Spring Sale! Discounted courses and critiques!

The Spring Sale is here!

Great discounts on courses and critiques...

Until Sunday 14th May there are discounts on:


Online 8 Month Novel Course 1-1   SAVE £100

This course will take you from idea to short first draft in just 8 months with help all the way through a mix of online course content, 1-1 mentoring via phone and email, and feedback on work as you go along. You’ll also get a full editorial report at the end to go away and start your edit with. Just £850 pay in full and £900 on the installment plan. Get all the course info here.
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Full Novel Review   SAVE £100

Get a detailed feedback report and tracked changes and comments on your manuscript (up to 85K words) for just £350.
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Submission Package Review   SAVE £50

Before you send it out to agents and publishers give your submission package the best chance it can have by getting it reviewed first. Get detailed feedback and advice on improving your first 3 chapters (up to 10K words), synopsis, and cover letter. Just £115.
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The latest writers accepted onto the mentoring scheme are…

Thanks to all the very talented writers who applied for the next mentoring programme starting in January 2017. I really wish I could offer more places as it has been such a difficult decision to make.

But, after a lot of dithering, I’m delighted to say that I will be working with Penny Stanton and Glenda Cooper to help them develop their ideas. Both of their applications were filled with joy about writing and also showed me how I could really add value to their progress. I’m looking forward to working with them both in the New Year.

Sadly I can’t offer mentoring to everyone that applies but if you are a woman writer who would benefit from mentoring then the brilliant WoMentoring Project has just re-opened for applications. I will be also be offering mentoring through there too. My offer should be live on the site next week. But aside from my offer, there are great opportunities to get mentored by other publishing industry professionals too ranging from writers and editors to literary agents and publishers. Check it out and apply through there too.

The next Retreat West Mentoring Programme application period will open again in May 2017 and again I’ll be taking on two writers to work with.

From novice to novelist by Christmas

Make 2016 year the year you go from being a novice writer to a novelist with the 8 Month Novel course. The first one starts next month so you could have a complete first draft of your novel by Christmas. You can get all the info on the course here and spaces are limited to just five writers.

It’s a creative writing course that also includes 1-1 mentoring, detailed feedback on your work all the way through, and a full editorial review of your draft and a plan to move forward with at the end.

Not only that, if you book on the April course now you’ll get a 20% discount on the four-night Self-Edit Your Novel Retreat, which is taking place in an amazing spot in Bridport right on the beach at the start of November; and coincides with the point the course moves on to self-editing your work.

During the retreat there will be 2 masterclasses with Debi Alper – author, editor and mentor who has helped many successful novelists improve their work. And one with me looking at a specific extract from your work. As well as time to read, write, walk and enjoy great food, conversation and wine. Get all the the info about the retreat here.

Book by 28th March and you’ll also get £100 off of the 8 Month Novel course fee! Email me to reserve your space.

Free 6 month mentoring programme for 2016

Ever since I started writing seriously, I’ve found having a writing partner to bounce ideas around with and give me feedback on my work in progress has helped me improve so much.

So to share and celebrate my success getting a two-book deal with Urbane Publications I am offering a free six month mentoring programme to one writer to start in January 2016. I will then run this every year.

The mentoring offer includes an initial meeting (either in person or by Skype if face-to-face is not possible) to get to know each other and so I can find out about your work and your hopes for it; a monthly phone/Skype catch up to talk through ideas and my feedback on your work you’ve sent over; and a review of your novel outline and 5,000 words per month.

To enter the competition to win the mentoring programme you need to email me a 500 word statement of why you’re the right person to be mentored and 500 words of your writing. There is a reading fee of £15 per entry. You can pay that here. The deadline for entries is 7th December 2015. I will announce the winner in the first week of January.