A few facts about Cornerstones and our services
“Thanks to Cornerstones I was able to leap off the slush pile and into the arms of an agent and a major publishing deal with a single bound!”
Sarwat Chadda, The Devil’s Kiss, Puffin and Harlequin
“Cornerstones was an invaluable resource. Their report was honest, thorough and insightful, but they are not just about improving the manuscript – they also teach you how to edit, and in the process make you a better writer.”
Mark Gartside, What Will Survive, Macmillan
Cornerstones is one of the founding UK literary consultancies. We set up in 1998 and our reputation spread by word-of-mouth with agents, publishers and writers.
Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published, by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner, is based on our workshops and teaching techniques.
“Cornerstones played a major part in turning me from an amateur into a professional writer.”
Janet Foxley, Muncle Trogg, Chicken House. Winner of Times and Richard & Judy bookclub choice
“I am loving the experience of working with a fine agent and an enthusiastic publisher, and none of this would have happened without Cornerstones giving me that first helping hand up the ladder.”
Frances Kay, Micka, Picador
We provide structural editorial feedback, copy-editing and proofreading on manuscripts (MSS) for any author – published or unpublished.
Our 60 professional editors are published writers or have editor experience in publishing houses or literary agencies.
“Sound advice and constructive criticism – invaluable whether you’re starting out as a writer, or simply in need of a fresh pair of expert eyes.”
Craig Simpson, Resistance, Random House
“Working with Cornerstones was like attending a Masterclass on writing”
E.V. Seymour, The Mephisto Threat / the Paul Tallis thriller series
We scout for agents and have helped launch over 60 writers.
We have a filter system and provide free feedback on the first chapter and synopsis. Even if we don’t take on an author we like to give some guidance on what to do and where to go next.
“Cornerstones’ talent-spotting abilities are widely respected in the industry; they introduced me to a top agent, and I soon had a two book deal.”
Ellen Renner, Castle of Shadows, Orchard Books
“Cornerstones feedback was always spot on and, above all, honest. Now thanks to them, I am signed up with a top London agent and publisher.”
Ava McCarthy, The Insider and The Courier, HarperCollins
If you’d like to have a chat about your writing and find out what you’re good at as well as what you may need to work on, with no obligation to use our services, do call us on 01308 897374 or e-mail Helen@cornerstones.co.uk
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