Introducing Timtu's Fly-By [Night] Reviews
Ever want a quick, down and dirty overview of your story, poem, or writing skills in general? A totally honest opinion that results from a fast but thorough appraisal of your work? Where encouragement of your strengths supersedes harsh criticisms of flaws and weaknesses.
But why bother, you ask, with my opinion about anything, let alone a scrutiny of your writing? As a publisher of six novels with over twenty-five years of literary experience, I'm not suggesting that I'm some great writer who should be listened to. Nope, that's not what this is all about. Nor is it about your more typical, more standard reviews -- all of which have their rightful and important, undisputed place here at WDC.
Please understand, therefore, that what I offer is not a routine, formal review. No stars here. On the contrary, this invite simply involves one or more emails just betwixt me and thee, should you be interested. All I ask, but will never demand, is that you let me know if my fly-by critique was helpful or not. I still want to improve as much as you do.
Over the years, I've fine-tuned some very important skills with regard to self-editing -- for both my own writing and that penned by others. Even then, few of us ever truly perfect this often lonely art. The inability of authors, young and old alike, to edit their own works-in-progress, is probably the single, most challenging -- and unforgiving -- aspect of writing. Learning to self-edit, and do it well, can mean the difference between real authorship (being published), or just a hobby -- usually without any real aims or goals in mind.
The cure to writers' block for example, is often no more complicated than gaining a fair, honest, and/or realistic approximation of our talent as a writer. A fair critique by a total stranger who has no proverbial axe-to-grind, and who only wants to help those who might welcome (and benefit from) a brief assessment of their stuff.
The aim is such that we want our work to require the least amount of professional editing, as possible. Our manuscripts must, sooner or later, face professional (and expensive) Editor Monsters. The less work you make for them, the less you'll have to pay. Pure and simple. And, no, I'm not soliciting for an editing service.
Come one, come all.