Critique

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.