Please read the following information carefully
on how to prepare your work for submission and then send
to us attached to an email, or send an enquiry first
if you prefer.
Save your work, preferably in a Word file (essential for
editing) or read-only pdf file. Avoid using a smaller font
size than 11 and please use double or line-and-a-half spacing.
Add the page number to the foot of every
page in a header or footer. Please do not re-start pagination
for new chapters.
In your email, please tell 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. romance, sci-fi, adventure,
6) If it’s for children, what age group it’s
*If rather than having two or three critiques
from separate reviewers on one draft, you’d prefer
to have two or three from the same editor on subsequent
tell us this in your email.
**If you’re submitting
work for a copy-edit and you’d
like a sample mini-edit to your work before committing
yourself, let us know. We’re very happy to provide
See Costs for the
price of critiques for the length of manuscript you’re
submitting. We offer up to three independent reviews and
they’re charged on a sliding
scale, so ordering two reviews doesn’t cost twice
as much as one. But they do give you more than twice the
You’re very welcome to submit a separate
synopsis of up to 1,000 words for critiques or edits of
Publishers and agents always request one.
of novels over 150,000 words, please contact us for a quote.
Please see Editing for our average rates for structural
and copy-editing. Each manuscript is quoted for individually.
1. We need to receive payment before we can begin your
work (other than free sample mini-edits).
2. Where the work submitted for critique is 15,000 words
or less, we aim to return your critique(s) within 3 weeks
of receiving your digital submission and payment. We tell
you how much time to allow if you submit longer work; it’s
usually 4-6 weeks.
3. For editing, we will need a sample of your work – at
least two chapters – to provide a quote. Our quotes
are per 1,000 words whether we’re talking of developmental
or copy-editing. We will contact you to offer a sample
edit if appropriate and to quote a rate and schedule. Once
you decide to go ahead, we will ask for your manuscript
in Word. Payment can be instalments. We mark up edited
documents using the Word review system.
4. We return your critiques or edits as Word attachments