Send me a short story or the first chapter of your novel and I will critique it thoroughly. The service I provide is comparable to my critique package.
I will critique roughly 2500* words free of charge.
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 will focus my criticism on the areas I find are most important for you to work on. I will look at:
- Story, narrative, & voice
- Character portrayal & character development
- Descriptions & exposition
- Pacing & continuity
- Believability & fact-checking
- Word use & sentence structure
I prefer to read the imaginative and fantastic — speculative fiction — but I recognise that good storytelling can be found anywhere.
No rough drafts. I recommend that you have revised your draft thoroughly at least once.
Use my contact form to get in touch.
I will reply with an estimated timeline — usually within a couple of weeks, but I can’t provide a definite deadline for unpaid assignments.
Here are some nice things people have said about my work:
“Magnus provided a first class 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, send me the whole thing and I’ll critique what there is time for.