“The first draft of anything is shit.” -Ernest Hemingway
In her seminal work Bird by Bird, Anne Lamont titled a chapter “Shitty First Drafts”, but she also said: “All good writers write them.” In order to get to that terrific third draft, we need to hammer out that shitty first one.
I’ve been writing for a long time. One of the main sources of frustration for me as a writer has been finding people to provide feedback on my work. After finishing drafts in the past, I’ve asked friends and colleagues to look at my work, or I’ve posted it on my site, but I’ve rarely received the kind of in depth opinion I was hoping for. I’ve worked successfully with independent editors in the past, and while that was helpful, it was costly. My goal here is to provide a fresh set of eyes for frustrated writers seeking a constructive critique of their work at a reasonable price.
For more than ten years, I’ve been teaching creative writing at the high school and middle school level. I am a certified Language Arts teacher and Media Specialist for the state of Florida, and I graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in English. I finished my time at FIU as part of their vaunted creative writing program, which has produced literary greats like Dennis Lehane. I recently earned a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. My work has been published in the Miami Herald, HeadlineMiami.com, SportsFansNews.com, and InsidetheRedzone.com, as well as a number of other sites.
- Plot; including the general story arc, plot holes, unresolved plot lines, etc.
- Point of view; including any POV slips or shifts, with a good look at the perspective characters
- Character; including characterization and motivation
- Style and Voice
- Overall impressions; including general strengths and weaknesses, and any suggestions
This wouldn’t be a copy edit or proofreading service, so the attention to grammar, spelling, and usage will be kept to a minimum. I will point out obvious errors, and anything that interrupts the flow of the writing. The service won’t provide any fact checking. I do not guarantee that this service will provide future sales or an agent agreement.
- $0.75 cents per page. (Pages should be formatted as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf, double spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman, .5″ indent or similar formatting)
- For a second reading: $0.50 cents per page.
Current law states that your copyright on your written work is implied and protected without registering with the US Copyright Office.
If you’re interested in my critique and content editing services, or if you have any questions, send me an email at davidlaurencefernandez at gmail dot com. (email@example.com)
You can also reach out on Twitter: @ByDLFernandez.