyne's team at the Story Grid and have a network of editors and agents who I can call upon for help and advice.
I run the London Writers' Salon, where we host daily writing sprints, literary evenings and masterclasses with novelists, screenwriters, poets and playwrights. Past guests have included Benjamin Hardy, novelist Luke Jennings (Killing Eve, Codename Villanelle), Selina Lim (Bafta-nominated screenwriter and BBC writer) agent Rachel Mann, Nish Panchal and editors from the Big Five publishing houses.
I cohost the Story Grid Showrunners Podcast where we analyse hit TV shows to help you understand why the story works - we've analysed Killing Eve, You, The Witcher and the Umbrella Academy.
- Story Grid
I offer editorial services and writing coaching.
Author Testimonial: "First, I want to say thank you! The way you maintain your editorial position while being my biggest supporter is really humbling. I finished reading your report with goosebumps and a million ideas for how to improve, motivation to keep going, and confidence to go about marketing myself. I think it is a testament to your talent at what you do."
Kirby Peterman, author of Sunflowers
Literary Scout for Random House Germany, Spain, Mondadori and other publishers around the world, helping them buy UK books for foreign rights.
Editor for a number of incredible books by talented authors including Andy Mcnab, Bali Rai, Bear Grylls, the Boy Scouts Organization, Olympian Christine Ohurugou, John Flanagan, Patricia McCormick, Michael Williams and many more.
"I had the great good fortune of working with Parul on my first novel with Random House. She proved to be both professional and enthusiastic, exactly what a first-time author needs!"
Michael Williams, winner of the UKLA 2014 award for 'Now is the Time for Running'
Editorial mentor for determined and inspired first-time writers.
Writer testimonial: "Working with Parul has defined me as a writer. It propped a pair of external glasses on my nose that made me see my writing from a whole new perspective and gently bypassed my ego and pride as an artist. I cannot believe the difference in my talent between then and now. I can't thank you enough for your partnership and dedication on this journey Parul. So, a humble thank you."
- Gwen Dunne, writing her first novel
Quercus/ now Hachette
Editor on a range of wonderful and award-winning books by authors such as Caro King, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Cat Clarke, Gregory Huges, Tad Williams and Lil Chase.
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