Nicola Mostyn - Editor
Nicola Mostyn has twenty years experience in working with creativity, as an arts journalist, columnist, editor, writing coach and the author of two novels and one non-fiction title.
Nicola’s debut The Gods of Love was shortlisted for The Writers’ Guild Best First Novel award, became an I-news top ten debut, a NetGalley top read and an Amazon bestseller. The sequel, The Love Delusion, followed in 2019.
Nicola’s non-fiction title, Seven Creative Gremlins, was written in conjunction with a Life Coach and is aimed at helping writers combat common psychological blocks. She runs the website TheUnstoppableAuthor.com, offering support, inspiration and tough love to aspiring and established writers. Nicola has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from The University of Manchester and a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing Workshops from Manchester Metropolitan University.
From 2017 to 2020, Nicola held creative writing workshops in Manchester to help writers make progress on their work in a supportive and relaxed environment.
WHY WE LOVE NICOLA
Nicola understands the difficulty of being a writer and has the tools to motivate you to keep going. She’s a master at diagnosing plot problems and flat characters. She is a brilliant editor for those of you working on fantasy novels, especially if there’s a hint of romance!
WHAT NICOLA SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I love helping writers take their stories to the next level.
My aim with every Manuscript Assessment is to offer the author a clear and practical roadmap of how to improve their draft. I pay close attention to every story, identifying strengths and locating those areas that, with further attention, can help you do justice to your story idea.
I’m particularly passionate about story structure and my superpower is teasing out the perfect framework to help your novel shine.
Due to my background in journalism, I also love synopsis-writing and get great satisfaction from carrying out Submission Assessments, helping writers convey what’s special about their novel in a limited word count.
Lastly, I enjoy helping writers develop a healthy creative mindset in order to learn from and thrive through the challenges of writing, pitching, publication and beyond.
That’s why my Manuscript Assessments are designed to offer aspiring authors not only the practical guidance required to improve their novels, but the motivation and confidence to achieve it.
What Nicola works on
Genres Nicola specialises in
Nicola's published books
Seven Creative Gremlins: Write your way through doubt and fear to claim your creative life
Seven Creative Gremlins is the perfect travel companion for any writer embarking on a creative journey. With wit and hard-won wisdom, published author Nicola Jackson and creativity coach Teresa Wilson explain how these Creative Gremlins are the cause of writers’ doubts, fears and stalling strategies.
From the implacable Imposter Syndrome Gremlin, to haranguing Hyper-Critical, and the persuasive Procrastinator, you’ll learn why these Gremlins are so damn convincing. And, more importantly, you’ll be given the tools to tackle them so you can claim your creative life.
After all, how can you get past the Gremlins if you don’t even know they exist?
The Love Delusion: a sharp, witty, thought-provoking fantasy for our time
That’s the belief of Frida McKenzie, devoted member of The Love Delusion movement, determined to cure humans of our ridiculous obsession with love.
But there’s something she’s forgotten…
When Frida finds a mysterious picture of herself with a man she barely knows, the certainties she has about her world begin to unravel.
What are the sinister roots of the cult that seems to have gripped humanity? Why can’t she remember anything about her life before – including the strange(ly attractive) man in that picture? And just when exactly did she take up fantasy role play?
As a battle approaches that’s been millennia in the making, it’s beginning to look like there’s only one question that really matters: if love conquers all, what happens when it’s gone?
The Gods of Love: Happily ever after is ancient history…
When a handsome but clearly delusional man named Dan bursts into Frida’s office and insists that she is fated to save the world, she has him ejected faster than you can say ‘prenup’.
But a creepy meeting, a demon or three and one attempted kidnapping later, Frida is beginning to face the inconvenient truth: Dan is in fact The Oracle, the gods of Greek mythology are real and Frida herself appears to be everyone’s only hope.
The world is doomed.