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At we believe that access to professional, high quality manuscript assessment, editorial advice and mentoring should be available to all aspiring authors. We keep costs low so writers can get the editorial help they need to best showcase their creativity. Stories shape our world and should come from all sections of society. By providing affordable editorial services, we hope, in our own small way, to help that happen. But we also want to respect the time our mentors and reviewers give and to pay them fairly, so we've worked hard to balance honourable rates with affordable products. We hope you agree that’s a good way to work.


"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."

Philip Pullman


meet the squad


Emma Greenwood


Hi! I run things around here. It's me you'll chat to when you get in contact. I hope you'll agree that I've got together a fab team to help you with your stories. A few years ago, I set up the Golden Egg Academy Foundations course. I worked with over sixty writers, helping them strengthen their manuscripts and teaching them the skills of the trade, but I wanted to establish my own team and reach out to writers who might not be able to afford the usual channels and so I set up I apprenticed under some of the top children's editors in the UK, cutting my teeth alongside former commissioning editors or editorial directors from Chicken House, David Fickling, Hodder, Penguin, Hot Key Books & Piccadilly Press, Orion and Orchard. I specialise in children's middle grade fiction, teen and young adult stories, but I'm a narrative expert and if I love your story or narrative non-fiction then I'd be thrilled to work with you.

Sarah Mussi

Fiction Mentor

Sarah Mussi is the multi-award winning author of over a dozen teen and YA novels. Her tense thriller Siege was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won the BBUKYA award for contemporary YA fiction. Her first title The Door of No Return was shortlisted for the Branford Boase, Riot won the Lancashire Book of the Year award and Bomb was listed in the The Guardian New Best Kids Books list. Her latest trilogy, The Chronicles of Snowdonia, is a set of dark romantic thrillers set on Snowdon, featuring the timeless myths of Wales, King Arthur and the Mabinogion. Book one, Here be Dragons, has already been showcased in the People’s Book Prize. Sarah delivers workshops at writers' conferences and festivals across the country and has tutored aspiring authors for Bloomsbury, Creative Words Matter, Golden Egg and SCBWI. Sarah loves to work on teen and YA stories, thrillers and fantasy.


Alex Campbell

Fiction Mentor

Alex is the author of YA novels Land and Cloud 9, both published by Hot Key Books, and is currently working on a middle grade story. Her novel Land was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 2016. Alex is an experienced creative writing teacher and has mentored and edited writers across the UK. She edits both fiction and non-fiction books. She also helps run an annual children’s book festival. Alex has an interest in middle-grade and YA stories, women's fiction and adult crime.

Addy Farmer

Picture Book Mentor

Addy is the author of the illustrated children's book Grandad's Bench published by Walker and picture book Siddharth and Rinki with Penguin. She was commissioned to write two Arts Council funded picture books which support charity work and education. In 2015, Addy won a Northern Writers Award for her children's novel, The Empty Girl. She is Chair of North Lincolnshire Children's Literacy Trust and a networks organiser for SCBWI Central North. Addy is a highly experienced primary teacher but now spends most of her non-writing time providing fun workshops in schools and outdoors. Addy mentors writers of picture books and illustrated young fiction.

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George Poles

Script Mentor

Since running away from a career as a barrister many years ago, George has written for and script-edited a wide range of programmes, covering everything from Radio 4's News Quiz and Dead Ringers plus Radio 3’s Saturday Play to the BAFTA-winning Double Take and Emmy-winning Smack the Pony. For children, he has written and script-edited shows
including Dani’s House, Ye Olde Dragon’s Den, the much-garlanded Horrible Histories and the International Kids Emmy winner, Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe. In addition to TV and radio, George has worked as writer and narrative designer on several videogame projects, from indie projects like Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Adventure to AAA games like Wonderbook: Book of Potions from JK Rowling.


what writers say about us


"I worked with Emma on my funny middle-grade debut, the first in the Anisha Mistry series (Usborne, 2019). Emma was razor sharp and tuned into my story from the beginning. She helped me get to the core of what I was trying to write about and get rid of the rubbish early on. Emma is supportive and generous with her feedback and time. I couldn't have finished my book without her insight and guidance. She is a one in a million editor and I'm sure anyone who works with her will benefit from her eagle-eyed attention to detail and her ability to get the best out of a writer."

Serena is a debut author who signed a three-book deal for her middle-grade fiction series with Usborne in 2018 after being mentored by Emma for 14 months.

Serena Patel

"I've been lucky enough to attend workshops and classes lead by Emma, and her tuition has played an invaluable role in my author journey. With a thorough understanding of the children’s book industry, Emma is an encouraging yet constructively critical teacher. From helping with structure and plot, to giving advice on character, voice and tone, Emma imparts her knowledge with professionalism, warmth and a cracking sense of humour. Can’t recommend this lady enough!"

Holly is a debut author who signed an exciting yet-to-be-announced book deal in 2018.

Holly Rivers

"George Poles is an exceptional Script Executive. He combines a great understanding of the craft of shaping stories with a very warm, engaging manner which helps him form strong, trusting relationships with writers."

Anne is the joint MD of Kindle Entertainment (Hank Zipzer, Dixi, Jamillah and Aladdin, Dustbin Baby, Leonardo etc etc) and was formerly Executive Producer at the BBC on everything from Teletubbies to Death of a Salesman. Before that she was Controller of Granada Kids.

Anne Brogan

"I was stuck and didn’t know how to develop my story. Alex helped me to stand back and look at my novel with fresh eyes. She got me re-connecting with my characters in ways I hadn’t thought of before. I couldn’t have moved forward without her."

Sasha writes original plays for stage and is also a theatre director. She writes children's novels and is working on her first adult ghost story

Sasha Mears

"Addy has been critiquing my picture book stories for several years and she always does so in a thoughtful, supportive way. She has a great eye for the heart of a story and a real flair for helping you to work out the strongest elements without ever imposing her own ideas."

Liz is a network co-ordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Central North.

"Sarah Mussi knows how stories, and the people who write them, work and she’s a wizard with both. Under her guidance, I’ve seen writers grow in confidence and skill and discover abilities they didn’t know they had. She can get to the heart of what you want – and are struggling – to say and explain it all with warmth and compassion. I’ve worked with Sarah for over a decade at the Winchester Writers' Festival and as colleagues in Creative Words Matter with Barbara Large and seen her enthusiasm and expertise first hand. She’s the best of the best!"

Adrienne is an author and a workshop leader at Winchester Writers' Festival.

Liz Miller

Adrienne Dines


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