Full Mentoring and Editing Package

We’re delighted to be partnering with The Ruppin Agency to bring you a brand new scheme for advanced writers.

For those who have already made good headway with their projects, this selective scheme offers deadlines and structure. By the end of the mentoring and editing process, writers will have honed their manuscript and will be armed with insider tips on submitting to agents and publishers.

Places on this comprehensive package are available through a competitive application process. This scheme combines six months of intensive mentoring with The Ruppin Agency Writers’ Studio, a session with a literary agent and a full developmental edit by The Book Edit. Our specially priced package features double the discount per session compared to The Ruppin Agency’s six-month mentoring-only package, a 12% reduction on standard Book Edit rates and the opportunity to pay in two instalments.

Free place for writer of limited means: funded by The Ruppin Agency and The Book Edit.
This year, we are funding one free Full Mentoring & Editing Package for a writer of limited means. Click here for information on eligibility and how to apply.

Assessment criteria

  • High-quality writing, showing a strong grasp of technical skills

  • Good knowledge of chosen form and genre (all types of adult and young adult fiction and narrative non-fiction are eligible)

  • Projects sufficiently progressed to benefit from an intensive year of mentoring and developmental editing

  • Willingness to receive constructive criticism

  • Commitment to completing a full draft or redraft during the yearlong full mentoring and editing package

  • Potential for publication


  • Request your preferred mentor or allow us to recommend someone particularly suited to you
    View our list of experienced mentors based across the United Kingdom

  • Six hour-long monthly mentoring sessions

  • Meet in person (in a safe public space such as a library) or via videocall

  • Submit up to 5000 words of your draft before each session for your mentor to read and annotate

  • Substitute text such as blurbs or redrafted plot outlines for all/part of your 5000 words

  • Add up to 500 words about areas you’d like to discuss (about your writing or next steps on the route to publication)

  • Receive professional feedback on polishing your work and insider tips on the writing life

  • Mentoring process overseen by Director of The Ruppin Agency Writers’ Studio

Advice from a literary agent

  • Schedule your meeting with a literary agent at any time during your full mentoring & editing package

  • Hone your submission to agents with bespoke feedback on your cover letter, synopsis and opening chapter in an hour-long session

  • Receive tailor-made advice about the best home for your book in the current market

Developmental editing

  • Submit your manuscript during the six months following your mentoring period

  • You will be matched to the best available editor for your novel

  • Your full developmental edit will be delivered within six weeks

  • You will receive a detailed report of at least four A4 pages on principal areas for redrafting: eg plot, character, structure, genre, pace

  • Your editor will suggest strategies for any potential rewrites

  • Your editor will also embed comments into the text, where necessary, to highlight further areas to develop

  • Opportunity for up to 10 follow-up questions emailed to the editor

    For more information and to apply visit.