Fish Publishing offers a full Editorial Consultancy Service. The Service is designed to provide writers with on-going, constructive feedback on their work, whether it is a complete novel or just the beginnings.
The Editorial Service will provide authors with the opportunity to request assistance on specific areas and to then re-submit the work as it progresses. To maintain consistency, the same editor will remain with an author throughout the editing process. This Service offers a one to one opportunity to discuss your work and to meet your individual needs and requirements.
Fish Publishing also offers a book proposal editorial consultancy service. Feedback is based on assessing all the elements necessary for a book proposal: that it should be clear, succinct, engaging, and original; with sound spelling, punctuation, and grammar; and a clear indication of direction and target audience. This is a one-off service, but authors may resubmit if they require further assistance. See below for fee and payment details.
Submissions should include the following:
A brief synopsis (max. 350 words), whether the novel is complete or only sample chapters are being submitted. The synopsis should be a description of the full work (or work done to date) to give a sense of how the plot parts fit together.
Basis of writing – i.e. autobiographical or biographical
Word count (estimate if it is unfinished)
Outline of of any specific areas on which you would like the editor to comment
Editorial Feedback – what you can expect
To what extent has the writer achieved what was intended?
Overall comment on the standard of the work and what needs to be done to bring it to a publishable standard, e.g. Is the beginning engaging? Does the story hold the reader’s attention throughout?
Is the structure clear?, i.e. Are the component parts integrated?
Is there superfluous material? If so, what can be cut without losing the overall impact?
Is the writing convincing?, i.e. Is the language and style original? Is the prose fluent, accessible, clear? If it is obscure or challenging – does this work ? If strongly influenced by other writers – does this work?
Is the plot well developed?, i.e. If the plot relies on tension is this handled effectively?
How strong is the characterisation? This is especially important if the novel is primarily character driven rather then plot driven. Is the dialogue realistic? Is it easy to follow? If written in dialect or intended to evoke accent, how well has this been done and is it still intelligible to those unfamiliar with the accent?
Does the ending work?
Comments on the freshness and originality of the work both in and outside the chosen genre.
First Chapter (or first 5,000 words) + 350-word Synopsis - €60
Up to 10,000 words + synopsis - €125
Up to 25,000 words + synopsis - €195
Over 26,000 words. + synopsis - €195 + €25 per additional 5,000 words
Over 100,000 words + synopsis - From €495*
Book Proposal Assessment - €80
*Above 100,000 words, Authors are invited to discuss the level of editorial support they require, so that a price based on total word count and editorial service level can be agreed.
For all initial enquiries and for a price quotation on the work you require, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Our general submission guidelines are:-
Contact email@example.com to discuss you particular requirements.
Submissions can be made via e-mail.
Personal cheques in your own currency should be made payable to ‘Fish Publishing’. Postal Orders are accepted from Ireland and the UK.
This service is in addition to our normal Critique Service
For more information E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Malone is the author of five novels: Us (Poolbeg Press - winner of the John B. Keane/Sunday Independent Literary Award and shortlisted for the Irish Fiction Award 2001); After Kafra (Poolbeg Press - optioned for TV); The Broken Cedar(Simon & Schuster UK - IMPAC nominated); The Silence of the Glasshouse(New Island).
He has been published on two occasions in the Fish Anthology.
He is a winner of RTE's Francis MacManus Short Story Prize and also of the K250 Killarney International Short Story Prize. Twice shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. RTE Radio Drama has broadcast three radio plays. He has also written a memoir, 'The Lebanon Diaries'.
His first short story collection, 'The Mango War and Other Stories', appears in 2009. Stand UK (Leeds University) has accepted a brace of his short stories for publication in 2010. Currently reading for an M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College.
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