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We have a team of professional writers and editors offering manuscript assessment, providing feedback and allowing writers to move their writing career forward. The relationship between writer and editor is a literary marriage. “My editorial report identified the reasons why my manuscript has not yet received an offer from a literary agent.” Rob Higgs.
Retreats in May and October 2019 for small groups of writers at historic private homes with editorial support and visits from guest tutors. At past retreats these have included best selling authors Claire Fuller, Tessa Hadley and Marcel Theroux as well as commissioning editor at leading publisher Orion, Kirsty Dunseath and literary agent Antony Harwood.
The Bluepencilagency 2018 First Novel Award is now closed. The judges were literary agent Madeleine Milburn and author Fiona Mitchell. Thank you to those who entered. The winner was Jules Lampshire for My Poor Deluded Girl and the Runner up Mandy Robotham for Breeder. Tali Gumbiner was Highly Commended for What Home Is. The full shortlist and longlist are on our competitions and news pages.
Half and full day workshops on improving your writing technique for writers’ groups as well as writing festivals. We focus on themes such as the opening chapter, structure and how to pitch your novel to agents.If you are interested in attending one of our workshops or would like us to run one for your writing group then get in touch.
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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.
Spring and Autumn writers’ retreats and workshops. For the retreats, we stay in beautiful historic properties for an inspiring and comfortable stay. There are one on one sessions with our editors and workshops with guest tutors. In the past, these have included best selling authors Claire Fuller, Tessa Hadley and Marcel Theroux as well as commissioning editor at Orion, Kirsty Dunseath and literary agent Antony Harwood.
The Bluepencilagency First Novel Award for unpublished and unrepresented writers was established in 2017. Details of the 2019 First Novel Award will be on our website later this year.
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. In 2019 we will be running a retreat for published writers.