Publishing Coach

If you're looking for a publisher or agent for your book, you're in the right place. I offer three services to help writers on their publishing journey: Pitch Your Book, Publishing Coach, and Manuscript Review. I'm also a book editor, which you can read about here:

Pitch Your Book is for writers with a completed manuscript. I start by reading and reviewing your manuscript and/or detailed synopsis. I take a look at your title and make sure it's hitting the mark. If it's not, I make suggestions for alternate titles. I read and fine-tune your synopsis. As well, I read and edit your pitch and query letter. I review and assess your digital platforms (social media, website, blog) and make suggestions for improvement - visually and in terms of content. Together we research and create a list of publishers and agents to pitch. We do this over the course of four weeks with weekly Zoom meetings. I offer a free 20-minute intro meeting for this service.


“Julianne was straight talking and encouraging at the same time. I learned a lot for my future as a writer. Already I’m working on my second novel and feeling confident that when it’s finished, edited and polished, I will know how to give it a good send off into the world of agents and publishers.” — Ruth Campbell, Pitch Your Book client

Publishing Coach includes editing your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction, up to 60,000 words), fine tuning your synopsis, editing your query letter and pitch, and finding the right publishers and agents to pitch. As well, I assess your digital platforms (social media, website, blog) and help you improve your online presence.  


What you’ll need to get started – a completed manuscript, synopsis, and query letter. Over a period of three months, I will edit your manuscript and make corrections in MS Word Track Changes. Each week I’ll send you a few chapters to review. We have weekly Zoom meetings to discuss editing progress and also work on your synopsis, query letter, pitch and your digital platforms. The final step is finding publishers and agents. I will show you where to search and who to search for (depending on your genre). By the end of three months, you will have: an edited manuscript, a solid synopsis, a compelling query letter, a 1 - 2 sentence pitch, and a list of publishers and agents to pitch. I offer a free 20-minute intro meeting for this service. Please get in touch to book this.

“I knew I needed help with pacing and getting the narrative arc to move forward in a coherent fashion and Julianne gave me the tools to do this. Her editorial skills are sharp, and on the mark, and she was supportive and understanding throughout. The skills I have learnt will be invaluable to me for the rest of my writing life.” — Richard Wills, Publishing Coach client

Manuscript Review is an in-depth assessment of your full manuscript. It's similar to developmental editing as it is designed to help you improve your manuscript. Although I don't actually edit, you'll receive a detailed report addressing the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript. The report varies in length depending on your word count (usually it's around 8-10 pages). I take a close look at the structure, plot, pace, conflict/what's at stake, character development, writing, point of view, and anything else that comes up as I'm reading. The idea is to use this report as guidance in your next round of edits. I offer this service for memoirs and literary fiction.

"In her analysis of my opening chapters, she [Julianne] provided me with robust and constructive feedback that was actionable and carefully considered. Julianne’s wealth of experience really shone through in her analysis, and I now feel more confident than before to edit my work using the advice and guidance that she has given me. I would highly recommend her services and would encourage anyone who is looking for an editor to reach out." — Paul Shepherd, Submission Review client

My name is Julianne Ingles and I'm the director at Guts Publishing. I have edited and published the work of over 60 writers. We've had lots of success with our books (in particular with Euphoric Recall and Sending Nudes) as a result of effective and targeted pitching. Our books have landed in The Guardian, BBC Culture, The Scotsman, The Edinburgh Evening News, O Globo, and many more. As well, Euphoric Recall was acknowledged by Scottish Parliament and John Gerard Fagan, author of Fish Town, had a guest appearance on the BBC Big Scottish Book Club. I'm very proud of what we've accomplished, and in a relatively short amount of time. 


I'm also proud to announce that my Publishing Coach client, Richard Wills, landed a publishing contract six months after we finished working together. His debut memoir Bloody Social Worker will be published in 2022.  


If you'd like additional details about my services, please get in touch. If you'd like some tips on query letters and pitching, here's a blog post I wrote:


xx Julianne

Director, Guts Publishing

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How it works

I offer a free 20-minute intro meeting for Pitch Your Book and Publishing Coach. To book this, please get in touchFor Manuscript Review, please send an email with your word count, genre and any questions you haveIf we decide to work together, I request a 50% downpayment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.

Coaching Services

  • Manuscript Review

    Valid for 2 weeks
    • Manuscript assessment - up to 60,000 words
    • £100 for each additional 10,000 words
    • Analysis of structure, plot, pace & writing
    • Advice on how to improve your manuscript
    • Written report of 2000 words
    • One follow-up email consultation
  • Pitch Your Book

    Valid for 4 weeks
    • Review of your full manuscript / detailed synopsis
    • Write an effective query letter and pitch
    • Create a compelling synopsis
    • Improve your digital platforms
    • Find the right agents and publishers
    • Four 30-minute Zoom meetings
  • Publishing Coach

    Valid for 3 months
    • Free 20-minute intro meeting
    • Editing on up to 60,000 words
    • Write an effective query letter and pitch
    • Create a compelling synopsis
    • Find the right agents and publishers
    • Improve your digital platforms
    • Twelve 30-minute Zoom meetings