The Story Doctor

Have a book is near completion and yet feel ambivalent about the story you have written down? In a way where you’re thinking that it’s not good enough, or it’s not ready to be in bookstores yet? 

Consider me, as someone who critiques your story and makes suggestions on how to fix it. I would analyze your characters, pacing, plot, and themes. To see if the work is of good quality and if the story measures up when scrutinized, whether it is tight, does what it sets out to do and is a delight to read from the get-go.  

But wait, what makes me qualified or good enough to tell if whether your story is good or not?

I’m a writer, and also a reader who has read well over 800 books in a wide variety of genres. Exciting me is rather difficult, and if a story is weak, I can often tell the reason. 

But, isn’t writing subjective?

Yes, but what I’ll do is make suggestions after reading your work and trying to keep all biases aside. Meaning I’ll look at your work as a critic and objectively view your story for what it is. I would make annotations and notes before I write a detailed report to you, and keep in mind that these are all suggestions, the story is yours and I would never attempt to change your words or even rewrite them. 

Then, what about the technical aspects of writing?

There are plenty of editors and proofreaders who do that. I don’t offer the full package because I’m not trained in grammar or knowing down to the line whether the sentence is strong or not. I don’t pay much attention to the writing unless it impairs my ability to understand your story.

You can also think of this as a stepping stone as you must do a lot to please me as a reader. I’ll aim to be encouraging, unbiased but I won’t ever be lenient on the work. I’m mostly unsatisfied by what I read, with only a handful being exceptional gems which changed my life. Thus, I strive to make sure your story is the best it can be, not because I like to tear things apart and nitpick them brutally. Because I want to see more great works and to enjoy reading.

If this isn’t enough, you can try a sample of 5000 words for free to see if I’m a good fit. 

Rates:

  • First 5k words: Free 
  • 5k-10k words: $5 
  • 11k-25k words: $10
  • 26k-50k words: $20
  • 50k-75k words: $30
  • 76k-100k words: $40
  • 101k-150k words: $60
  • 151k -200k words: $80

Delivery Time:

  • Under 5k words: 2-3 days
  • 5k-10k words: 3-4 days
  • 11k-25k words: 4-6 days
  • 26k-50k words: 5-8 days
  • 51k-75k words: 7-10 days
  • 76k-100k:11-14 days
  • 101k-150k: 15-18 days
  • 151-200k: 19-21 days

To send a request, use the form below. Testimonials can be found after the form. Once all the slots have been filled, new manuscripts would be put on waiting list regardless of how long it is. Waiting time would depend on how fast I can finish the manuscript. 

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Her compliments and criticism helped me see big picture problems that needed to be addressed in my next revision, and she came through for me with great wait times and helpful comments!
S.Eli
In that case, I'd like to thank you for the feedback you provided on my novel, Equo. You highlighted several issues that I had previously been on the fence about, and I'm now much clearer on how to handle them. Your positive feedback was similarly constructive. All in all, I am very glad to have received your help, and would recommend you to other writers in my position.
Mark Gerry
I love running my written creations through betareaders. Armed with various skill sets, each one experiences the story through a different perspective, resulting in a wide range of feedback. Victorique has an exceptional ability to feel into the story, showing me ways that I can fill out my characters and pointing out areas that don't work. I envy her vivid imagination and am so grateful for being able to utilize it to strengthen my novels.
Dave Aneo
Victorique's feedback was extremely helpful in knowing what worked for my novel and what needed more revisions. Not only did she provide feedback on plot, character development, and pacing, she also gave me great insight into the emotional side of my story and pointed out places where I could deepen the reader's emotional connection with my characters. I will definitely be using her again when I need another beta reader!
Lora Gallman
Dawning Moon's prompt review immediately got to the heart of my manuscript, with insightfulness, directness, and sensitivity.
Michael
I recommend Victorique, The Story Doctor, for anyone wanting an honest critique of their work. She offered solid, in depth comments on the plot and characters at an extremely affordable price and with a quick turn-around time.
Barbara Sheridan
Dawn was my first beta reader. She's a very involved reader and really gets into the characters- questioning behavioural inconsistencies in certain characters whilst highlighting what she likes about others. Her critique on plot development and pacing has also been invaluable. Above all, she does not forget to be kind and encouraging- invaluable traits to authors at the stage of getting their work beta-read!
Hajar Ali
Dawning Moon/Victorique was clear and honest with her feedback, providing in-depth criticism on what lacked, such as deeper character motivations and vivid setting, along with suggestions on how to improve upon those issues. I’m glad to have worked with her, and I’ll no doubt be returning in the future to do so again.
K. A. Turin
Dawning was a very prompt but thorough reader for my short story. I appreciated the notes they left on my writing, and it will be of use for me when I begin revisions. I can recommend Dawning as a beta reader for anyone who wants a solid, thorough review of their work.
A. W. Cardiff
The Story Doctor was fast and reliable. They were able to give me honest feedback and at good rates.
Troy Neenan
If you're looking for a fast, honest Beta read, I recommend Dawning Moon. Dawning's critiques are terse and efficient. She zeroes in on the story elements that worked for her and those that don't. Dawning's suggestions are broad, but show a deep literary sensibility
Alex Austin
Victorique's feedback was timely, honest, and thorough. I appreciated all of the suggestions she provided for improvement as well!
Megan Mertz
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