- Excellent Service & Advice Review by Andrew
I specifically requested best-selling SF&F author John DeChancie to critique my science fiction short story through the 2nd Draft service. Requesting feedback from a professional author of over two dozen books with twenty years experience in publishing was more than a little nerve-wracking, but John is delightful!
His critique pointed out where my manuscript succeeds, and where things could be improved. Areas of discussion included voice and style, word-craft, character, setting, and the general story itself. He also talked about the saleability of my short story, which was unexpected and very helpful.
I highly recommend both the Writer’s Digest 2nd Draft service, which does exactly what it says on the tin, and author John DeChancie, who’s witty critique was an insightful and enjoyable read.
(Posted on 6/26/14)
- EXCELLENT CRITIQUE Review by GENE
Jack Adler's critique of my short story was extremely helpful. He reviewed the draft I provided him from a number of key perspectives: comments on the text of the story on a line by line basis, character development (or lack thereof), and the structure of the overall story itself.
His observations were clear and allowed me to recognize the flaws in each of the areas he covered. More importantly, his critique allowed me to recognize the areas where I needed to do additional training in the craft of short story writing to bring my skills up to a more professional level. He helped end my delusions about my writing ability, and has motivated me to restart this process from its foundations.
When I eventually prepare a new draft I'll definitely have it sent to Jack for another critique.
(Posted on 6/14/14)
- Critique was spot on Review by Cynthia
John DeChancie is excellent! Not only were his observations spot on about what needed to be fixed, he offered guidance and suggestions as I moved forward. John also pointed out what was working in the story and how I could build upon it. Excellent editor and excellent service. I highly recommend 2nd Draft Critique service for both Novel length and short stories.
(Posted on 5/30/14)
- EXCELLENT CRITIQUE AND EDIT Review by dymphna
i received excellent crit and editing. Professional and objective opinions worth the money and more cost effective than a creative writing class at a university. Terri Valentine is outstanding!
(Posted on 12/26/13)