Writing Services

Chasing Time Writer Services

At Chasing Time, we know just how hard it is to find the time, motivation and sheer grit to finish that novel. Our writing retreats have helped many writers to take their first steps in the direction of their dreams, but we don’t want those precious manuscripts to linger in the computer equivalent of a bottom drawer!
From February, 2018, we will be offering a comprehensive range of Writer Services. You do not need to have attended one of our retreats to take advantage of these, but *Chasing Timers will benefit from a 10% discount!
Our writers’ services will be provided by the Chasing Time team, who have a wide breadth of skills and industry knowledge between them.

Sandra Ireland MA (hons), Mlitt.
With a first class honours degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Dundee, and a postgraduate degree in Writing Practice and Study, Sandra completed a year of doctoral study before deciding to focus on her career as a novelist.

“Writing academically has given me a sound understanding of the way words work. I feel that clarity and precision is every bit as important in a work of fiction as imagination and a killer plot! In a seriously overcrowded marketplace, your work must be polished to perfection in order to stand out from the crowd, and I’m really looking forward to using my experience of writing and publishing to help you develop your work.”

Sandra is the author of Beneath the Skin and Bone Deep (Polygon). She is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

Elizabeth Frattaroli BA(hons), Chartered FCSI

Although language and vocabulary have always been Elizabeth’s first love, she comes to Chasing Time from a background in business; including report writing and creating content for presentations and speeches. However, Elizabeth has taken the leap and immersed herself fully in to the literary world, earning longlistings and shortlistings for her writing for children and Young Adults along the way. She is an active member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is a sub editor for their online magazine, ‘Words & Pictures’, as well as a member of The Scottish Association of Writers and The Society of Authors.

“It has been said many times (affectionately I hope), that my ability to spot a stray punctuation mark from a thousand paces is legendary! On a more serious note however, I do have a strong working knowledge of the literary industry and am eager to pass on advice and the many tips I have picked up along the way, from how to pitch to agents and editors, to making sure that your initial approach and submission package is as strong as it possibly can be – you only have one chance to make a good first impression! There’s nothing I like more than sharing my passion for writing and encouraging others to be the best that they can be.”

Dawn Geddes, BA Corporate Communications

Dawn Geddes is a creative writer, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist, specialising in literature. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Living Magazine, Daily Record, People’s Friend, The Courier, No 1, Scottish Field and the Scots Magazine, where she works as the magazine’s Book Correspondent. Using her extensive experience in public relations and journalism, Dawn works with authors teaching them how to promote themselves and their work online and in the media.

“Writing a book is hard, but making a career out of being an author is harder! I work with authors providing them with an interactive course, where we will explore different ways of getting published, how to market your work online and how to gain publicity in the press. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to give your writing career a push, my online course will help you succeed.”

*Chasing Timers are what we’ve affectionately dubbed our alumni! If you’d like to join the Chasing Time community and benefit from special offers and networking opportunities, just treat yourself to a retreat!

Written Manuscript Appraisal –

Four Page Report to include editorial comments and suggestions.

Up to 55,000 words £250
55,000 – 75,000 words £350
75,000 – 100,000 words £450

Mini Critique / Hooking The Reader –

An editorial service that looks at the first chapter and synopsis of a novel to see if it’s on the right track – ideal for writers who are starting out on a project and testing a new idea.


Submission Package Review –

To include appraisal and feedback of your query letter, synopsis and first three chapters (Up to 5,000 words)


Pitch Package –

To include Twitter pitches, elevator pitches, pitches geared for specific competitions and/or for approaching agents and publishers.


Structural Copyedit –

A detailed structural report focusing on issues including plot, pace, characterisation, dialogue, voice etc. with editorial comments and suggestions.

Up to 55,000 words – £400
55,000-75,000 words – £500
75,000 – 100,000 words – £600

Proofreading / Line Edit –

For writers who have a completed manuscript which will most likely have been through the editing stage. This will be a detailed service to look for spelling mistakes, typos, grammatical errors, ambiguities in the text, plus consistency of style, voice, tense characterisation and point of view.

Up to 55,000 words – £575
55-000 – 75,000 words – £775
75,000 – 100,000 words – £875

Marketing and Media Advice –
Be Your Own Book Publicist Course

Our Be Your Own Publicist Course is a training service for authors at all stages of their career, run by Chasing Time tutor, Dawn Geddes. Using her extensive experience in PR and literature journalism, Dawn has put together a training course for authors teaching them how to carry out their own book publicity.

The four week course is carried out on a one-to-one basis online and includes information on:
– developing your own publicity strategy
– developing your own author brand – including information on how to tell your own backstory in a way that will engage readers, the public and the media.
– developing your online presence – including information on how to market yourself online (including social media, websites, blogs etc.), tips on how to develop relationships with bloggers and detailed information on how to create a blog tour for your book.
– pitching yourself and your book to the media and the blogging/vlogging community – with information on how to sustain media coverage throughout the year.

The course is interactive. Course participants will be set homework every week and will receive detailed feedback from me. They will also be offered a thirty minute one-to-one telephone chat after the course is completed, where you can discuss your publicity strategy and anything else you’d like to go over.

Cost of four-week course: £120

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The Chasing Time team is committed to providing you with a personally tailored service as we recognise that every writer and their individual needs will vary.
As a first step, please email us at chasingtimescotland@gmail.com initially so that we can see whether we are able to help you with your writing requirements.

We look forward to working with you,

Sandra, Elizabeth and Dawn.

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