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 in-depth consultancy for writers focussing on the short story medium, whether for the purposes of competitions, a precursor to a novel, or eventually producing a collection.

One of our editors, also a published author in their own right, will analyse your story and produce a comprehensive report covering all aspects, including narrative, pacing, dialogue, and so on. Once you have received the report you may arrange a telephone appointment to discuss the report further.

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.


Up to 3000 words £175

Each additional 2000 words £15

Interested? Please read our submission guidelines.

Details of payment can be found at our payment page.


VIP service

We always endeavour to complete your literary and publishing 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.