Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca Horsfall – Editor



Rebecca been a fiction editor and creative-writing tutor for well over a decade, working with upwards of 150 authors in a broad range of genres.

Rebecca Horsfall

She is the author of the bestselling epic character-driven novel, Dancing on Thorns, which was published by Random House in the UK and USA to wide critical acclaim in 2005. Before that, she was a script supervisor and editor in the West End theatre for many years.

In addition to her own writing and editing, Rebecca has given lectures and masterclasses in fiction writing for a number of colleges and organisations and is a regular teacher at Jericho Writers’ Festival of Writing, running courses and workshops in topics that include character creation, plotting, problem solving, and literary style.

Many of Rebecca’s editing clients over the years have gone on to sign with agents and achieve publication. She is happy to work long term with authors on multiple manuscripts.

Why we love Rebecca


We work with Rebecca as an editor and as a tutor. In both, she brings a passion for the written word and an extensive knowledge of the craft of writing.

What Rebecca says about editing


For me, the success of a novel depends primarily on strong storytelling and compelling characters. I have a sharp analytical eye for these aspects, and my aim for each editorial project is to arrive at a technically polished novel that firmly grips the reader, allowing space for your personality as a writer to shine through. This is the combination we want in order for your novel to attract agents and publishers.

However, my own experience as a novelist has also taught me that fiction writing is as much a challenge of confidence, belief and perseverance as it is a technical one, so it’s important to me to take a personal approach to editing that is supportive and solution-focused.

I bring a broad life experience and education to my work as an editor – academically, I trained in science and then (much later) in psychotherapy – and I greatly value the opportunity to edit many kinds of adult fiction alongside my work as a writer.

Genres Rebecca specialises in



Fiction:


Picture books


Children’s


Rebecca’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into the review of Trewyn Bay. I really appreciate it. I can’t tell you how helpful it has been. You’ve given me clarity. I won’t trouble you with a call because I can’t think of anything you haven’t covered in your very detailed notes. It’ll be my ‘fix-it manual’ for the task ahead.”

Claire

“Thank you for your report. Your suggestions were exactly what I needed and you have given me much to think about…! I now feel I have greater clarity and direction on where to go from here. I very much appreciated your candour and insight and wonder if you would be open to a repeat commission when I have finished?”

– Andrew

“I want to say thank you for taking the time and trouble to undertake the ms assessment. I appreciate it was a laborious task! I particularly appreciate that you understood the type of assessment I was seeking – and gave it to me. I’d spent a lot of time on this ms and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. A lot of what you said was really helpful and valuable advice, pointing out details I was either clueless about or made me think, OMG that’s right, or OMG, that explains this, that and the other problems I’ve had with this MS.”

– Jan

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Julie Hoyle

Julie Hoyle – Editor



During a very successful teaching career spanning thirty-four years, Julie enhanced her editing skills while assisting students in reaching their goals before entering the publishing world.

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Her copy-editing and proofreading experience in publishing is wide and varied. She edits fiction in a broad range of genres from crime to romance, from fantasy to comedy, short stories, poetry collections and children’s books She has worked on non-fiction texts and case studies in the areas of psychology, self-help and autobiographies. She has also worked on educational publications such as a new reading scheme, KS1, 2 and 3 maths workbooks, student planners and teaching posters.

Julie has written numerous book blurbs which have been complimented by the authors. She is a very conscientious worker, has a great eye for detail and always hits her deadlines.

Julie is married with a grown-up son. She is a keen Masters’ swimmer, competing in events all around the country and abroad.

Why we love Julie


Julie is a detailed and thorough copy-editor who has earned her stripes in teaching. We love reading her editorial work – there’s always so much to learn!

What Julie says about editing


After teaching for thirty-four years I have entered a new career in the publishing world with passion and enthusiasm to help aspiring writers reach their goals.

I relish the challenge and reward of copy-editing and proofreading; working closely with authors to understand their needs and intents and also to have an impact on their work. I provide the author with easy-to-read detailed feedback, giving advice and suggestions with reasons for those choices so that the author can make informed decisions.

I am a meticulous worker, excelling in spelling, grammar and punctuation with great attention to sentence structure, readability and clarity. I have enjoyed working on a wide range of genres but especially enjoy crime, romance and children’s literature.


Genres Julie specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Women’s


Romance & erotica


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Short stories & novellas


Picture books


Children’s


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Julie’s client successes



Testimonials


 

“Julie’s strengths are her service-oriented approach, her attention to detail and her desire to complete her work to schedule. She’s a safe pair of hands and I gladly recommend her.”

