BOOST: a stand-alone service to get your journey started

The BOOST option is a stand-alone manuscript evaluation service to get your revision process off to a stellar start.

Here's what you get

  • One-on-one guidance on your manuscript, adding up to dozens of hours of expertise.
  • Targeted, personalised feedback that takes into account your creative goals.
  • A stronger manuscript, new skills and more confidence in yourself as a writer.

The BOOST package includes:

  • A manuscript evaluation. You'll get an extensive editorial report with suggestions and guidance on how you could approach your revisions.
  • Up to an hour of additional follow-up guidance after receiving my feedback.
  • A personalised list of resources and reading recommendations to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing.

How it works

A manuscript evaluation looks at your work with broader brush strokes than a full edit. I'll read through your manuscript and give you guidance on the macro-level storytelling elements such as structure, pacing, character arcs and worldbuilding. This will take 2–3 weeks, after which I'll send you an extensive report that details what is working well and what could work even better in your next draft. An evaluation doesn't include any manuscript annotation, but I will include some examples from the text to provide you with guidance that you can apply to the rest of your work. You'll have 2 weeks after receiving my evaluation to ask me for up to an hour's worth of further advice and guidance.

I was lucky enough to have Jake edit some of my work and their notes have made a world of difference. Their editorial letter is detailed and focused on areas that I thought I might need to work on, as well as notifying me of others I could improve on that I might not have been aware of. However, Jake also pointed out where I did something well, which helped encourage me to make my book the best it can be. – Georgina Donnelly, YA fantasy author

Genre specialisms

I have expertise in the following areas, for both adult and young adult audiences:

Hard, soft, scrambled, fried: I’m into all types of science fiction, from near future to far future, pre-apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk to biopunk to any other type of punk you can come up with. Space opera, military SF, sci-fi horror, sci-fi thrillers, dystopian… You name it, I’m here for it.

SF authors whose work I love include: Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Ann Leckie, Iain M. Banks, Becky Chambers and Tade Thompson.

I enjoy fantasy at all altitudes: whether it’s high, low or wavering somewhere in the middle. Epic fantasy, portal fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, mythic fantasy, science fantasy, weird fantasy (the weirder the better!), dark fantasy—the list goes on…

Fantasy authors whose work I love include: N.K. Jemisin, Terry Pratchett, Marlon James, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville and Tamora Pierce.

I’m mostly into horror that overlaps with science fiction and fantasy, and particularly books with elements of body horror, bio horror or gothic horror.

Some of my favourite fiction that contains horror elements includes work by: Caitlin Starling, Kirsty Logan, Rory Power, Sarah Perry, Andrew Michael Hurley and Alice Thompson.

Mix any of these speculative subgenres with queer and trans characters, and you’ve got extra awesomeness! I also enjoy fiction that centres on LGBTQ+ experiences, no matter the genre.

Some of my favourite non-speculative LGBTQIA+ fiction includes work by: Akwaeke Emezi, Alice Oseman, Mason Deaver, Dean Atta, Nina LaCour and Michelle Tea.


Word countPrice
up to 80,000 words£583
80,000–100,000 words£615
100,000–120,000 words£649
over 120,000 wordsPlease contact me for a quote

Get in touch

In one small step, take a giant leap for your manuscript! Use this form to contact me (Jake) with any questions you have about the process and to find out when I’m available to set out on your journey with you. It's really helpful if you can include the following information:

  • What genre is your manuscript and who is your intended audience?
  • What is the total word count of your manuscript? Is it finished? Has it gone through any rounds of revision already?
  • What is your end goal: are you aiming to submit your work to agents/publishers, planning to self-publish, or something else?
  • Do you have a particular start/end date in mind?

  • I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

    Looking for something else?

    The VOYAGE option gives you comprehensive guidance
 through the entire revision
 process, typically over the course of 10 to 16 months. It includes
 two full rounds of in-depth
 development, access to coaching,
 a final review of your revised manuscript, plus an array of
 optional add-ons to
 tailor the process to your
 creative goals. Click here to learn more.
    The ACCELERATE option is an intensive period of guided revision over the course of 6 to 8 months. It includes a manuscript evaluation followed by a round of in-depth development. You will also have access to coaching throughout. Click here to learn more.