I will give you a free sample of developmental editing on a short piece of your writing. It can be the first chapter of a novel or a short story – I’ll comment on around 2500* words.
I will provide criticism on the areas I find are most important for you to work on, including, but not limited to:
- Story & narrative
- Character portrayal & development
- Descriptions & exposition
- Pacing & continuity
- Believability & fact-checking
- Word use, sentence structure, & overall grammar
I will help you improve your writing, but that means I have to be honest. I won’t be mean to you, but I won’t hold back, either.
If you’re looking for a pat on the head, look elsewhere.
I prefer to read the imaginative and fantastic – speculative fiction – but I recognise that good storytelling is not tied to any particular genre.
No first drafts. Your material should be at least a thoroughly revised second draft.
Use my contact form to get in touch with me, and I will get back to you with a timeline.
I’ll reply with an estimated timeline – normally around a week. But since I can’t predict my workload and I have to prioritise paid assignments, it will sometimes take longer.
Here are some nice things people have said about the work I did for them:
“Magnus provided a first class copy editing service, comparable to any I have seen from a major publisher. Possibly superior. I recommend his work.”
Laurence O’Bryan – Author of The Istanbul Puzzle & The Cairo Puzzle
“Magnus is without a doubt a godsend when it comes to editing a book. For me, he has been thoughtful, patient, and considerate regarding my needs and has approached each problem with total professionalism.”
Robert H Fellows – Author of The Six Pack
*If your story or chapter is longer than 2500 words, submit the full piece and I’ll do as much as I have time for.