Crime Fiction Advice for Authors

I am a former detective and now a crime fiction and police advisor to authors and TV writers as well as a Sunday Times best selling crime writer.

If you are a crime writer, be it crime fiction, non-fiction, on-line material or TV drama we are here for you. My team of experts and I can help you create stunningly authentic plots, police officers and scenes to make your narrative sizzle and keep critics from your door.

Graham Bartlett - Author

Our Services

We provide one-to-one advice on plot, characters, storyline, even in creating authentic settings. That can be through in-person meetings, Zoom or phone consultations, or via email.

Whether you want us to answer specific questions, discuss your ideas, provide suggestions or undertake full or part manuscript reviews, we have all the knowledge you’ll need, in one place.

Online Courses

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Whether you’re writing police procedural crime fiction, thrillers or psychological suspense novels, you need to feel confident about the authenticity and accuracy of the legal policies and procedures that underpin your plot and character choices. I’ve joined forces with the Professional Writing Academy to develop a series of online one-day workshops and short courses to help you master the procedure and write more gripping crime stories.

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Manuscript review for Crime Fiction writers

The full manuscript review is my speciality. I painstakingly go through your entire novel/ script – or part of it – picking out police procedure, cultural or character flaws and suggest simple solutions that chime with your story. I’ll also spot those minor glitches you didn’t know you didn’t know!

You’ll be totally assured that your crime novel will be as authentic as possible keeping your story and cast at the centre. You will receive a fully annotated manuscript, a covering report and, of course, access to me for any further queries.

In addition to reviewing your manuscript for procedural accuracy, I can also refer you to literary editors who are available (at separate cost) to help you develop your plot, structure, characters and writing. Rebecca Millar is a freelance editor who specialises in crime fiction and has an impressive back-catalogue of Best Sellers by authors such as Gilly McMillan, Heidi Perks and Simon McCleave. Read more about Rebecca HERE.

Cost Up to £800 (80k to 100k word manuscript)

Bespoke Enquiries for Crime Fiction Authors

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If you have specific questions – or just want to discuss ideas – to discover how police investigate crimes such as murder, kidnap, terrorism and anything else, what a detective would do at a crime scene, how police are structured or how forensics work, for example, then why not opt for my one-to one service.

This is over the phone, Zoom, face to face or via email. Again, you will receive a constructive reply with suggestions on how to use the police procedure and authentic police characters to enhance your story.

Cost – £60 per hour


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