All good writing is full of invisible ink. Every literary project contains hundreds of unseen words, from the notes scribbled down during an initial brainstorm, to the annotations made in the margins of a draft, to the feedback received from a first reader. Invisible ink develops, improves, perfects—and when the writing process is done, it disappears. 

At Invisible Ink Literary Consultancy, we believe writing is for everyone. Whether you intend to publish or simply learn a new skill, whether you want to explore your past or unleash your imagination, if you have a story in mind, we’d love to help you write it. Our input can vary greatly; you may wish to discuss a novel outline with one of our mentors, or you may require one of our readers to 
provide feedback on a complete manuscript. Whatever the project, we will always be professional and constructive, and your work will always remain yours.

Invisible Ink provides support, advice and expertise through Ghostwriting, Mentoring, Manuscript Assessment, and Teaching and Workshops. Take a look around our website to learn more about each service, and please don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you would like to collaborate on a writing project, or have any questions.


Invisible Ink was founded in 2017 by Amanda Block, an Edinburgh-based writer, ghostwriter, and literary consultant. Amanda has an MSc in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh, has undertaken copy-writing training with Publishing Scotland, and is a member of the Society of Authors. She has over seven years’ experience in the publishing industry, and specialises in the following areas:

  • Ghostwriting
    Amanda has ghostwritten seven full-length books. She has worked in a variety of styles and genres, including biography, memoirs, and literary, historical and detective fiction. Amanda has also penned a children’s book of eastern fairy tales inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, a novel for young adults, and over fifty short stories and articles on subjects as wide-ranging as travel, banking, philosophy, food, and celebrities.

  • Literary Consulting
    Amanda offers mentorship on novel-writing, especially during the early stages of story development, and has overseen the planning and writing of over twenty books. She also provides detailed feedback for novels-in-progress in the form of reader reports. Amanda works regularly with the Faber Academy, Arcadian Lifestyle Publishing, White Mountain Books, and numerous private clients.

  • Teaching and Workshops
    Amanda currently teaches novel-writing and beginner, intermediate and advanced creative writing with the City of Edinburgh Council's Adult Education Programme. She has also taught creative writing to young adults with ISSOS International Summer Schools, run writing workshops in both the UK and Switzerland, and chaired events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

  • Writing
    Amanda’s own fiction takes the form of short stories, and is often inspired by myths and fairy tales. Her work has been shortlisted in contests such as the Bridport Prize, the Mslexia Short Story Competition, and the Waterstone’s Booksellers' Bursary Award. She has also been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Bookanista, Stories for Homes, and World Weaver Press’ Fae and Scarecrow collections. 



Invisible Ink supports writers from all over the world, but we are proud to call Edinburgh our home. In 2004, Scotland’s capital was named UNESCO's first City of Literature in recognition of its rich literary heritage and its promotion of contemporary writing and storytelling. The city hosts the world’s biggest celebration of the written word, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and has inspired countless writers, including Walter Scott, Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, and JK Rowling. 

I have just completed a term of creative writing with Amanda Block as the tutor. It has been a most enjoyable and fruitful experience for me… Amanda came up with all kinds of stimulating, innovative and original ideas that got us thinking outside the box and moving out of our particular comfort zones… I had got out of the habit of writing—lost my mojo! However, this class has done me the world of good and I have started to work on a novel and a book of short stories.

- A.C. Turner, author of 'Green Carnations'

I have been a member of Amanda's creative writing class for the last few months. It has been excellent. Amanda has a great relaxed teaching style and is very adept at guiding and facilitating the creative process. I know everyone in our group has enjoyed the classes and feels their writing has improved. I would recommend her workshops to anyone.

- Bill Haddow, Creative Writing Course: Intermediate

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