Mentoring for Writers

Ella Carey provides professional mentoring for published and unpublished writers, working closely with them to help bring their work in progress to a publishable standard. She works in person, and/or via phone, Skype and email. As a multi-published author, Ella mentors right through the process of writing a novel, and helps her clients prepare agency submissions. If you are interested in learning more about mentoring from Ella Carey, please use the contact form to email her.


“I have had two books published, each of which went through strong structural and detailed editing.  I had also had my current manuscript of 89,000 words vetted by both professionals and writing group members in the past and they were certainly helpful – but no-one cast fresh analytic intelligence and, obviously, long publishing experience on my synopsis and on my MS writing style and character-building in such revolutionary, perceptive and exciting way as Ella Carey did.” Nancy Knudsen, author.

I highly recommend Ella as a writing mentor. Ella reviewed a draft synopsis and the opening to a novel I am working on and her feedback and experienced input have been so valuable. Ella gave helpful comments on improving the opening chapter but also constructive suggestions which I will be able to use in the rest of the novel. Ella zoomed out to consider the story as a whole and how to reflect this in the synopsis, and zoomed in with hugely helpful comments on sentence structure, setting and tone. I had more ‘ah-ha’ moments in a few hours of discussion with Ella, than in whole novel writing courses I have taken. Fantastic value.”  – Jac Riley-Smith (aspiring!) writer

“My novel is currently receiving mentoring guidance from Ella Carey. Her instruction and organisational approach to novel development is bringing me to a new understanding of my work. Ella’s encouragement is greatly appreciated and certainly enabled me to move my novel forward.” Andrew Tuft, writer.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ella’s mentoring service. She kindly reflected on the story structure of my novel. She was very professional, respectful, and supportive. Her guidance was very clear, logical, well-considered, and helpful. She is very knowledgeable and her input was worth every cent.” Lexi Greene, author

“I am a novice author, and Ella’s mentorship has proven instrumental in offering constructive feedback and a thorough comprehension of the expectations established by the writing industry. Simply put, it is a wonderful experience. I remain surprised at the level of detail, and Ella’s passion to help improve my craft has helped me to chart a better course for my novel. With her advice, I have been able to refine my synopsis into something more appealing towards prospective agents and editors. In doing so, I have come to understand what aspects of a story to emphasize and work on. Ella has also helped review my writing style and narrative structure for grammatical inconsistencies and overall tone. I have much to improve upon, which I would never have been able to refine if not for her guidance. I can not thank Ella enough for her mentorship, and I thoroughly recommend this experience to any aspiring author. “Smit Kanjanapas, writer.

“Ella Carey is an empathetic teacher, with a manner both perceptive and professional, her structural input especially invaluable.” Ian Cochrane, author.



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