Northamptonshire based Writing Consultancy for Businesses & Authors

Proofreading - Editing - Publishing Feedback - Ghost Writing - Academic & Technical Manuscripts

Northants Writing Service 

Inform, Inspire and Entertain


Non-Fiction Writing Service

Whether a first-time writer or a seasoned professional, having a fresh pair of trained eyes evaluate your manuscript will always improve it.


Our team have a wealth of experience writing articles, editing non-fiction books, ghost writing and giving clients analytical feedback.


Non-fiction requires particular styles and conventions that we can support you with, giving academic advice on how to appeal to agents and readers alike.

adventure stories
animal non-fiction
autobiography
biography
book reviews
brochures

cartoons
comic strips
diaries
editorials

encyclopedia entries
essays
eulogies
explanations

Historical journals

fables
article

show-to-do-it articles
journals
letters


monologues

news articles

pamphlets
persuasive letters

picture books
plays

poems
proposals

reactions
realistic fiction


reports
resumes
retellings

reviews
revisions
science articles
speeches
sports articles
testimonials
travel brochures

How our service works

Your editor will read your manuscript with care and attention. As published writers and lecturers we understand the demands of the market for your chosen genre. We will analyse your work in the same way as a publisher, whatever stage you are at.

The Non-Fiction report package - from £30

Feedback reports include an annotated copy of your manuscript with examples from the report.

Our assessment will be tailored to your specific type of text. However, we recommend covering the following aspects of your manuscript:

  • Delivery and relevance of content
  • Presentation of facts
  • Inclusion of diagrams and illustrations
  • Your style, tone and voice
  • How well you are addressing your specific market
  • Punctuation, grammar, layout and spelling

Our Editor’s checklist

We advise our clients to use this and have us double check key areas for accuracy. This helps to reach the publishing stage sooner:


Are your explanations clear and unambiguous?

Do the explanations lead readers to the appropriate conclusions?

Are the facts and supporting evidence consistent throughout the text?

Are the case studies and anecdotes appropriate for the context?

Are images, lists, and side stories in the right places?

Does the information flow cleanly from one idea to the next?

Do page number or section references match?

Are there any gaps in the information or explanation provided?

Have there been any new developments that should be added to the context?

What could be added to the piece to make it even better?

Is the bibliography is formatted correctly?

Are quotes properly cited with footnotes?

Is every fact supported by one primary source or three reliable secondary sources?

Are grammar, punctuation and spelling accurate?

Have you replaced weak verbs with active verbs, chosen succinct words to replace wordy phrases and chosen words carefully to support the main ideas?

Does it follow the structure of a published nonfiction article in your target market?

Does it meet the submission guidelines of your target market?

Writing the Proposal Package - from £30

Writing non-fiction is quite different from a novel and so is the process of getting it published.  The first thing to realize is, in England, you often don’t have to actually write the article or book until you secure a contract with a publisher. Instead you can usually send a comprehensive proposal.


Our Proposal package includes helping you write


A synopsis – detailed but never more than about two pages, single spaced.


A covering and letter and CV. Editors want to know how your experience is relevant, especially if you are writing with a degree of expertise. Your proposal should include any relevant qualifications, work experience or material you have published.


A brief but detailed sales pitch about who your target market is. Editors and publishers like to use this for their own in-house pitch. Editors often pitch to other publishing professionals. Writer’s that pitch work effectively, get far more return work.


Publishers are also be keen to know if the book or article is suitable for translation and, in particular, if it will be appropriate for an international market.  

Personalised service and Quality Guarantee

Writing a proposal, although a relatively brief document, is a very difficult and daunting task, whatever your experience. If required we can arrange to meet you and have an in-depth conversation about your work. (Northamptonshire based clients). Alternatively, as most of our clients prefer, we send reports, annotated scripts and feedback by telephone or by e-mail.



In terms of copyright we guarantee to protect your intellectual property - no work is discussed or shared with a third party without your permission. To ensure this a copy of your manuscript is kept for three years on file.

 

 

Advice from the Guardian - What they look for


Here are some basic tips for people who are new to writing:

• Cover the essential elements of who, what, when, where, how and why

 Structure your narrative logicall

• Plan out what you are going to say beforehand

• Look at your chosen theme carefully. Consider the questions suggested and attempt to answer some of them


  • But remember: you need an "angle" - a way to focus your feature. You can't answer all of those questions. This is journalism, and journalism needs to be new and original. That's why an "angle" is important: even if your topic has been covered in the past, there will always be something new to say.
  • You need quotes. But if these quotes have been gathered by someone other than you, and in particular if they have already been published, you MUST say where they came from. If you don't, this is plagiarism and you will be disqualified
  • Make sure you read last year's shortlisted features. They will show the standard for which you'll need to aim.


Now you're all ready to have a go. At the very least, you'll have found out about an aspect of development that is interesting and worthwhile.

Good luck – and enjoy the process!