Short Fiction Editing
Want an expert eye on a short story or flash fiction you are currently working on? Are you struggling to get to the heart of the story? Does the writing need a final polish at word / sentence level? Have you got a piece you love that keeps getting declined when you send it out into the world?
I offer a variety of editorial services designed to fit your particular needs; whether you want someone to look at the overall structure of your story or whether you want someone to apporach your writing with a magnifying glass.
Editing for Longer Works
Working on a novel, novella or collection of short fiction? Unsure about the overall structure of your work-in-progress or how it might come across to your reader? Looking to self-publish but wanting to make sure it's as good as it can get before you make it available for sale? About to take the plunge by submitting to agents but not quite sure whether your synopsis and cover letter are up to scratch?
I offer a variety of editorial services for longer works and am happy to provide bespoke packages dependent on where you're at in your journey towards publication.
As a writer, Matt has been widely published in literary journals including Bending Genres, Craft Literary, Cheap Pop and Fictive Dream. He has been listed in various writing competitions and his stories have been included in Biffy 50 and Best Microfiction as well as being nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize.
As an editor, he has previously worked at Lucent Dreaming and is currently part of the Retreat West editorial team. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Editorial Professionals (CIEP).
He aims for his feedback to be constructive, actionable and encouraging, pointing out both what is working well and areas that might benefit from another editing pass. He has a keen eye for how to improve writing at a word / sentence level but is also expert in identifying bigger picture issues.
Over the past three years, he has worked with over a hundred writers on various projects ranging from microfiction all the way up to novels-in-progress and everything in between.
"Matt has reviewed many of my flashes and short stories, including a soon-to-be-published novella-in-flash, and several pieces that went on to win and be placed in competitions. His feedback is always insightful, encouraging, challenging, and on time. He uses his unique blend of skills as a writer, editor, musician, teacher and linguist to highlight what works and what could be improved on structurally, rhythmically and on a sentence level. He is also a delight to deal with!"
Michelle Christophorou, Author of "Kipris"
"Not only has my writing greatly improved as a result of Matt's editing service and WBTL workshop, my confidence and desire to write has also grown. His feedback broadens the thought process in both an enlightening, and at times, skill testing way. Even his pointers of things to improve are given in a way that make me feel I am a great writer."
"Matt's feedback is consistently excellent - if you want to take a piece to the next level, he's your guy."
"Matt helped me get from 'now what?' to 'yes, of course.' His feedback covered big picture stuff and single word choices. I'd recommend him in a heartbeat."
"If there's a weakness in your story that you're trying to sneak through, Matt will always spot it. You'll be glad of this later, more than you realise at first."
"Matt has a great eye for detail and his feedback has always been incredibly helpful."
"In all seriousness, @MkenWrites is a stone cold genius and his editing/feedback is incredible. You should all consider giving him a shout but get in line behind me."
Rick White, Author of "Talking to Ghosts at Parties"
"Matt is excellent at suggesting ways to make a story become the best it can be. Positive and detailed."
Ruth Brandt, Author of "No One Has Any Intention Of Building A Wall"
"I've got some serious editing of flash stories to do after getting brilliant feedback from @MkenWrites on a batch of stories"
Amanda Saint, Author of "Remember Tomorrow"
"Matt’s critique service is one of the best I’ve used, with superb attention to detail and insightful comments. I would use him again and would happily recommend his services to other writers."
Gaynor Jones, Author of "Among These Animals"
"Thank you Matt for your excellent feedback and editorial eye on a piece I've been struggling to lift past a particular point. You have such a great eye!"
"I received feedback from Matt on several stories during his workshops. His feedback is insightful, actionable and encouraging and really helped me dig deeper into what I was writing."
"I can personally vouch for Matt's fine ear, wonderfully constructive feedback and exceptional attention to detail. If you are a typo or a plot inconsistency, a solecism or a stylistic infelicity, you better say your prayers now - because he is coming for you."
Dan Brotzel, Author of "Hotel du Jack" & "The Wolf in the Woods"