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Critique and author mentoring service
Lorraine’s critique and author mentoring service has been running since 2008. As well as providing critiques for short stories and flash fiction, she works with authors on full length novels and non-fiction books. She is currently mentoring authors on three continents.
Writers receive a report covering manuscript presentation, title, opening paragraphs, story resolution, dialogue, characterisation and an overall assessment. They also get back their original document marked up with track changes to show suggestions, comments and advice directly on the text.
The critiques cover not only where improvements are needed, but also detail what it is that writers are doing right! This is something that is often overlooked when work is appraised, but it is an important aspect in a writer’s progress.
Flash fiction: (up to 1,000 words) …………………£15
Short fiction: (1,001 to 3,000 words) …………….£30
Longer works of fiction and non-fiction: email for quote to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to submit work for critique
For longer works please contact me for a quote.
You can pay by clicking on the PayPal button below. You will be taken through a payment procedure. Afterwards, please submit your manuscript as an email attachment (any form of Word document) to: email@example.com
In the covering email give the title and word count, your full name and details of PayPal transaction if paying via a different email address to that used to submit the work.
When I began to write a novel for 9-12 year olds I was unsure of my ability so, not wanting to waste time and effort I turned to Lorraine for support. I can’t praise her comments highly enough. She helped me through the basics of presentation and lay-out, and she posed questions which made me think very carefully about characters, plot and pace. An added bonus was the speed of her response. I wrote and re-wrote in line with her guidance and I know that my writing improved as a result.
Comments by recipients of Flash 500 critiques
This is great, very informative. It’s great to know what the problems with this story are, seems obvious now that you’ve pointed them out to me but at the same time I am grateful to you for highlighting the errors I make in my writing as now I can work on making my stories better.
Comments from users of other outlets where I provide a critique service
Many thanks for your clear and very helpful feedback. I can see I have lots to improve on but I console myself this was my first attempt at flash fiction – hopefully, I can only get better!