It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Halloween. NaNoWriMo! Whether you’re hoping finally to start that novel that’s been pestering you, rewrite a previous draft, or maybe write fifty 1,000-word short stories, NaNo is a great opportunity to get some serious word crafting done. But what happens when NaNo is over? When the smoke from the keyboard settles? Is it time to start sending your novel off to agents? Perhaps immediately publish to Amazon and Kobo? Or are you going to make sure your work is the best it can be before sending it out into the world? To help withRead More →
Fiction critiquing & editing service
I not only provide a highly professional service, but I do so with kindness. My aim is to help make your work as close to perfectly right as is possible. I take deadlines seriously, and I respond promptly to emails. I aim to treat each individual client as though he or she were my only client.
I specialise in fiction editing and have several years’ experience with critiquing and editing. I have earned a "Distinction" in Advanced Creative Writing from the Open University, which has provided me with the necessary tools to address the particular needs of fiction writing. I work carefully and methodically, going over every piece of work at least twice.
The confidentiality and security of your intellectual property is a top priority for me. I would never share or discuss your work and/or ideas with anyone else, nor would I ever use your ideas or premise. I’m a fiction writer myself, and I understand the worries authors have regarding their work. I treat your work with as much care and respect as I do my own.
Michelle is a life-saver. Never before have I had an editor who was so articulate and who was able to point out and unravel problems I wasn’t even aware of without making me feel crummy about my writing. She’s such a clear communicator, and somehow she knows exactly what I need and when. Being an editor myself, I know how important it is to be honest with my clients yet bring across criticism in the most clear and constructive way possible. Michelle does just that. I’m so glad to have found someone who understands both me and my work, and isn’t afraid to grab me by the shoulders and bring out the tough love (I might not like it, but sometimes it’s just what I need).
Mariëlle Sophia Smith, http://mswordsmith.nl
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A list of podcasts for writers organised by focus. If you know of any you’d like to see on the list, please leave a comment. (Note: my use of hyphens may appear inconsistent, but I have followed the conventions of the podcast creators.) Craft & Editing These podcasts focus primarily on the craft of writing and the editing process, but also touch on publishing concerns such as querying editors and agents. Writing Excuses My favourite podcast! Weekly, highly on-topic episodes of around 15 minutes. Hosted by traditionally published authors Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, featuring occasional guests. From their website: ‘Our goal is to help ourRead More →
I have never been good at naming things. My late cat had no fewer than 10 names…(Mimi, Gary, Bingo, Smelly, Harry Larry, and Purry Murray to name a few). So when it came time to name my business, I despaired. A friend of mine recommended Spell Chick, and I loved that, but felt it was limiting. Another friend came up with Kind Critiques, but that had the same problem as Spell Chick. Many editors simply go with their name, but I wanted something a little more snappy and memorable. So I stole one. Around this same time, I was reading How to Succeed as a Freelancer inRead More →