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 reading and 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 looking for constructive critiques, have a look below and see how Free Literary Mentor might work for you. If you’re a reader, check out the latest extract from a new novel—you may be peeking at a forthcoming bestseller. To share an opinion, click on the new extract below, or go to the Free Literary Mentor archive, select another and add your comment.
That's what I think of Skinsongs, a futuristic thriller by Martin Livings, featured below. Martin has really nailed voice in this new novel, where an apparently innocent email has chilling consequences.
23 July: Martin has let me know that an editor is interested in seeing his revised MS. That's well-deserved notice.