Manuscript Critique:
Lyda Morehouse

Open to: Book-length science fiction/fantasy novels.

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

What You’ll Submit: A completed manuscript with a brief synopsis.

What You’ll Get: Lyda sees her role as mentor and coach, and believes that writing is a craft that can be achieved through hard work and diligence. For a completed manuscript, you will receive detailed comments on the manuscript itself, with an eye towards plot consistency, characterization, atmosphere, world-building/systems of magic, theme, dialogue, and narrative voice/tone. In addition, you can expect a 5–7 page editorial letter summarizing your strengths, as well as outlining areas in need of improvement/general revision suggestions and and one phone call or brief meeting to discuss questions or concerns.

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) + 1.75 cents/word


  • Prose Up to 100,000 words: 6 weeks

Lyda Morehouse Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $250.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.75 cents/word)

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Lyda Morehouse is an award-winning science fiction author. Her first novel, Archangel Protocol won the Shamus, awarded by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the year, as well as the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award. Apocalypse Array won the Philip K. Dick Special Citation of Excellence. Lyda also writes paranormal romance as Tate Hallaway and between her two personas has over a dozen professionally published novels. She teaches science fiction writing at the Loft and is active in the international science fiction/fantasy fan community.

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Manuscript Critique Editors

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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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