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Proof of Pudding

What discerning judges have said about The Coffee Story

'It's been a while since I read a first novel that felt as universally accomplished as Peter Salmon's The Coffee Story' - Toby Litt

'I was constantly intoxicated by a sense of desire & loss' - Jake Arnott

'Wild and raucous... an extraordinarily accomplished debut' - Niall Griffiths

'Reminiscent of Phillip Roth's Everyman. But it's much, much funnier' - Sydney Morning Herald

'An exceptional debut' - Martyn Bedford

Hard Sell

Edit Suite

Edit Suite is a new service for writers who want detailed critical feedback on their writing, and a hands-on personal approach to their ongoing careers. As an experienced writer and teacher of creative writing, I thoroughly enjoy the process of working with other writers to help them produce the best possible work, and get their vision down on the page.

For more information contact me at peter.salmon@live.co.uk


Copy editing and Proofreading
I also offer copy-editing and proofreading services for those who want to make sure their manuscript is in the best possible shape before they submit it to an agent, publisher or magazine. My clients include Verso Books, Hesperus, Jessica Kingsley Publishing, Third Millennium, Ashgate, Global Publishing, Authoright, Sunrise Setting and SAGE.

Manuscript Assessment and Structural Editing

Writing a full length work, whether a novel or a short story, is a huge challenge, no matter how experienced you are. We all know how it feels to not be able to step outside the process, and get good critical feedback. When you submit your manuscript to Edit Suite you will get a detailed, constructive assessment of your work within 4-6 weeks, looking at your idea and giving advice about plot, narrative, character development, and how to take the next step. There will be a line edit, as well as a reader’s report. I also provide help with advice on future self-editing, so you have the tools to critically appraise your future writing.

If you feel that you want ongoing feedback of your work, I also offer a mentoring programme. Featuring six sessions spread over twelve months, you can submit up to 60,000 words for assessment, and we will meet one-to-one and discuss your work where and when it suits you, including online. At the end of the 12 months I will also produce a detailed assessment of your manuscript with the aim of having it ready to send to agents and publishers, and assistance in getting the manuscript ready to send.



As a former Director of the John Osborne Arvon Centre at The Hurst, Peter Salmon must be among the most experienced proponents of creative writing tutoring in the country. Since his seven highly successful years at Arvon, he has published The Coffee Story, a debut that was not only critically acclaimed but that is a delight to read: wide-ranging, wry and with real bite in the language.

Peter is an enabler: the kind of gatekeeper who knows how and when it’s appropriate to open that gate. I recommend him very highly indeed.

Fiona Sampson, Professor of Poetry, Roehampton University

Peter Salmon has an eye and the ear needed both to write a sentence that sings precisely, and to identify how others might create the same. His editorial work is sympathetic and astute. He seems to guess at the very thing you most wish to communicate, and then he enables you to reach it and articulate it in your own way. An invaluable support, his comments are always thoughtful and germane. His suggestions for wider reading are enriching, and exactly what is most needed.

– Jim Friel, Programme Leader for the MA in Writing and Post-graduate Writing courses at the Centre for Writing, Liverpool John Moores University

Pete has both the inspiring edge of a real writer and the diligent patience of a true teacher. His advice is the kind that can’t be found in a book. Pete’s teaching is fresh like his writing. He tailors his approach to his students, has a knack for explaining things in unique yet completely relatable ways, and is laid-back and down-to-earth enough to encourage his students to speak their minds—even disagree with him! His encouragement of me personally as his student made me consider, for the first time, making writing my career. Prior to my supervision with Pete, I saw writing as something I loved to do but which could never be actualized as a profession. After a short three weeks under his demanding encouragement and care, while being a writer was still daunting to me, I felt equipped with the confidence and the technical skills to give it my best shot. Pete’s presence, both in his voice in his own writing and his genuineness as a mentor, make him perfectly suited to teaching writing.

– Caroline Beaton, Student, Pembroke College Cambridge

During the summer of 2013 I was a student at the Cambridge University/National Academy of Writing Summer Programme. One of the highlights of that excellent course was having Pete Salmon as my small-group supervisor. Pete was always thoroughly prepared for our sessions; he had read our submissions with a keen eye and made each of us feel as if our writing was vital and important. Pete had the knack of being affirming and encouraging on the one hand, but also truthful and constructive on the other, and that’s no small feat. I recommend him to you without reservation.

– Charles Kroeker, Student, Pembroke College Cambridge



Manuscript Assessment/Structural Editing

Structural Edit including reader’s report: £15 per 1000 words

Copy Editing or Proofreading

Copy-editing: £6.00 per 1000 words, Proofreading: £4.00 per 1000 words


One year, 6 sessions, £1500

For more information contact me at peter.salmon@live.co.uk

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