What you get with this Offer
A picture book is generally under 1000 words and aimed at young children (under 7yr). A longer book aimed at older children is more often called an illustrated storybook. Please message me separately if you wish to discuss a longer book.
WHO AM I?
I am a professionally qualified and experienced editor with over 15 years of experience in UK publishing. I have an MA in creative writing and work full-time writing and mentoring authors like you.
You can see more about me on my website: www.kelleytownley.com
Rather than a proofreader (who checks text for errors) I am a developmental / content editor. I look at things like structure, pacing, plot, tone, character development, target audience suitability etc. within your writing. Basically I act as a mentor / teacher to authors who want to develop their storytelling skills.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
You submit your entire manuscript, with or without illustrations, and I will provide a DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT (a report of at least 10 pages) that discusses your story's strengths and weaknesses in depth. And also a LINE EDIT where I make direct comments on the text / manuscript, looking at the style of your prose.
This level of critique will not only develop your current book but also improve your ability to write in general. I offer honest, practical and useful advice on how to make your book and your writing as professional as possible. A lot of people think they can write for children but there is a lot more to it that most people realise. I'm here to give you realistic advice and professional guidance.
Fiction is naturally a subjective business and I don't pretend to know everything or that following my advice will land you a MEGA deal but not everyone has people around them who have the necessary skills to help them move on with their writing.
I do have those skills and can share with you what I know. 100% happy clients agree.
I am also nice and friendly to deal with :-)
What the Freelancer needs to start the work
Please send me the complete manuscript in .doc or similar form.
Kelley, you never disappoint. You're a vault of knowledge and I'm really grateful for your insights. I will keep coming back till you get fed up! :)
Thank you , Raymond. And I will always be happy to help you on your journey x
Kelly is FANTASTIC!!! And believe me, I am critical. (Kelly, don't get a big head...I have yet to respond personally to your critique. It was brilliant though)'
I would recommend Kelly to anyone writing a book. I never imagined I would get as much feedback and learn so much from one simple exercise. Well Done K!