Author: Bogi Takács

Story / Poem Critique by Bogi Takács

Item Name & Description: I critique your story or poem! Any genre is welcome, maximum length: 7500 words.

I write science fiction, fantasy and uncategorizable oddities. My work has been published in venues like Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and Apex.

In addition to general writing-related comments, I can also offer my opinion on topics in my area of expertise and/or I can be your sensitivity reader. I am a psycholinguist by trade and I have also worked as a science and technology journalist in the past. I am a Hungarian Jewish trans person currently living in the US. I have been reviewing and recommending SFF stories and poetry in English since 2010, usually with a focus on marginalized groups and diversity. If your story needs a sensitivity read from someone besides me too, I will tell you about that and refer you to an additional reader, usually a specific person.

I have no topic or genre limitations! I read anything from literary fiction to near-future hard SF to epic fantasy to body horror. I prefer to be notified in advance about violence and sexual content, but that does not mean it is off-limits. A lot of science is fine. Absolutely no science is also fine.

Starting Bid: $50

Other Notes? I am a curmudgeonly curmudgeon and also tend to do line edits while reading for critique. If you don’t want line edits, only general commentary, tell me in advance!

Format: most electronic formats are fine. Preference for OpenDocument (.odt) or Word .doc. LaTeX is also fine :)

I will probably be able to send you my comments within a month, and be in touch if there are any delays.

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).

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Public reviews of your speculative short fiction!

Item Name & Description: I’ll review your speculative stories!

Starting Bid: $25


Reviews of 3 short stories OR 2 novelettes OR 1 novella of your choice! Speculative fiction only. You can request any published and commercially available works. (Free websites count.) You don’t need to request your own fiction – this is a good opportunity to focus attention on your favorite works! Or even your most hated ones ;]

I do not normally review self-pub, but I will do so for the purposes of this auction, so you can request self-published work too.

You’ll need to email me the stories if they are not available free of charge online. Reviews will follow my usual format, check out the website to see over a hundred examples!

Works published in 2013 will also be included in my story battles feature!

Story length is decided by Nebula award word count.

“Short Story: less than 7,500 words;
Novelette: at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words;
Novella: at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words”

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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