Feedback: 1000 Words, Fiction
You've written some literary prose -- a short story, the next chapter of your novel -- and you've polished it enough that you want to know what another human being thinks of it. I can be that human being! I provide feedback on a form that looks at:
and provide any other additional comments not covered by the above. This feedback also includes a light copyedit, either in the whole piece or the first few pages. A "light copyedit" includes:
*Making sure you've used punctuation correctly and consistently.
*Fixing any embarrassing, hard-to-catch typos or spelling errors.
*Addressing any possible ambiguity or confusion in your prose.
*Catching inadvertently hurtful or discriminatory language.
This service does NOT include:
*Rewriting your work.
*Making your manuscript publisher- or agent-ready.
*A long-term crit/feedback relationship.
*Making you sound "like me."
My goal is to give you concrete, actionable feedback so that your story can be the best version of itself. The Simbi deal is for 1000 words; I may adjust the price upwards or downwards depending on the size and scope of the project. If you REALLY like my feedback, we can discuss an on-going critique exchange and what that might entail.
I read a lot across a variety of genres, but I particularly enjoy reading the most in science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, so I'm the most familiar with those conventions and tropes: if your story falls into one of those categories I'm probably part of your target audience. I'm much less familiar with crime, romance, and thrillers. I'm also familiar with YA, but it's not my favorite.
Training & Qualifications
I have a BA in English (Creative Writing) from Hamilton College, and worked as a freelance copyeditor from 2013 to 2018. I maintain a long-running writing Meetup and have been a founding member of two successful critique groups.
Availability & Preferences
Evenings and weekends, GMT +1