Featured article: How to get a book published.

If you are interested in getting published you really need a cast-iron determination. Even the best writers have had to deal with frequent rejections from literary agents and publishers, often over many years. It's a pipe-dream to think you can be published without being rejected. It's part of the course. So grit your teeth and set your eyes firmly on your goal.

If your work looks amauterish, literary agents and publishers will never give it serious consideration. The basic rules of thumb are to make sure you use size 12 Times New Roman font and double-space your manuscript. But there's more to it than that. If you really want to impress a literary agent or a publisher, and you really want to get published, take submissions seriously. At Addison & Cole we can provide a specialist consultant to look over your submission in advance and point out its strengths and weaknesses. This can be extremely valuable. Visit our services and fees for more information.

Q: Do you recommend any self-publishing companies in particular?

A: Yes. We often refer our clients to Matador, who not only self-publish your book but also offer to sell your title into bookshops around the country. Moreover, with our unique code they will offer a generous 10% discount. Contact us for more information.

Another excellent company is Completely Novel, which offers writers the means to self-publish into an active online community with no upfront cost. Again, they offer generous discounts and freebies to Addison and Cole clients. Contact us for a unique code to claim these offers.

We also recommend a company called Antony Rowe, who offer a high quality product with excellent distribution. Again, discounts are available if we provide a personal introduction. Contact us for details.


Q: Can I try you out before I fully commit?

A: Yes. We offer a Test Drive service so that we can demonstrate the quality of our work.


Q: Can you provide general feedback on the atristic and commercial viability of my writing instead of an in-depth consultation?

A: Yes. Our General Feedback service is very popular.


Q: Do you provide consultancy for fiction, children's literature, short stories, scriptwriting, poetry and non-fiction?

A: Yes. We have specialist editors to deal with all of these genres. Learn more about our services and fees.


Q: Should submissions be emailed or posted?

A: You can either post us your manuscript or pay a few pounds to have us print it out this end. If you would like it to be posted back to you, please provide a SAE.


Q: How long will it take to receive my report?

A: We always endeavour to complete your consultancy within 4-6 weeks (3 weeks for proofreading). However, we also offer a VIP service which guarantees completion within 10 working days (5 days for proofreading). The charge for this is an additional 50% of the usual fee. Contact us for more information.


Q: Who will be my editor?

A: We will match you with an editor who is experienced in working with similar authors to yourself.


Q: Can I receive consultancy more than once?

A: Yes. We can work with you on an ongoing basis under the My Editor service.


Q: Can I request to remain with the same editor?

A: Yes. Building up a working relationship with your editor can be extremely beneficial, and enables us to avoid covering the same ground again each time. For this reason we always aim to link you with the same editor throughout your relationship with us.


Q: What if I'm not satisfied with the feedback?

A: If this unlikely event should occur, the first thing to do would be to schedule a follow-up telephone conversation to discuss your reservations with us. If we feel that your concerns are valid, we will remedy the situation for no extra charge. If you are still unsatisfied, please refer to the complaints procedure in our terms and conditions. However, please note that we have never yet had an unsatisfied client.