Pitch your work direct to agents - and get feedback from book doctors

One of the Festival's most important elements is the chance for you to meet agents and editors one-to-one and pitch your work directly to them. Everyone booking a ticket at the Festival is entitled to two 1-to-1 sessions in which to receive feedback on their work. Those sessions are available from our roster of:

  • Literary agents or publishers. These sessions will focus on the marketability of your work.
  • Professional authors and book doctors. These sessions will focus on editorial issues. 

You can choose to have both of your 1-1 sessions with agents/publishers, both with book doctors, or you can choose one of each.  

The last date for receipt of your work is 20th August 2013.


Which Session to Book?

The purpose of a session with an agent or publisher is primarily to get direct feedback on the question, "Do you think my work is marketable as it stands?" Do be aware that agents may sometimes only need to read a few pages of your work to answer this question effectively: that's not because they're lazy; it's because they're good at their jobs. Their feedback is still absolutely invaluable. And if your work is tremendous, you might just come away with a contact that will lead all the way to representation - and perhaps a book deal.

The purpose of your session with a book doctor is to get detailed editorial feedback on your work from a professional author/editor - in effect, answering the question, "What steps do I need to take to make my work marketable?" With the book doctor you will get brief written notes summarising the comments. Whenever book doctors come across work that may be marketable, we WILL bring it directly to the attention of a suitable agent.

If you're not sure what to book, we'd recommend booking one of your 1-to-1s with an agent and one with a book doctor. That way you get the benefit of both perspectives.


How the 1-to-1s Work

Step One - You pick your chosen one-to-ones
The agents & book doctors who are running One-to-Ones at the Festival are listed below.
Step Two - You send us your work

  • you need to mail or email us two copies of your work (one for each session) We're after: a one page intro (a paragraph or so about your manuscript, and a line or two abou you) plus the first chapter(s) (up to 3000 words of the MS)
  • ensure that your name, email address, phone number and chosen agent / book doctor is clearly visible on each of your one page intro's
  • our address is: The Writers' Workshop, The Studio, Sheep Street, Charlbury, Oxon OX7 3RR, United Kingdom
  • Our email address is (whilst we are happy to receive emailed submissions, formatting issues can occur on printing out.)
  • The last date for receipt of your work is 20th August 2013. And we will not accept late entries, or revised entries. So get ready in plenty of time, read your material through carefully, then send it.

After that: We get your work out to your chosen agent or book doctor. Then you get ten minutes with your chosen two at the event.


List of agents & publishers offering one-to-ones 


Nelle Andrew, Peters Fraser & Dunlop
Nelle worked with Caroline Michel as her assistant for over three years. She was promoted in 2012 to an Agent and is looking to build her list. She is primarily interested in literary fiction/literary commercial cross-over fiction and women’s fiction in particular in this genre as well as serious non fiction and celebrity biographies. She worked at Pan Macmillan before joining PFD and has a BA from Warwick University in English with Creative Writing and an MPhil from Trinity College Dublin in Creative Writing with Publishing.


Susan Armstrong, Conville & Walsh
Susan is an agent at Conville & Walsh. Susan Armstrong joined Conville & Walsh in 2005. As an agent, she is particularly interested in debut literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction and accessible fantasy and science fiction. She enjoy novels that blend genres, are unusual in setting or circumstance and that have unexpected twists. Conville & Walsh - are a leading international literary agency.


Lorella Belli, Lorella Belli Literary Agency
Lorella has worked in the publishing industry for 17 years (for publishers as well as literary agencies) and set up her own agency in 2002. The Lorella Belli Literary Agency (LBLA) handles full-length adult fiction (from literary to genre - in particular women's fiction, historical and crime/thrillers) and general non-fiction (humour, popular music, popular science, history, business, personal finance, lifestyle, current affairs, self-help, travel, sport, women's issues, and food & wine) and works in association with a dramatic agency in London and with co-agents abroad. Lorella represents several award-winning and bestselling authors, and is particularly interested in first time novelists, books with an international outlook and potential, multicultural writing and journalists


Piers Blofeld, Sheil Land Associates
Piers Blofeld is an agent at Sheil Land. Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency. Piers is looking for clients that write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women’s fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, children’s, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal.


