Manuscript Critique:
Heather McPherson

Open to: Book-Length Creative Nonfiction (including memoir, family history, essay, literary journalism, etc.)

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

What You’ll Submit: Your book-length nonfiction manuscript.   

What You’ll Get: A 7–10 page editorial letter outlining recommendations for re-direction, re-shaping, and further exploration. You will also have two follow-up consultations. The first follow-up will be a phone call of up to an hour and will address any questions you may have about the editorial letter. Should you wish to take advantage of the second follow-up, Heather will accept a revision of the book (or a portion of it) submitted within 3 months of the first consultation. The second follow-up will be a 1-2 page letter evaluating the revision and some other possible next steps.   

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) + 1.25 cents/word


  • Up to 70,000 words: 4 weeks
  • Up to 100,000 words: 4 weeks

Heather McPherson Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

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

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Heather McPherson has helped edit articles and books for national magazines and publishing houses like Rolling Stone, Details, Workman Publishing, and Miramax Books. Her own essays and articles have appeared in places like T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Time Out: New York, TV Guide, and Esopus. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Minnesota and now teaches in the creative writing department of Washington University in St. Louis.

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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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