Get a Professional Second Opinion on Your Writing
What Is A Book Doctor?
A Book Doctor is someone who finds the gold in your manuscript. I unearth the potential in your writing and develop this into writing success. It's perfect for anyone thinking of, or actually writing a book and wanting professional feedback. This is an ongoing service, not a one-off critique report, and as such I am here to encourage you, believe in you and inspire you along the journey. My intentions are simple; to ensure that your writing is high quality, thus giving you the best chance of finding an agent or securing a publishing deal worth thousands. As a Book Doctor I work with both new writers and experienced writers and can:
- Support you as you write your novel, screenplay, sitcom, theatre play or non-fiction book.
- Provide invaluable constructive criticism of your writing.
- Transform you from being a good writer into a very good writer.
- Speed up the process of development and get you to your goals faster.
- Help submit a professional package to an agent or publisher including covering letter and synopsis.
- Make the difference between a "yes" and a "no".
- Persevere with you, motivate you with deadlines and push you to keep going getting you past the challenges.
Am I Suited To Your Service?
This is a unique service individually tailoured to each writer I work with and particularly benefits someone who wants regular feedback, assessment and guidance on their progress. The only requirement I ask for is your commitment.
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
How Does It Work?
Most of the work is done via email. It's a quick, simple and effective method whereby you send me some writing as a separate word document (in complete confidence) and I respond with my feedback within the same document. In this way it is easy for you to edit or rewrite passages with the feedback directly to hand. I can also meet face to face but most people prefer the notes on email as they are written on the actual document.
It's up to you how often you want to send me material but clients usually find regular weekly or fortnightly sessions the best option. For your own writing investment I recommend a minimum number of four sessions to ensure you get the most out of the process.
Send me a maximum of ten pages to read before our initial consultation. This is for me to read and get an idea of your writing voice rather than to give feedback on. The initial consultation usually lasts about 30mins and is an opportunity for us to go through your writing and decide how best the Book Doctor service can help you. From this point on the work can be done via email or face to face. Any reading done in addition to face to face meetings is charged at the hourly rate.
Jessica McGregor Johnson, a life coach in Andalucia, is writing a book about spirituality in everyday life.
"Working on my book with Hannah has been a great experience. Her feedback and guidance is invaluable especially as she has a way to coax the better writer out of me! My style has deepened and with that my confidence has grown. The collection of ideas that I started with has been turned into a real book, one that has a far greater chance of publication than anything I could have produced on my own. As an investment I can wholeheartedly recommend it, it is the best one I have made for a long time."
Jessica McGregor Johnson
Jacqueline Crooks, Andalucia, has written a collection of linked short stories:
"I decided early on that if I wanted readers and publishers to value my writing, then I had to invest in developing my skills. I was really impressed with Hannah and did not hesitate in booking her services for six months. My collection of short stories are now completed thanks to Hannah's invaluable insight, motivation and genuine care. And most importantly, I have also received positive feedback and interest from literary agents."
Lee Sims, England is writing a detective novel:
"With Hannah's help my writing has moved onto another level. Her feedback has given me an insight into where my strengths lie, shown me how to keep the narrative flow moving and engaging, and opened my eyes to some of the pitfalls into which I occasionally stumbled. The opening four chapters of my novel are now tight and gleaming bright."