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Fish offers a full Editorial Consultancy Service, providing writers with on-going feedback, whether it is a novel (or part), memoir, collection of short stories or poems.

The Editorial Service is flexible. It provides assistance on specific or general areas, as required. 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 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.

  • Character outline

  • Intended genre

  • Intended audience

  • 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 - £85
  • Up to 10,000 words + synopsis - £135
  • Up to 25,000 words + synopsis - £195
  • Over 25,000 words.+ synopsis - £195 + £25 per additional 5,000 words
  • Over 100,000 words + synopsis - From £600*
  • Book Proposal Assessment for publication - query letter, sample extract (10,000 words) and synopsis - £175

*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.

Please note that prices are in sterling.

For all initial enquiries and for a price quotation on the work you require,
email: editorial@fishpublishing.com

Submitting Manuscripts

Our general submission guidelines are:-

Contact editorial@fishpublishing.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 editorial@fishpublishing.com


Maryjane Holmes. Fish editor

An experienced editor and writing teacher, Mary-Jane Holmes, joined the Fish team in 2009.She has taught contemporary poetry at Hull University (Continuing Education Department) and designed creative English curriculum programs in Aurich, Germany and Niort, France.

Her own work has been published in a variety of reviews including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Prole, JMWW, The Tishman Review, Firewords, The Lonely Crowd and the Incubator. In 2014 she won the Dromineer Flash Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her work has been nominated for the Best Small Fictions 2016 and she was longlisted for the 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship. She is an article contributor at Flash Fiction Chronicles and The Lonely Crowd and she is currently studying creative writing at post graduate level at Kellogg College, Oxford University. 

Adam WythAdam Wyeth was born in Sussex, England, in 1978 and has lived in County Cork, Ireland, since 2000. His critically acclaimed debut collection of poetry, Silent Music (Salmon Poetry, 2011) was highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. His collection of essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry, which includes many poems by leading Irish poets, was published by Salmon in 2013. 

Adam was a runner-up in the 2006 Arvon International Poetry Competition, a prize-winner in the 2009 Fish International Poetry Competition, commended in the 2012 Ballymaloe International Poetry Competition, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, 2013. His work appears in The Forward Book of Poetry 2012 (Faber, 2011), The Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword, 2010), Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland(Dedalus Press, 2010) and Something Beginning with P (2004). 

He has made two films on poetry, A Life in the Day of Desmond O’Grady, first screened at The Cork Film Festival, 2004; and a full length feature, Soundeye: Cork International Poetry Festival, 2005. Wyeth’s debut play Hang Up, produced by Broken Crow, has been staged at many festivals, including the Electric Picnic and the Galway Theatre festival. A member of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme, Wyeth has been a creative writing workshop facilitator for ten years and has held workshops at many literary festivals all over Ireland.

Rory Kilalea. Fish EditorRory Kilalea has worked in many parts of the world in education, radio, feature film, theatre, and television since 1970. 
He has taught television and film internationally, including at – Goldsmith Hall, London; University of San Francisco; Johannesburg; Dubai; Bahrain; Ireland and in Harare where he taught film as a course at the University of Zimbabwe to Honours level.
He has taught at the University of Zimbabwe as lecturer in theatre skills.

See full CV HERE

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Testimonials from writers who have used the Fish Editorial Service


". . . you were encouraging and helpful over recent years and I wanted to tell you that at last I've had a novel accepted".

Christine Holmes, UK

"The Critique was excellent.  It was positive and affirming with plenty of very perceptive advice.  What gave me most satisfaction was that the editor really understood what I was trying to do.  Even if no one else ever reads this particular work, your editor's sympathetic and constructive response has made the effort so far very worthwhile.  I look forward to further contact with Fish Publishing". 

Jim O'Leary, Ireland

"I deeply appreciate the value of the constructive, positive ideas given. It has worked well.  Many thanks.  I am now tightening manuscript throughout to submit to publishers".

Hazel Menehira, New Zealand

"Golddust is all I can say!  Loved your comments, I see what you mean and am doing all you suggest. Thank you so much for your constructive, encouraging remarks"

Laura Graham, Siena..

"I found the detailed Critique of my synopsis and first chapter immensely helpful and astonishingly insightful.  Despite the fact that this was a 5,000-word submission you seem to have an almost uncanny grasp of the way the characters develop".

Sion Scott-Wilson, Singapore

"I have finally worked my way through the critique your company recently forwarded, and wanted you to know how much I appreciate your editor's wading through these eighteen chapters. The critique was both comprehensive and helpful. I agreed with and incorporated nearly every suggestion offered.

Although I only sent the first half of the novel for critique, the feedback was thorough enough that I felt sufficiently confident to send queries to several agents and publishers. If they aren't interested, it won't be because of Fish Publishing. Good job. "

Pat Shagoury, USA

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