Book Doctor, Editor, UK, Sally O-J, Sally Orson-Jones
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Author of Tipping The Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch, The Little Stranger & The Paying Guests.

Sally was one of the earliest readers of my first novel, Tipping the Velvet, while it was still in draft form: she gave me brilliantly helpful feedback, encouragement and support, and really helped to keep me committed to the book in the face of the various rejections I was receiving from publishers and agents. Since then, Sally has been my book doctor and has seen early drafts of all my novels, and her astute, sympathetic readings have never failed to inspire me. She’s a wonderful critical reader and a great communicator. I heartily recommend her to any writer in need of honest, constructive feedback on their work.

Book Doctor, Viv Albertine, Editor, UK, Sally O-J, Sally Orson-Jones
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Musician, writer, artist & author of Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys and To Throw Away Unopened.

Sally was the very first person to read the very first chapters I wrote for Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys. She was kind and firm. She understood all my references from Lucozade bottles to masturbation. When I was scared or despondent I called Sally and she talked me back to a place where I felt confident enough to keep writing. Sally was my champion and my confessor and I’m so glad she has said yes to doing it all over again for my next book.

From the Acknowledgements for To Throw Away Unopened: “Special thanks to Sally O-J, my first reader and a constant guide and rock throughout the writing of this book.”

I've worked with experienced authors

Since 1998, I’ve worked as a book doctor for a wide range of authors, with experience ranging from absolute beginners to an established TV scriptwriter and a Booker Prize shortlisted novelist.

And I love new authors

As well as giving detailed feedback and advice on manuscripts, I also work as a writers' mentor for new authors, and especially love the process of brainstorming and developing works in progress. I can also advise you on the best way to approach an agent.

I work across many genres

I’m comfortable working in genres as diverse as literary fiction, biography, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, crime and mystery, as well as non-fiction. I also understand how to convert fan-fiction into a novel, and can help you get it right.

In the past...

Previously, I was a journalist and editor in the music business, and have written and edited scripts for broadcast, entertainment news, album sleeve notes, and features.

The Authors say...

Some of the books I've worked on...