Charlie Brotherstone, A.M Heath
Charlie has been at A.M.Heath since 2008 and is actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction authors. He is on the lookout for strong and exciting voices, whether they be commercial or literary. He's loved working with debut writers at the editing stage before submitting to publishers and securing publishing deals for them and hopes to represent a list of authors which reflects his somewhat disordered bookshelf. It’s difficult to pin down exactly what he's looking for, but original storytelling will always shine out, regardless of genre, and a dollop of humour never goes amiss.

Robert Caskie, Peters Fraser & Dunlop
Robert is both a Book and Journalism Agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. He represents an extensive list of journalists and writers of both fiction and non-fiction.



Julia Churchill, A.M Heath
Julia Churchill joined AM Heath in 2013 as Children's Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she grew the children’s list. She represents some fabulous writers, but is always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent. She’s looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.


Donna Condon, Harlequin (UK) Ltd
Donna is Editorial Director at Harlequin Mills & Boon. Harlequin Mills & Boon has grown to become the UK's undisputed market leader in romance fiction publishing, entrenched in the hearts and minds of its avid readership. Mills & Boon's army of dedicated readers know that once they pick a brightly coloured paperback, they will be taken on an easy, thrilling read - with a guaranteed happy ending. Prior to this, Donna was senior fiction editor on the Piatkus list, looking after commercial fiction. Piatkus publish across a broad range of genres including women’s fiction, crime, historical and paranormal romance, urban fantasy and horror. 


Sam Copeland, Rogers, Coleridge & White
Sam is an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Sam's first job in publishing was at Curtis Brown, where he started in 2001.  He left in 2006 to help create the Robinson Literary Agency, and joined Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2009 when the two companies merged.   He is building an extremely diverse list, representing writers of both literary and commercial fiction, science fiction, children’s (11+), serious and not-so-serious non-fiction.  In fact, he is happy to look at anything but self-help and business books.


Broo Doherty, Wade & Doherty Literary Agency.
Broo has worked in publishing for the last twenty years. She started as a production assistant at Victor Gollancz. She then moved to Hodder and Stoughton for a brief period, before joining Transworld as an editor for the Bantam Press imprint, where she was involved with authors such as David Gemmell, Anthony Holden and Jilly Cooper. Then she joined the agent Jane Gregory as the editorial director of Gregory and Company where she advised leading writers in the area of crime and women's commercial fiction. Broo handles all genres, excluding children's books, but particularly enjoys crime, cookery and commercial women's fiction.
Wade & Doherty Literary Agency was founded in 2001. They handle fiction and non-fiction for adults and young adults.


Suzie Dooré, Hodder & Stoughton
Suzie is Editorial Director for Fiction at Hodder & Stoughton, acquiring for both the commercial fiction list and Sceptre, Hodder’s literary imprint. Hodder & Stoughton is a major publisher within Hachette UK, one of the UK’s biggest publishing groups. They publish a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles and are renowned for passion, quality and delivering bestselling commercial books in many different formats. Suzie’s list includes upmarket crime fiction and ‘reading group fiction’ – literary/commercial crossover. Her authors include Chris Cleave (The Other Hand, Gold), Erin Kelly (The Poison Tree, The Burning Air) and Jess Richards (Snake Ropes, Cooking With Bones). You can find her on Twitter as @suziedoore 



Anne-Marie Doulton, The Ampersand Agency
Anne-Marie worked for several years in general publishing as a reader and editor, and more recently as a literary scout.The Ampersand Agency Handle literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Contemporary and historical novels, crime, thrillers, women's fiction, memoirs, history, biography and cookery.


Jenny Geras, Random House
Jenny is Publishing Director of Arrow, the commercial paperback imprint of Cornerstone, Random House. Arrow is one of the most successful paperback imprints in the UK, and publishes a diverse range of authors including James Patterson, E. L. James, Karin Slaughter, Katie Fforde, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Rendell, Susan Lewis and Robert Harris. Jenny joined Arrow in 2013, and was previous Editorial Director at Pan Macmillan where her authors included Karen Swan, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Lucy Diamond, Suzanne Bugler and Carol Rifka Brunt.  Her main areas of interest are commercial women’s fiction, upmarket ‘reading group’ fiction and psychological crime.


