Novel Editorial Services by Blue Pencil Agency

editorial services & literary events for published authors & aspiring writers

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Editorial Services

A blue pencil was traditionally used by editors to show corrections to manuscripts as blue didn’t show in most reproduction processes. In the digital world blue pencils are seen more rarely but they still exist as a metaphor for editing.

The idea of collaboration between editor and writer isn’t new. Once it was the job of agents and publishers to nurture new literary talent. But in today’s saturated market you need to arrive with a polished manuscript. An editor is your second pair of eyes. Our job is to encourage, persuade and problem solve. Working with us is making the leap from the fear of criticism to accepting support and establishing a clearer perspective of the market – understanding work as product, not just art.

Writing isn’t just being heard, it’s about forming a relationship with the reader and understanding who that reader is.

Literary Events

We offer a number of writers’ retreats and workshops throughout the year. For the retreats, we prefer small groups of like minded writers and beautiful historic properties that are particularly suitable for an inspiring and comfortable stay in stunning surroundings. We schedule one on one sessions with our editors and invite guest authors to give workshops. At our recent retreat at Asthall Manor, a Jacobean manor house in Oxfordshire and the childhood home of the literary Mitford sisters, our writers enjoyed afternoon workshops with Tessa Hadley and Marcel Theroux. Our next retreat will take place from June 3 – 8 2018, at a Palladian mansion near Bath in Wiltshire. We are able to take writers at all levels of their writing career.


The Bluepencilagency First Novel Award was established in 2017 and attracted considerable interest from the industry. Our judges; literary agent Eve White and best selling author Saskia Sarginson considered entrants from across the world writing in many genres. The winner, Carolyn Kirby, has secured representation and her novel “Half of You” is out with publishers. We are accepting entries for the 2018 Award. Our judges will be literary agent Madeleine Milburn and author and client Fiona Mitchell. Closing date for submissions is June 30, 2018. Enter now to win cash prizes, an introduction to Madeleine and a manuscript review.

Why bluepencilagency?

Founded by editor and writer Sara Sarre with literary events organised by Emma Haynes. We have a talented roster of editors that includes published authors and editors in publishing houses.

As well as having a clear understanding of the publishing world and what books sell, we know the power of a fresh voice and a good story. We communicate what needs to be changed or cut in a clear and constructive manner that is helpful and thoughtful.

We work closely with a number of literary agents and when appropriate are able to introduce novelists who are worthy of jumping to the top of the slush pile.

Our retreats and workshops are tailored to our writers’ requirements and we offer thoughtful and exceptional events that assist in helping our writers on their path to getting published.

Transform your story from a personal piece of writing into a publishable novel