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.
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.”