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Manuscript Critique:
Carrie Mesrobian

Open to: Young Adult Novels (contemporary/realistic) and Teen Writers with Manuscripts (ages 13–17)

Word Limit: Please check on projects more than 75,000 words

What You’ll Submit:

Adults: Your young adult novel contemporary/realistic manuscript. 

Teens: Your manuscript (up to 60,000 words) | Carrie is starting her teen manuscript critique on September 8, but interested teens can sign up now to get on her schedule.

What You’ll Get:

Adults: A 4–5 page editorial letter examining areas of strength and possible development for plot, characters, and themes. You will also receive reading recommendations and a brief draft of “as-is jacket copy” for you to use in further editing and shaping of story.

Teens: A 2–3 page editorial letter outlining strengths of the manuscript, possible areas for development, and encouragement/advice on how to pursue a career as an author. Critique includes a half hour meeting or phone conversation.

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. 
  • $150 (base price) + 1.25 cents/word [TEENS]
  • $250 (base price) + 1.25 cents/word [ADULTS]

Turnaround: 4 weeks

Carrie Mesrobian (Youth) Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $150.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.25 cents/word)

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Carrie Mesrobian (Adult) Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $250.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.25 cents/word)

* Field is required.

Carrie Mesrobian is a native Minnesotan. She has a BA in Creative Writing and Spanish from St. Olaf College and an MFA in Fiction from The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. A former high school Spanish instructor, Carrie’s writing has appeared in the Star Tribune, Brain, Child magazine, and Calyx. Her debut young adult novel, Sex & Violence, was named Best Teen Fiction of 2013 by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus and a finalist for YALSA’s 2014 William C. Morris Award for Debut YA fiction. Her second novel, Perfectly Good White Boy, will be released October 2014.

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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