SF or Fantasy Novel Critique from Yoon Ha Lee

Item Name & Description:

I will critique a science fiction or fantasy novel manuscript of up to 150,000 words. This is a general critique rather than line editing (although I am likely to mark things I catch as I go, unless you tell me you don’t want me to). I strongly prefer to read a complete work rather than the beginning chunk of a longer one.

My story “Effigy Nights” was a World Fantasy finalist for Best Short Story in 2014. My works have appeared in Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other venues; my collection CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS came out from Prime Books in 2013, and my space opera novel NINEFOX GAMBIT is forthcoming from Solaris Books this June.

Starting Bid: $200.

Other Notes?

I need the manuscript within 30 days of the end of the auction (in other words, you should plan to have a complete manuscript ready). I will return the critique within 60 days of receiving the novel. I can read RTF or .doc files. I’m happy to send comments through Word’s Track Changes or in a separate email; we can also schedule a one-hour chat about your manuscript over Skype if you’d like. Time-zone-wise I’m in Louisiana, USA, CST, but my schedule is somewhat flexible.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


  1. Let’s get this started! $200.

  2. Ooh! $250.

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