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The StorySmith

Announcement    Digital fiction writing & editorial tools and online services for writers, novelists, short story authors. Get feedback on your stories from an experienced fiction editor. Sign up to my blog and StorySmith news at https://thestorysmith.wixsite.com/thestorysmith/blog

No refunds, I'm afraid. You are at liberty to disagree with my assessments, but I will have given a lot of time and consideration to your manuscript and, as such, I deserve to be paid for my time.
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Digital fiction writing & editorial tools and online services for writers, novelists, short story authors. Get feedback on your stories from an experienced fiction editor. Sign up to my blog and StorySmith news at https://thestorysmith.wixsite.com/thestorysmith/blog

No refunds, I'm afraid. You are at liberty to disagree with my assessments, but I will have given a lot of time and consideration to your manuscript and, as such, I deserve to be paid for my time.
Shop has only just been properly launched in October 22.
Please contact me with any questions or if you experience any problems with accessing your products or if any links are broken.
Thanks!

Siret: 87847744700014

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Author; Freelance Editor & Writing Coach

With almost twenty years of fiction writing experience, and a decade of coaching and editorial experience in small presses, I’ve read it all – almost! I’ve run workshops and writing groups both locally and on-line, and I have learned how to help the most anxious, inexperienced authors to the most stubborn, cantankerous ones. Always with respect for the author and the work, and always with a firm eye on the end goal of guiding the novel to its most glorious next or final draft (depending), I will treat your story with the utmost care and consideration.

Expect to receive honest but constructive feedback, taking into account what kind of publishing path you seek to pursue, who your main readership is, and how to give your book the best chance of success. I'll also provide support in times of imposter syndrome or a lack of inspiration through my Facebook group, which I invite all my clients and students to join and use for free.

My belief is that the relationship between author and editor is a matter of teamwork. A developmental editor’s job is not to tell the author how to write but to offer suggestions that dig deeper into the manuscript and lead them to find the answers they seek, reignite their creative juices, and tackle the next revision with focus and drive.

I have a huge passion for storytelling and the underlying mechanics with both macro and micro elements. I can pick out problematic elements, strip the story down to its main components and rebuild those weaker sections while adhering to the heart of the original material and author's intention. I will work my socks off to help you bring your vision to life, to hone it into a piece of work that speaks not only about the characters, themes and worlds that you bring to life, but about your author voice and brand.

My writing digital downloads have been adapted from my highly-rated Skillshare video course How to Plot Your Story Arcs. I’m working on updating those classes and bringing them to my shop in good time. If you are interested in taking one of the most insightful writing classes you’ll ever participate in, watch this space!

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Frequently asked questions

What is the turnaround time for a full manuscript assessment?

It very much depends on the word count and level of writing. In-line assessments take a lot longer. Roughly, for 120k words you could be looking at about 3 months+. For 60-80k words, 4-6 weeks on average. FROM START DATE. Start dates work on a queue system.

What are your qualifications and experience?

I've been writing for 18 years, I've had several short stories published, written several novels and novellas, and I've worked in the litmag/small presses circuit for best part of a decade as both first reader and editor. My workshops have been well-received both live and online, and I've been involved with various writing communities both on the ground and on the internet, leading me into a coaching and editing business. I've workshopped both published and newbie authors' works. I love it all! And I understand writer and editor perspectives for both creation and publishing considerations. I know the inner workings of stories!

What kind of editing do I need?

I specialise in developmental editing. That means I deal with getting the plot, characters and themes in place to ensure the correct framing, pacing and tension points before the writer moves onto line edits. If you are unsure if your story hits the right notes in the right places, if there are gaps in the plot, or if you are unsure how to fully develop your characters, the General MS Assessment is probably more suited to you.

If you are mostly happy with all the above and want line edits and a deeper scrutiny on the effectiveness of your prose and pacing, the Detailed/In-line MS Assessment is likely more appropriate.

After either assessment, you will still need to have your work proofread before publication.

Do you offer proofreading, too?

I'm afraid not. My passion is in the mechanics of storytelling, word building and character creation, not so much on correcting typos.