Artist Support

Artist Support

Support for you and your writing to thrive.

Whether you need someone to guide you through the complexities of funding, an editor to look at your manuscript before you submit it to agents and publishers, or a coach to help you find the work-life balance you need, you’ve come to the right place.

Let Story Machine help you – and your writing – thrive.

We are relaxed and friendly to work with. I will be supportive of you, your work, and the potential for it. I will help you get what you want for your writing.

Funding Support

Fundraising support, bid writing, industry information and guidance to help your work thrive. We are particularly experienced in supporting quality applications to Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice through Arts Council England.

Editorial Support

From feedback to a complete structural edit, I can help you polish your manuscript ready for submission and publication.


To help you overcome obstacles, identify and clarify your goals, and develop the plans and structures to achieve them.

Mentoring and Industry Advice

How do you go about finding an agent or publisher? What are the differences between pitching a fiction and a non-fiction project? Should you publish with independents or hold out in the hope of a bigger publisher? Is self-publishing a good idea for you?

If you have questions about how the industry works, we can help answer them and support you to plan with confidence.


‘Sam is an excellent editor. I feel lucky to have worked with him so early in my career.’

Preti Taneja, Desmond Elliott Prize-winning author

Everything Sam does comes from the heart. He is generous and kind, respectful and understanding. He’s a good friend to any book or writer.’

Sally-Anne Lomas, author

‘If you’re thinking of, or struggling with, ACE funding – what to apply for and, more importantly HOW – I can’t recommend Story Machine highly enough. I’ve been amazed by the work Sam’s done with me – his all-encompassing experience and sensitivity to how writers work (on all levels) means a quick and thorough insight into what’s needed and how best to present it. And he’s a total joy to work with, too!’

Jenny Knight

‘Editing my first novel was a daunting task, made immeasurably easier by Sam’s precise and practical insight and advice. The book has undoubtedly been improved by his contributions.’

Simon K Jones

‘I credit Sam’s three-page email outlining my application’s strengths – and specific suggestions on how to address the weaknesses – as the single most important reason I was awarded funding. Sam is generous with his time, and brings to the table extensive experience and an unusual insight into the application process.’

Sandra Jensen

‘I’d lost confidence in my manuscript. Sam provided a detailed and insightful assessment of the structure, themes and characters. He also understood the story I was trying to write and offered a clear vision for how I could better tell that story. His report contained honest yet sensitive suggestions and the mark-up was thorough and eagle-eyed! I now have an agent!

Jess Morgan