Short Story Development and Editing

Doctor-final-webDo I offer story development and editing services?

Yes, I do, when my schedule allows.

The possibly terrifyingly named Flensing Factory is a story development and editing service for short story writers. My specialty is speculative fiction, but I am able to advise on general fiction writing. Query first for creative non-fiction.

The service includes:

  • Critique – what works and what does not work in your story.
  • Story development – suggestions for improvement.
  • Editing – both structural and line editing.
  • Proofreading – checking and fixing your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Market advice – if appropriate.

Please read on for details. Contact me on me@angelaslatter.com for anything that isn’t covered below.


What you will receive

  • A written report giving an overall summary of the shape of the story, its strong points, weaknesses, and suggestions for fixing issues with structure, setting, plot, characterisation, description, and/or developing the story.
  • A marked-up story manuscript so you can see what’s been done.
  • A clean copy of the manuscript with changes in place so you can easily see how your story has the potential to read. 

Fees

Flat fee:

up to 2500 words     = $150
2501 to 5000 words = $250
5001 to 8000 words = $300

Hourly fee:

8001 – 10000 words = $75 per hour

Payment

Payment is to be made after you’ve contacted and we have agreed on the work to be done. The sequence goes like this:

  • You email me your story at me@angelaslatter.com and tell me what you’d like me to do.
  • I read your story, confirm whether it’s the kind of writing with which I can help, propose a critique completion date, and confirm my fee by return email.
  • If all that suits, you make payment via PayPal and we’re off and running!

Turnaround Time

This will depend entirely on the length of your story and my work schedule. If you want something worked on for a tight deadline (oh, say for a competition entry), then I would not advise using my service.

Format

I work on a PC using Word. I’ve experienced some difficulties when people send me documents created on Macs, and especially when they’ve used novel writing software. So, I will only work with Word docs. Sorry.

Novels/Novellas

Do I edit/develop novels/novellas?
Yes, I do. Email me on me@angelaslatter.com to discuss.

Testimonials

“Thicken your skin and brace for the best thing to happen to your story since you got that original sweet idea. Angela Slatter’s critiques are no-holds-barred, absolutely honest and absolutely expert breakdowns of narrative, style, voice and structure. She has an uncanny eye for language and can home in on exactly what needs fixing with any story, and she can communicate her opinion frankly and clearly. The beauty of her crits is that you’ll learn from them and gain improvements in your craft that you will carry into the future. I certainly have – Angela has made me a better writer. Her experience is obvious. A critique from Angela is like open-heart surgery on your story that will leave it (and you!) better than even you thought possible, assuming you take her advice. I can’t recommend her skills highly enough.”

Alan Baxter, Author of the forthcoming Alex Caine Chronicles (HarperVoyager)

“Both professional and encouraging, Angela Slatter will work quickly to whip your manuscript into shape, as she has done with mine.”

Fleur McDonald, Author: Red Dust; Blue Skies; Purple Roads; Silver Clouds; Crimson Dawn (Allen& Unwin)

“Angela Slatter offers far more than professional editing services, she delivers in-depth insight into transforming your work with a complete edit, both line and structural. Combined with her supreme sense of story, Angela has a knack for reviewing works from a wide range of genres and story lengths. I found Angela to be an extremely valuable part of the publishing process and I recommend anyone with a manuscript – no matter how healthy – to book it in for a check-up from the Story Doctor.”

Damon Cavalchini, Author

“Angela Slatter owns one of the sharpest sets of editing knives in the business. In her expert hands, they cut neatly and precisely, slicing all the fat from overweight stories, leaving no scars. It’s a great learning experience, seeing where Angela trims sentences and paragraphs; she teaches by demonstrating, in a classic ‘before and after’ style, how the narratives she’s doctored have transformed between drafts. It’s impossible not to become a better writer after working with Angela.”

Lisa L. Hannett, Author, World Fantasy Finalist, Aurealis Award Winner, Bluegrass Symphony (Ticonderoga Publications)

“I have benefited enormously from Angela’s generous, vigorous and thorough critiques, which unflinchingly peel back the layers and neuroses of both the story and the writer. A purgative and cathartic experience.”

Kathleen Jennings, Artist, Author, World Fantasy finalist

“Angela critiqued and encouraged me through my first-ever short story, completed after years of “one days” in 2010. I can still see the line she drew through the first, sweated-over paragraphs and her comment beside a section half way down the page: “The story starts here.” So I deleted. The story came alive. Since then, I’ve attended a number of Angela’s critique courses through the Queensland Writer’s Centre, and commissioned her feedback independently. She’s gutsy, insightful, deeply in control of her craft and always, always, settles my words more comfortably on the page. I’ve now managed to work my way into publication and a few ticks from short story competitions here, and in England. Her feedback and support has been instrumental in that. Thank you, Angela.”

Linda Brucesmith, Author, PR Professional

“Angela’s editing is exact and thoughtful. She isn’t ‘just’ an editor she sees a MS as a whole entity – in terms of its narrative, genre, characterisation – going beyond an editing brief.

She is honest and her advice, input and suggestions have been helpful every step of the process.
I wouldn’t hesitate to consult her from outside Australia as most of our work was done via email and skype and she has industry contacts throughout the world.”

Sarah Ridout, QWC-Hachette Manuscript Development Program Participant

Angela Slatter is the most helpful editor I have worked with. Ever.

Gio Clairval, Author