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Brian Keaney

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An award-winning children’s author
Brian has been a professional children’s writer for twenty-eight years. He has written seventeen novels which have been translated into thirteen languages. His latest book, The Magical Detectives was published in February 2010 by Orchard Books.  You can find out more about Brian at his website

An experienced editor
Brian worked as a Series Editor for Macmillan Educational and Stanley Thornes and as a manuscript editor for The Literary Consultancy, Writers’ Workshop and Adventures in Fiction. He taught on the Creative Writing Programme at St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill and now regularly guest-lectures on the summer-school run by Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Brian Keaney

A track-record of helping developing writers
Over the years Brian has advised a number of writers who have gone on to become successful children’s authors, including Jenny Downham, Helen Salter and Gillian Philip.

Manuscript Appraisal - a detailed report on your manuscript, explaining what you need to do to improve your chance of getting published.

Submission Package Appraisal -  a detailed report on the first three chapters (fifty pages) of your manuscript, plus your synopsis and covering letter.

Manuscripts: £170 + £3.50 per thousand words
Submission Package: £75

Advice Line
Got a question about publishing/writing, or just want to ask some general advice. You can contact Brian on 0906 951 5700. (Calls cost 75p per minute.)

Manuscripts accepted by post or email. Email enquiries please use the link at the top of this page

The Magical Detectives
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