Aryanne O

“I hired several freelance proofreaders and I found Julie’s work was the most thorough; no dot or dash was left unattended. She proofread with a great deal of focus and an exceptional attention to detail. I was very pleased with her work and she is the first person I will contact for all my future proofreading. l would highly recommend anyone to hire Julie, if you require anything proofreading.”

Sofia D

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Eleanor Hawken

Eleanor Hawken – Editor



Eleanor is an experienced fiction editor and has worked on titles across the various children’s markets, from Young Fiction to YA. She loves discovering fresh talent and working with new authors to hone their story-telling skills.

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Eleanor has had nine novels for children published under her own name. Her titles include Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird (winner of the Lancashire Library’s Fantastic Book Award 2014), Felix Frost, The Blue Lady and The Grey Girl. Eleanor has also written under the pseudonym Zed Storm, devising writing and working as a series consultant on the Will Solvit books. She has also written Book of the Film novelisations for movie studios, and countless activity and story books for various Disney films and franchises in her days as an editor in licensed publishing.

Eleanor is married with two young sons. When not writing, editing or helping with maths homework she loves nothing more than to practise yoga!

Why we love Eleanor


It’s always a pleasure to read Eleanor’s reports. Enthusiastic and full of encouragement, Eleanor also offers a useful insight into the children’s and YA market.

What Eleanor says about editing


I have always loved stories, and am passionate about reading, writing and telling them. I remember vividly what it was like to be a rookie writer with no industry experience at all. Plenty of people helped me along the way, and now it’s a privilege to be able to help others.

Since beginning my editorial career I’ve had an eye for commercial children’s fiction. I’m particularly drawn to books that may appeal to reluctant readers – the more children we see with books in their hands, the better!

My passion and experience in how to create a commercial hook are key elements that I bring to editing.

I aim to look at each project with a view of how it could be the best possible version of itself. How can a book be funnier? Scarier? Better paced? How can we create characters that leap off the page and into the reader’s hearts? I genuinely enjoy the opportunity to work with new authors, helping them to hone their storytelling skills and begin their publishing journey.

Genres Eleanor specialises in



Fiction:


Children’s


Young Adult


Eleanor’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Fantastic feedback. Thank you so much! It just the kind of intel I was after.”

– Andy G

“I just wanted to quickly reach out to let you know how pleased I was with Eleanor’s report of my manuscript! Already I feel like her suggestions are helping steer me in the right direction as I prepare for my re-write.”

– Laken B.

Thank you so much – firstly for your kind remarks but most importantly for the incredibly helpful job you’ve done with advising me on where to improve my manuscript. Although I have only just read it through quickly now – I will spend time from tomorrow taking all your advice on board. I think you’ve done a magnificent job in your report and really do thank you for all your help and advice – you have given me so many areas to revisit I can’t wait to start improving it. I will contact you if I have any queries. I also thank you for your comments about my first effort at fiction – your encouragement is gratefully received. I knew joining Jericho Writers was a good idea!”

– Gloria B.

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Pippa Goodhart

Pippa Goodhart – Editor



Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller and advisor to publishers before beginning to write books herself. She’s had over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning.

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From Saturday girl to manager of Heffers Children’s Bookshop, Pippa went on to work with top children’s book editors before beginning her own writing career. For the last quarter century, Pippa has combined writing her own books with teaching and critiquing to develop writing for children skills in others.

To date, Pippa has had a hundred and twenty picture books, early readers, and MG novels published. Best known is picture book You Choose, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, with sales well over a million copies, and awards from York Libraries and Mumsnet. The well-known Winnie the Witch storybooks are all written by Pippa under the name of ‘Laura Owen’.  Pippa has had novels shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award, the Smarties Prize, and The Young Telegraph Book of the Year. New novel, The Great Sea Dragon Discovery, has won the Young Quills Award for best children’s historical novel, 2019.

Pippa worked for OUP on novels by Jacqueline Wilson, Tim Bowler, Helena Pielichaty and Geraldine McCaughrean.  Through Jericho Writers she has worked with writers such as Pip Jones and Catherine Emmett.

Why we love Pippa


We love working with Pippa. Her reports are always detailed and packed full of market advice. She is a picture book specialist.

What Pippa says about editing


Children’s books are important. They can turn children into lifelong readers, they open children’s eyes to the lives of others, developing empathy, they comfort, the inform, they entertain. And they are very hard indeed to write well. It’s a privilege to help writers develop the skills.

I have many years of experience as a writer for children, and I’m still very much an active writer now. I’ve also got experience in the worlds of publishing and bookselling. And I enjoy teaching!

