What people say about working with me
Expert and unbiased
Working with Sebastian has given me the opportunity to receive the kind of feedback that I cannot progress without—that which is expert and unbiased. His experience in the field, and specifically with works of SciFi/Fantasy, has given me perspective I could not have gleaned from beta readers alone. He has also provided useful feedback on what readers and literary agents alike crave.
Sebastian’s editing is kind but constructive, to the point, and often provides useful examples for alternatives. I look forward to continuing to work with him on my projects and grow as an author under this tutelage.
A good, clear mix of compliments and criticism
I’ve never had any professional feedback on any of my writing before, and I’ll admit to being a little nervous when I first sent my chapters in. However, this was a really great experience. All of Sebastian’s comments were a good clear mix of compliments and criticism, and I could tell that each one was thoughtfully made. I was able to take his suggestions and apply them not only to my submitted chapters but to other things I’ve written as well. My skills have been improved by this experience, and I’m looking forward to working with him again!
I’m a better writer for this experience
Sebastian’s review of my work was my first experience with an editor. At first, I was afraid to open his feedback email and read all his comments about my writing, but there was nothing to fear. All his comments were on point and he managed to both emphasize my weak and strong suits. Now I know exactly which mistakes I need to look for in my writing and what areas I need to improve upon. I’m a better writer for this experience, which I can hope to repeat soon.
It’s always good to have a second pair of eyes.
Sebastian offers excellent feedback on tone, style, and characterisation and is great to work with. I think all writers need someone to trust with going over anything from rough drafts to fully fleshed out ideas. He’s very clear with what works and doesn’t, and is happy to offer praise as well as valid critiques. Definitely a good way to manage any writing pressures you may feel.
Enormous improvements in my writing
Sebastian’s feedback has lead to enormous improvements in my writing. His comments are always specific, clear, and motivated by a desire to help make the story the best it can be. And he doesn’t pull his punches; if something doesn’t work, he says so, but he also cheers when everything lines up and the writing hits home.
Knows how to tell you you’re being an idiot, but without making you feel like one
Seb is easy to talk to. He’s justifiably confident in his skills, and understands a writer’s attachment to their work, meaning he knows how to tell you you’re being an idiot, but without making you feel like one.
I enlisted Sebastian’s help to develop the depth and personality of the main character of my next story. Not only did we create an interesting character, but I also gained a lot of insights into character development during the process. The session was efficient and to the point, and with little room for dawdling.
I can’t imagine working with any other editor on my books
Sebastian has given me some of the best, most in-depth feedback and edits I’ve ever received on a manuscript. I like to think I know a thing or two about writing, editing, and story structure, but Sebastian has pushed me to become a better writer by showing me techniques and perspectives I didn’t know about. He points out all the small details I missed, tells me the things I don’t want to hear, and fills in the gaps of expertise and knowledge that I lack myself. Perhaps the most amazing part about working with Sebastian so far is that he always, always, always delivers more value than he says he will. I can’t imagine working with any other editor on my books.
Helped me take stories from rough first drafts to professionally published pieces
Sebastian not only provides detailed feedback addressing technical issues such as grammar, typos, and formatting, but also insight on characters, plot, and themes. His critiques and reviews have helped me take stories from rough first drafts to professionally published pieces of entertainment. His developmental editing skills have been invaluable!
I appreciated Sebastian’s sincere interest in my growth as a writer
Sebastian knows his craft. As a pre-published, independent author I’ve never worked with an editor before. Thanks to Sebastian, my first experience collaborating with an editor was constructive, smooth, and genuinely enjoyable. He took his time with my manuscript, delving into my story with as much care as I’d hoped he would. He delivered feedback that instantly improved my style and story-telling. I especially appreciated Sebastian’s sincere interest in my growth as a writer and his insight has equipped me for exactly that.