|I am meticulous about trying to give some useful pointers as feedback, if not about writing, at least about what I felt when I read the piece. I will not do line-by-line edits but will give examples of the typos or errors, if seen at all. I prefer not to read explicit details or abusive language although I will review anything asked, personal preference disregarded. My own forte is for writing short stories, observational humour. But if I review what is outside my capacity or comfort zone, I research the norms before commenting. I do not intend to hurt or denigrate, for I respect writing too much to do so. Nor do I feel I review except as fellow word-lover and writing-student. If I forget a commitment, feel free to knock on my door to remind me!|
|I try to be honest and give the review I would want to hear about my own work.|
|My review style is more to the point of what I read. Did it hold my intrest and did I want to read more. I feel too mush attention is put on punctuation and not enought of the "meat " of the writting. If I notice something ovious I will mention it , but I am ot an editor so I don't tell you how to correct your mistakes.|
|Analyze the story bit by bit, seeing the flaws or successes it may have. Grammar it's not THAT important, but at least a little coherence.|
|I focus mainly on stylistic aspects of your work and favour writing inline critiques so as to make sure that you know exactly what I am referring to. I believe in constructive criticism. However, I am honest and, though I will do my best to convey my points in the most tactful way possible, I will not give a good rating to a work that does not deserve it. I do my best to adapt to your needs and specifications, and like to post any useful links I think would help you in writing your story. I also love to follow-upsvia PM's, so if you have any questions (or if you want to defend something I criticized, it happens), I will be glad to answer, clarify, or just start a discussion with you via email. **NOTE: I'm a perfectionist, and the price reflects the time it takes to make a thorough and helpful review. It also allows me not to have too many requests at the same time. Reviewing will also be slow until May.**|
|Unsentimental. I focus on the kinds of craft issues that will keep a writer from being taken seriously and prevent them from fully expressing their vision. For more information, see "Writing Hurts: Review Forum"|
|In-depth. I need to become fully immersed in your story before I can write a single word of feedback with any confidence, and by that time I'll have a lot of ideas on how you could improve your work (even if it's stunning, as I had some training in critiquing classic novels at college). My comments will not be ascerbic but I will focus on where you can improve as well as praising what I like about your writing. I am more interested in the big issues - themes, structure, style, character and story arcs, than proofreading. I would rather you reviewed one of my chapters in return, and forget the payment. I'm still searching for a beta reader.|
|When reviewing other's work I tend to be straight forward and honest. I do not do sarcasm as it can be taken as being rude. I do not like horror stories.|
|I am a very dedicated and sensitive reviewer when it comes to short stories and review all aspects of a story (plot, character composition, the nature of the story, core elements, grammar/spelling, general themes, etc.). I tend to read the entire work more than once and try my very best to put myself in both the character's and the author's shoes when reading this story. Authors should expect a total review, in which I point out the mistakes and areas of improvement, but also identify your strongest points in your writing. I specialize in short stories and minor in poetry. I am a bit more costly, but you can expect a solid review in a timely manner (see my previous reviews for examples).|
|Honest. If you want fluff, there's plenty of 'encouraging' groups to ask.|
|I'll read it twice if necessary. I'll be honest, maybe brutal but don't let that crush you. I am only here to help :).|
|I focus on plot and characters. Stories I really get into I break down looking at grammar and spelling. I am honest to the core of my reviews and I like to extend as much grace as I can to new writers (cause we've all been there). As far as star ratings go:*Five stars means I think you can publish it.*Four and a half stars means I think just a few changes need to be made (mostly spelling and grammar).*Four stars mean there is something either in the plot, or characters, that aren't working.*Three and a half stars means it's above average for a WDC item, which means revise it once and then call me.*Three stars mean it's an average WDC item, which means revise it once, or twice, and then call me.*Two and a half stars means it's below average for a WDC item, which means something major to the story isn't working.*Two stars means most everything has gone wrong.*One and a half stars means that the only redeeming factor is the premise.*One star means WTF!|
|I attempt a well-rounded review where I look at the item from a writer's and reader's perspective. I'll tell you what I liked and what I think could be strengthened. I like to think I'm a courteous and helpful reviewer.|
|I will review based on the flow and continuity of a story, how well a scene fits together, along with the over all feel the piece gives. If I find grammar errors I will mention them, but I generally don't focus on them.|
|I always add both positive and constructive comments to all of my reviews. I'm fast and thorough, and I fulfill any and all specifications in the review request. I'm willing to review ANYTHING without a bias, or judgements on the nature of a piece of work. Please send me an email to my offsite email as well as sending a request because I forget to check here as often. I will get to your request if you send me an offsite email at email@example.com. If you contact me with a reminder that you sent me a request I'll get right on it!!!|
|I review in categories on all major points of a poem or story.|
|I like a review that makes me edit, even if it bothers me or offends me. So I look at your piece with, "What would I change to make this better and why?" And I write down most of what I think... the limit being how much you paid, more than how much you can handle! And of course there's no guarantee that my advice won't make it worse. Well, except the long list of bestseller credits-- oh, I haven't published them yet. But feel free to request a refund if I really like your piece. It's happened, sometimes I'm in too good of a mood and I think your work is perfect. If it was, you'd be submitting it for a royalty advance... praise is nice but it's like Chinese food, you need more in an hour. Whereas critique sticks to your ribs...|
|I am honest, but kind and encouraging. I will offer ideas if something strikes me.|
|I point out what I see or what I don't. I like to give advice using examples in your writing. I like to talk about the writing, I will address something if I like it. If you send a request, let me know what aspect you want looked at, and I'll pay more attention to it.|
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