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 ofgates1.jpg editorial and assessment services to writers, agents and publishers.

Our editors are published authors, successful screenwriters, ghostwriters, 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.

It is never too early to have us look at your work, so please email us at info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk 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.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela

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.

Read an interview with our MD on the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency website

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.

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.

As one of our writers, you can always come back to us for further editorial help and advice. We care about our writers and your feedback is absolutely vital to us, whether it’s after six months or a year or even two years.

Our Fees and how to submit:

Please click here to go to our fees page.

No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published J. Russell Lynes

 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.

Express Service

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.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain.

Our Editorial Team

See some of our team of authors and professional editors

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.

We are also a member of The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

Write to us at:

The Oxford Editors
Suite 103,
266 Banbury Road,
Oxford OX2 7DL

Email us

Use our Contact Us page or email info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk

Telephone us

Telephone us on 01865 339604 for more information

Our fax number is 01865 339001


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.

What our clients say

I have worked with Oxford Editors for the last 24 months. Specifically, I was lucky enough to have Cherry as my writing mentor where, miraculously, she helped me turn a very ordinary piece of writing into a full manuscript which I am very happy with. The mentorship was a very special relationship where Cherry and I meet frequently working on my writing style and helping me find my authentic writing voice. It has been the most wonderful process where Cherry listened and understood my vision for the work completely. At every stage, I had guidance and support, continuing through the publishing phase. I do not hesitate to recommend working with the Oxford Editors if you value your work as art, and wanting to go beyond the ordinary. Elise Klein

I have only praise for the Oxford Editor’s team and Dennis Hamley, the editor assigned to me for a masterful response in assessing and copy-editing my manuscript. As with most authors, I was working against a deadline which had crept up unnoticed on me. This was my first book and I wanted to get an independent assessment of the quality and content of the writing before passing it to my publisher. I also had concerns about the order of some of the chapters as this was a book which mixed history, storytelling and autobiography and I needed to have a balance between the historical and modern aspects of the book. I received, very promptly, an in-depth assessment of my manuscript in which all of my queries and concerns were fully addressed. There were many excellent suggestions on how I could improve the work, especially on bringing all the strands to finality in the final chapters. Once I had completed some changes the book was copy-edited. There were so many things I had not noticed and many subtle changes proposed which made the work that much stronger. This process was a major confidence booster for me because the work was independently assessed by someone unknown to me and in this instance by someone to whom the subject of my book was new. Yes! It was a very worthwhile and valuable exercise. Richard Kirwan

Please thank my editor very much for her comments: they will be extremely useful, especially the guidance re outline and planning, which I have so far been struggling with. It has been very useful to get a professional opinion in such an easy to read format and it has encouraged me not to go back to the law just yet! Vidya

I found the Oxford Editors efficient, helpful and friendly. I needed my 64,000 word manuscript assessed fairly quickly and received a helpful written reply and annotated manuscript three days after emailing it. The suggestions were spot on and very supportive; having incorporated them into my book my editor and publisher here in Australia were delighted with the changes. I have been singing the praises of the Oxford Editors ever since and am looking forward to working with them again. Gilbert Mane, Sydney, Australia.

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I submitted the first 55k words of my novel for assessment, and I got back a 7k document – including excerpts for commentary – with detailed analysis on each chapter, character development, dialogue, process, mediums through which the story develops and such. Chehre opens with a synopsis of her analysis, which I thought was great, and in which she very quickly produced some real insight, both kind and critical, but always constructive. Richard Galbraith

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Please convey my thanks to Dennis [Hamley] for this. His commentary is very full. All criticism is very fair and constructive, while the suggestions excellent. I’m glad he enjoyed the material so much. He’s certainly helped me to understand what I am doing and what I should be doing a lot more clearly. Nigel Speight, Children’s author

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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