Are you writing a novel, memoir or short fiction?

Would you like an experienced and supportive mentor, a published author to discuss your writing with and encourage and improve your writing?

As a creative writing tutor, I have helped many writers learn and practice the techniques of writing fiction, and discover their own unique voice and approach to writing. There are no hard and fast rules about how to write a novel or short story, but there are techniques that will bring your writing alive, and guidelines about plot and structure that will help to give it shape. But ultimately what makes your writing original is your way of seeing the world.

I have always been interested in helping writers to deepen their writing by approaching it as a meaningful exploration, investigating your underlying themes and ideas, which you may not even be aware of, and how these can best be brought out, as well as looking at style, structure and technique. In order to do this, it is crucial for you to be able to talk about your work, to explain what you are trying to achieve and to be able to work this out through supportive dialogue rather than one sided feedback.

How I work with you:

Because everyone has different needs I offer a completely flexible and reasonably priced service that you can use as often or as little as you like. I can appraise your manuscript, or mentor you through the whole process of writing a novel. You can book a one off session to get feedback on a short story you want to enter in a competition, or on a particular aspect of a project you're having trouble with, or just to discuss ideas you might have for a project. Sometimes just being able to talk something over helps clarify your ideas and motivate you. Because it is important for me to listen to what you have to say, I prefer to talk face to face via Zoom, Skype, but I can also send edits by email.

Session fee: £80 per 1 hour face-to-face session, including 5,000 words writing appraisal.

If you have questions, would like to discuss your project, to see if I’d be able to help, get in touch today: contact@olgagibbs.com.

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Developmental editing (also known as structural editing or substantive editing, some might know it as a manuscript appraisal) is at the top of the editorial tree and the first level of editing.

This level of editing considers the bigger picture of the book, aspects like structure, plot, characterisation and pace, and is for authors who want to produce a story, developed to the traditionally publishing standard.

My developmental editing service is bespoke and tailored to the client’s needs. I leave no stone unturned and give you the full benefit of my experience and expertise, providing a written report, as well as leaving comments and suggestions throughout your manuscript.

My developmental editing service includes:

Plot: Does it make sense? Are there holes or inconsistencies? Is it interesting, compelling and believable?

Content: Is the selection of content appropriate? Are there any omissions? Is all content adequately explained and signposted?

Characterisation: Are characters fleshed out? Is there enough backstory? Have you avoided the dreaded “information dump”? Is characterisation even throughout the book? Are characters believable, and do they create an emotional reaction in the reader? Is the cast of characters suitable for the story? Are there too many or too few characters? Do they have distinct voices?

Structure and length: Is the book too long or short? Are chapters too long or short? Do chapters work as a cohesive whole? Do chapter endings have an impact? Are fiction time shifts and point of view shifts handled well? Can the reader easily navigate through the book? For non-fiction, is the content organised in a sensible and logical way? Pace: Does the pace lag in places? Does it gallop too quickly at times? Is the overarching rhythm of the book working?

Writing style: Is the author voice even and suitable for the genre? Is the tone too formal or informal? Is there a tendency to be wordy and long-winded? Is the author overwriting? Does the author come across as bossy or curt? Could the author potentially offend readers? Marketability: How will this book sit against the competition on the market? Does this book fit into its genre? Does it follow genre norms? Is it sufficiently original? Is anything hindering its potential?

Sometimes developmental editing can creep into the realm of ghost-writing, so it is my aim to keep my clients’ story and writing voice unique and theirs!

Developmental edit fee:

£250 for a manuscript of up to 60,000 words;

£350 for a manuscript of up to 80,000 words;

£450 for a manuscript of up to 100, 000 words.



Are you looking to self-publish your work but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have an old title that hasn’t performed well which you’d like to revive? Are you confused by the sheer amount of information thrown at you? Not sure if to stick with KU or go “wide”? How to format paperback and what to do about a book cover?

Don’t know how to promote your work and find your audience, how to engage industry “movers and shakers” and where to find them? If you need ISBNs and what are they? How to place your book into coveted British Library catalogue for posterity?

I have answers to these and many other questions an emerging self-publishing author would have.

I will share with you tricks of the trade, discuss and advise on the book pre-production activities (your “to do” list) and will be able to assist with formatting your manuscript into e-book and paperback required files, discussing post-production routes and book launch plan, helping you to place your book into as many as possible stores and readers’ hands, while advise you on all important marketing and promotion: what works and what doesn’t, and how to get the best out of your advertising pound, breaking into bestselling lists.

And don’t forget author website – you’d need one – and if you don’t know how to build one or where to start I will help you with that too, creating a stunning website in Wordpress. I provide advice on hourly rates for more confident or experienced self-published author and have “Book Production” and “Book Launch” packages for new authors, who are only taking their first steps down that route.

Get in touch today to discuss your book’s publishing needs: contact@olgagibbs.com