From the skeleton of a confused first draft, Sara helped me extract the backbone of the story I had wanted to write. Then with her toughness as a reader and her insight as an editor she helped me flesh it out. It was to no small degree because Sara saw its promise that POLK, HARPER & WHO came to life.
Sara and I met on the Curtis Brown novel writing course in 2013. Yes, it often takes that long to get an agent. At the end of 2017 I finally got one – Rachel Mills at Furniss Lawton, which I attribute entirely to Sara and Emma. At our first session on that course all 14 of us pitched our novels and Sara told me later that she thought, when she heard mine: ‘I could sell that book. But I’m not sure she can.’ At that stage she hadn’t even thought of setting up her own agency, but when Bluepencilagency was set up, I was an early client. Sara has now worked on two of my novels and it was she who persuaded me to revisit Persons Unknown, which I’d rather given up on, having received just about every conceivable agent brush-off. But Sara and Emma did feel passionately enough about it to try and sell it for me. The agency looks for a match between author and agent and when they met Rachel Mills, they pitched it. I was completely bowled over by Rachel’s first email which made it clear she had got the book I had written; was hugely enthusiastic about it, and wanted to work with me.
Emma provided me with a very thorough, swift and perceptive report with an extraordinary amount of detail. I agreed with much of what she wrote at the time, but there were other comments that I dismissed but have been subsequently supported by a senior and very successful literary agent. If you’re serious about producing a book that is publishable, I believe that Emma could provide the kind of feedback you need, saving you time and from some of the painful ordeals of rejection.
Sara has been a wonderful mentor to me.Working with her is like having a writing partner who also understands the publishing world. She is full of great creative ideas and does not pull any punches in her criticism. The work always improves after her input. Oliver is also an excellent editor. He combines the ability to quickly understand the potential in a storyline while also fearlessly pruning and improving the prose. Most importantly of all he has helped inspire better writing.
Bluepencilagency was heartily recommended to me by a novelist friend. My own novel was intractably long and over burdened and despite my many years of experience as a TV drama editor I was finding it hard to see the way through. The report was extensive, detailed, infuriatingly provocative and extremely helpful.
My reader’s report identified the reasons why my manuscript has not yet received an offer from a literary agent. The constructive advice on writing technique has inspired me hugely and probably saved me years of fruitless struggle. This service is utterly invaluable and I really can’t thank my editor enough. I would recommend bluepencilagency for any writer that’s serious about being professional.
With a passion for quality writing Sara immerses herself heart and soul into bringing out the best in your manuscript. She possesses an excellent sense of structure and character, and doesn’t hold back from giving you tough but fair feedback.
I was given a terrific editor who had a clear, keen eye for what works, and provided a report that was honest and encouraging. It made me rethink both the structure of my novel and the way it’s narrated. I’m sure it’s a considerably better novel as a result. I’m very grateful.
An expert in sorting out plot and pace, Sara put her heart and soul into editing my book. She went well beyond the call of duty. Her insight helped me to turn my book into the very best it could be. The number one reason I am now a published author is because of Sara’s editorial talent.
Sara is a talented and insightful editor. Her analysis was spot on, and her advice and encouragement provided a much-needed boost. Sara is a highly professional and experienced editor – a life support to all writers and would-be writers.