Critiquing Service

Honest, critical feedback on your writing.

Are you looking for professional feedback on your creative writing? Perhaps you feel stuck on a project, or are looking for ways to improve your prose. Or perhaps you’ve finished a short story or a novel and want to gain a new perspective to help you make your writing the best it can be before sending it out into the world.

I can help.

By providing detailed line editing and a critical big-picture report, I can help you improve your writing.

Not only will this service aim to enhance your project, but by using clear, actionable guidance and technical explanation, I hope to provide you with insight that will help you develop as a writer.

View client testimonials here.


What can a creative writing critique do for you?

  • Provide detailed line edits on your short story or novel
  • Supply you with a comprehensive critical feedback report
  • Highlight your strengths so you may understand and optimise them
  • Suggest improvements that will make your work stronger
  • Be sensitive to your creative vision
  • Expand your general knowledge of the craft, which you can then apply to further writing projects

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to develop and polish their creative work through a fresh and objective perspective. For example, you may wish to submit your work to us before…

  • submitting to competitions
  • submitting for publication
  • submitting to agents
  • self-publishing

Structure of feedback

Your feedback will consist of two parts: detailed line edits (copy editing) and a comprehensive report.

The line-by-line editing is structured digitally in Microsoft Word. It will be presented as a set of comments running parallel to your submitted text. Track-changes may be used to edit recurring grammatical or spelling errors.

The report will look at wider issues such as flow, readability, plot, characterisation, pacing, style and structure. It will also contain a summary of any aspects that need particular focus. It will be presented as a separate document.


Feedback will be sent within one week of confirmed payment for work up to 10,000 words. (Or ASAP in the occurrence of unforeseen exceptional circumstances.) Novels may take between 4-8 weeks. Feel free to discuss if you need your feedback more quickly for any reason. Completion date will depend on my current workload – please enquire.

What to send

I will happily provide feedback on short stories, novel extracts or full manuscripts. If sending a novel extract, please provide a brief summary of the plot and/or an orientation of the scene. (This is not included in your word count.)

Send your text as a Word document.


I charge £9 / $14 per 1000 words

Free sample for novel critiques

If you are considering this service for your full completed manuscript, I would be happy to provide you with a short sample, with no obligation. Feel free to send a 1000 word extract, and I’ll provide you with a line-edited version. (Sample editing excludes the holistic report.)

Your editor

Sophie Playle is the editor and creator of Inkspill Magazine and has a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing from the prestigious UEA and an MA in Creative Writing (with a focus on novel writing) from Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, Sophie worked in one of the world’s largest publishing houses, and continues to freelance as a copy editor, proofreader, researcher and writer. Her short stories, poetry and articles have appeared in multiple publications, including The London Magazine, Friction Magazine and Every Day Fiction. Her first novel is represented by the Janklow & Nesbit literary agency, and she was shortlisted for the 2013 Escalator literary prize for fiction.

How to submit

  • Email your word document to
  • You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pay via Paypal (query to arrange alternative forms of payment such as cheque or bank transfer)
  • You will receive your feedback within the quoted timescale. Feedback consists of two documents: a copy edited version of your original document plus a separate holistic report.

Not the service you’re looking for?

If you’d prefer a different type of editing service, take a look at what else I offer here.

Any questions?

You can get in touch with me via the contact form on this website, or by emailing I would love to hear from you – queries and questions are more than welcome. I hope to work with you on your creative projects!