Any writer worth their salt will know that the best way to improve is through honest and open critique. We can only get so far if we guard our manuscripts like it's a precious stone that's going to be stolen the second anyone realises that we have it -- hey, this isn't The Lord of the Rings, no one's going to fight you to the death to take a look at your manuscript. 

Quite the opposite, actually.

Many writers are afraid of critiques because it reminds them of criticism. However, I see plenty of manuscripts that could have really done with some secondary input just to point out some of the flaws that writers don't notice in their own work. Let's be honest. When we've spent hours producing a piece of writing, we like to sit back and say, "Wow, that's fantastic." Sort of the same way a mother will look at her new born child and think that it's beautiful, even if it's physically impaired. We need help noticing these issues (a mother doesn't, she'll never find her baby ugly and rightly so!), and that's where I come in. 

As a slush reader, I can honestly say you don't want to give me any excuse to put down your manuscript, so how about opening yourself up to constructive criticism in order to try and iron out some of those kinks in your writing? My critiques consist of in-depth analysis of the main components of a story. I will not do a line-by-line edit (details about that can be found on my editing page), but I will point out any recurring grammar or spelling errors. Instead, I will provide an annotated critique, meaning that I will send your work back to you as a word or PDF document with detailed annotations and advice in the margin.

Unfortunately, my time and effort isn't free, so go to the contact page to contact me for a quote, and/or possible non-monetary arrangement.
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