I offer a free sample of developmental editing on a short piece of writing, like a chapter of your novel or a short story (around 2,500* words).
I will provide criticism of the areas I find are most important for you to work on. I will look at:
- 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 can be found anywhere.
No first drafts. Your material should be at least a thoroughly revised second draft.
Use my contact form to get in touch.
I will reply with an estimated timeline – normally around a week.
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.