The Second Pen is a bespoke literary consultancy currently based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and run by Elodie Olson-Coons, an internationally-published bilingual writer, ghostwriter, editor and translator. 

The name comes from an old French expression for ghostwriters, ‘la deuxième plume’: as someone particularly interested in the collaborative aspects of writing, I can be a creative quill or a highlighter, writing your novel from scratch or editing your web copy. I’d love nothing more than to turn the bright spark of your idea into a book, to smooth out kinks in grammar or spelling so your writing can shine, to take an existing text and rework it for a new audience – or in a new language. No project is too big or too small! 

I grew up in France with my American parents, studied in Britain ’06-’11 and currently live in Switzerland. I have a literary baccalaureate, mention très bien, a first-class degree in English Literature from Magdalene College, Cambridge, and an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. I have been a full-time freelancer since 2014. 


specialisms, interests, misc.

fiction • myth • culture • novels • mountains • memoir • travel • biography • language • transformation • life writing • flash fiction • research • hiking • autobiography • food • music • retellings • gin • prose poetry • criticism • English • poems • belonging • smart blogs • interviews • poetry • academic work • museums • beautiful copy • reviews • French • literary fiction • love



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