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Manuscript Critique:
Erin Hart

Note: Erin is unavailable until June, 2018

Open to: Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction—Short or Novel-Length; Query Letters

Word Limit: Please check on projects more than 100,000 words

What You’ll Submit: Your manuscript of short or book-length crime fiction. 

What You’ll Get: Erin sees her role as both editor and coach, helping you to bring words on the page closer to the story that lives inside your head. For a full manuscript, you will received detailed comments on the manuscript itself, which will include basic copyediting (spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and word choice), and questions or requests for clarification about continuity, tone, point of view, setting, character, and dialogue. You’ll also receive a 7- to 10-page summary letter addressing your manuscript’s overall structural, thematic, and developmental issues and strengths, along with an overview of suggestions for revision, and one phone call or brief meeting to discuss questions or concerns. For short works and queries, you’ll receive a 1–2 page assessment letter.

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) + 1.5 cents/word

Erin will also review your query letter: $105


(Please note: these timelines are guidelines. Erin has received a number of manuscripts recently. Exact turnaround time will be communicated once you make the purchase and Erin can work you into her schedule)

  • Prose Up to 70,000 words: 6 weeks
  • Prose Up to 100,000 words: 6 weeks
  • Short Works (up to 5000 words): 3 weeks
  • Query Letter (up to 600 words): 1 week

Erin Hart Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $150.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.5 cents/word)

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Erin Hart Query Letter

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $105.00

Erin Hart’s award-winning archaeological crime novels, Haunted Ground, Lake Of Sorrows, False Mermaid, and The Book Of Killowen, are set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland and published internationally. In addition to being named to many “Best of the Year” lists, Erin’s novels have won the Friends of American Writers award, and been shortlisted for mystery’s prestigious Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as two Minnesota Book Awards. She has been a  panelist and speaker at writers’ conferences and book festivals in the US, Ireland, and Spain, and has taught memoir writing, arts criticism, Irish crime fiction, and crime writing for entities as diverse as the Loft, Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota, Drury Lane Books, History Theatre, Kitchigami Regional Libraries, and Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.

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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)
Children's and Young Adult
Offerings for Teens