About Me

My name is James Ellis and I am a full-time freelance writer and editor.


The Wrong Story cover

My first novel, The Wrong Story (see above) was published in March, 2017 and I am currently editing my second novel. It’s available in all reputable bookshops (and, I hope, a few disreputable shops too), including these online establishments.

I have had a number of short and flash fiction stories published as well as a travelogue of my journey through Central America. I am a Real Writers prizewinner, a Carers UK prizewinner, and I am on the BBC list of Promising Writers.

I also provide a portfolio of writing services including educational, technical, business and proposal authoring; structural and developmental editing for fiction; creative writing tutoring and workshops; and mentoring for unpublished writers. My most recent writing workshops are:

  • Editing & Editors – Roles, Responsibilities & Outcomes
  • Crowdfunding – a New Paradigm in Publishing

In the past I have worked as a technical author, a user-experience designer, an information consultant for NGOs and charitable organisations, and as an information and  solution designer for an outsourcing and consultancy company. I have written for most media, including print, online and AV.

I am a graduate of Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing and I spent my placement working at an Oxford-based literary agency as a submissions reader. I am a member of the International Flann O’Brien Society and the Society Of Authors.

Included in the short stories that I have had published are:

Fire-Diver's Pier

Artwork by London Journal of Fiction for The Fire-Diver’s Assistant

  • The Money Launderers Box Of Rubbish
  • The Fire-Divers Assistant
  • The Therapist
  • A Rare Bird

You can read more about my published work by clicking here.

You can also find out more about what’s been happening to me recently by clicking here, or check out some photographs here.