Manuscript Critique – Up to 10,000 Words

Item Name & Description: I’ll critique up to 10,000 words of your original fiction or narrative nonfiction. (Short stories welcome; no fanfiction, academic writing, or poetry.) You can choose one of three critique types:

1) Content edit: a holistic review of the story structure, plot, and pacing with recommended changes – a more thorough version of the edit letter you might get from an editor at a traditional publishing house. Example:

2) Line edit: a more detailed critique of lines and paragraphs, focusing less on the story and more on the telling. Emphasis on improving dialogue, streamlining the narrative, and punching up the prose. Example:

3) Copyedit: going through individual words and sentences with a fine-tooth comb. No substantial changes – just correcting grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation, and flagging awkward, misused, or redundant words/phrases. Example:

Regardless of which critique you choose, I will be glad to customize my work: if there are any particular questions you have or story elements you’d like to receive special attention, just let me know. Most clients describe my style as thorough, insightful, and positive/constructive. Don’t choose me if you’re looking for a ruthless drill sergeant to pulverize your manuscript!

As for me: I’m a traditionally-published author and writing instructor with a master’s degree in English and several years of professional editing experience. I teach for the DFW Writers Conference, the Loft Literary Center, and this year am chairing the ApolloCon Writers Workshop in Houston. I’m also an active member of the DFW Writers Workshop, one of the oldest and largest critique groups in the southern US. My full bio is available online. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy bidding!

-Tex

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: For line editing and copyedits, I generally use MS Word’s “Track Changes” feature, but am glad to work through any digital medium. Once I’ve received your manuscript, please allow two weeks for critique.

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Critique (by Katharine Kerr)

Item Name & Description: Critique up to 100 pages.

Writing a novel? Have one finished and wondering if it has a chance to sell? I am a professional novelist with 26 fantasy and science fiction books to my credit, 24 of which have been internationally published by major publishers. I’ll do a critique that covers character, world-building, and plot development, as well as a good many line edits, of the first 100 pages of your work. Warning! if I think it sucks, I’ll tell you that and why. I’ll also suggest ways you can fix it if I think it can be saved or if not, suggest you try another book. This offer is not for those who want a vanity read.

Starting Bid: 50 dollars American. We will communicate in email, so postage is not a problem.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Short story critique

Item Name & Description: Short story critique

I will read and critique a short story of up to 7,000 words. My fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Clarkesworld, Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, and both Strahan and Horton’s Year’s Best anthologies. I am willing to read in almost any genre.

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: Would prefer not to read horror and explicit rape/torture scenes. I will deliver the critique within 30 days of receiving the story, which may be sent any time after July 1, 2015. (If sent prior to July, which is fine, be aware that I may not be able to respond until July 30.)

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Manuscript Critique

Manuscript Critique (10K or less)

I am one of the Editors-in-Chief and co-Publishers of Uncanny Magazine. I will provide a personal critique of a manuscript up to 10K words, either via email or Google Hangout/Skype (your choice). Either a short story or first few chapters of a novel (please include synopsis of rest of novel if that’s what you’re submitting).

Starting Bid: $100

Notes: I will provide this critique in a timely manner, as negotiated with the auction winner.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Story Critique

Item Name & Description: A professional critique of a story (or excerpt) up to 8,000 words. Critique includes line edits, and overall developmental feedback.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I’ll do my best to get my notes back to you within a week of receiving your story/excerpt.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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