Editorial services

I currently have openings for my freelance editing. If you’re an aspiring writer who’s completed a manuscript in any genre, please get in touch. I specialise in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, but I’ve worked on non-fiction and memoir writing too. I focus on developing plot, pacing, character, dialogue andContinue reading “Editorial services”

My favourite books of 2019

It’s the blog post I look forward to allll year: my best reads! This year I read 250 books, so it was a hard job to narrow this down to my favourites. Here are my previous lists: 2018 favourites | 2017 favourites | 2016 favourites | 2015 favourites | 2014 favourites I’ve not included any of my friends’ books here, forContinue reading “My favourite books of 2019”

1 week left to apply for my YA mentoring course

JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO APPLY! Sign up for my 15 week mentoring course with WriteMentor. 1 fully funded scholarship place is available. This course is designed for writers of YA fiction, who are already competent in the basics of writing craft, but wish to elevate their work to the next level. It is aContinue reading “1 week left to apply for my YA mentoring course”

STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story update

Hugely thrilled that both The Quiet at the End of the World and The Starlight Watchmaker have been shortlisted for the2020 STEAM Children’s Book Prize, celebrating science in fiction! Here’s the full YA list: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans Usborne The Chaos of Now by Erin Lange Faber & Faber The Starlight Watchmaker by LaurenContinue reading “STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story update”

Story update, mentoring course & more

An Unauthorised Fan Treatise – new chapter update! A serialised murder mystery novel set in a fictional fandom, formatted like a shipper’s conspiracy theory. Start from the beginning >> Goodreads >> Support >> My 15 week course for aspiring YA writers is back! Apply by 24th December for a 13th January start. 1 scholarship placeContinue reading “Story update, mentoring course & more”

Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!

  Super exciting news today! The Starlight Watchmaker has been nominated for the Carnegie medal! This is so exciting, especially as nominations come from librarians themselves, who know exactly what teenagers are reading. Congratulations to everyone else on the list! If you haven’t read it yet, you can still get signed copies in the saleContinue reading “Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!”

Chapters 1 and 2 of An Unauthorised Fan Treatise

Here are the latest updates for An Unauthorised Fan Treatise: Prologue Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Support on Patreon to read the next chapter now too, a week ahead of the general public. More info: AN UNAUTHORISED FAN TREATISE (on the nature of the relationship between actors Rob Hennings and Nathan O’Donnell on TV show LochContinue reading “Chapters 1 and 2 of An Unauthorised Fan Treatise”