Karen is a fantastic person to brainstorm with. She is creative and responsive, grasping concepts quickly and providing the right guidance to develop their full potential.”
— Abie Longstaff, children's author



If you have a concept and want a team of editors to brainstorm with, Invite us in and set your ideas free

Our brainstorming service includes:

  • An initial meet and greet
  • A team of editors attending
  • A 60-minute brainstorm
  • Supply of a comprehensive concept document


Karen builds fully-fledged concepts with flair and sensitivity.”
— Kate Agar, Senior Commissioning Editor

If you want to take your acorn of an idea and see it grow, we can help with professional concept documents, storylines and manuscripts

Here's what we can do :

  • Develop concepts, bringing a wealth of series knowledge to your door
  • Write story lines to a series framework in a timely manner
  • Commission the best writers so you can concentrate on strategy
  • Deliver high-quality, edited manuscripts to schedule and brief



If you're a publisher, agent or brand owner, let us help you develop books together

This can apply to:

  • Publishers looking to develop their own IP, concepts or imprints
  • Licence or brand owners who would like to engage with book content
  • App developers who are building publishing potential
  • Authors seeking publishing expertise
  • Talent or literary agents keen to engage around concept development

At Speckled Pen we believe in a friendly, collaborative approach that encourages everyone to have fun with ideas and discover commercial opportunity together. 


With 25 years' experience of editing bestselling children's fiction and non fiction, you can be sure of an expert eye on your manuscript.

Services include:

  • Reader reports for agents and authors
  • Structural editing
  • Line editing
  • Proofreading


Interested? Please contact us here for further discussions and a quote.


25 years of editing and writing...