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Manuscript Critique:
Anitra Budd

Open to: Book-length fiction and nonfiction, query letters

Limit: 100,000 words

What You’ll Submit:

A completed manuscript with a brief synopsis and author statement (one page maximum for each) or a query letter up to two pages. 

What You’ll Get:

For book-length manuscripts, you’ll receive comments on the text, a 3–5 page editorial letter highlighting your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses in plot, character development, style, and structure, as well as suggestions for revision. The critique includes a brief follow-up meeting (by phone or in person) to ask questions or discuss additional concerns.  

Anitra believes that the role of an editor is twofold: to help writers achieve the best possible versions of their manuscript and to be an early advocate for future readers of the work. She fulfills this dual role by listening more than talking, asking the right questions, and offering honest feedback that still respects the writer’s vision. While Anitra enjoys working with writers at all stages of their careers, she has a particular affinity for debut and unpublished voices.

For query letters, you’ll receive a line edit and a 1–2 page evaluation letter.

  • $500 + 2.5 cents/word
  • Query Letter: $105


  • Up to 10,000 words: 1 week
  • Up to 25,000 words: 2 weeks
  • Up to 50,000 words: 4 weeks
  • Up to 100,000 words: 6 weeks
  • Query Letter: 1 week
Please email before signing up to describe your manuscript, your goals, and your timeline.
For all manuscripts, Anitra provides a broad critique similar to a response you'd get from an agent or editor. For more detailed/line-by-line edits, consider another editor such as Esther Porter.

Anitra Budd Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $500.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 2.5 cents/word)

* Field is required.

Anitra Budd Query Letter

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $105.00

Anitra Budd is a freelance editor and writer. She has experience editing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles, including novels, short story collections, essays, how-to guides, and educational materials. In her former role as editor at Coffee House Press, she worked with a number of authors, including Kirsten Kaschock, T. Geronimo Johnson, Kate Bernheimer, Ron Padgett, and Christopher Merkner. She is currently a visiting assistant professor in the English department at Macalester College. 

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Manuscript Critique Editors

Who do I work with? 

The best way to review what you'd get working with each editor is to review their specific page, but here is a summary of what each editor offers with general pricing. If you would like to contact an editor with specific questions before purchasing, email and we will forward your questions to them.

Prose: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Ellen Akins: Fiction & Memoir Manuscript Coaching ($2,100)
  • Lesley Arimah: Short Stories ($300 + 5 cents/word)
  • Ben Barnhart: Fiction (short stories and novels); Nonfiction; YA and Middle-Grade Fiction ($250 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Anitra Budd: Fiction and Nonfiction ($250 + 1.75 cents/word)
  • Patricia Weaver Francisco: Short and Long Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction ($300 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Erin Hart: Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction—Short or Novel-Length; Query Letters ($150 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Heather McPherson: Book-Length Creative Nonfiction (including memoir, family history, essay, literary journalism, etc.) ($250 + 1.25 cents/word)
  • Lyda Morehouse: Book-Length Science Fiction and Fantasy ($250 + $1.75 cents/word)
  • Esther Porter: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Kathryn Savage: MFA application personal statements, residency and fellowship personal statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems ($300 + 2 cents/word)
  • Sarah Stonich: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 1.25 cents/word) or Query Letters ($105)
  • Stanley Trollip: Crime Fiction—Short or Novel-Length ($100 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($110)
Screen- and Playwriting
  • Cristina Pippa: Short or Feature-length Screenplays and Plays ($50 + $3.50/page); Screenplay Treatment ($210)
  • Sarah Stonich: Screenplay Critique ($400 + 3.50/page)
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
Children's and Young Adult
Offerings for Teens