Do you want to:
Send work out to literary agents?
Self-publish a novel or memoir?
Enter a short story competition?
Have a fresh pair of eyes check over and fine-tune your finished manuscript?
If any of these apply to you, then The Script Doctor can help!
I'll read and suggest edits for literary, women's, thrillers, SF, fantasy, horror, historical, children’s, YA, and crime fiction. I'll also read non-fiction projects, such as lifestyle, memoir and travel guides. My recent editorial projects have included a political thriller, a dystopian novel, a YA adventure, a historical novel, two literary short stories, and an erotic romance. I work on the premise that story and character function the same way across any number of genres, so whatever a client writes, I can offer the same level of help. I especially enjoy genre fusions, writing which straddles the literary/genre border, and novels which use several different voices to tell a story.
Before booking, please note: I recommend setting aside your newly-finished manuscript for a minimum of three months. This will help you to return to it with fresh eyes, to give it a final edit. Problems you didn't previously notice with characters, plot and sentence structure should be easier to spot after a 'rest' from the script. Ideally, you should’ve had your work critiqued (perhaps in a writing group), or at the very least read by a friend or relative who has offered honest feedback. Edit your manuscript as many times as it takes to ensure it is the best it can possibly be. Then, when you can go no further on your own, you're ready to book The Script Doctor. I can help you to take your work to the next level.
What I do:
I provide two services: Reader's Report, and Line Edit.
The Reader's Report
Reader's Reports comment on the structure, characters, pace, plot and language of your work. A Reader's Report is a structural overview which assesses the strengths and weaknesses of your project. Areas for improvement are suggested in a detailed report, but the manuscript itself is not altered.
The Line Edit
If you require corrections to be done on your behalf (grammar, sentence structure, and so on) then you require a Line Edit.
Fill in the Contact Form HERE, then I'll be in touch to discuss the best approach for your manuscript, and to tell you how much it will cost to evaluate or edit. All projects are of different length and require different amounts of input, so every quote is individual.
If you're a writer-in-progress and your work isn't yet finished, but you'd like some editorial input or advice, take a look at The Writing Coach page. The Writing Coach is designed to help with work-in-progress, or to advise on short chunks of your novel or memoir.
‘Liz’s close reading of my text and her careful analysis of the structure, content and language was incredibly helpful. Her feedback was insightful and diplomatic – Liz is an absolute pleasure to work with.’ Petra McNulty
Dr Petra McNulty, Associate lecturer at Lancaster University, lives in Fontainebleau, France. ‘Nanook’s Igloo’ features in the Bath Short Story Anthology (2018). Highly commended, Costa Coffee Short Story Award (2018); Shortlisted, Bath Short Story Award (2018); Longlisted, Exeter Short Story Prize (2018); Longlisted, Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story competition (2016); Longlisted, Fish Short Story Prize (2015); Shortlisted, Fish Short Story Prize (2014).
'Both Clan Carruthers Society International and myself would like to recommend Liz Monument for her exceptional editorial and communication skills. She is a highly competent and tenacious individual whose thoroughness, yet pleasant manner, makes her so very easy to work with. We have achieved so much with her kind assistance and cannot thank her enough.' George Carruthers, CCSI
Dr George Carruthers FSA Scot is Convenor to Clan Carruthers Society International, which is based in Scotland, and is a well known Clan Historian. In his capacity as a clan historian, along with such notables as Sir Billy Connolly, the Earl of Elgin, Dr Joseph Morrow, Joanna Lumley, and Sir Chay Blyth, he has been honoured with the Order of the Scottish Samurai. He is a Burgess and Freeman of the City of Glasgow, and an armiger of the Scottish clan and family Carruthers.
Liz (AKA Script Doctor), is insightful, efficient, fair, and genuinely interested in doing her best for her clients. She has helped me far beyond what I expected… Liz covered a great many aspects of the art of writing and helped me to "think" about what I am doing. Thank you, Liz! Phil Green, Enfield.