Working on picture books is a particular passion. The results can look so simple, and yet the business of using few words to interact with a series of images can be very tricky to get right. It isn’t just a matter of telling a story, it is bringing the visual story to audible life. And it’s also a matter of suiting your story to the current market.

Genres Pippa specialises in



Fiction:


Picture books


Children’s


Pippa’s published books



Pippa’s client successes



Testimonials


 

“Thank you for your critique of my book submitted to you. I found all of your ideas thought provoking and clear. It was very useful to read your ideas of the market and book placement at the strategic level and then also your thoughts on each letter in turn.”

– Sarah P.

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Wes Brown

Wes Brown – Editor



Wes Brown is a writer, editor and researcher with a background in the publishing industry and many years’ experience of teaching creative writing.

Wes Brown

Wes was the founding editor of Dead Ink Books, young writer’s co-ordinator at the National Association of Writers in Education and has worked freelance for many literature organisations. He’s published novels, short stories, reviews and poems, and is currently writing an auto-fiction about his time as a pro-wrestler.

Wes has taught Creative Writing at the University of Kent, the University of East London and the City Lit and he’s also been awarded a CHASE PhD scholarship to research Narrative Non-Fiction. He is currently undertaking research at the University of East Anglia as part of a collaborative project investigating the future of literature and the written word.

Wes strongly believes in working with authors to achieve their own artistic ideals rather than project his own. Wes loves non-fiction narratives, memoirs, contemporary fiction and YA.

Why we love Wes


Wes is a tutor on our Ultimate Novel Writing Course and has valuable experience as a writer, editor and university lecturer. Wes’ combined industry and craft knowledge makes him one of the most useful editors on our list, particularly if you’re writing contemporary fiction, YA or memoir.

What Wes says about editing


My years of teaching have taught me how to combine theory and craft into practical advice that is easy to understand. Having worked in the industry as a publisher and bookseller, I’m aware of the commercial and real world considerations that go into the creation of a book. As a writer, I know what kind of advice you’re looking for and what you most need from an editor.

I am interested in editorial assessment of contemporary fiction, YA and all forms of creative nonfiction – including memoir, auto-fiction and literary journalism. I love being able to reverse engineer a book, open it up, and see how it works. I try to understand the ambitions of my client to give them advice that is most suitable to their aims. There is more than one way to write a book and I tailor my advice to suit the needs of my client. I take a great deal of satisfaction in helping authors help themselves.

Genres Wes specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Short stories & novellas


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Testimonials


 

“I had no idea of the value that an editor could bring until working with Wes. Recommend very highly.”

Anon.

“Wes has helped my project take tremendous strides. I look forward to working with him again.”

Anon.

“I greatly appreciate the assistance Wes Brown has provided on my project to date. I originally approached him with a draft for editorial assessment, one that I was struggling to take further within the limits of my own imagination and writing talents. From reading his report he has shown all the qualities I was hoping to find in an editor.”

Anon.

“Working with Wes was not just a productive and worthwhile collaboration on a piece of work very close to my heart, it was also an education in the overall craft of writing.”

Anon.

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Liz Monument

Liz Monument – Editor



Liz Monument specialised in adult education and taught in the creative arts field for 22 years before becoming a full-time novelist and editor.

Liz Monument

Liz writes all kinds of fiction, including SF, historical, and horror. She believes that the mechanics of fiction are identical whether you’re writing literary, genre, or hybrids, and that the same principles can be applied to improve a manuscript regardless of its subject matter or style. Liz’s debut novel was short-listed for Mslexia Magazine’s unpublished novel competition in 2013, becoming a talking book in 2014, and a paperback in 2015. Liz’s second novel ‘Iteration’, a composite SF story, was on the submissions list for the Arthur C Clarke Award, 2018. Her third novel, written for a PhD in Creative Writing, is a genre-bending fusion of dystopian, historical, SF and literary fiction.

Why we love Liz


Based in Australia, Liz comes personally recommended by Jericho Writers Founder Harry Bingham. She’s particularly brilliant for writers who want an Australian perspective on their work, plus those writing historical fiction and dystopian/science fiction.

