I receive a large volume of correspondence. Much as I’d like to reply to every email, that isn’t always possible, so please read my FAQs before contacting me. Thanks!

I also ask that you don’t direct message me on social media. Email only please.

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Will you edit my book?

If it’s non-fiction in the outdoor, adventure or travel genres, then we could be a good fit. I am also an experienced fiction editor, but I’m taking on fewer fiction clients at the moment. Nevertheless, let’s talk it through – I love getting my teeth into a good novel!

When contacting me, please provide the following details:

  • Give me your ‘elevator pitch’. Sum up the book in two or three sentences.
  • What’s the word count?
  • What is the genre and who is the target audience?
  • Are you looking for a structural critique, line edit, or proofread? (I can help you decide if you aren’t sure.)
  • Has the manuscript already been through any revision or editorial process?
  • Have you consulted beta readers to get some external opinions?
  • When do you need the work completed by?
  • What is your writing and publishing history? Is this your first book?
  • How do you intend to seek publication?

Can you edit my book by next week?

Sorry, no. At most times of the year I need 1-2 months of notice for a big project – sometimes less in quieter periods, but the more notice you can give me the better. Please get in touch as early as you can.

I’m a magazine publisher. Can you help with copy-editing or proofreading spreads before they go to print?

This is my bread and butter. Let’s talk.

Will you publish my article in TGO magazine?

I play no role in commissioning print features (for contributor guidelines and contact info click here). However, if you have a piece you think would be a good fit for our website, feel free to send me a pitch.

Will you publish my article in Sidetracked magazine?

Again, I’m the wrong guy. Contributor guidelines are here.

Will you review my book / an item of outdoor gear / other product?

Please read my review policy.

Do you publish sponsored content?

I’m not interested in publishing content written by someone else on this website, and I rarely accept commissions for paid articles here. In most cases the answer will be no.

Will you be an ambassador for my (or my client’s) brand?

Due to the nature of my work, I have to remain strictly impartial when it comes to outdoor gear. I’m not currently interested in being a brand ambassador.

Can I pay you to rate my book 5* on Amazon?

No, and you should reconsider your misguided marketing strategy.

Will you read / edit my manuscript for free?

I’m a professional editor, which means I charge a fee for my editorial services. I don’t mean to be unfriendly but please don’t contact me unless you understand this. I don’t participate in informal beta reading although I do offer a very thorough and detailed structural critique service.

Please don’t be this guy


If you’re still reading, and would still like to get in touch, you can email me directly here or use the contact form below.