“Working with Cornerstones was like attending a masterclass on writing.”

E.V. Seymour, The Mephisto Threat… the Paul Tallis thriller series, Mira

About us

Dear Author,

When I worked at Penguin, reading the slush pile late into the night, I saw many promising manuscripts declined because the work wasn’t ready, leaving the author unsure where to turn. So in 1998 I launched Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, providing writers with editorial help and guidance, and helping authors to prepare for submission and publication.

We believe that if we can tell a writer in five minutes what it may take them months to discover, that’s a good thing!

For years we’ve sustained the ranking of No. 1 UK literary consultancy; now we’ve launched in America, making us the first transatlantic literary consultancy.

Cornerstones has over 60 editorial consultants, all chosen for their agenting, publishing or writing experience. Every report is checked in-house to ensure a consistency and quality of advice that is paramount to our service. Michele Rubin, our US managing editor; Natalie Young, our UK managing editor; Julie Gourinchas, our editorial assistant; and myself are all on hand to answer your queries and guide your progress; and Dionne McCulloch and Natalie Young handle our new author enquiries. Kathryn Price, my co-director for ten years, now works purely in editorial.

Cornerstones is a skills-based company and we strongly believe that self-editing techniques can be taught. We regularly give lectures at universities, writer conferences and workshops. Check out our website and Twitter feed for upcoming events and discussions.



Founder, Cornerstones


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