Who Are We?
The Oxford Editors is an international literary consultancy and agency, based in Oxford, dedicated to helping writers. We are here to give you the help and advice you need to write your book, screenplay, thesis or article. We also help authors find an agent or publisher. We provide a wide range of editorial and assessment services to writers, agents and publishers.
Our editors are published authors, successful screenwriters, ghost writers, copy-editors and proofreaders, and they will pass on years of writing and publishing experience to help you make the best of your work.
We work with new and established authors from every country, in every genre and of every ability. Each writer is important to us, from the young boy who wants a mentor to help write his book to established authors who want a second critical eye run over their work before their publisher gets hold of it. The Oxford Editors also has a strong academic tradition and can call on experts from a wide range of disciplines to help our authors.
We offer manuscript assessment for fiction, non-fiction and academic books, as well as screenplays, plays and poetry. But there is a lot more; we also provide re-writing, copy-editing, proof-reading, ghostwriting, and one-to-one mentoring for new authors and for experienced authors with writer’s block.
We will produce a detailed, honest and practical assessment of your manuscript, tailored to meet your needs. We understand the needs of the market and the shifting trends in publishing and pass on all that knowledge to our writers.
Our mission is to encourage and help you improve your work. We like to think of ourselves as a literary consultancy that cares for each and every author.
It is never too early to have us look at your work, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 01865 339604 to talk over your options. A little advice from our experts early on will save you wasted writing time and help catch those mistakes before they become bad habits.
Every writer needs someone to give them honest feedback on their work and that’s what we’re here to do.
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The Oxford Editors works with publishers, project managing books through the editorial and printing process. We also act directly as literary agents for a small, but growing, group of authors.
Feedback and advice for writers by writers.
All writers have, at some point, asked friends and family to read their work and tell them if it is any good. But nothing can replace the feedback and advice of a professional writer who can give you an honest assessment of your manuscript based on experience. We are here to help you write.
Our manuscript assessment service helps writers with their books, whatever the genre, by giving a professional report on the strengths of the manuscript and possible areas that need improvement. When you come to The Oxford Editors you will get access to published authors, playwrights and screenwriters who have years of experience and success as writers.
What is a manuscript assessment?
One of our authors will read your manuscript with an expert eye. As published writers we understand what works and are familiar with common mistakes. We also understand the demands of the various markets for writers. Several of our authors also have years of experience teaching creative writing and have helped many writers find their voices.
Your editor will write a full and detailed report on your work. Each report will vary (as every book is different) but it will cover areas such as: plot, character development, prose style, pace, marketability and next steps. It will always be honest and constructive, pointing out your strengths and suggesting areas that need improvement.
If required, your editor will have an in-depth conversation with you about your book. We understand the effort that has gone into producing a book and we want to help. If you forget a vital question, you are welcome to come back to us by telephone or by e-mail.
If we think your book is suitable for today’s literary market, we will recommend you to a literary agent. We can’t give any guarantees, but most writers find agents on the strength of a recommendation from another writer. We want to help you succeed and if we feel we can place your book we will show it to the right people.
Our Fees and how to submit:
Please note, we do not accept encrypted manuscripts.
We offer discounts when more than one service is taken up and paid for at the same time at the start of the work. However, please consider carefully if you need all the services before paying for them and claiming a discount. If you accept such a discount, let’s say for assessment and copy editing to be done on your manuscript, you cannot cancel one element of the job later and no refund will be available.
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Selling your work: We Know The Right People
We know the markets for our work and we keep in touch with publishers and producers to make sure we are on top of the latest trends. Our editors will draw on years of experience to help you make the very best of your chances.
With our extensive contact list of professionals, we are able to choose exactly the right editor for each author. Our first-class team is dedicated to encouraging and helping writers. We are always happy to chat about your manuscript to make sure you get the very best service.
Click on Assessment Services in the menu panel to see the full range of our services.
At The Oxford Editors we pride ourselves on being a literary consultancy that is easy to work with. Send us your manuscript by post or email together with payment. As soon as we receive your submission we’ll contact you with details of your editor. We give every author and every manuscript detailed and dedicated attention and sometimes that means that it takes a little longer as everything we do is geared towards you and your needs. There are projects that just need a few weeks and others that take much longer.
Your manuscript should be ready within 6 to 12 weeks of receipt, but some will take longer. We also provide an express service with a turn-around time of 2-3 weeks, at an added cost of a further 50% of the initial fee. For one week, the price is doubled.
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Our Editorial Team
The Oxford Editors has close links with many top agents and publishers, both in London and worldwide. The Oxford Editors cannot guarantee to get your book into print, but the moment we see a market for it we will try and place it for you.
Why Use Us?
As successful, published authors we have all turned to family, friends and other writers to read and to help us with our first, second and even tenth drafts. There was a time, long past, when agents and publishers could take the time to ‘build’ a writer, supporting them from first draft to eventual publication. In today’s competitive market you only get one chance: The Oxford Editors are here to support and guide you to grasp that chance.
Write to us at:
The Oxford Editors
266 Banbury Road,
Oxford OX2 7DL
Telephone us for more information on:
Our fax number is 01865 339301
New York: (646)-688-2314
San Diego: (619)-618-1432
How to pay
We hope we have made our Fees page easy to use. When you are ready, just pay by going to our online payment page, or you can pay by cheque made out to The Oxford Editors Limited and post it to us along with your manuscript. You can also pay by bank transfer – just ask us for details.
Protecting your ideas
We know that ideas are precious things and no one wants to risk giving away the plot of the next great novel. All our editors guarantee confidentiality and will never use your ideas or discuss them with anyone outside The Oxford Editors.
If you are in doubt please contact us through our Contacts Us page or telephone us on 01865 339604 for more information
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