SFF writers need feedback that understands the genres, tropes, world building, magic systems, fictional science, and the speculative. For lengthy works, common in SFF, finding good beta readers can be difficult and multiple developmental edits expensive. If you’re a genre writer in a marginalized group, it’s even more difficult to find quality feedback.
A Critique is more than a Beta read and less than a Developmental edit. Ideal for manuscripts that have already received a Developmental edit and underwent major revisions making a second Developmental edit too much.
Maybe your manuscript has had beta reads but you want a professional to look at it before submitting to an agent or publisher.
A Critique can be just right if your manuscript fits tightly in a sub-genre like epic fantasy, grimdark, space opera, fantasy romance, etc. Full Developmental editing may not be required because the sub-genre dictates the structure.
My approach is a combination of developmental editing and critiques like those found in a workshop. This comprises multiple close readings of the work delving into not just the mechanics of the piece, but how well it works. I try to reveal what meaning the author has elicited (intentionally or not) and review choices of voice, style, and form. I pose questions the author may not have asked themselves from the reader’s perspective.
Critiques start at $25 per 10,000 words: You’ll receive feedback in a multi-page critique on form, meaning, layers, and voice. Each work is unique and every author’s circumstances are different. I work with each author to provide a custom quote. Sample critiques are available if you wish to see how I work. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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