I offer editorial critiques for aspiring authors of any age. I work best with Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, but I’m open to other genres.
I focus on developing plot, pacing, character, dialogue and world-building, analysing the work in preparation for submission to a literary agent.
Query Package – Feedback on a cover letter, synopsis and the first 50 pages (or 10,000 words) of a manuscript. Critiques will be a minimum of 1000 words of overall feedback. I will also read the edited query when it is complete to provide any final notes before agent submission. – £85/$111
Full Manuscript Package – Feedback on a cover letter, synopsis and full manuscript (up to 80,000 words*). Critiques will be a minimum of 2500 words and will include line edits, comments, and overall feedback. I will also read the edited manuscript when it is complete to provide any final notes before agent submission. – £175/$230
Young Writer Package – Give an editorial critique as a gift for a young writer younger than fourteen. Feedback will be appropriate to their age, and very friendly! Can choose to receive either a Skype call or written response. I will also send them a signed and personalised copy of one of my books, if desired (excl. shipping). £50/$65
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*For manuscripts over 80,000 words, the rate for the full manuscript package will be £2.50/$3.50 per thousand words. Please feel free to email me to confirm these figures while you consider.
Critiques will be sent back within 4 weeks of payment. Manuscripts must be sent as a Microsoft Word document. Payment is taken by PayPal on acceptance of the manuscript. An invoice will be provided. Refunds available upon cancellation, providing the work has not yet been completed. I reserve the right to refuse applications due to time restrictions.
My experience: I have written 4 novels and 2 novellas, all of which have been published traditionally in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia. My work has also been translated into 5 languages worldwide. I am a career novelist and make a living wage from my writing.
“Lauren is my first port of call for all my works-in-progress. She has a keen eye for errors and inconsistencies and has made some phenomenal suggestions for improvement, while completely understanding and respecting my own vision.”
Alice Oseman, YA author of Radio Silence and Solitaire and creator of webcomic HEARTSTOPPER.
“Comprehensive feedback, well thought-out comments, and just the right balance between praise and criticism.”
Lucy Saxon, YA fantasy author of The Tellus Series, including Take Back the Skies, The Almost King and The City Bleeds Gold.
“Lauren provides extremely helpful feedback to a high standard and is someone I really trust with my work.”
Kate Ormand, YA author of Dark Days and shape-shifter circus series, The Wanderers and The Pack. The Wanderers was honored as “Winner” in the “Fiction: Young Adult” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.
“I was excited to have my critique edited by Lauren James! With her stellar advice I was able to get recognised! I trust her with my work.”
Alexandra Perchanidou, Blogger/Author of THREE GHOSTS FOR ANASTASIA
Having Lauren James critique my work was an incredibly helpful experience. She offered great ideas for improvements and was really positive and encouraging about my chapters, and as such I feel so much more confident about moving forward with edits!
Sarah Corrigan, Blogger & Aspiring author
Lauren’s services have been invaluable – I’d been stuck in a cycle of rejections and knew I needed a professional eye to help. Lauren is very fast, efficient and kind which is what you need when sharing your creative work. She’s always there for follow up questions despite her busy schedule. If you’re not sure what to do next with your manuscript, Lauren will have the answer!
Shelley Bartup, Aspiring author