WHAT to expect

 It's a tough world out there for writers. Whether you're planning a nonfiction book, or working as a freelance journalist or blogger.

As a mentor I will help you progress your thinking, hold you accountable, and help you find outlets and editors who pay.

I recommend three sessions, spaced no more than a month apart to progress your thinking.   

FREE 10 minute telephone consultation prior to booking                      


  • Promote yourself or your brand

  • Job interviews and career progression

  • Create content for your blog or website

  • Get feedback on pitches

  • Communication and presentation skills

  • Improve your blog content

  • Find new outlets online and in print

  • Enable career progression

  • Improve relationships at work

Crisis management and decision-making

FEE: £80 per hour; £110 90 minutes


  • Join a PITCH CLINIC to review and brainstorm pitches.

    £30 or £40 per 2 hour session in London or via Skype


Got an idea for a nonfiction book? Brainstorm with me and work on a strategy.

We will look at:

  • your expertise

  • the competition

  • a gap in the market

  • chapter headings

  • writing a blurb

  • content and pitching to a publisher or agent

  • engaging via your blog

  • writing articles while your book is in preparation


Individual sessions: from £80 an hour. £110 90 minutes in London or via Skype

Group sessions: My group sessions also offer an element of Mentoring. You will get individual feedback see Pitch Clinics (London).


MENTORING is where you are looking for guidance and expertise from someone who is experienced in your field. The Mentor will enable you to progress your thinking and offer insight and expertise. With 30 years of working in the media, as a journalist, broadcaster, editor and travel writer it isn't surprising that many of my clients are looking to get published and further their careers.

COACHING is where a trained individual looks at the issues you raise objectively and enables you to find solutions. The coach is skilled at listening and asking questions. I offer both Coaching and Mentoring. I may use Coaching skills in a mentoring session.

LIFE COACHING is where an individual employs a coach to help them achieve their goals in life

OUTCOMES include feeling more motivated and confident to being able to make important decisions and move forward.


You may be stuck in life, disillusioned with relationships at work, looking to change direction, restless, unable to focus or move on.

You may be writing in a work capacity for a publisher or in a staff job and need help to move on from a professional in a similar field. You may feel new technology has made you unemployable, or be returning to work after bringing up children.

You might be planning to write a non-fiction book.

You might feel stuck or depressed about your prospects and capability to increase your earnings.

A Mentor/Coach can help you explore any issue that is holding you back from being your true self.

Coaching and Mentoring are not a 'quick fix'. I usually suggest an introductory session, to see whether you feel we can work together, followed by two further sessions, spaced about a month apart. I also have clients who return regularly as their situation develops or changes.

Skype works well if you are outside the UK or London.

My clients live as far apart as Melbourne, Zagreb, Venice and Scotland.


Susan is a great instructor to learn to freelance with.
— Hina, 2015

CLIENTS Many of my clients are writers and creatives: journalists and non-fiction authors, photographers wanting to add words, women returners and freelancers at home with young children. I also work with PRs and marketing departments, travel industry professionals, CEOs and entrepreneurs seeking individual help with start-ups and blog

They come to me when there is something that is holding up progression. The media profession is changing rapidly and there is often a need to re-fresh or learn new skills.  Experienced editors and journalists may be reluctant to embrace social media or engage in writing digital content; marketeers may be good at selling by may need to hone their writing skills.

Whatever the buzzwords there will also be a market for articulate writing and good research skills, without letting go of integrity.

You really have a gift for helping people. I am much clearer now about what I want to do with my new company
— Entrepreneur Hackney