What is a critique?
You’ve labored away for a while, but now your novel, novella, or short story is finally done. The problem is that you have little to no idea if it’s any good or what you need to work on.
You need someone (with experience) who can give you honest, constructive feedback on what’s working (strengths) and what isn’t (weaknesses).
That’s where I come in.
I’ll carefully read the entire thing, take notes, answer guiding questions, and give my honest opinion of your story. I’ll read and give constructive feedback as both editor and reader.
I’ll address the big picture stuff.
(This isn’t a copyedit or proofread where I point out or correct grammar issues. If I see a recurring issue with grammar, I’ll tell you about it and give you examples of where I found them, but I won’t fix them.)
A critique is more about finding and fixing the plot holes you didn’t realize there were, character development, lack of conflict, a poor opening, an unsatisfying (different than sad) ending, inappropriate pacing, wrong POV, and any other thing that catches my attention.
For example, you wrote a fight scene, but it’s told in huge, page-long paragraphs. This is slowing your pace way down. Or you didn’t resolve a romantic subplot at the end.
I help you find issues like these that you didn’t catch because you’ve spent the last six months writing and editing this story, and you’re just way too close. Believe me, I’ve been there.
At the end, you’ll have a nice list of things you can improve as well as pointers on what you did a great job on. Plus, you’ll get specific advice on how to fix these things.
Here’s the list of guiding questions I’ll be taking notes on as I go.
- the opening (is it strong and does it have conflict? Do I want to read more?)
- the ending (does it tie everything up?)
- the plot (is there conflict, and how is it resolved? Are there missing scenes? Are there superfluous scenes?)
- the characters (are they believable, and what are their motivations? Do the characters’ actions fit their motivations and personalities?)
- pacing (is it too slow or too fast for what’s going on?)
- POV (would this story be told best from a 1st person POV or 3rd person POV? Are there POV switches in the middle of a scene?)
- overall impression and other concerns (strengths, things to work on, and themes, does this premise “work?” and any other issues)
These are the minimum questions I’ll give you feedback on. It may be more depending on what I find. For every 20,000 words, I’ll give you a single-spaced page of feedback.
You’ll receive the critique in question-answer form in a .doc attachment. This way, you can save it and get back to it without searching through your email.
After you go through my critique, I’ll also answer any questions you have via email, chat, or video chat. You’ll get 30 minutes of my time so we can discuss any questions, comments, or concerns you have. (If you need more time with me, we can add more time for $40/hour.)
This is not a developmental edit. There are no in-text edits or comments, although I’ll refer to page numbers. This is me giving you an overview of your book and what it needs in a separate document so you can make your story better.
*One last note: If your book is part of a series and not the first book, I’ll require a gratis copy of the books before it. There will also be a $35 fee per book for the extra time needed to read those. This is so I can better understand your story and what it needs.
How long does it take?
On average, about a week, but it depends on my schedule. Email me to get specifics.
How much does it cost?
Up to 49,999 words: $49
50,000-114,999 words: $99
115,000-200,000 words: $159