A unique editing service perfect for an author in the early stages of the writing process. Put your first chapter and synopsis under the nose of both an editor and literary agent for informed and objective feedback.
'How Strong Is Your Book Idea?' is a unique editing service for writers immersed in the opening stages of the creative process and looking for informed, objective feedback on their book from the perspective of an editor and literary agent.
This service means your book will be assessed on the strength of the idea, direction, genre, and commercial viability. Together, this advice at such an early stage of your writing journey will prove invaluable as you strive towards publication.
“From an agent’s point of view, your submission should be pitched very much as science-fiction… This does not feel like a cross-over novel - the science is very much at the fore of the story, and that means its strongest appeal will be to the science-fiction market.” Section from a report written by literary agent Lucy Luck
“Why does Andrei want them to take his ashes around the country? Are there specific rifts and relationships he wants them to repair? ...The synopsis doesn’t reveal the full extent of what’s going on. Remember a synopsis is a tool, and needs to explore all the twists and turns – an editor will be relying on it to get a clear sense of how your book develops.” Section from a report written by editor Cressida Downing
“It's a well-written and convincing opening chapter. We get a strong sense of Anna's life and despite being told that she has violent, anti-social urges, find her unenviable existence sympathetic. You end the chapter with an intriguing cliffhanger. If the excerpt were backed up with more engaged personal detail and a more detailed synopsis it would be a stronger package.” Section from a report written by literary agent Charles Brotherstone
“I like the way you have dived straight into the story, giving insight into the main characters, setting up a chilly atmosphere… Many writers have explored the ‘no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors’ story, the horrors that lay within four walls, and it is always effective and chilling when those doors and walls outwardly reek of perfection. Just be careful not to slip into cliché…though I suspect, from what I have read so far, you haven’t done that.” Section from a report written by editor Susan Harrison
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Please make sure the pages are numbered (and named, where appropriate) and use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman in 12pt and double-spaced. The accepted file types are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.
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