I help writers get their books written

I'm a freelance writer, editor and tutor. On this website you'll find free resources, including my blog, information on the various ways you can work with me, plus links to my books.

Lou holding Four small steps writing guides in our garden July 22


I'm Louise Tondeur

I have helped countless numbers of writers through classes, workshops, editorial feedback, online courses and one-to-one support, and via my nonfiction books.

After doing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and publishing two novels in the early noughties, I did a PhD, travelled the world, and started a family, while publishing fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Nowadays, as well as writing, I'm a part-time university lecturer, and I offer writing services through my website and partner organisations.

How can I help you?

Online Courses

Through online self-paced courses, you can learn in the most flexible way possible. Explore the link between writing and mindset or learn how to find time to write amid the hecticness of life. You can also learn planning and business skills for writers.

Editorial Support

I offer editorial support packages for novelists and nonfiction writers, tailored to your needs, plus mentoring if required. Email me with the length of your book and tell me about your plans for it and I'll get back to you with a no pressure quotation.


Ask my advice about anything book or writing-related. You can book a one-off power hour or, alternatively, over three mentoring sessions we can go into more depth on a specific issue or particular route to publication.

My Books

Click on the books below to find out more. You can access exclusive behind the scenes information on the writing and research that went into my books and most have free extracts available too.


The Water's Edge

My first novel, set in a ramshackle Bournemouth hotel, features a grieving teenager and a seasonal goddess.

Delinquent Girls

A home for unmarried mothers is transformed into a baking school, overseen by a ghost and a magical librarian.

Unusual Places

Stories written on location in quirky places from the London underground to a Cornish café.


The First Small Steps Guide

The book I wrote after searching for the top time management tools.

Writing Guides

Short and friendly writing guides, full of practical ideas. A quick way to get started.

Drama Guides

Pick-up-and-teach Drama lesson plans for busy teachers, including basic skills.

Discover my Courses

From planning a book in a weekend to making money from your writing to finding time to write, these courses are designed to help you develop a successful writer's mindset as well as organisational, planning and business skills.

Plan Your Book in a Weekend

How to Make Money from your Writing in Three Steps

What Kind of Writer Are You?

Take the quiz to discover what kind of writer you are and to get a list of resources targeted to you and your writing. 

From the Blog

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Small Steps Writing Guides

Short, friendly and practical, these Small Steps Guides help you to develop your writing practice by helping you to take small steps towards your goals.

Four small steps writing guides on our garden table July 22
  • How to Write: an alternative guide to starting to write plus writing prompts
  • Find Time to Write: time management techniques plus two challenges
  • How to Write a Novel: easy to follow exercises plus extensive resources
  • How to Think Like a Writer: a ready-made Creative Writing course