Writers Advice Centre

Telephone Consultancy Service

This service is suitable for authors who are seeking advice on a completed, or part-completed, piece of writing up to a maximum of 25,000 words. It is for authors who specifically want Louise Jordan (Managing Editor of The Writers’ Advice Centre) to appraise their work, or who want to discuss specific queries and concerns.

Once you have submitted your manuscript, feedback will be given during a telephone consultancy session with Louise. Topics discussed in this session will be largely up to the author, but could include presentation, targeting, subject matter, theme & plotting, structure & style, characterisation & dialogue, viewpoint, approach, choosing a publisher and a suggested list of further reading.

Fees for the advance reading are charged at a 10% discount on normal manuscript appraisal fees, plus 50% discount on the £60 half-hour telephone consultancy session. See below for prices. The time between sending in your manuscript and the telephone appraisal is just two weeks.

Alternatively you can use the advice line without sending in a manuscript first.


*Does not include the reading of any work.

**You will be given a regular landline number to call at a mutually convenient time. The cost of the phone call is born by the caller.

All prices do not include the cost of the phone call.

Success Stories

Over the past 20 years we have been instrumental in helping writers find their place with publishers, whether directly or indirectly. The following is just a handful of our success stories…

"Thank you for turning this around so quickly for me. The feedback is invaluable and will allow me to make a number of really worthwhile amends before approaching publishers. As I go through the report in more detail I may have the odd question, so thank you for being open to further assistance."

R Myles (Manuscript Appraisal Service)

"I’d like to thank you for your words of encouragement. My wife said to my children after the phone call, ‘That’ll be it now, you won’t see your dad for months as he’ll be busy writing.’ How true!"

Neil Swinney (Telephone Appraisal Service)

"Sharing our book with Louise Jordan at the Writers’ Advice Centre was one of our most important steps on the road to publication of our book My Mum’s a Bug-Eyed Monster. Without Louise’s advice about story pacing and which publishers to target, our monster mum may still be languishing in the slush swamp!"

Andy Rigden & Jim Landen (Face to Face Meeting)

"I am finding this writing course very enjoyable and feel inspired by the assignments. I find your feedback particularly motivating and believe that signing up to this course has not only developed my writing confidence, but is one of the best things I did for my writing career"

Kim White (Home Study Course)

"Thank you for facilitating such an excellent workshop yesterday. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to write for children. Experienced writers would definitely benefit from it as well. Pure gold!"

A Chisambo (Writing Workshop)