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Novels

Writing for children

 

Submit your work

Please email us to submit manuscripts for critique or editing, telling us:
1) Whether your work is a novel, novella, novel extract or short story
2) The precise word count
3) If you’d like critiques; how many
4) Or if you’d like editing; what kind
5) What kind of work it is; e.g. crime, romance, sci-fi, adventure, contemporary, memoir
6) If it’s for children, what age group it’s aimed at

Payment

We’ll request payment usually within 24 hours of receiving your submission.
Our preferred payment option is by bank transfer, or you can pay via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account (small admin fee applies over £150). If you’d rather post a UK cheque, that’s fine. Payment by instalment for larger amounts can be arranged.

Discount

5% discount on critiques
and 5% discount on editing
for all customers returning
within 6 months

Timescale

Critiques and edits of work under 15,000 words are usually returned within 3 weeks. Critiques and edits of longer work usually take 4-6 weeks. We’ll advise you.

Or by post

If you’d rather submit your work by post, please contact us.

‘Fiction Feedback gave me invaluable and insightful structural analysis of my MS, and then copy-edited it to within an inch of its life! Wonderful, painstaking service, which I shall certainly use again.’
Simon Michael, traditionally published author of Corrupted and the Charles Holbrooke series.

Ready to Publish?


Traditional route

Fiction Feedback has established links with certain independent publishers and literary agents. With the author’s permission, we will recommend outstanding work.

We are specifically looking for:
• Crime novels
• Contemporary novels

Where we recommend work, it is without obligation to either party, and without cost to the author. It’s true that Fiction Feedback is a commercial organisation, but we are also here to help good writers get published.

For authors who have used our copy-editing service, we can offer help with your synopsis and query letters where required. Just ask. We also provide free advice to all writers who have used our editing service.

Self-publishing
Editing
If you’re looking for a wider audience for your book than just family and friends, you absolutely must have it professionally edited and proofread. Please see Editing for more information. Even if you don’t choose our service, please use a competitor’s – don’t allow all your time and endeavour to go to waste by skimping on this vital step.

Book cover design
We can suggest several professional book cover designers. We strongly recommend you spend the money, as professionally designed covers stand out for all the right reasons. You will find everything easier with a professional book cover; local booksellers are more likely to stock it; potential readers are more likely to be interested when they see it on Amazon and other websites. It’s true that people do judge books by their covers, so make sure yours tells them it’s worth reading.

Production and distribution
Shop around to find the best people to professionally design and print your book and/or to design and format your ebook. Many suppliers also help to put it on Amazon or other selling platforms for you.
Don’t forget to get your ISBN from Nielsens! Your distribution outlets will be limited without one.

Author service companies
Matador (Troubador) are excellent. It’s a much easier and quicker way to self-publish especially for those new to self-publishing, as they handle all the different aspects of publication for you from production to distribution to book cover to marketing, rather than your trying to manage it all yourself.

Marketing
There is a lot of help available out there to authors and we strongly recommend you acquaint yourself with the best ways of going about this and budget for it. If you use a marketing company or book publicist, always ask for testimonials and titles of books the individual or company has helped to market and assure yourself they are professional and experienced.
Without marketing, your book, however good, is unlikely to sell beyond friends and family. If we are asked for three top marketing recommendations, we would say:
1. Use Netgalley. Budget for this if nothing else, and do it well before publication date.
2. Utilise all your contacts, real world and virtual.
3. Get a professional-looking website created and capture emails for marketing purposes by offering a newsletter and/or freebies.
We hope our recommendations are helpful to you and wish you good luck in your ambition to get your book in the hands of readers.

"Fiction Feedback are always ready to help, no matter what the query.
I strongly recommend them to any new or existing author"
CG, Bristol

“ I am really grateful (and pleased!) with both appraisals and feel I have more than had my money's worth. Both reviewers have taken the time to thoroughly read my novel extract and comment on several areas, not just one or two, that either impressed them or they felt could be tweaked. I'm very, very happy and will definitely be recommending Fiction Feedback to my writer friends” ~ RB