FLM BLOG Tuesday 29 October
Lately I've been preparing the professional assessment of an old friend's memoir. I found to my shock yesterday that it finishes, without warning, halfway through her (long) life. She has reasons for this. We've agreed I'll reread when she has made some changes to the overall shape, simply by stating at the beginning what she wants to share with the reader, then wrapping up her insights at the end. A work of fiction or non-fiction makes more impact when shaped according to the writer's deep intention. Then it becomes a genuine voyage of discovery, for both parties.
In a fresh phase of my long career as both publisher and published novelist, I turned to writing full-time. And I found that I missed assessing brand-new fiction. So I’ve set up Free Literary Mentor as a completely free manuscript appraisal service to début novelists and their readers. During my professional life in books I’ve assessed, edited, published and reviewed prize-winning fiction and non-fiction, I’ve tutored in literature and novel writing, and was fiction publisher for an international company for twelve years—yet I’ve never lost the excitement of seeing new work. If you’re a novelist seeking constructive critiques, look below and see how Free Literary Mentor might work for you. Readers, check out the latest extract from a new novel—you may be peeking at a forthcoming bestseller. To share an opinion, click on the extract below, or go to the Free Literary Mentor archive, select another and add your comment.