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Manuscript Critique:
Kurtis Scaletta

Please email before signing up to describe your manuscript, your goals, and your timeline.

Open to: Early Chapter Books (ages 7–10; usually about 10,000 words), Middle Grade Novels (ages 8–12, usually 40,000-50,000 words), Young Adult (ages 13 and up, 50,000 words and up).

Word Limit: Please check on projects more than 40,000 words for timeline and availability.

Interests: Character-driven fiction in realistic settings (even if there's a dragon or spaceship or two), humor, everyday problems and challenges, stories about weird kids and/or animals, quirky families, and unusual friendships. 

What You’ll Submit:

  • A full or partial manuscript.
  • You are also encouraged to send a one page description/vision for your chapter book series (optional).
  • You are also encouraged to send a one page synopsis for your middle grade or YA novel (optional).

What You’ll Get:

A letter commenting on the manuscripts strength and areas for development, with special emphasis on character development and plot progression. Kurtis will also address concerns related to theme, content, or formatting, and then identify some possible next steps for your project. He often assesses the manuscript's position in the current market. Kurtis will also be available to answer questions by phone or email. 

For all manuscripts, Kurtis 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.

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. 
  • $100 (base price) + 1.25 cents/word

Turnaround: Two weeks (chapter books); Four weeks (novels)

Kurtis Scaletta Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $100.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.25 cents/word)

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Kurtis Scaletta is the author of the middle grade novels Mudville, Mamba Point, The Tanglewood Terror, and The Winter of the Robots. He is also the author of the Topps League chapter book series. He has worked with writers of children’s books at every level through the Loft and SCBWI for several years, and particularly enjoys the peculiarities of chapter books, a wonderful but under-represented area in the range of books for young readers.

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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