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Advice for Authors

including Free Appraisal of Manuscripts

You're an author seeking a publisher? If you've started beating on publishers' doors you've probably had some rebuffs already. I had plenty myself but I persevered and eventually found myself signing contracts – and copies of my books as they rolled from the press! They do smell good!


Completing the journey from pen to print brings huge satisfaction (and some money besides) and I'm happy to guide new authors along the narrow path that leads to success. 

Tony D Triggs, literary advisor and widely published author
Cover designs of author Robin Triggs's three thrillers

Some years ago I helped an author to find a publisher for her first biography - and she's published another three since then, with one of them issued on CD and published in Korean translation!


More recently, I helped my son and colleague Robin Triggs with his debut novel, Night Shift - and now it's in the bookshops along with its gripping sequels Human Resources and New Gods.

Here's a small extract from a novel whose author asked us for guidance. She clearly​ had a story to tell, and the incident conveys some tension. We don't see a jobbing builder at work but someone involved in an urgent struggle.

So far so good - but could the telling be even better? Most readers would answer yes to this - and so would most agents and publishers!

Text in need of editing

The author was certainly grateful for all our help and advice.

'How impressed I've been with the thoroughness of your editing,'

she later wrote.

I'd be glad of the chance to read your work, too, especially if it's a children's book or adult fiction.

(If it isn't I'll pass it on to a colleague.)  No matter how good, there'll be things you missed!

Why not send us a sample now? We'll give you some feedback free of charge

and tell you the cost of a full review.


You'll find me at [email protected], or you're welcome to ask any questions via the form below.

Tony D Triggs

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An author delightedly reading a contract from a publisher

The joy of a publishing contract!



Advice for authors and free appraisal of manuscripts is available for all.

However, if you're creative and young (under 18), or an adult helping a talented youngster, please visit Calling Creative Youngsters