Editing | writing | publishing consultancy | web-content creation | author support
Editing and writing
I edited my first magazine in 1964 as a teenager and I haven't stopped crafting words since. I've written several books and have compiled, ghost-written and edited many books professionally.
My special areas of editing and writing expertise lie in mind-body-spirit, history, alternative knowledge, religious ideas, politics, international relations and social issues. I have also worked on books in subjects such as geology, ecology, cookery and diet, travel, tourist guides, memoiurs, autobiographies and novels.
If you wish to write a memoir, autobiography or other book and you feel you don't have the time, skills, patience or confidence, then consider co-writing it with me or having me ghost-write it for you, using material provided by you - you don't have to have my name on the cover. If this interests you, contact me to discuss it.
I act as a publishing consultant, advising on the viability of a book for publication, the soundness of its ideas and improvements that need to be made. If you're self-publishing I can fix production details of your book or prepare it for publication as an e-book. I work in partnership with an excellent book designer too, who can prepare books for print-on-demand publishing.
I'm a webmaster with a way with words, good at editing your text and improving your presentation. I can help you write your stuff, pitch it well and fine-tune your website, advising on visual design or creating material and features for you in words and pictures. I build websites myself, though if you wish to do your site yourself or engage another webmaster, I can help you prepare your material, organise your thoughts and handhold you through the process. For more details, go here.
I do this for publishers who need someone to support one of their authors, and for authors themselves.
For authors I am willing to review your book, advise on its publishability and produce a checklist of improvements needed. Fee generally 100-200 GBP. Additionally I help authors through some of the challenges of being an author - everything from backache to writer's block, avoiding waffle, improving plot, checking facts and language, dealing with publishers and handling authors' life-issues.
Generally I work for publishers. Authors: I cannot do 'cheap' and 'quick' editing jobs on your book - it doesn't work - though I can make recommendations concerning what to do to improve your book. We're probably looking at 600-1,000 GBP for editing most books, since it can be 2-4 weeks' focused work, occupying a lot of brain-space. However, I do make books work and can save you considerable post-publication embarrassment or regret. If you cannot afford my services, at least find someone to cast an objective, literate, outsider's eye over your work. It's important.
This means that I check the viability of a book's ideas, its key thesis and the way it is conveyed.
I have extensive and broad knowledge of many subjects and a keen and balanced sense of editorial judgement concerning what needs to be done to make a book work and get it published without subsequent regrets.
Sometimes a writer is a good thinker with brilliant ideas but they're not such a good writer, or they might be dyslexic or simply have a jumbled mass of disconnected thoughts, or simply insufficient time. Or sometimes they need to articulate things in the subtlest of ways or avoid making bloopers. I am willing to act as a co-writer or ghost-writer, though I usually do it for a pre-agreed fee.
Sometimes work has been translated from another language but it needs 'secondary translation' - a rework to make it succeed in the English-speaking world and market. A translation is really almost a rewrite.
What to do. If you're interested, first check my availability and send me a lowdown of the book in 1-2 pages. If I agree to do it, I will ask to see all or part of the manuscript and then feed back some details, ask questions and quote a price. If you're in a hurry or if it's complex with many loose ends, the price rises. I can advise on publication options but I can't find you a publisher (I'm not an agent). If you're self-publishing I can recommend you a trustworthy book-designer and stand behind you as you go through the process. If you want to have a website to accompany the book, I can advise on it or do it for you (see here).
My price depends not so much on the length of the book, but the amount of time, focus and complexity involved. For example, copious footnotes can soak up 30% of my time.
I can make your book work. There's nothing worse than a good book with typos, idiosyncracies, poorly articulated ideas or errors of writing - it will flop, expensively. A good editor or co-writer like me can make all the difference. If you're a publisher, professional service is assured.
Enquiries: e-mail me here
I live in West Cornwall (and at times in Bethlehem, Palestine), probably some way from where you live. Visits are possible by arrangement. During winter months it can be possible to refer you to people in West Cornwall who can offer you a place to stay and work for a moderate price - this area is stacked full of writers and artists.
You might also want to look at these pages before contacting me:
My own books