James Rouch at Author Management offers carefully considered
constructive criticism and guidance for authors of fiction,
short stories and autobiography. You can be certain that
your manuscript will benefit from scrutiny by a highly experienced
Most important will be a detailed and sometimes painfully
honest examination of your story-telling and characterization.
Flaws in logic and persistent weaknesses in grammar, punctuation,
layout and spelling will be brought to your notice. Every
page will receive the same meticulous attention.
Where it is warranted there will be genuine praise and
if the spark of real talent is identified you will be given
With all that will come guidance on creating the best possible
synopsis and advice on how to present your work to editors
and agents in order to grab their attention. Your aims and
ambitions will be realistically assessed and questions on
any aspect of the trade will be answered.
It is impossible without viewing a manuscript to estimate
the number of pages that will comprise our report but it
has never been less than twenty and in an extreme case for
a 130,000 word manuscript totaled 52 pages!
Doubtless you have already invested many months, perhaps
years, in writing your novel, collection of short stories
or autobiography. Because of that hard work and dedication
you should make sure you have the best chance of your manuscript
being accepted. The book trade is a ferociously competitive
business, notoriously intolerant of mistakes or poor quality.
Literary agents will return a manuscript unread, reducing
their workload, if your submission fails in presentation
or does not appear to be of a high standard. Make certain
yours is the submission that grabs them and holds them until
they reach for a contract.
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Much as I would like to, I cannot guarantee you will be
published. What is offered is an in-depth look at what you
have written, judged by a successful author with broad experience
of the trade. It must enhance your chances of getting in
Author Management has always set the very highest standards
in client privacy. Your details will never be divulged to
a third party; you will not be put on any mailing lists.
Please note. With regret the following cannot be accepted.
Poetry or non-fiction other than autobiography, also stage,
film or radio scripts. Also we cannot accept books for very
young children but we can take on those aimed at the pre-teen
and young teenage market.