Editing

‘It was as if Natalie turned a light on so that I could see my writing clearly for the first time. Following the report on my novel, a re-working of Hamlet, I met with Natalie who talked it through with me, using her expertise to strengthen my story further, working on particular scenes. It was great to have a discussion about my work with a professional writer and editor. I have now sent my story out to literary agents and am meeting an agent next week to discuss my project. I wouldn’t be in this situation without Natalie’s help.’ — Lis Maimaris, YA Writer or ‘My Father’s Ghost’

‘Natalie was challenging at the deepest level, never letting me get away with anything.  She knows so much about creative writing and how to achieve the highest standards.  Her advice called for a huge re-write, but already I can see the work will be improved by her suggestions. It isn’t an easy process, but it is so worthwhile, and such a powerful learning opportunity.  I hope to turn to her for mentoring in the future, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go to her for an appraisal.’ — Veronica Birch, author of BIRD ISLAND

‘Natalie was an enormous help to me in my first draft of China Girl. Not only was her advice constructive, but she prompted me to think in different directions, enabling me to explore my concept further and effectively, to reinvigorate my novel. Writing can be a lonely business and Natalie helped me to  build my confidence, inspiring me to improve and innovate. I would have no hesitation in working with Natalie again.’ Deborah Stone, author of CHINA GIRL

‘I had been struggling with my memoir for a number of years when I approached Cornerstones and Natalie agreed to give me much needed feedback. She sent me a detailed report accompanied by editorial advice on some basic writing skills I needed to practice before tackling a re-draft. Once I’d had time to absorb the report – roughly 6 weeks – we then had an in-depth discussion about the issues she’d raised. Our discussion was so helpful. Natalie was encouraging and honest in equal measure. After our discussion I felt equipped to set about a substantial re-write of the book, which took me roughly five months. The story is now with my agent and I am keeping everything crossed that the book will find a publisher this year. I could never have got to this point without Natalie’s suggestions, especially her recommendation to read a similarly challenging book for its structure. This became a key factor in helping me find a way forward with the final draft.’ —  Kate McFarland