Book Doctor One-to-Ones

I offer one-off Book Doctor appointments for any writer at any stage of writing their novel, whether you’re published or unpublished, and whether it’s your first, second, fifteenth or one hundredth manuscript. I can help with niggly problems that are holding you back, writing motivation, or just offer feedback on your work-in-progress so far. My regular timeslots for these sessions are Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon but, if those times don’t work for you please just feel free to suggest a date/time that does when you apply.

It’s £55 for a one-off Book Doctor appointment. As I’m currently Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association I do now offer a 10% discount for RNA members bringing the price down to £49.50.

I’m constantly aware that being able to find time to write a novel is difficult for many people and it’s much much easier to do if you have independent income. I’m also aware that writing courses, mentoring services and editorial services can be expensive and that can create a barrier to people lower incomes getting their stories heard. If you think you would benefit from a Book Doctor appointment but don’t have fifty quid to spare please fill in the form below and just tell me that you can’t pay the fee. That will be confidential of course. I can’t promise to find a space for you – I have to earn a living too – but if I can, I absolutely will.

Book Doctor one-to-ones work like this:

  1. You send me a section (up to 1500 words) from the novel you’re working on, preferably from the opening and preferably accompanied by synopsis (a very rough synopsis is fine).
  2. You tell me if there’s anything you’re particularly struggling with.
  3. I read the excerpt and synopsis
  4. And then we have a Zoom appointment – usually around 30-45 minutes – to discuss your novel-in-progress. I’ll give you feedback on the excerpt I’ve read and help you to develop the story or give tips on particular elements of novel-writing.

Before you commit, you might want to read a bit about my experience here. It’s worth noting that my main expertise is in commercial fiction, particularly women’s fiction and romance but I’m happy to work on ms in any of the genres listed on the sign up form. I’m not an expert in Horror, fiction aimed at young children or non-fiction so if you’re writing in those genres I might not be the right tutor for you.