Write Here… offers a range of professional book editing services for authors in the UK and beyond – both published and yet-to-be-published. Director Rufus Purdy, who previously worked as an editor at the Curtis Brown Literary Agency, is an expert in improving your novel and making it as strong as it can be before you send it to literary agents and publishers, or put it in front of the book-reading public.
‘Rufus was the editor on all three of my novels (which have sold more than 130,000 copies) and I was delighted I with the work he did. Like most authors I thought my books were pretty much the finished article when they went to him, with the possible exception of the odd typo. I was wrong. Rufus helped bring a lot of sense to the story, as well as ensuring the text went off in an excellent and much improved state. I have no hesitation in recommending him.’
– Alex Gerlis, bestselling author of The Best of Our Spies, The Swiss Spy and Vienna Spies.
‘Rufus provided me with a thorough and detailed editorial report after reading my entire manuscript. Twice. He was incredibly encouraging, understood the genre and showed an absolute grasp of the journey I wanted to portray. But, most importantly, he gave me a concrete and reasoned way forward… He ended the report with a step-by-step process to ensure I understood how to take the next draft to a better place, and followed it up with an insightful and incredibly helpful Skype tutorial. This enabled me to produce a draft that garnered the attention of Curtis Brown literary agent Alice Lutyens, who offered to represent me. ’
– Loraine Peck, author of The Second Son.
Full editorial report – £449
We will read your novel in its entirety and produce a full editorial report, focusing on aspects such as pacing, plotting, structure, characterisation, marketability, etc – plus answering any specific questions you have about your manuscript. Examples from your novel will be given to highlight each point, as well as recommendations on how to move things forward. The price of this report includes a 60-minute, follow-up meeting to discuss the points raised that – depending on geography – can either take place in person, on Skype or over the phone.
Report on your first 30,000 words – £300
You’re around a third of the way into your novel, but you’re not sure it’s working… Our editorial report on your first 30,000 words will help you identify any problems and help you with any rewriting and restructuring, as well as giving you the confidence to move on with the rest of your book. As with the full report, examples from the text will be given to highlight each point, as well as recommendations on how to move things forward.
Get your submission package right – £275
Having worked at one of the UK’s top literary agencies for five years, we at Write Here… know exactly what it takes to get a literary agent’s attention, and to give your novel the best chance of being accepted – as well as what NOT to do. We’ll help you prepare a submission package (covering letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of your novel) that will stand out and impress.
Full copy-edit of your novel – price on application
Are you ready to either self-publish your novel or send it out to literary agents? In both cases, it’s advisable to have your work copy-edited to a professional standard before you go any further. I’ll make sure the text of your novel is accurate, easy to follow, and free from errors and repetition. I’ll correct any spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and usage mistakes, and also eliminate very long sentences and overuse of italic, bold, capitals, exclamation marks and the passive voice. I’ll be looking for inconsistencies in characterisation/narrative, eliminating sudden changes from first to third person and monitoring the novel’s timeline. If this sounds like what you need, then please get in touch for a quote.
For more information or to book one of our services, please contact us.