David Haviland, Andrew Lownie
David is an agent at the Andrew Lownie agency, he is also a writer, editor, and ghostwriter, with a number of bestselling books to his name.The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd, founded in 1988, is now one of the UK's leading boutique literary agencies with some two hundred non-fiction and fiction authors and is actively building its fiction list. David is looking for fiction in all genres, and vivid, dramatic stories will always get his attention.He is particularly interested in crime, thrillers, mysteries and adventure stories.


David Headley, DHH Literary Agency
DHH was founded by David Headley in 2008, based in London, they represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children’s authors. David created the D. H. H. Literary Agency—an agency whose main objective is to provide a more attentive and individual representation for our authors. They wish to help re-launch established writers as well as nurturing debut authors. They are currently only looking to represent fiction writers.


Alison Hennessey, Random House
Alison began her editorial career on the Penguin Classics list before moving to work at Vintage Books, the literary paperback imprint of Random House, in 2005. She was appointed Harvill Secker’s inaugural Senior Crime Editor at the beginning of 2012, where she commissions and edits literary crime, mysteries and thrillers from writers in the English language and in translation. Her authors include the number one bestseller Jo Nesbo, whose Harry Hole thriller The Snowman is currently being made into a film by Martin Scorsese, Henning Mankell, author of the Kurt Wallander books, as well as many up and coming new writers, including Arne Dahl, Eva Dolan, MD Villiers and Christopher J. Yates. She is particularly interested in character led crime fiction, literary suspense, atmospheric period fiction and high concept thrillers, and can be found on Twitter at @Crime_Queen, rhapsodizing about her authors, her books, her job and cake.

Penny Holroyde, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency Ltd.
Interested in children’s books for all ages - She particularly like's laugh-out-loud books aimed at middle grade children but also loves books with emotional depth and strong plots for older children. For her adult portfolio, She's very interested in memoirs. Historical settings and again, a really compelling voice that works in whatever world the author has created are key likes. The Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency is one of the UK’s leading literary agencies representing a bestselling roster of authors and illustrators. Our particular areas of interest include fiction, non-fiction—especially human interest stories and memoirs—and all types of children's books.

Carrie Kania, Conville & Walsh
As an agent, she's looking for non-fiction that either answers a question or asks one. She wants to work with writers in all fields; but most especially science, psychology, business/economics, fashion, style, music, art and philosophy. Some of her recent titles include Saving Normal by Allen Frances, How We Feel by Giovanni Frazzetto, Isle of Noises by Daniel Rachel and the forthcoming Buddha’s Daughters by Christine Toomey.
For fiction, she loves debut writers and will always be a champion of the short story. She was lucky enough to work with Simon Van Booy, who won the Frank O’Connor award in 2009 for his collection of stories Love Begins in Winter.
Before moving to London Carrie spent 15 years at Random House and HarperCollins in the States.

Zoe King, The Blair Partnership
Zoe spent six happy years at the Darley Anderson Literary TV and Film Agency as an associate agent managing bestselling and emerging writers. After moving on to the Christopher Little Agency She joined Neil, Lucy and Anouska to establish The Blair Partnership.As the main submissions handler at The Blair Partnership, Zoe is inspired daily by the feeling that the next literary and entertainment sensation is right around the corner.


Louise Lamont, A P Watt
Louise Lamont studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto before joining A P Watt in May 2006. She began working with Caradoc King and Elinor Cooper in 2007, and was made an Associate Agent in 2009.


Jane Lawson, Transworld/Random House
Jane is Editorial Director at Transworld. Transworld is now the UK’s leading fiction publisher and they regularly have more titles on the Sunday Times bestsellers lists than any other publishing house.Many of the nation’s biggest-selling brand name authors have been published by them for their entire writing careers, including Kate Atkinson, Dan Brown, Lee Child, Jilly Cooper, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Goddard, John Irving, Sophie Kinsella, Armistead Maupin, Andy McNab, Terry Pratchett and Joanna Trollope. We are also home to No.1 bestselling novelists Ben Elton, Tess Gerritsen, Joanne Harris and Danielle Steel. They also publish some of the biggest names in non-fiction including Bill Bryson, Richard Dawkins, Paul O’Grady, Bear Grylls, Stephen Hawking, Dr D.G.Hessayon and Paul McKenna.

