Item 30: no-holds-barred critique from Mike Shevdon

The highest bidder will receive an in-depth critique of a piece of writing up to 10,000 words.

I am volunteering to do a detailed critique of a piece of writing up to 10,000 words, on the understanding that it will pull no punches and give them a warts-and-all opinion from a professional writer. This is a be-careful-what-you wish-for offer, as I will be looking to help the lucky winner by pointing out as many of the flaws in what they are writing as possible, but also to tease out what’s positive, what works and why.

This is a wonderful opportunity to have a professional author look over your work – for better or worse. Are you brave enough? Then get bidding!

Minimum bid: £30.00

– donated by Mike Shevdon

Mike Shevdon was born in Yorkshire, grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in Bedfordshire, so no-one can say he hasn’t travelled. An avid reader of fantasy since his early teens, he has a bulging bookshelf going back more than thirty years. His love of fantasy started with Edgar Rice Burroughs and C S Lewis and expanded rapidly, spilling over into SF, crime fiction (usually mystery in the US), thrillers, the back of cereal packets, instruction manuals and anything else with words on it.

He is a keen cook (his wife would use the word ‘messy’ but that’s another story) and is the inventor of Squeaky Cheese Curry.  He particularly loves food from South East Asia and is on a life-long quest to create the perfect satay sauce.

His favourite books include Barabara Hambly’s Darwath Trilogy, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and any of John Le Carre’s George Smiley books.  He is a big fan of Robert Crais and the Elvis Cole series and loves all the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum novels.  He believes Sir Terry Pratchet’s knighthood is richly deserved.

Mike draws his inspiration from the richness of English folklore and from the history and rituals of the UK.  The Courts of the Feyre is a new series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of dark magic and strange creatures hidden in plain sight.

The first in the series, Sixty-One Nails, is available in all good book-shops everywhere.  It will be followed by a sequel, The Road to Bedlam, available now in the UK and Australasia, and in North America on 26th October 2010.  Both books are complete stories in themselves and may be read independently, though they are probably best enjoyed in sequence.

Interview with Mike by Falcata Times


About Genre for Japan

Set up by a group of genre fans & professionals, our aim is to raise money for the BRC's Japan Tsunami appeal by auctioning special items donated by the SFF field.
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9 Responses to Item 30: no-holds-barred critique from Mike Shevdon

  1. Open for bidding: please place your bids!

  2. Susan M says:

    £30 …

  3. J.A. Taylor says:

    £35. What a bargain!

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  5. Ros says:

    I bid £45.

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