Q&A for Brockway Gatehouse Holistic Editorial and Breathwork Services

General Questions

Q: What services do you offer at Brockway Gatehouse?

A: At Brockway Gatehouse, I offer holistic editorial services for cosy mysteries and paranormal romance, as well as breathwork and spiritual guidance under the Wessex Wise Woman name. My aim is to support you both in your creative writing journey and in your personal well-being.

Q: How do I book a service with you?

You can book my services by visiting my website and filling out the contact form, or by emailing me directly at kim@brockwaygatehouse.co.uk. I will respond promptly to discuss your needs and schedule a session.

Q: Can I combine editorial and breathwork services?

A: Absolutely! Clients often see benefits in combining editorial and breathwork services, such as overcoming creative blocks and improving their writing process. We can tailor a package that fits both your editorial needs and personal wellness goals.

Editorial Services

Q: What types of manuscripts do you edit?

A: I am happy to edit manuscripts in any genre. However, I specialise in cosy mysteries, paranormal women’s fiction, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. Understanding these genres well helps me know their publishing norms, story elements, and what readers expect.

Q: What is the process for manuscript editing?

A: The process involves several steps:

1. Request a quotation and provide details about your novel.

2. I will ask for a sample chapter to assess the depth of editing required.

3. Once we agree on the details, I’ll book your project on my calendar.

4. I’ll edit your manuscript using Track Changes and Comments features in Word.

5. You’ll receive a clean copy and tracked changes copy of your manuscript, along with an invoice.

Q: Do you offer beta reading and manuscript critiques?

A: Yes, I offer both beta reading and manuscript critiques. These services give you valuable feedback on your plot, characters, and overall readability before final editing.

Q: Do you work with clients outside the UK?

A: Absolutely. What nationality are your readers? Just remember, I rarely deal with authors whose first language isn’t English since that takes a special set of skills. But I’m happy to answer questions you may have.

Q: How far in advance do I need to book you?

A: My diary gets pretty full. I’m usually booked up three months ahead. Get in touch quickly if you’re up against any deadlines. If you’re thinking of self-publishing, check out these sample production timelines for a guide.

Q: Can you help me find a publisher?

A: No, I’m afraid not. You’ll need to work with a literary agent for that.

Q: I’ve just signed a book deal. Can we still work together?

A: Absolutely. Reach out to your publisher to see if I can be your editor. Authors tend to go for the editor they like. Congrats on the book deal!

Q: I’m an aspiring writer – can you give me some advice?

A: Yes! I’m a writing coach with flexible one-to-one programmes. I offer lots of free advice on my blog, and in my free Facebook group.

Q: How will I know if you’re the right editor for me?

A: Editing styles vary, so it’s essential to find the perfect fit for author and editor. There are lots of ways to get to know me. If my words on this website appeal to you, that’s a great sign. Check out my posts on social media and join my Facebook group. That should give you the info you need to decide if you want to take the plunge.

Q: Can I call you, or meet up in person to chat about my book?

A: Zoom is the best of both worlds. With Zoom, we can chat face-to-face and record our conversation for future reference. Here’s a link to book a call: [Link]

Breathwork and Spiritual Services

Q: What is breathwork and how can it benefit me?

A: Controlled breathing techniques in breathwork can benefit mental, emotional, and physical health. It can reduce stress, manage menopausal symptoms, improve mental clarity, and deepen spirituality.

Q: What are the different breathwork packages you offer?

A: I offer three Signature Breathwork Packages:

1. Breathe Functionally: Enhance Your Health & Vitality

   – Duration: 6 Weeks

   – Summary: Optimise your breathing mechanics to improve physical health, energy levels, and stress management.

2. Midlife Harmony: Breathwork for Balance

   – Duration: 6 Weeks

   – Summary: Designed for women navigating midlife challenges, focusing on work-life balance, menopause symptoms, and emotional well-being.

3. Spiritual Breath: Reconnecting with Your Roots

   – Duration: 6 Weeks

   – Summary: Explore spiritual practices through breathwork to deepen your connection to your roots and the earth.

Payment and Policies

Q: What are your payment terms?

A:

I issue invoices for ongoing services and breathwork packages on the 1st of each month, and they are due within 7 days. To reserve your spot in my calendar for developmental edit packages, I ask for a 25% deposit when booking. For other editorial services, payment is due upon completion of the project.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Both parties are required to give a month’s notice to cancel ongoing arrangements. For one-off sessions or projects, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule.

Q: Do you offer discounts for multiple services or packages?

A: Yes, I offer discounts for multiple bookings and ongoing services. If you hire me for additional services after an initial booking, I will apply a discount to the subsequent services. For series editing, I offer a discount on further novels in the same series.