Francesca Main, Picador
Francesca Main is Editorial Director at Picador.  She graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before working at Penguin and then at Simon & Schuster.  She joined Picador in 2011 and publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal.  Her authors include Lottie Moggach, Emma Chapman, Naomi Wood, Ellen Feldman and Mark Watson.
You can see the books that Francesca is publishing here: and follow her on Twitter here:

Jodie Marsh, United Agents
Jodie is an agent at United Agents. Representing children's illustrators and authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage and YA. Jodie started working with Rosemary Canter in 2006, assisting her on her list. She was made an agent in 2010 and always has an open list for submissions. She enjoys strong, original storytelling and a unique voice. She also has a passion for funny writing for 7-12s and also a penchant for the realisms of teenage life - be that gritty or hilarious - in writing for that age group. That said, she also loves classic, epic adventure stories and a sprinkling of the fantastic. 

Madeleine Milburn, The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Madeleine Milburn has a reputation for launching new writers internationally. The Agency has a long-term vision and an international plan for each author, negotiating significant deals with publishers in the UK, the US and foreign markets. The Agency also works to option Film & TV rights to leading production companies and film studios.  Further to graduating from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Madeleine Milburn has worked at the oldest literary agency in the UK and the most commercial agency in the UK, with three No.1 bestsellers.  Previous to running her own ship, she has been a Rights Director, Deputy MD of Children’s Books and Women’s & General fiction agent.  She’s now looking for new writers of reading club fiction and bestselling genre fiction including crime, thrillers, mystery, historical, women’s, romance, humour, New Adult, YA and children’s.  She’s also keen to represent some non-fiction and literary ‘genre-bending’ fiction.

Juliet Mushens, The Agency Group
Juliet Mushens is an Agent in the UK Literary Division of The Agency Group. Juliet began her publishing career in 2008 at HarperCollins, after reading history at Cambridge, and became an agent in 2011. Juliet represents a bestselling list of fiction and non-fiction writers, in every area except picture books, writing for under-10s, sport and diet books. She particularly enjoys historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary YA, reading group fiction and crime novels. On the non-fiction side she likes memoirs, popular economics, gender and history. She was picked as a Bookseller Rising Star in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize in 2013. Juliet welcomes unsolicited submissions so please send your cover letter, first 3 chapters and synopsis to


Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Polly Nolan is the UK agent for the Greenhouse Literary Agency. She has worked in children's books for all of her adult life, and commissioning for the children's fiction lists at Orion, Oxford University Press, Scholastic (as Editorial Director) and, most recently, at Macmillan Children's Books (as Associate Publishing Director, Fiction).  Authors commissioned and edited by her include Liz Pichon, Roddy Doyle, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Kevin Brooks, Elizabeth Laird and Andrew Lane. Polly is looking for middle grade fiction with a unique voice – the books that will become the classics of the future and the stories in which children can lose themselves.


Hellie Ogden, Janklow & Nesbit
Before joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2013, Hellie Ogden spent three years at Greene & Heaton Literary Agency where she built up her list of clients and managed the translation rights. She is looking for series crime, psychological thrillers, commercial women's fiction, young adult debuts and accessible, charming literary fiction. She enjoys novels with exotic settings, bold twists and enticing protagonists. In non-fiction she is looking for unique personal stories and work that has a large social following with cross-media potential. She represents cook books from aspiring foodies, as well as popular culture projects, helping to build her clients' profiles across different platforms.

Juliet Pickering, Blake Friedmann
Juliet Pickering studied English Literature at university before working for Waterstones as a fiction buyer. She joined A P Watt in 2003, working up from combing the slush pile, franking mail and scanning royalty statements, to becoming an Associate Agent in 2007 (when she continued to comb the slush pile, frank the mail and scan royalty statements).
Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013 and her list includes Costa, Commonwealth, Orwell Prize, Sky Arts and Guardian First Book shortlisted authors. Her interests range from literary and well-written commercial fiction to mystery, crime and thrillers. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, feminist and political commentary, cookery and food writing, and all sorts inbetween.


Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates
Jenny joined Andrew Nurnberg in 2002, becoming an Agent for the UK and US in 2007. She looks after authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Her background in working creatively with young people, coupled with a life-long love of children's books has led her to build an exciting roster of children's and YA authors. Jenny likes to work editorially with authors. She is on the look-out for authentic voices, killer plots, and that certain something that makes her forget to breathe while she's reading. In addition to children's and YA authors, Jenny is particularly interested in hearing from writers of both literary and commercial women's fiction, historical fiction and memoir.

