Whether you'd love to produce the definitive non-fiction work on a topic you're fascinated by, write a children's book or turn your half-finished novel into a bestseller, getting a book published is a major ambition for many people.

But understanding how the publishing industry works and what goes into getting a book deal or successfully self-publishing can be daunting. I can help by giving advice tailored to your particular book and your aspirations for it. In your 1-2-1 session via Zoom we can cover topics such as 

Advice on how to get an agent that goes way beyond 'Get a copy of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook'

Crafting your perfect proposal and cover letter - an advance tip - most authors massively undersell themselves)

How the financial side works in both traditional and self-publishing. Publishers and authors are notoriously squeamish when it comes to talking about money - but I'm not. We can discuss advances, royalties and what key factors that can rustle up a large advance.

I can advise on the editing process and getting a book cover you'll love. 

If you're interested in self-publishing we can talk that through and discuss the pros and cons. 

Sessions are via Zoom and cost £75 for 45 minutes and if you'd like feedback I'm happy to look at up to 10 pages of your manuscript or your draft proposal/cover letter. Contact me on


I'm the author of two non-fiction books published by Simon and Schuster and I've run workshops on how to get published at Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford Brookes universities and at many literature festivals including Ilkley, Daphne du Maurier, Warwick Words and Winchester Writers' Festival.

As a journalist, broadcaster and author I have a particular interest in how authors can publicise their work and have run sessions on publicising your book for The Society of Authors and The Romantic Novelists' Association.


'Your workshop was, for me, one of the best of the festival. It was so informative and entertaining – and I've never seen attendees make so many notes.' Rachel Levy, Events Manager, Bath Literature Festival

'I want to thank you for such an excellent workshop at Ilkley Literature Festival. I've had such enthusiastic feedback from participants who clearly got a lot out of it.' Rachel Feldberg, Director, Ilkley Literature Festival

'Many congratulations on the superb feedback forms for your recent dayschool, 'Path to Publication'. These really are outstanding and many students took the timeto write comments particularly praising your style and delivery.' Tom Sperlinger, Course Director Humanities, Bristol University

'Maria's workshop at Salisbury Arts Festival was well-prepared, informative and entertaining. The long queue of people wanting to talk to her afterwards was an additional tribute to her skills.' Debbie Rigg, Salisbury Festival Director

'Thank you so much for giving us such an excellent talk on Publicising your Book. It was packed full of just the right sort of tried and tested information with the perfect balance of realism and enthusiasm.' Emma Boniwell, Society of Authors