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Editing Services: How Strong Is Your Book Idea?

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.

Overview

'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 both 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.

Features

  • Your book idea will be evaluated from both an editorial and commercial perspective by industry professionals
  • You will receive a two-page report of approximately 1,000 words within 14 days of submission
  • Report includes recommendations on how to take your book idea forward

Examples

“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  

What You Need To Submit

Follow the apply link, fill in the application form and upload the following files when asked:

  • A two-page synopsis – (download template if necessary)
  • Your first chapter

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.

Pricing and Next Steps

  • This service costs £120* and payment will be taken at the time you book
  • Please note that we cannot accept submissions which do not comply with our criteria
  • After uploading your work and making the payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address
  • Expect to receive your report within 14 days of you submitting your work
  • All information about the purchased service will appear in the “My services” section on your dashboard, which can be accessed after logging in

*This price is inclusive of VAT

Testimonials

"This was fantastic feedback and exactly what I needed. The problems I knew I had were highlighted, and a few points I wasn't sure about were explained... my work is still in the first draft stage, having the book's idea described with words such as strong and cracking is an incredible boost. I cannot thank you enough." Lin Churchill


"The service was very informative and helpful with constructive criticism" Jack Carey


"Very useful and constructive." Rachael Woods


"The report gave me invaluable feedback on what I need to work on to strengthen the idea" Andrea Barker


"I would recommend this service as it's coming from "people in the know" who are going to tell it like it is" Nikki Robinson