Your life would make an amazing story...
There has never been a better time to be a memoirist.
Perhaps you are blogging, journalling, or pitching feature columns, and need tips for turning events into stories. Or maybe you are already writing personal non-fiction and want to take it to the next level. Still in the planning stage? Let me help you start putting thoughts on the page. Interested in writing fiction based on and incorporating your own unique experiences? Let's talk.
I offer two services: one is consultancy, where we talk about the craft of writing. This is where I'm your sounding board for everything from first steps to approaching agents and publishers. It's also a chance to discuss skill development and refinement. I am happy and comfortable working with clients at all stages of the creative process, but especially love the chance to dig in when someone feels stuck for inspiration.
There are tools every effective memoirist has in their toolbox. You will learn the craft of knowing what to share and what to leave out. You'll learn how to hone your unique voice, the most important part of any memoir. Most importantly you will go away with new confidence to infuse life into your words.
Together, we can kickstart your creative flow. From structuring your time to get the most out of writing, to taking those all-important steps in getting your work noticed: let me be your coach and your cheerleader.
2 1-hour phone or Skype session: £50 (minimum fee)
Each 2 hour block thereafter: £40
Please note this is not a manuscript report or editing service.
The second service is manuscript report. Are you on the first, second, or third draft? Looking for feedback on characters, plot, and tone? I can advise you on how to get the most out of the material you have, whether you are prepping submissions to send out to agents, or preparing a manuscript for publication.
This service includes reading your manuscript and a full written report. This is not a full line-editing service.
For a full-length manuscript the report would be between 6-10 pages. A 60 minute Skype or telephone session to discuss the report is included.
For manuscripts up to 50 pages: £200 (minimum fee)
For manuscripts up to 100 pages: £300
For manuscripts up to 200 pages: £450
For each additional 50 pages after 200: £20
I welcome and encourage international writers. Please get in contact for rates in your local currency.
What clients say...
I had been toying with making the leap from academic writing into the popular market for a long time but had absolutely no idea how to do it. Brooke was the perfect mentor, offering guidance on how to write manuscript proposals and thoughtful critiques on early drafts. She struck a perfect balance, giving equal doses of patience, support and frank appraisal. With her help, I landed a literary agent immediately and have just delivered my third manuscript.
- Debra Komar, author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck and The Lynching of Peter Wheeler
Brooke motivated me to get my arse in gear to come up with a better book proposal and sample chapter. She gave really helpful and encouraging feedback and great insider advice on getting published. With her help I'm now much more confident in my project and am determined to get it out there.
- Justin Hancock, BISH Training
Brooke's masterclass remains one of the most inspiring days in recent memory. The practical advice and the opportunity for immediate critique & comment on my creative writing was so valuable. The exercises stretched my comfort zones ... That's some of my most treasured writing. If you have ambitions to one day write your own memoir, and want to learn from the lips of one who has, with all the privacy fallout, or if you simply want to be inspired to improve your own private writing, or anything in between, this is for you.
Emily Jacobs, author of It Gets Better and founder of ReConnected Life
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