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The Riff Raff Manuscript Shakedown is open for business

Amy Baker an Rosy Edwards, founders of The Riff Raff

(Photo: Benjamin Edwards)

Riff Raffers, hold onto your natty writing hats because we have some damn exciting news...

We are beyond thrilled to announce the launch of The Riff Raff Manuscript Shakedown, a manuscript feedback service that offers intensive, one-to-one writing assessment and guidance, whatever stage you're at with your literary masterpiece.

Read all about it here >>

This is your chance to work directly with Riff Raff founders Amy Baker or Rosy Edwards, both of whom are published authors and know a thing or 2,981 about how to plan, write and get your book onto those hallowed Waterstones shelves.

Why a manuscript 'shakedown'? Because our goal is not to change or critique your writing but to work with you to pare it back, scrub it up and tighten it to publishing perfection. We provide the killer combination of fresh perspective and industry expertise and trust us, both Amy and Rosy are familiar with the Writing Hole of Doom: dressed in pyjamas at 3pm, stuffing cereal into your face straight out of the box and staring, glassy-eyed, at the 15 words you've managed to churn out.

Want to know the only difference between us and you, right at this very moment? We know the way out of the Hole.

Over the course of a month, you will get laser-focused attention on your writing, which includes detailed tracked changes on your manuscript, two Skype calls at the beginning and end of your Shakedown, and then you will get an additional 30 days of email support where we will be on hand to answer any questions or queries.

There are three different packages – the Mini, Midi and Mighty Shakedown – and depending on which one you choose, you can also get free tickets to our monthly events, where you can immerse yourself in yet more wisdom from newly published authors who remember exactly what it's like to be starting out.

Not only that, but sign up for The Riff Raff Manuscript Shakedown before 1st November 2018 and you'll get a lovely 15% discount: simply use the code SHAKEDOWN15 at the PayPal check out.

As with all things Riff Raff, our aim is to work around you, meeting you precisely wherever you are in your writing journey and focusing on the issues that concern or challenge you. We will set you tangible targets, work through plot holes, twists or barriers, and give you the tools to take your writing to the next level. Whether you have 3,000 words hiding in a drawer or a 10k beast that is the foundation of your opus, The Riff Raff Manuscript Shakedown is for you.

This is a dream come true for us. We created The Riff Raff to provide the network we both wished we'd had when we were slogging away on chapter 12, and to create an entry point into the behemoth publishing industry for any and all debut authors, regardless of how much previous exposure they may have had. Writing is a lonely enough business without fretting over whether your work will make the grade – let us get you out of those pjs, work hard for and with you, and make your writing dreams come true.

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