Friday, March 5, 2010

Editing Troubles

Lately, I have actually been getting a little bit of work done. The first draft of Human Echoes is finished, though I have already decided to enact some major changes. I have two short stories waiting to be edited as well. The problem I have now is with proofreading.

I can usually give myself an honest assessment on the quality of my writing, but finding an impartial opinion as of late has been ridiculously difficult. Most of my friends will simply tell me “I liked it.” Which is of course, great, but I feel that these final drafts are not as polished as they should be. I need a few harsh critics. People that aren’t afraid to hurt my feelings if need be. I would be glad to read over their work as well.

Where do most beginning writers find stiff critiques? Is it usually in some local writing circle? I have been avoiding the one in my city because of the outrageous monthly fees. Do you go to online forums? Should I beg old teachers and professors? If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears.


  1. Tony,

    I know there are a couple of blogs out there where people will do critiques of smaller works. Sorry, but I don't know their names. You can also submit queries and/or a few pages to the Evil Editor's website.

    I'd be willing to exchange 2,500-3,000 words with you. I'm looking to send out queries soon and would love to get an unbiased critique of my first chapter. Sorry I can't do more, but I'm a bit overwhelmed with work right now.

  2. Hey Matt,

    Sure, I'd love to read the first chapter of your book. After some consideration tonight, I decided that a few of my short stories aren't finished, and I would need a couple more days to send you any of my work.

    I also completely understand that you are busy. Anything more than a short few thousand words gets cumbersome very quickly.

    If you want me to check it out, just send it to my email at

  3. I've been asking to proof read Human Echos for a while now :(


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