Joanna Swainson, Hardman & Swainson
Joanna is one half of literary agency Hardman & Swainson. The agency has a diverse list of authors and want to keep it that way. To that end, she is seeking original and distinctive concepts, voices and characters in literary, crime, contemporary and historical fiction and also YA.



 Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates
Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Literary Agent in 2008 and a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in August 2013 and is building her list of fiction and non-fiction authors for children and adults, as well as a small number of picture book illustrators. Passionate about working with debut authors, her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is particularly looking for voice-driven narratives with a strong hook. In non-fiction, she is interested in memoirs and food writing. Sallyanne regularly attends writing festivals and events and is a judge for the 2014 Undiscovered Voices Award, run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.. 


Clare Wallace, Darley Anderson Literary TV and Film Agency
Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. She began her career as an intern at The Policy Press, Penguin Books and Luxton Harris Ltd. She is also presently a freelance proof listener at AudioGO. As the Head of Rights at Darley Anderson, she negotiates deals for translation rights all around the world for all the Agency's authors. Clare is scouting for new talent and is looking for commercial and accessible literary general fiction and all types of women's fiction.

Chris Wellbelove, Greene & Heaton
Chris Wellbelove joined Greene & Heaton in 2010 and represents commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction. In fiction he is particularly interested in accessible voice-driven and quirky literary fiction, original crime fiction, high-concept novels and psychological suspense, and in non-fiction he likes to read popular science and psychology, sport and current affairs, and in projects with cross-media potential. Greene & Heaton Ltd was founded in 1953 and represents a number of prize-winning authors of fiction and non-fiction as well as cookery writers and media and television personalities.

Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson
Camilla joined the Darley Anderson Agency in July 2007. At the Agency she represents established and début authors in the UK and the US. She specialises in commercial and accessible fiction, and is always looking for characters to fall in love with and stories that thrill. She really enjoys working closely editorially with her authors and welcomes all submissions.Her interests are literary and commercial crime, thrillers, suspense, high-concept accessible fiction, general fiction, women’s fiction, unusual love stories and tales that teach the reader and leave them buzzing with excitement. She also represents children’s and YA authors.

James Wills, Watson, Little Ltd
James is director at Watson, Little. He looks after a dynamic and wide-ranging list of writers. He has a BA in English and Italian and an MA in 20th Century Literature from the University of Leeds and is passionate about reading and good writing. Always searching for new, exciting material. Watson, Little Ltd is a long established literary agency which handles an unusually wide range of adult, children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction.


List of Book Doctors offering One-to-Ones


Our book doctors are editorial specialists, who will offer written feedback on delegates' work. The emphasis will be on tough, constructive editorial advice. When a book doctor identifies work that may be marketable, they will alert the Festival organisers, who will in turn pass that work to a suitable agent.

Debi Alper (info)
 Debi Alper, author of "Nirvana Bites" and "Trading Tatiana", edgy London-based crime thriller novels and a very experienced consultant with the Writers' Workshop.  Debi edits in all genres and has a terrific success rate - a good number of authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. 


 Julie Cohen (info)
Award-winning novelist Julie Cohen has written seventeen novels for a variety of publishers, under her own name and pseudonyms, encompassing women's fiction, romance and erotica. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. Her latest novel is DEAR THING, published by Transworld. Julie is also an experienced teacher and if you are naughty, she will make you write lines on the chalkboard.

Emma Darwin (info)
A bestselling literary novelist, a course tutor for the Open University, and a hugely respected literary consultant for the Writers' Workshop. Emma has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and Goss First Novel awards,longlisted for the Prince Maurice Prize and the RNA Novel of the Year, and has been translated into many languages.

Gary Gibson
Gary Gibson is a science fiction author from Glasgow.In the 1990s he helped out with a number of small-press comics, and then studied desktop publishing and design. Gibson's first novel, the ambitious Angel Stations, was published in 2004. The latest in his Dakota Merrick space-opera series, Empire of Light, was published in 2010. He is a member of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle.