What Liz says about editing


I spent many long years as a struggling novelist, feeling the burn to write, but never being sure how well I was handling my material. Several of my early novels found themselves consigned to the fabled shoebox under the bed, having failed miserably. I finally enrolled on a creative writing course and realised that, with ongoing coaching, it is possible for the almost-there writer to achieve the next level. Even best-selling authors need an editor, so it goes without saying that aspiring writers need help too. Today, I apply the same principles I learned from my own mentors to help writers achieve their goals. Whether you want to self-publish, send your work to literary agents, or enter a story/opening chapter competition, I can help. I offer individually-tailored coaching and structural reports for any genre including mainstream fiction, historical, SF, literary, children’s, non-fiction, horror, dystopian, thrillers, crime, and erotica. I also edit non-fiction. I particularly enjoy genre fusions or stories which mess with form to produce unusual composites. Receiving criticism on your manuscript can be daunting (it’s your ‘baby’, after all!) but with somebody holding your hand and offering constructive editorial guidance, your work will become much stronger moving forwards. This is every writer’s goal.

Genres Liz specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Women’s


Romance & erotica


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Paranormal


Short stories & novellas


Children’s


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Liz’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Liz’s close reading of my text and her careful analysis of the structure, content and language was incredibly helpful. Her feedback was insightful and diplomatic – Liz is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Dr Petra M.

“Both Clan Carruthers Society International and myself would like to recommend Liz Monument for her exceptional editorial and communication skills. She is a highly competent and tenacious individual whose thoroughness, yet pleasant manner, makes her so very easy to work with. We have achieved so much with her kind assistance and cannot thank her enough.”

Dr George C.

“Liz is insightful, efficient, fair, and genuinely interested in doing her best for her clients. She has helped me far beyond what I expected… Liz covered a great many aspects of the art of writing and helped me to “think” about what I am doing. Thank you, Liz!”

Phil G.

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Amy Skiansky

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Amy Sklansky – Editor



Amy E. Sklansky has been an author and editor of children’s books for over 25 years. She has published 11 original books, including picture books (nonfiction and fiction), poetry collections, and board books.

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In addition, Amy has written more than 50 books under her pen name, Amy Edgar, or as a ghost writer.

While simultaneously beginning her writing career, Amy spent five years as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books in New York, followed by five years as an editor for the book illustration agency, Studio Goodwin Sturges, in Boston. Since 2013, Amy has served as a Mentor in the Children’s Literature Fellows program at Stony Brook University with a focus on developing picture book writers.

Amy has visited close to 100 elementary schools and libraries in person or virtually. Sometimes she dresses in a chef costume and uses a giant cooking pot to show children how to “Cook a Book.”

In her free time, Amy enjoys knitting. She wrote a pattern for a whimsical, No.2 Pencil Scarf.

Why we love Amy


Amy has a wealth of experience helping children’s writers to big-five publication. Based in the US, she’s ideal for anyone who needs an expert, American eye on their picture book.

What Amy says about editing


Confession: My favorite genre to edit is picture books! I consider myself a picture book specialist and that is how I choose to spend most of my editing time.

Does your story have a beginning, middle, and end? Does your character change or grow or have a change of heart? Will a reader feel satisfied at the end?

In my role as a Mentor at Stony Brook University over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with new picture book writers honing their craft. I find it satisfying and inspiring to coach someone to a new level with their work.

I excel at big picture editorial feedback as well as developmental editing with an up-close look at every word. I have a knack for verse and am happy to provide feedback on rhythm and rhyme or word choice.

Fiction? Nonfiction? Poetry? I enjoy them all (and have edited and published in all of these genres).

Genres Lauren specialises in



Fiction:


Picture books


Children’s


Amy’s published books



Testimonials


 

Amy was a fantastic editor to work with. We edited three picture books in a short amount of time and had a lot of fun finishing those projects. I would definitely recommend Amy for both writing and editing.

Alan M

Amy gave amazing insights and completely helped me transform and develop my story further. I am so impressed and if I ever write another book, I am coming back to Amy for editorial help.

Nico S

Amy was exactly who I needed for my Children’s Book! Extremely efficient, professional, and kind.I will definitely return to Amy with my next book.

Chela R

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Victoria Pullin

Victoria Pullin – Editor



Victoria has a First Class Honours Degree in Media Writing and has worked in the publishing industry for 14 years.

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She spent 5 of those years in senior editorial roles at Macmillan Education and Pearson, bringing English Language Teaching courses to worldwide publication in both print and digital format. Working closely with authors and teachers during the development process, she also managed and edited the list of Macmillan graded Readers – both fiction and non-fiction – writing supplementary material to support teachers and learners of the English language. She is a qualified EL teacher and has taught in Oxford schools and colleges. She holds copy-editing and proofreading certificates from the London School of Publishing.

Why we love Victoria


Victoria continues to provide editorial services as a freelancer to publishers worldwide in both British and American English. She pursues her passion for writing in developing her own psychological thriller and a work of speculative/weird fiction.

