When you need to ignite your writing, Sam Ruddock is here to help. Editing, coaching, mentoring, advice, events and more.

Sam Ruddock

About Me

I am Editorial Director at Gatehouse Press.
I am Director of Story Machine Productions.

I am also a coach, project manager, and fundraiser.

I have worked in literature and the book trade for more than fifteen years, first with Waterstones and then National Centre for Writing.

I love words and stories, and am passionate about helping you succeed.

You can find out more about me here.


Whether you need an editor to look at your manuscript before you start to submit it, a coach to help you find the work-life balance you need, or some advice on fundraising, agents, or the book industry, you’ve come to the right place. Let me help you – and your writing – reach for the sky.

I am relaxed and friendly to work with. I will be enthusiastic about your work and the potential for it. I will help you get what you want for your writing.


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


A space to talk through ideas, get feedback on your work, problem solve, and look at next steps. A great starting place.


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

Fundraising & Advice

Fundraising support and guidance, industry information, and introductions to people who might help your work thrive.


Writing workshops to help you get started, and keep going with your writing.


Creating unique experiences that help your work stand out from the crowd.

‘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

Superb webinar tonight on applying for Arts Council Funding. I’ve abandoned applications many times but – at last! – I understand what they’re looking for.

Naomi Frisby

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

A brilliant and insightful session. You’ve helped to tame the mysterious beast of funding and turned it into an aimable pussy cat

Natalie Persoglio


Work With Me

Everything I offer can be personalised to your requirements.

Contact me today for a bespoke quote or to discuss your needs.