Anastasia Parkes
Anastasia has an MA in English Literature from Oxford and has lived in London and Cairo. She writes freelance features for publications such as The Times, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Lady and You And Your Baby magazine. Under the pseudonym Primula Bond, she has written three erotic novels (Country Pleasures, Club Crème and Behind the Curtain) and numerous short stories for Virgin Books, a novella (Out of Focus) and solo collection of short stories for Xcite Books, and a further novella (Sisters in Sin) and numerous short stories for the HarperCollins imprint Avon. When she's not also working on completing a literary novel, she works as a book editor for aspiring erotic, romatic and literary writers.

Eve Seymour
Eve is the author of four thrillers and probably best known for her central character, Paul Tallis, a former firearms officer who works as an off-the books spook for MI5.  Her novel, ‘Land of Ghosts,’ set in bleak, war-torn Chechnya, was published in 2010 and her latest novel 'Wicked Game' will be published in August 2013 by Cutting Edge Press. The second novel in the 'Hex' Series will be published early 2014
She works as a book editor for the Writers' Workshop, concentrating particularly on crime and thrillers.


Jeremy Sheldon
Jeremy is an author, screenwriter and producer with 14 years’ experience in film, publishing, higher education and communications. His collaborators and clients range from top award winning producers to highly acclaimed independent filmmakers, from governments and global corporations to the world’s leading schools and universities.
Jonathan Cape have published two full-length works of his fiction, The Comfort Zone (2002) and The Smiling Affair (2005).

Allie Spencer
Award-winning writer Allie ( is the author of five romantic comedy novels, an experienced creative writing tutor – and a graduate of the English Department here at York University. Her latest book, Save the Date! is published by Arrow and is out on 21st June this year.


C M Taylor
Craig (writing as C M Taylor) is the author of five novels. Premiership Psycho (Corsair 2011) and the Amazon best-selling Group of Death (Corsair 2012) form two thirds of a savagely satirical trilogy about contemporary celebrity culture described as 'Brilliant' by The Sun, and 'Horribly entertaining' by The Mirror. He's also the author of Light, Cloven and Grief, the latter a dystopian fantasy described by British Science Fiction Association as a work of 'breathtaking originality' and nominated for their 2005 Book of the Year. A keen collaborator, Craig has established a company to create narrative apps. He has been a book editor with the Writers' Workshop since (almost) its inception  

Andrew Wille
Andrew was senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring, editing, and publishing critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. He has freelanced for many of the industry’s most notable imprints, worked as a book doctor, and taught for Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Falmouth University’s MA in Professional Writing. More info at



Script Doctors offering One-to-Ones


Jeremy Sheldon
Jeremy is an author, screenwriter and producer with 14 years’ experience in film, publishing, higher education and communications. His collaborators and clients range from top award winning producers to highly acclaimed independent filmmakers, from governments and global corporations to the world’s leading schools and universities.
Jonathan Cape have published two full-length works of his fiction, The Comfort Zone (2002) and The Smiling Affair (2005).

Jon Spira
Jon graduated from the Scottish Film School in Edinburgh in 1999 and went on to spend several years working as a jobbing screenwriter. He was a staff writer on cult Canadian sci-fi show LEXX and went on to write various shows for Thames TV and the BBC. He has written feature film scripts for Manga Live, Palm Pictures and a multitude of shady independent producers. He also wrote the short film Dust which was longlisted for the 2011 BAFTA. He has taught the UK Film Council Screenwriting course since 2004, has also taught for the BFI and teaches screenwriting for Ruskin University in Oxford. Jon has owned a chain of independent DVD rental stores, a comic shop, an independent DVD label and a couple of film production companies. He is a working filmmaker and his feature documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar was released in cinemas at the end of 2011.

Win, win, win

We're going to ask agents and book doctors to be on the lookout for work of exceptional promise. If they see something that qualifies, they'll tell us. We'll pick the three best pieces and offer their authors their choice of:

  • Free in depth manuscript assessment.
  • Free mentoring (up to five hours with a book doctor).
  • Free manuscript review with Harry Bingham.
  Sending us your work
  • The last date for receipt of your work is 20th August 2013.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your work within 3 days of receipt.
  • Because of the deluge of work involved in sorting out one-to one submissions, we will not accept late entries, or revised entries. So get ready in plenty of time, read your material through carefully, then send it.