The Master of Secrets
Ruth Symes was one of The Writers’ Advice Centre’s first authors and we helped her to place her book with Puffin. One of the things we advised early on was a change of title from her original Summertime Santas. Editors thought it was a Christmas book and, as a result, it wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. She has gone on to write a number of other children’s books for various publishers, including The Mum Trap (Andersen) which, at one time, was voted in the top 100 children’s books.
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)