Critiques

I’m now offering a low-cost fiction critiquing service. Whether you’re an up-and-comer who wants advice, or an experienced pro who just wants a second set of eyeballs, my experience to date makes me your guy.

Please note that I’m just getting this off the ground, and such I cannot yet speak to details such as what percentage of client requests I’ll be able to accept, average turnaround times, and so forth.

What do I mean by "critique"?

Basically, I’m offering a less formal variant of a "content edit." I will offer overall opinions on the work as a whole, and I will look for, and suggest solutions to:

  • plot holes
  • inconsistencies
  • unclear or repetitious description
  • general issues of style

That said, this is not a proofread or a line edit. I will point out any typos or formatting errors I happen to spot, but I won’t be specifically looking for them. I will not be doing line-by-line commentary, and while I will point out the above problems and offer suggestions, I won’t rewrite them all for you.

In essence, come to me for help on the story, not on the text.

What sorts of jobs do I accept?

I’ll critique basically anything that falls under the umbrella of "speculative fiction." Fantasy, science-fiction, supernatural horror, steampunk, that sort of thing. Nonfiction, and fiction genres outside the speculative, are outside my wheelhouse.

I’ll accept short-form or long-form fiction, within reasonable parameters. See below.

Rates

I charge based on word count, at a level that varies slightly based on project length. All prices are in US dollars.

Up to 1,000 words: Flat fee of $15.

Up to 10,000 words: 2.5 cents/word for every word beyond the initial 1,000.

10,001 to 40,000 words: 2 cents/word for every word beyond the initial 10,000.

40,001 to 100,000 words: 1.75 cents/word for every word beyond the initial 40,000.

Longer works may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Rush Jobs

I cannot normally provide a guaranteed turnaround time, but if you absolutely must have your critique by a certain date, we can negotiate that for a slight up-charge.