I have written several short stories, and I'm at the point of needing some editing and objective criticism. I have contacted some online editing services, and for a 5,000-word story the editing cost is 175 US dollars. There are also people selling editing services on Craig List and the like, but that sounds a bit dodgy. Any ideas where I can find reasonably priced editing, or is $175 reasonable?
Just a thought: with so many good writers involved with Sott, could we have an editing service connected to a donation. Allowing one to give to Sott by editing, and another to give by donating?
I think your idea for a SOTT editing service is a good one, for SOTT. If anyone is willing to help on this forum, they will whether or not you donate to SOTT.
For a short story, I wouldn't personally invest money in editing services, but for $175, it's not that bad and it certainly would take the pressure off you. For my books, I've been extremely fortunate to have great and talented friends who are willing to take the time to help editing. If you go that route, remember to insist that they provide negative feedback as well as positive.
You can always post part of your story on this forum and see if anyone comments (Cassiopaea Forum » Cassiopaean Sandbox » Creative Acts). For example, you can post the first few pages of your story and if it grabs people's interest, they will beg for you to post the rest so they can discover what happens. I would be interested to start reading it, so post it or email it to me. I don't have much time, but can give it at least five minutes.
My general advice is write a book. I love a good story, short or long, but no one ever wants a great story to end too soon. Write a story that you wish someone would have written. That's what I did. Whether or not anyone else likes the Silent Subversion story, I do and that's all that really matters. Money and fame, if they come at all, are only secondary rewards.