Who is this for?
This consultancy is for tentative beginners, writers looking for a mid-career boost, and anyone in between.
What kind of writing do you work with?
My specialism is working on full-length narrative, across all aspects of idea development, technical decision making and artistic expression. Over the last twenty or so years I’ve worked with every kind of author there is — when it comes to telling a good story, my curiosity and enthusiasm are pretty universal! But here are a few types of project I particularly love:
Crime, mystery or detective fiction: particularly if it features a non-traditional sleuth.
Science fiction, speculative fiction or fantasy: especially if comes with an awesome high concept, complicated worldbuilding challenges and powerful ethical / political / emotional aims.
Any novel which expands the range of lived experiences represented in commercial fiction. Diverse ethnicities, LGBTQ+ and characters with disabilities are all extremely welcome.
Experiments: of any genre, or none — if it hasn’t been done quite that way before, I’d love to help it happen!
Memoir based narratives with a strong social justice agenda. Stories that need to be heard.
Narratives driven by original research — the more unusual, the better!
What if I’m just a bit stuck and need some instant, free advice?
Be my guest! Email the Agony Column or suggest a topic for the Blog, and I’ll see what I can do. Keep an eye on the Events & Resources page too, and look out for free drop-in sessions — these will be occurring in Edinburgh and maybe even further afield in the coming months.
More questions? Get in touch, and I’ll be happy to answer them!