I’m always happy to do events in person or on Skype. I work with students aged 13-18 years old in the UK, Ireland, and internationally.
‘My writing journey’ talk – follow my experience of writing my first book at the age of sixteen, from first draft to publication, with images of my original writing. Includes a reading from my latest novel and Q&A session. (1 hour)
Writing with STEM – A talk about my writing with a focus specifically on how I came to write science fiction after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters level. I discuss how scientific research I’ve done inspired events in my novels. I also show a presentation including examples of spreadsheets used to accurately calculate the figures involved in my writing, such as spaceship travel times and time travel figures. Includes discussion of Einstein’s theory of relativity, time dilation, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and more science, talked about in an enthusiastic, easy-to-understand way. Includes a reading from my latest novel and Q&A session. (1 hour)
‘World-building’ writing workshop – using senses to create atmosphere and setting, with examples taken from writing I did at the age of 18, which later became part of my debut novel. (1 hour)
Prices available on request, and follow the Society of Authors recommended rates for in-person visits, with a slight reduction for Skype talks. I send signed, personalised bookmarks for each student in advance of Skype talks.
Travel expenses by train are payable by the school, as well as accommodation costs if travel time is over 3 hours. I am local to the Midlands.
“Lauren speaks with humour and knowledge. I would recommend booking her for an event without hesitation.” – Emily Tristram – Kenilworth School Literacy Coordinator
“Lauren is a talented presenter and she connected really well with the audience at the event. She also happens to be a very lovely person and quick to respond to my emails about the event details. I’d definitely recommend her for running or taking part in other events.” – Anne Smart, Digital Communications Manager, The University of Nottingham
“Lauren talks so well and was definitely one of the best author visits that we have had at the library.” – Sorrelle Clements, Coventry Libraries and Information Services
I chair literary events, introducing panellists and authors and asking questions I’ve prepared based on their work.
YA Shot 2015 – Chair of panel ‘Doomed Romance’ for Catherine Doyle and Lucy Saxon
Waterstones Birmingham 2016 – Chair of ‘Radio Silence book launch’ for Alice Oseman
YA Shot 2016 – Chair of panel ‘Space Odyssey: the resurgence of YA sci-fi’ for Kat Ellis and SF Said
YALC 2016 – Chair of ‘Fandom Vs Creator: Authors on Social Media’ with Alice Oseman
YALC 2017 – Chair of ‘Unconventional Romance’ for Paige Toon, Ayisha Malik, Jennifer E Smith and Patrice Lawrence
Bath Festival 2017 – Chair of ‘Cosplayers Unite’ for Frances Hardinge, Lucy Saxon and Maggie Harcourt
I offer editorial critiques for aspiring authors of any age. I work best with Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, but I’m open to other genres.
I focus on developing plot, pacing, character, dialogue and world-building, analysing the work in preparation for submission to a literary agent.
Query Package – Feedback on a cover letter, synopsis and the first 50 pages (or 10,000 words) of a manuscript. Critiques will be a minimum of 1000 words of overall feedback. I will also read the edited query when it is complete to provide any final notes before agent submission. – £85/$111
Full Manuscript Package – Feedback on a cover letter, synopsis and full manuscript (up to 80,000 words*). Critiques will be a minimum of 2500 words and will include line edits, comments, and overall feedback. I will also read the edited manuscript when it is complete to provide any final notes before agent submission. – £175/$230
Young Writer Package – Give an editorial critique as a gift for a young writer younger than fourteen. Feedback will be appropriate to their age, and very friendly! Can choose to receive either a Skype call or written response. I will also send them a signed and personalised copy of one of my books, if desired (excl. shipping). £50/$65
Scientific proof-reading (For publishers) – Proofreading and fact-checking of scientific and mathematical diagrams, facts, calculations and equations in Children’s or Adult Science Non-Fiction. Qualifications – First Class MSci in Natural Sciences, specialising in Chemistry and Physics. Previous clients – Walker Books. £22/hour
*For manuscripts over 80,000 words, the rate for the full manuscript package will be £2.50/$3.50 per thousand words. Please feel free to email me to confirm these figures while you consider.
Critiques will be sent back within 4 weeks of payment. Manuscripts must be sent as a Microsoft Word document. Payment is taken by PayPal on acceptance of the manuscript. An invoice will be provided. Refunds available upon cancellation, providing the work has not yet been completed. I reserve the right to refuse applications due to time restrictions.
Alice Oseman, YA author of Radio Silence and Solitaire and creator of webcomic HEARTSTOPPER.
Lucy Saxon, YA fantasy author of The Tellus Series, including Take Back the Skies, The Almost King and The City Bleeds Gold.
Kate Ormand, YA author of Dark Days and shape-shifter circus series, The Wanderers and The Pack. The Wanderers was honored as “Winner” in the “Fiction: Young Adult” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.
Alexandra Perchanidou, Blogger/Author of THREE GHOSTS FOR ANASTASIA
Sarah Corrigan, Blogger & Aspiring author
Shelley Bartup, Aspiring author
Lauren James was born in 1992 and is the British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Next Together series. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. She is an Arts Council grant recipient, and has written articles for the Guardian, Buzzfeed and The Toast, and wrote an article for the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2019. She works with Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.