editorial

Sending your work out to literary agents and/or publishers can be a truly scary business.

Ditto self-publishing.

But, through my editorial feedback reports, I can help you get your writing up to publishable standard.

And advise you on how to pitch or self-publish your work professionally.

Chances are, you probably have a few doubts and fears when it comes to your writing.

Here are just some of the fears I was plagued with when I wrote my first novel:

  • What if my characters aren’t believable?
  • What if they’re the kind of characters only their author could love?!
  • Is the description vivid enough – without slowing the pace?
  • Is the pace ‘PACEY’ enough?!
  • And how about my author’s ‘voice’?
  • What the hell IS an author’s voice?
  • Does the plot work?
  • Are there enough twists? 
  • How many rejection letters featuring the line: ‘we just didn’t love it enough’ is it humanly possible to take?

 

Siobhan Curham is a plot alchemist! Her honest, insightful and supportive feedback has shown me how I might transform my thin story into a coherent, fully developed plot. She is completely on your side and wants you to succeed. I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time that I can stop revising the same few paragraphs repeatedly and start writing again. I have no hesitation in recommending Siobhan.’  Lisa Berry

 

It had taken a lot for me to write my first novel.

I’d had to overcome a major crisis of confidence and extremely difficult personal circumstances.

So, I considered it a minor miracle when I did end up getting both a literary agent and book deal.

Fast forward 20 years and I’ve now had 27 books published. My novel Dear Dylan won the Young Minds Book Award and my latest novel, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow has been shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Book Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019.

I also worked for seven years as an editorial consultant in the children’s and young adult publishing industry, commissioning writers and helping them get their books market-ready, working with some of the biggest publishing houses in the UK.

As an experienced writer AND editor I believe I can offer you invaluable insights and support from both sides of the publishing industry.

 

Siobhan has totally transformed my confused collection of ideas about my story into a coherent and compelling plot! She has shown genuine enthusiasm for my project and has helped me to believe I am capable of writing a novel. Her compassion and dedication is inspirational.Natalie Grahame

 

How does it work?

You email me your manuscript – or part of your manuscript – and I send you a detailed editorial report including the following:

  • My overall impression of your work: the larger bullet points
  • What I loved about it: it’s so important to know where your strengths lie
  • Feedback on the plot: what’s working, what could be tightened and what could be scrapped
  • Notes on the manuscript: highlighting any smaller issues and suggested tweaks
  • Character appraisals: helping you make your characters believable, compelling and consistent
  • Voice: I highlight where the narrative voice is strongest – and where it strays
  • Non-fiction: feedback on the structure and content and how to pitch to your market

(Please note: My editorial reports do not include proof reading or copy editing ie; spelling and grammatical corrections.)

 

Siobhan is great. I worked with her on my first book, Liquid Millionaire and I was so impressed with her attitude and expertise that she had to be my number one choice for my second book, How to Make Money in ISAs and SIPPS. I strongly recommend her and endorse her whole-heartedly.’ Stephen Sutherland, Chief Investment Strategist, ISACO

 

How much does it cost?

You can send me part or all of your manuscript at any stage of the writing process.

Some writers like to get feedback on the very first draft of their first few chapters or pages, to check that things are going in the right direction.

Others prefer to wait and get feedback on a completed draft.

What you send me is entirely up to you.

The fees for my editorial reports are as follows:

Up to 5,000 words – £50

5,001 to 10,000 words – £100

10,001 to 15,000 words – £150

15,001 to 20,000 words – £200

20,001 to 30,000 words – £300

30,001 to 50,000 words – £400

50,001 to 70,000 words – £500

70,001 to 80,000 words – £600

80,001 to 90,000 words – £700

90,001 to 100,000 words – £750

Submission package for agents (first 15,000 words + synopsis + covering letter) – £200

Please note: Fees must be paid by bank transfer in advance.

*CONCESSIONARY RATES AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE LOW INCOME OR UNEMPLOYED*

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Praise

‘Siobhan is one of the most gifted writers I have worked with in the last fifteen years. Subtleties of character, tone and plotting seem to come easily to her. She can turn her hand to writing for the very young right up to young adult, and in each case with real talent. She is unusually versatile and adept. And what’s more, she is a joy to work with – a true professional.’ Leah Thaxton, Publisher, Faber & Faber

‘Siobhan Curham not only knows how to craft a terrific story, but she writes with wit and intelligence, creating characters you believe in and who live on long after the last page is turned. Siobhan handles difficult issues sensitively yet energetically. Her writing is upbeat, life-affirming and full of that rare and wonderful ingredient: heart.’ Mara Bergman, Senior Commissioning Editor, Walker Books

‘It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Siobhan on a fiction series for 9+ readers. Her creativity and enthusiasm have been invaluable at every stage of the books’ journey – from plotting the stories to coming up with engaging end matter ­– and made this project such a positive experience.’ Lucy Rogers, Commissioning Editor, Scholastic

‘I have worked closely with Siobhan for several years and on many different projects. We’ve brainstormed the very loosest of ideas then worked together to create and shape, develop and produce high-quality fiction series for children, so I’ve seen Siobhan at every stage of the creative process. She is one of the very best. She’s always bubbling with rich ideas of her own, yet remains wonderfully responsive to those of others: she’s a thoughtful and considerate listener, an intuitive enabler and encourager, with a gift for finding the heart and soul of a story and bringing it to vibrant life, usually through richly imagined characters, and a distinctive voice and telling detail. Touches more magical than just the words – of which she is both master – and mistress.’ Reg Wright, Director, Hothouse Fiction

‘Having worked with Siobhan in various capacities, I can vouch for her expertise. As her editor, I’ve seen how her own writing leaps from the page and touches her readers. And in her work as an editorial consultant, creating, shaping and developing concepts, and working with other writers, she’s an absolute pro. Creative, insightful, reliable and fun – what more could you ask for?’ Ali Dougal,Editorial Director, Egmont UK

‘Working with Siobhan on the Harry Hammer series has been an absolute pleasure. Her speedy turnaround times, collaborative approach and formidable creativity have led to a full-of-fun series of which we can all be proud.’ Katie Cotton, Templar Publishing

‘Siobhan is great. I worked with her on my first book, Liquid Millionaire and I was so impressed with her attitude and expertise that she had to be my number one choice for my second book, How to Make Money in ISAs and SIPPS. I strongly recommend her and endorse her whole-heartedly.’ Stephen Sutherland, Chief Investment Strategist, ISACO

‘I joined Siobhan’s Harrow Writing group in 2007 and attended regularly for several years. During that time I started to discuss with her my idea for a novel which had been in various formats and versions for some time. Siobhan agreed to coach me regarding content, plot and characterisation and within nine months, my novel, Brothers and Lovers, was completed. It has sold well worldwide and I owe a great debt of gratitude to Siobhan for her interest, enthusiasm and guidance. I cannot praise her patience and understanding of an author’s problems too highly and can whole-heartedly recommend her services to any aspiring authors.’ Michael J Davidson, author of Brothers and Lovers

‘Siobhan is a caring, intuitive and professional writing and life coach.  She has helped me reach the stage where I am poised to submit to publishers.  I never would have got this far without her special gifts. I would certainly recommend aspiring writers to seek out Siobhan to find an endless source of inspirational guidance.’ Patricia Jacobs

 

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