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I'm currently on maternity leave but I'm planning to get the critique service back up and running in the next month or so. I apologise for the inconvenience.

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Your ability to isolate the pivotal points of the novel and show how they can be improved is nothing short of astonishing.

Michael Woods

It's really great the way you caught small yet significant details...  You got me hooked on your services.  I will be bugging you again!

Brad Metge

I can't believe how helpful it is to have my work picked apart the way you've done it. What I learned from your critiques about my writing was just as valuable as the hundreds of dollars I spent on "How-To" books on writing.

It's one thing to review the examples from real world examples of literature in those books, but it's entirely different and much more helpful to have the weaknesses of my own writing shown to me. I'm really glad I chose to use your service.

Paul Perron

Elsa has critiqued many of my stories. She has a real eye for plot and character motivation and can see clearly when you've gone astray. Her grammar is spot on as well. Thanks to her, my story "The Rich People's School" recently appeared in the prestigious U.K. based literary magazine, Mslexia. I would highly recommend her.  

Lauri Kubuitsile - author of the novella, The Fatal
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My name is Elsa Neal and I'm a writer and linguistics student based in Melbourne, Australia, and the former Fiction Writing editor for BellaOnline. I have experience writing and proofreading for markets all over the world, and I have an eye for the differences between Australian, UK, and American English. I can help you rework your story for a global market.

If you'd like to find out more about me, spend some time exploring my website. Start with my blog, and my fiction writing articles, other articles, and book reviews. Have a look at the example critique. I think that will tell you more about me than I can here.

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I'm currently on maternity leave therefore the critique service will not be available for the next several months. I apologise for the inconvenience.

Thank you so much for your peer critique... I really hadn't expected such a detailed response. I am immensely grateful to you for the good, solid advice you have given. You only had a small excerpt to work with, yet you understood perfectly the problem I'm having... I'm considering all the possibilities you suggested.

Your comments concerning the prologue are spot on and easily put right; yet I would never, never have seen it had you not pointed it out. Thanks.

You've given me a great deal to think about. And a lot to work on. It goes almost without saying, I should like to submit further excerpts and possibly the final draft in due course.

Michael Woods

Your work was exactly what I needed and I really appreciate your quick reply. My only concern now is how I go about my revisions, or in fact a complete rewrite! But that’s my problem and you were expert enough to be thorough and cruel to be kind which is professional of you. I would like to send you future work if you will accept.

Your comments showed a thorough professional job where you thought a great deal about the story and how it can be improved. It was obvious that you did not just skimp over the words. You met my expectations for a thorough evaluation, your promptness of reply and considerate feedback. I would highly recommend you and hope to adjust my work to your standards.

You may quote me as others should be encouraged to use your site.

J Lucas

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Elle Carter Neal is the author of the picture book I Own All the Blue and the teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, holding childhood slumber-party audiences entranced until the early hours of the morning. Elle decided to be an author the day she discovered that real people wrote books and that writing books was a real job. Join Elle on her new publishing adventure.