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.

Addison and Cole offers a literary and publishing consultancy service for all aspects of children's writing, both fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, from the initial idea right through to submission. Many of our editors are published authors in their own right, and all have worked as professional editors with leading agencies and writers. This means that they have a wealth of industry experience at their fingertips.

Please note that if you would like an editor to look at your work a second time, or you wish to develop a mentor-style relationship with an editor, we will provide a bespoke quotation on the basis of an hourly rate. Visit ongoing editorial work for more details.

We provide four main services:

 

1. Starting-a-project consultancy

This is the ideal way to kick-start your project. Before you put pen to paper, invest in a professional consultation with a published author to ensure that you start off on the right track. Here's how it works:

1. You send us your proposal and a covering letter explaining the background to yourself and your project.

2. One of our editors reads your material then emails you an analysis with suggested solutions and action plans. This includes advice on how to approach the project, marketability, pitfalls to avoid and how to sell the idea. You can then arrange a follow-up phone call with your editor.

Fee: £150

Interested? Please read our submission guidelines.

 

 

2. Mid-project consultancy

Many people find that the most difficult part of writing a book, be it fiction or non-fiction, is getting through the middle chapters. Difficult problems can arise that you were unable to anticipate, and it is easy to lose sight of your original vision. For these reasons, a consultation with a professional can be invaluable at this point. Here's how it works:

1. You send us your manuscript so far and a covering letter explaining your thoughts and dilemmas.

2. One of our editors reads your material then emails you a comprehensive analysis with a range of solutions and action plans. This may include an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your work, as well as feedback on structure, dialogue, pacing and so on. Once you have received the report, you may arrange a telephone appointment to discuss it.

Fee: £175, plus £4 per thousand words (including synopsis)

Illustrated children’s books (up to 36 pages): £120.

Interested? Please read our submission guidelines.

 

 

3. Whole-project consultancy

Congratulations - you have finished the first, second or third draft of your book. However, your manuscript may still not yet have fulfilled its potential. Perhaps you are being repeatedly rejected by agents or publishers who do not have the time to offer you in-depth feedback, or perhaps you know deep down that you can produce a better book. At this stage it can be extremely helpful to reassess your work with the help of a supportive professional. Here's how it works:

1. You send us your entire manuscript with a covering letter explaining the background to yourself and your project.

2. One of our editors reads your material then emails you a complete report. If you’re writing fiction, this includes an analysis of the plot, characterization, dialogue, pacing, marketability and so on. For non-fiction, this includes an assessment of the subject, structure, strength of writing and appeal. Once you have received your report you may arrange a telephone appointment with your consultant to digest it further.

Fee: £175, plus £4 per thousand words (including synopsis)

Illustrated children’s books (up to 36 pages): £120.

Interested? Please read our submission guidelines.

 

 

4. Pre-submission consultancy

No matter how excellent your book might become, it is all too easy to let yourself down by making errors in submission protocol. Agents and publishers often make their minds up very quickly, and if the submission looks amateurish it is bound to be rejected. Allow one of our consultants to go through your finished product with you, making sure that you are giving yourself the very best chances of success. Here's how it works:

1. You send us your proposed submission package – typically a covering letter, synopsis and first three chapters.

2. One of our editors reads your material then emails you an analysis and suggestions for improvement. You can then arrange a follpw-up telephone call.

3. Please note that the aim of this particular service is to allow your submission to create the best possible ‘first impression’ on agents and publishers. It addresses practicalities such as the quality of your covering letter and synopsis, and presentation of your manuscript. It does not, however, include an analysis of the content of the manuscript itself.

Fee: £150

Interested? Please read our submission guidelines.

 

 

VIP service

We always endeavour to complete your consultancy within 4-6 weeks. However, we also offer a VIP service which guarantees completion within 10 working days. The charge for this is an additional 50% of the usual fee.

Interested? Contact us.