My writing and editing experience
For the last 15 years I’ve worked as a copywriter for clients from various different sectors including the arts and the travel industry. Before that I worked as a sub-editor on a variety of magazines (from Vogue to The Sun TV Guide). Writing copy from scratch, as well as editing journalists’ or clients’ copy has been part of my everyday work for over 20 years.
As an author, I’m represented by Lauren Gardner of BLM Agency and my MG comedy Clementine Florentine is currently on submission with publishers. In the last few years I’ve been shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award (2017) and longlisted for both the Bath Children’s Novel Award (2018) and the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition (2018). (I talk more about this on my About Me page.)
I’ve also completed both the Writing YA & Children’s Fiction online course with Curtis Brown Creative and the Introduction to Fiction Editing online course with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Overall, I’ve learned not only how to write a strong novel, but a strong synopsis, blurb and cover letter, too – and I can help you do the same.
I offer four different services below. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask for more information if you have any questions.
Full Manuscript Developmental Edit
£400 up to 50,000 words
£600 up to 80,000 words
(+£7.50 per 1,000 words on novels over 80,000 words)
A “developmental” or “structural” edit means I’ll go through your full manuscript flagging up any potential problems I come across, from minor inconsistencies to major plot holes. As well as highlighting issues in the margin, I’ll also provide a detailed report that covers plot development, characterisation, writing, presentation, marketability and advice on how to move your next draft closer towards submission or self-publication. Please expect a turnaround time of no more than four weeks (possibly slightly longer for MSS over 90,000 words). The price also includes an optional 60 minute phone or Skype chat, if you want to discuss my feedback.
If your novel is in its first or second draft, this would be the best option to choose. (I’ll also flag up any reccurring punctuation/spelling mistakes to bring them to your attention, but this is nowhere near a final edit or proofread, so the focus is mainly on development.)
Submission Package Edit
When you’re ready to start querying agents, you’ll need to have the first five chapters or first 10,000 words of your manuscript (whichever is shorter) ship-shape and ready to go, along with a well-written cover letter and – perhaps hardest of all – a sharp, one-page synopsis. I’ll advise you on how to tighten your synopsis (and what to include in it), write a strong covering letter, and provide feedback on your first five chapters/10,000 words. Please expect a turnaround time of no more than two weeks.
(If you’re not sure which is the right option to go for, I’d recommend finishing your manuscript and developing it as much as possible before querying agents. Even though agents can take a while to respond to submission queries, if you do get a request for your full MS, it’s best to have it ready and strike while the iron’s hot.)
Writing a synopsis can be really challenging. How do you fit tens of thousands of words of story onto one side of A4? Send me what you’ve got and I’ll help you whittle it down and sharpen it up – as well as giving you some useful pointers on what to include and what not to include. Please expect a turnaround time of no more than two weeks.
Full Manuscript Line Edit
£500 up to 50,000 words
£800 up to 80,000 words
(+£10 per 1,000 words on novels over 80,000 words)
If your manuscript has been through several drafts and you feel confident that you’re nearly ready to submit to agents OR self-publish, I’ll go through it with a fine tooth comb to root out those pesky mistakes that you are by now – I’m guessing – no longer able to see. I will also flag up anything I think is a potential problem and provide you with a style sheet and feedback report. Please expect a turnaround time of no more than four weeks (possibly slightly longer for MSS over 90,000 words. Also, please note: this is not a final proofread, but a thorough detailed edit. I’d also like to be honest: I can’t promise to make your MS 100% error-free. (I don’t think anyone can promise that – it’s not humanly possible for one individual to spot every single mistake.) But I can certainly spot the vast majority, and then – if you’re self-publishing – I strongly recommend hiring a proofreader for after you’ve made your final corrections. If you’re sending your MS to an agent who has requested it, it doesn’t need to be 100% typo-free at this stage – although making sure it’s as clean as possible is obviously in your interest.
• I’ll make all my suggestions either in the margin of your Word doc or in my report. I won’t make any changes to your actual text – unless you’d prefer me to.
• If you decide to go ahead with any of the above services, I’ll require 50% of the payment up front, and the balance upon completion.
Get in touch by emailing me at tharrisonwriter @ gmail.com. Tell me which option you’re potentially interested in, how long your manuscript is, what genre it is and feel free to ask me anything I haven’t covered here. If you later decide you’d like to go ahead with one of the above services, you’ll need to send me your work as a Word doc, attached to an email.