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Helen Francis is a professional editor who has worked in all areas of publishing, while Richard Francis is a novelist, biographer, historian and university professor of creative writing.

Richard is a marvellously perceptive and generous reader and teacher. He has such a good instinct for what’s at the heart of a book, and how best to get through to it. He’s wise, funny and kind, and equally good whether he’s grappling with the minute detail on the page, tackling larger issues of tone and pace, or addressing the structural engineering of a whole novel.


Tessa Hadley, author of ACCIDENTS IN THE HOME, THE PAST, and many other novels and short stories

Between us we have many years’ experience editing both fiction and non-fiction. We can offer help whatever stage you might have reached with your book. Perhaps you need advice and support when coping with a first draft? Or maybe you have been struggling with a manuscript for so long you feel you are losing your way?  Possibly your work is approaching its final form and you would like advice about submitting it to agents? Or do you need help getting a non-fiction project off the ground?  

Our services include a standard editorial assessment, a detailed editorial report including line edits, help with submission, or a full mentoring package while you are writing your book. 

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Helen is an excellent editor. She acquired my novel, Confession with Blue Horses, for Head of Zeus, and helped me improve the draft with her insightful, sensitive and creative suggestions. Her love of story-telling, paired with her professional experience, made working with her a real pleasure.

Sophie Hardach, author of

CONFESSION WITH BLUE HORSES, shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Novel


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