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Feedback: One Story/Novel Chapter

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15 per unit - Virtual OK - Posted Jan 12, 2019

You've written some literary prose and you've polished it enough that you want to know what another human being thinks of it. I can be that human being! I provide feedback via a form that looks at:

*Plot
*Characters
*Setting
*Dialogue
*Style

and provide any other additional comments not covered by the above. This feedback also includes a light copyedit, either in the whole piece or the first few pages. A "light copyedit" includes:

*Making sure you've used punctuation correctly and consistently.
*Fixing any embarrassing, hard-to-catch typos or spelling errors.
*Addressing any possible ambiguity or confusion in your prose.
*Catching inadvertently hurtful or discriminatory language.

This service does NOT include:

*Rewriting your work.
*Making your manuscript publisher- or agent-ready.
*A long-term crit/feedback relationship.
*Making you sound "like me."

My goal is to give you concrete, actionable feedback so that your story can be the best version of itself. The Simbi deal is for one short story (or one chapter in a novel). I may adjust the price upwards or downwards depending on the size and scope of the project. If you REALLY like my feedback, we can discuss an on-going critique exchange and what that might entail.

I read a lot across a variety of genres, but I particularly enjoy reading the most in science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, so I'm the most familiar with those conventions and tropes: if your story falls into one of those categories I'm probably part of your target audience. I'm much less familiar with crime, romance, and thrillers. I'm also familiar with YA, but it's not my favorite.

Training & Qualifications


I have a BA in English (Creative Writing) from Hamilton College, and worked as a freelance copyeditor from 2013 to 2018. I maintain a long-running writing Meetup and have been a founding member of two successful critique groups.

Availability & Preferences


Evenings and weekends, GMT +2

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Katherine


Sep 09, 2022
Katherine was awesome! She's thorough and her enthusiasm is contagious! Her notes were very well organized and clear. I would love to work with her ag...ain!show more
Oct 29, 2020
I really appreciated Katherine's feedback and patience.
Jan 30, 2019
Katherine really knows how to analyze and critique a story! I highly recommend her services. She's sure to improve your work. :)
Jan 23, 2019
Katherine provided incredibly detailed critique on my short story! It's obvious that she put a lot of time and effort into giving me suggestions and a...nalyzing every part of the story. I highly recommend her as an editor! She's the real deal.show more
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Feb 28, 2024
Catherine was Wonderful to Work with! She has a Lovely Energy & Dynamic. She is A Fabulous Client to Read for! Thanks So Much Katherine!
Ira received Help with Copywriter needed from Katherine
Nov 29, 2023
Thank you!
Crys provided Help with Artsy Postcards/ACEOs for Katherine
Nov 18, 2023
Katherine has been great to interact with. Plus, I got delicious Swedish tea so everyone wins! :D
Oct 15, 2023
Quick and so helpful! I’ll be coming back with more stories in the future!!
Melissa received unit of A Postcard from Sweden from Katherine
Sep 14, 2023
Katherine is lovely and easy to work with.
Melissa provided Help with Artsy Postcards/ACEOs for Katherine
Sep 01, 2023
Katherine has excellent taste in art. I hope you enjoy, your new rabbit art for many lovely years to come.


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About Katherine Koba

Everything I enjoy comes down to words, details, and helping and educating others. In my work life, I'm a professional Swedish -> English translator. I work with corporate documents: everything fr...om annual and interim reports to internal memos to press releases. I was a freelance copyeditor and ESL tutor before that. Before that I spent two years teaching English at cram schools in South Korea, and before THAT I was a cave tour guide. In my fun life, I co-organize a local writing Meetup, translate semi-obscure Swedish women writers into English, and read a lot. I also work on my own writing projects, which tend to be character-driven SF/F and literary novels. I'm a bit of a language nerd, too; I study Russian and Korean in my spare time, and try to keep up my high school German and college French. I also like to surprise people with postcards and tea and other fun things in the mail!show more

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