Bloomsbury is to offer online services to help unpublished authors learn about the publishing process, as well as access to advice from editors and agents.
The services are an extension of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, published by Bloomsbury, and are online at www.writersandartists.co.uk. The scheme breaks the process down into four stages—Starting Out; Developing Your Talent and Growing as a Writer; Emerging and Selling Your Stories; and Promoting and Publishing.
The 'How Strong is Your Book Idea?' service features in stage one, and is priced £99.99. The agents and editors who will be giving the feedback will be freelance.
Product director Eela Devani described the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook as an "independent and impartial brand", adding: "We've responded to the needs of the market by creating simple bespoke services to help and support creative spirits from the early stages of the writing process through to the publishing and promoting phase.
"We have spent over 100 years supporting writers and artists with our Yearbook and so this is a natural step for us."