Because they’re so compact, there’s no room for error in a short story. Every detail must speak, and speak well, to merit inclusion. This is why it helps to have a professional editor read over your draft, to make sure that there are no typos or mistakes in consistency.
In revising to make your story more compact, you always run the risk of cutting out an essential detail (one you retained in your mind even after you cut it from the page). Our professional editors are careful readers, finely-attuned to the plotting of a short story and ready to point out confusing spots. Our feedback can also help you better imagine your potential readers’ reactions to your short story, and facilitate a rewriting with that potential reader response in mind.