Critique

Develop Your Writing

I can offer you a free sample of developmental editing on a short piece of writing like the first chapter of a novel or a short story – around 2500* words.

I will provide criticism of the areas I find are most important for you to work on, for example:

  • Story & narrative
  • Character portrayal & development
  • Descriptions & exposition
  • Pacing & continuity
  • Believability & fact-checking
  • Word use, sentence structure, & overall grammar

I will help you improve your writing, but that means I have to be honest. I won’t be mean to you, but I won’t hold back, either.

If you’re looking for a pat on the head, look elsewhere.


I prefer to read the imaginative and fantastic – speculative fiction – but I recognise that good storytelling is not tied to any particular genre.

No first drafts. Your material should be at least a thoroughly revised second draft.


Use my contact form to get in touch with me, and I will get back to you with a timeline. I will reply with an estimated timeline – normally around a week. But since I can’t predict my workload and I have to prioritise paid assignments, it will sometimes take longer.


Finally, here are some nice things people have said about the work I did for them:

“Magnus provided a first class copy editing service, comparable to any I have seen from a major publisher. Possibly superior. I recommend his work.”

Laurence O’Bryan – Author of The Istanbul Puzzle & The Cairo Puzzle

“Magnus is without a doubt a godsend when it comes to editing a book. For me, he has been thoughtful, patient, and considerate regarding my needs and has approached each problem with total professionalism.”

Robert H Fellows – Author of The Six Pack


*If your story or chapter is longer than 2500 words, submit the full piece and I’ll do as much as I have time for.