Re:treat Retreat’s mentoring and editing services are provided by published author Alison Taft – she introduces herself below:
I have been working with writers since 2011, as a creative writing tutor, an editor and as a mentor. I have an MA in creative writing and a PhD in feminist crime fiction. My first three novels were published under the name AJ Taft. Last year I moved publishers to HarperCollins and my next novel, The Disappeared, was published in 2018 under the name Ali Harper. The sequel to it, The Runaway, came out in November 2019. I am passionate about working with other writers. My favourite genres are crime, women’s fiction, contemporary and memoir.
Mentoring – Five hours @ £200 I have worked with writers from all backgrounds and at all levels. Mentoring packages are structured to suit your needs and start by my asking you to send a few pages of your writing. Once I’ve had a look at what you’re working on, we will have a chat (either by telephone or on Zoom) to discuss whether we’re a good fit for each other and if so, how to ensure you get the most value from your hours. Mentoring services are bought in blocks of five hours and can be added to whenever required.
Manuscript Read Through-Service – £200 This involves a full read through of your novel in order to provide feedback as to its strengths, weaknesses and marketability. Once I’ve had chance to read through your manuscript (usually within four weeks of receiving it), we meet (either by Zoom, telephone or in person if you can travel to Leeds) to discuss your work. These sessions are backed up with a minimum of a page of notes on your novel, highlighting areas that may need further consideration before you publish or submit to agents/publishers.
Submission Package Check – £90 If you’re thinking about submitting to agents and/or publishers and want me to have a look at the first three chapters, cover letter and synopsis to make sure they’re polished to the best standard. The price is discounted to £75 if you’ve already paid for mentoring hours or a full manuscript read through.