What Victoria says about editing


I have always loved words and have always been a writer, whether writing content for an English Language Teaching course, marketing copy or my own work of fiction, so I understand exactly what aspiring writers are going through and what they need. I love combining my passion for words with my editorial skills to improve a client’s book, whether that’s a straightforward proofread, a copy-edit or a line-edit.

In particular, I love line-editing because I really enjoy going in deeper at a sentence level to make copy truly sing, finding the perfect word to make a sentence soar or a paragraph pirouette! As a professional editor for over 14 years, I have worked with not only teaching material, but fiction and non-fiction as well and have a soft spot for speculative/weird/dystopian fiction as well as supernatural horror and psychological thrillers. I can’t wait to help you polish your final draft into the best version possible!

Genres Pauline specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller


Women’s


Romance & erotica


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Paranormal


Short stories & novellas


Young Adult


Plays and screen scripts


Psychological thrillers



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Subject-led non-fiction


Testimonials


 

“Vicky did a wonderful job on tightening my manuscript and gave me constructive feedback. The work was completed on schedule. I would not hesitate to recommend her and look forward to working with her again.”

Owen M.

“I was really happy with what Victoria had done and I could see how meticulous she’d been. All I had to do was a couple of tweaks and then accept all the changes. Job done. I’ll definitely be back with my next MS and will be hoping Vicky is available.”

– Chris L.

“On a more personal note, this is the first page of an 87,000 word manuscript that only exists because Victoria Pullin encouraged me in the summer… I’ve found a whole new side to myself and it wouldn’t have happened without Victoria’s encouragement.”

– Michael T.

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Haydn Middleton

Haydn Middleton – Editor



Haydn Middleton has been an author and tutor for almost forty years.

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Haydn is probably unique in having published quite so many books on such a wide range of subjects – both fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and for children – although some of them are really very short indeed! Many have been translated into foreign languages. Details can be found on his website www.haydnmiddleton.com. The Observer said of his most recent novel for adults, The Ballad Of Syd & Morgan (Propolis, 2018), ‘Haydn Middleton brilliantly imagines a meeting between Syd Barrett and E M Forster’. His next adult novel, The Actual Whole of Music, is to be published in May 2021.

His latest work of fiction for children The Girl Who Said No to the Nazis (Pushkin, 2020) tells the true story of the 1942-43 White Rose plot against Hitler & Co. A historian by training, and a lifelong devotee of fantasy/SF, he has worked as an editor at Oxford University Press, taught creative writing around the world from England to America to Greece and Australia, and he currently tutors students from Stanford University USA on the Bing Overseas Studies Program.

Why we love Haydn


Haydn’s editing skills cover a broad spectrum of genres, and his intricate reports are always packed-full of advice, particularly on voice.

What Haydn says about editing


I’ve sometimes been told that my reports tend towards the ‘sterner’ end of the JW editorial spectrum.  It has also been suggested that I take a ‘tough love’ approach. I’m not sure I go with that – and not just because ‘love’ in this context would be entirely inappropriate! I’d rather say my advice is based on ‘tough respect’. Clients have paid good money for a report, and the last thing they need is from me is soft soap or flannel.

I aim to help each client to communicate their vision more clearly and more entertainingly (two qualities that are often very closely linked). This may require a fairly thorough rethink of the client’s own original aims. In my online courses for JW I frankly admit that I’m not sure whether creative writing can be taught, but I sincerely believe that it can be learned, particularly from open-minded editorial exchanges, and exposure to the great literature of the past.

Genres Haydn specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Paranormal


Short stories & novellas


Children’s


Young Adult



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Subject-led non-fiction


Haydn’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Your feedback has been indispensable, and the way in which you respond actually always left me in awe! You manage to critique in the most polite and encouraging way imaginable, and always search for positive things for us to hold on to :) Your comments were always so clearly well thought out and your efforts are very much appreciated. As a teacher who expends time and effort for his students, I think it is only fair that you should know the effect you had, on this student at least…”

– Rafif A. R.

“Thank you for the very detailed report. The feedback is quite excellent. I can see exactly where you are coming from and agree with pretty much everything that you have said – I really like the idea of a form of prologue. (…) It truly was a well-considered and thought-provoking report.”

– Martin W.

“Without your guidance and support I’m certain I wouldn’t have achieved such an outcome. My agent was so excited by my manuscript that she read it in a day and gave me immediate feedback. (…) I took on board all your advice. (…) I’m sure you’ve helped plenty of other first-time authors on their road to the publishing world, but I really wanted to thank you for your insightful views and skilled analysis. Needless to say, if and when my book is published, you’ll be getting a credit.”

– Murray F.

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