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Publishing Coach

Hello, my name is Julianne Ingles and I'm the director at Guts Publishing. I offer three services to help writers get published:

  • Manuscript Evaluation

  • Pitch Your Book 1-to-1

  • Publishing Coach

I offer a free 20-minute intro meeting which you can book by sending an email.

 

I am also a book editor. I offer line editing, copyediting and developmental editing. You can find out more about this here: gutspublishing.com/editing-services.

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About Julianne Ingles

Since 2019, 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, and many more. As well, Euphoric Recall was acknowledged by Scottish Parliament and Fish Town was featured on the BBC Big Scottish Book Club.

I had only experienced rejection or complete indifference from publishers before I worked with Julianne. I came to the realisation that my query letter and synopsis lacked polish, were flat in their delivery, and displayed my lack of confidence and naivety in how to sell my book. Julianne helped me to put this right and I finally got that contract. — Richard Wills, author of ‘Bloody Social Worker’ (Dec 2022, Thinkwell Books)

Manuscript Evaluation

There are two options: short and full-length. The idea is to use the manuscript evaluation as a guide for further editing or to find out if you're ready to start submitting to agents and publishers. This is for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.

 

The full-length includes a written report of approximately 1500 words (and usually more). I highlight strengths and point out areas that need improvement. This includes assessing the overall plot and the chapter plots to see if there is enough at stake to keep the reader engaged. I take into consideration the voice, character development and any areas that need development. I assess the quality of the writing, flow, and pacing. If I start to lose interest, it is a sign that trimming back is needed and I’ll make a note of that. I also look at the sequencing of the chapters. The report includes suggestions for how to improve the manuscript. 
 

The short evaluation includes a review of your synopsis and the first 10,000 words. In a 1500-word written report, I highlight strengths and point out areas that need improvement. I take a close look at the plot, character development, flow, pace, and what's at stake. Then I make suggestions for how to improve the opening.

The short manuscript evaluation is £295. The full-length price is determined by the word count and the condition of the manuscript. I normally ask to see a chapter or two, then I send you a quote. Please send an email to get a quote. If we decided to work together, I request a 50% down payment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.

Price: £295

Duration: 2 weeks

"I hired Julianne to do an assessment of my book, and I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone else in a similar situation. Her written assessment, delivered when promised, was exactly what I wanted: Objective, defensible, thorough feedback, delivered with warmth, respect, and understanding." — David Weiss, writer and editor

Pitch Your Book 1-to-1 

Pitching your book is a crucial part of ‘selling’ yourself to agents and publishers. Over the course of 4 weeks, I teach you how to present your book in its most compelling form. We start with your synopsis, then move on to your query letter, digital platforms, and a targeted list of agents and publishers. Depending on who you pitch, you may or may not need a book proposal.

You’ll receive professional edits and feedback on your synopsis and query letter. You’ll learn how to improve your online presence. You’ll receive guidance on how (and where) to find agents and publishers for your genre. We have weekly Zoom meetings to discuss your progress. At the end, you’ll have a targeted pitch list and you'll be ready to start pitching your book. 

To get started, you'll need a completed manuscript (fiction or memoir), a synopsis and a query letter. Each week I send edits/feedback and instructions for the weekly assignment. You'll need to set aside 3-4 hours per week to complete each assignment. I've created a PDF with more details about the Pitch Your Book option which you can download below.

Please send an email with any questions or to book a free 20-minute intro meeting. If we decide to work together, I request a 50% down payment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.

Price: £995

Duration: 4 weeks

"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

This is a combination of Pitch Your Book and manuscript editing. It includes editing your fiction or nonfiction manuscript (up to 60,000 words), fine tuning your synopsis, 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.  

 

To get started you'll need a completed manuscript, synopsis and query letter. During the first month, I edit your manuscript with MS Word Track Changes. Each week I send a few chapters for you to review and revise. We have weekly Zoom meetings to discuss editing progress. During the second month, we fine tune your synopsis and query letter and work on your pitch. Then we take a look at your digital platforms and find ways to improve your online presence. The final step is creating a targeted list of agents and publishers. By the end of two months, you will have: an edited manuscript, a synopsis, a query letter, a short pitch, and a targeted list of publishers and agents.

 

I offer a free 20-minute intro meeting for this service. To book this, please send an email and I'll get back to you with some dates and times. If we decide to work together, I request a 50% down payment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.

Price: £2995

Duration: 2 months

"Once I completed my first novel I was overwhelmed when it came to what I’d need to do to publish. After a few attempts at submitting I realized I was way in over my head, and in need of guidance. Thanks to Julianne’s help, I went from overwhelmed amateur to published author." — Erin Hosfield, Pitch Your Book client

If you'd like some tips on query letters and pitching (and would like to see two query letters that landed publishing contracts), here's a blog post I wrote: gutspublishing.com/post/pitching-tips-for-writers

For writers in the UK, check out the Arts Council England website with details about grants for Developing Your Creative Practice. They are open for applications throughout 2023.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

xx Julianne

Director, Guts Publishing

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Coaching Services

  • Manuscript Evaluation

    295£
    Short Manuscript Evaluation
    Valid for one week
    • Review of the first 10,000 words of your manuscript
    • Review of your synopsis
    • Analysis of plot, character development, flow, pace, etc
    • Written report of 1500 words
    • Free 20-minute intro meeting
    • Follow up email consultation
  • PitchYourBook 1-to-1

    995£
    Valid for 4 weeks
    • Review of your 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
    • Free 20-minute intro meeting
  • Publishing Coach

    2,995£
    Valid for 2 months
    • 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
    • Eight 30-minute Zoom meetings
    • Free 20-minute intro meeting
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