Services

Lectures and Workshops

I have lectured and led workshops in the USA, UK and elsewhere, including on Cunard cruise ships, on a wide range of writing topics, including:-

The World of Romantic Fiction
Getting and Developing Ideas
Studying the Market
Plots & Characters
Dialogue
Research
Revision
Writing Historicals

If you are interested in a talk or workshop please e-mail me initially to discuss your needs. Please give suggested dates and venues, and indicate the type of audience - writers/non-writers, age, number expected.

Submitting Manuscripts

All typescripts offered for publication should be presented in the normal format required by publishers, namely:-

Text double-spaced
Wide margins – at least 1.5 inches (3-4cm)
No binding, just loose sheets held with an elastic band
A synopsis of max 1000 words
Total word count
In a strong padded envelope
With return postage

This detail is important – don't even think of sending typescripts to publishers or agents in any other form – they may not be read.

Reasons for these requirements are often not appreciated by authors.

Wide margins are essential for editing changes and notes.
Reading a heavy bound typescript is awkward – most readers pick up a few pages or a chapter at a time.
A synopsis helps a publisher to decide if a script matches his market needs.
And no one will pay for the return of unsolicited typescripts.