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Peter simply stunned me with his astute insights, his detective-like editing, his sophisticated, in-depth critique and his honest advice. He is a rarity.                Janine Schloss 2020

the satisfied customers 

 I was genuinely delighted with the response I received. Peter was respectful, diligent and clearly engaged. It was very evident that he enjoyed what he was doing. His response was not only thorough in its attention to detail but was insightful, challenging and encouraging. I can strongly recommend Peter as reader, editor and critic.

Joss Bennett 2018

the proposition

 I will read your MS with complete attention and then annotate it forensically, adding to this a summary report dealing with the more general issues of character, style, structure. I will fully engage with the spirit and intent of your work. I am equally concerned with the general narrative flow of the work and its expression at sentence level. 


the mechanics

Simply email me at  with an overview of your book and a 3000 word sample of your writing. If I think I'll be able to help you, we can work out a fee and time-frame for your particular project

The basic schedule is $1600 for a 'standard size' ms of 80,000 words. For works over 80,000 words it's $150 for each extra 10,000 words. For smaller works, I am happy to discuss fees for individual projects.

about me

A current project:


In July 2020 I was shortlisted in the narrative non-fiction section of the Melbourne Lord Mayor's Creative writing Awards

In September 2020 I was in the top 60 out of 700 entries in the BBC Radio 4 National Short Story award

I came to Melbourne from London in 1985. I started writing in earnest in the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT in 1992 and had poetry and short stories published widely from then on.

From 2008 I began reviewing for The Age, and then extensively for ABR, The Australian, Cordite, The Big Issue and others, as well as establishing a freelance writing and editing business with my wife Kate Cole-Adams.

My manuscript assessment work developed out of reviewing and also from attending two of Antoni Jach's legendary masterclasses and realising how much I enjoyed, and was suited to, helping writers make the best of their manuscripts


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