‘All writers need editors… As human beings, editors may be far from self-effacing, but as workers their contribution goes largely unacknowledged – a nod in the preface or a thank-you from the author at the launch party and that’s it. They’re the ghosts in the machine, the secret sharers, the anonymous power behind the throne.’ – Blake Morrison
With a background in Literary Criticism and Creative Writing teaching, Dr. Stephen Carver has had a long career in publishing and academia. He is therefore a highly skilled and versatile ‘Book Doctor’, able to work confidently and efficiently in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. He is a long-time Reader and Mentor for The Literary Consultancy in London, a Copyeditor for Pen and Sword Books, an Editor and Proof-reader for Unthank Books, and a Reader for Palgrave-Macmillan, Wiley-Blackwell and the Manchester University Press. He also writes and publishes fiction and non-fiction himself. As a freelancer, he has also worked for a legion of professional and independent authors, appraising manuscripts for their suitability for publication, copyediting, proof-reading, referencing, indexing, and mentoring.
I0,000-word (approx.) extract and synopsis appraised for £145
When you submit a proposal for a book to a literary agent or a publisher, it is conventional to provide a sample of up to 10,000 words (usually your opening chapters), a short synopsis, and a brief covering letter.
Prices vary according to the length of the manuscript
Any serious work of non-fiction that uses primary and/or secondary research sources, whether intended for academic publication or the mainstream, should be appropriately referenced, with a full bibliography and some sort of consistent in-text citation, either through parenthetical references (the so-called ‘Harvard’ system and its variants), or foot or endnotes (the ‘Oxford’ and ‘Arts and Humanities’ systems).
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‘There is no doubt that Steve’s is the best systematic approach to novel writing I’ve ever come across.’ – Sabine Meier, Writer’s Ink
‘Steve Carver acted as my literary reader and editor on my novel Where's Sailor Jack? Without him, I wouldn't have written what I wanted to write. I finished with a novel I’m proud of, one which has been acclaimed by critics. I’m just finishing my second novel, using Steve again in the same role. He treats his authors firmly but with great respect, encouraging them to find the right creative thought and writing so that the author’s characters resolve the inevitable dilemmas a lengthy novel produces. I cannot thank him enough. I can’t believe there's anybody better for this role. – John Uttley, author of Where’s Sailor Jack? and No Precedent.
‘Dr Stephen Carver has, without question, changed the direction of my publication strategy for the better and forever. His reading of my submitted text was more detailed and attentive than that undertaken by even my closest personal friends and his feedback, if not always comfortable, was astonishingly comprehensive, honest and accurate. My confidence in the value of Stephen's feedback is further confirmed by the fact that I have since commissioned him to undertake reviews of two further books for me.’ – Michael Forester, author of Vicious, Dragonsong and The Goblin Child and Other Stories