Sorry, I am unable to provide any individual guidance or advice on your writing journey.  Also, I don’t read short stories or books, or critique work for anyone. However, do come and join in the Start Write Now Facebook page which I am sure you will find useful and a whole bundle of fun.

My agent 

Madeleine Milburn
10 Shepherd Market
Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 7550

Literary agent of the Year (The British Book Awards 2018)

My publisher 

Avon HarperCollins
1 London Bridge Street
SE1 9G

Publisher of the Year  (The British Book Awards 2018)

Press kit

Below you will find  a short bio, a long bio, a hi-res image colour and b/w image and an email contact form above should you require anything else.

Short bio

Mel Sherratt is the author of fourteen crime novels, with over 1.4 million sales. She writes police procedurals, psychological suspense, and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, she lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for most of her books. She founded Start Write Now in 2019

Long bio

Mel Sherratt is the international bestselling author of fourteen novels, with two others written and ready to go, selling over 1.4 million copies. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award, she has also been named as one of her home town’s top 100 influential people for the past three years.

Previous to independently publishing five novels and working alongside publishers as a hybrid author, she worked for Stoke-on-Trent City Council. She was a housing officer for eight years, and then spent four years working as a training and development consultant in Adult Social Care, where she took care of their press and social media platforms, edited a quarterly magazine and wrote training policies and strategies for 1400 staff.

Represented by Madeleine Milburn, Agent of the Year (The British Book Awards 2018), Mel regularly speaks on panels at festivals and conferences and has been featured in numerous publications such as Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday and the Writers and Artists Yearbook 2016-2018. She has been a guest on several podcasts including The Self-publishing Formula Podcast, The Creative Penn and The Worried Writer. 

Mel writes a column in her local newspaper, Stoke-On-Trent Live (The Sentinel) and works in partnership with a cancer charity, Douglas Macmillan Hospice, raising money as a guest speaker at literary lunches and writing masterclasses.

None of this would have been possible if she hadn’t finished that first novel. Even though she wrestles with self-doubt on a daily basis, her message is always about finishing what you start, and never giving up, no matter what.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer). You can find out more at her website www.startwritenow or on Twitter at @startwritenow

Hi-res images