About Kit Carstairs

Kit Carstairs has background in book and magazine publishing, academic research, marketing and broadcasting. She has almost a decade of experience working with a wide variety of content including: fiction (adult and children’s), general non-fiction (craft, gardening, home improvement, general DIY, food titles, natural history, general reference, photography) as well as working with corporate (marketing and sales material, business reviews and papers) and academic content (research publications and thesis). Having worked both as a freelance editor and as an in-house editor and project manager in publishing, Kit has a comprehensive understanding of the importance of content development and the need for authors to be proactive in developing manuscripts that represent their full potential. As well as providing manuscript assessments Kit is also able to offer her editing and proofing services (POA) as well as fast and accurate transcribing services (POA). Contact Kit to discuss these services in more detail. Kit lives and works in the inspirational surroundings of the Blue Mountains, in Australia's New South Wales.

Novel Writing: Getting started

I am in awe of people who can write a novel. It is no simple task to write that many words – let alone tell a compelling, well-written story. And it certainly isn’t always easy to commence writing your novel either. Even for the most experienced writers, writing a novel … Read More

Publishing: Children’s books explained

Writing for children is a highly popular area, but also highly competitive. It also comes with some fairly rigid rules that the publishing houses like you to abide by. I am not saying that they won’t break the mould, but a lot of the time they will want you to … Read More

Publishing: Tips for Writers

In my ‘weekly’ (ahem) tidy-up of my office I came across an interview with the founder of The Manuscript Agency, Mr Brian Cook, which might give you an interesting overview of where we came from. He also offers some nice insights into the tricky world of trade publishers, giving you … Read More

Finding the path to publication…writing ‘that’ book

Finding the path to writing a ‘publishable’ piece of fiction is a balancing act: it takes good prose, a well-crafted plot, good pace, an engaging narrative voice, interesting characters, good dialogue, a unique or well-written premise… Writers often find the opening words, paragraphs and chapters the hardest to write, and … Read More