I act as an editorial consultant for anyone needing support with a writing project. Often a fresh perspective, coupled with experience in how to shape the written word, can help to turn writer’s block into a viable, coherent project. I love to ponder these challenges. I have taught creative non-fiction for over a decade and have 35 years of writing experience.
Please don’t write to me directly. My editing work is only via the wonderful Scottish creative writing centre Moniack Mhor. I can be contacted via their website here. There are various mentoring options and you choose what sort of support you would like. The aim is always to clarify your project, find solutions to your problems, give completely honest advice and help you to unlock the issues that are frustrating your progress.
The comments below are from some of the talented people with whom I’ve worked.
“Mark’s clarity of thought is second to none. This coupled with his advice on how to structure my books has transformed the way I now tackle book projects. He has brought a value and understanding that can take many years to acquire.”
David Tipling, wildlife photographer & author
“Until speaking to Mark I had struggled to identify a strong direction in my writing. Not only did he help to uncover the larger narrative that I was working within, but his direct feedback on the writing itself allowed me to see where and how I could improve my skills. I am now working towards a specific project that owes its shape to Mark’s guidance.”
Kirsteen Bell, writer, poet
“As a first-time author struggling to find a publisher, I approached Mark to review my work and help me find a way forward. Where previously I had met largely with indifference from agents and publishers, his approachability, infectious enthusiasm, and encouragement were thrilling. He provided a forensic analysis of my writing style and book structure, provided supportive criticism to improve the discipline of my writing, and with his wide knowledge of the industry is directing me towards credible publishing possibilities. His kindness is hugely appreciated.”
Phil Edwards, ecological consultant
“Mark is a brilliantly astute and hugely knowledgeable editor. His comments on my work – frank, concise, analytical, practical and geared to publication – have had a huge positive influence. I’m sure that anyone writing non-fiction prose could benefit from his advice and experience.”
Richard Smyth, freelance author
“Having worked with Mark Cocker over the past few years, I’ve found him to be one of the most inspirational writing mentors I’ve known. He has a talent for analyzing a manuscript at many levels, from the technical aspects of writing, to the narrative arc, to the music of the language. He has not only improved my writing and observational skills, but also fostered the confidence to continue my creative efforts. His guidance and mentoring have been a highly valued part of my writing life.”
Robin Patten, writer, teacher, naturalist
photo by Mary Muir