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Manuscript Critique:
Bruce Berglund

Open to: Short, Long, or Book-Length Nonfiction

Word Limit: Please check with the Loft at on projects more than 100,000 words

What You’ll Submit:

A complete draft of your short or long-form article, or your complete or partially complete book-length manuscript.

What You’ll Get:

A line-edited manuscript and an editorial letter. Line edits will suggest sentence-level changes related to clarity, word choice, and grammar as well as paragraph-level changes for improved structure and continuity. The editorial letter will point out the manuscript’s strong points and weaknesses, in matters of content, tone, and overall organization. Bruce pays attention both to the writer’s vision for the work as well as to how it will be received by readers. He can be a ruthless editor, because that is the kind of editing he seeks for his own writing. But his aim is always to help writers express their ideas as clearly and effectively as possible.

Loft manuscript critique consists of a flat base price, plus a per word fee. You can enter your word count below and the system will calculate your price. 
  • $250 (base price) + 2 cents/word


  • Prose up to 3,000 words: one week
  • Prose up to 10,000 words: three weeks
  • Prose up to 50,000 words: four weeks
  • Prose up to 100,000 words: six weeks

Bruce Berglund Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $250.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 2 cents/word)

* Field is required.

Bruce Berglund taught for nineteen years at Calvin College and the University of Kansas. He has earned three Fulbright research fellowships and received awards for his teaching and writing. His last book, Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague, is a cultural history of the city during the 1920s and 30s. Right now, he is writing a history of world hockey for the University of California Press. Bruce serves as a copyeditor, manuscript reviewer, and content consultant for academic and trade presses in the U.S. and Europe. He has also reviewed grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities and other national and international organizations.

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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 + 2 cents/word)
  • Bruce Berglund: Short, Long, or Book-Length Nonfiction ($250 + 2 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)
  • Lee Oglesby: Creative nonfiction essays and book-length manuscripts ($125 + 1.5 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 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($130)
  • 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 + 3.75/page)
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
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Offerings for Teens