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Manuscript Critique:
Sarah Stonich

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Open to: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction, Query Letters, or Film Scripts

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

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

What You’ll Get: For full manuscripts, you will receive an in-depth assessment letter of 3–5 pages in length, followed by one phone call or brief meeting to address concerns. For short works and queries, you’ll receive a 1–2 page assessment letter. For full length film scripts (up to 125 pages), you will receive a three page assessment letter. 

Manuscript Pricing:
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. 
  • $300 (base price) + 1.75 cents/word

Sarah will also critique your query letter: $130

Screenplay Pricing:
Loft screenplay critique consists of a flat base price, plus a per page fee. You can enter your page count below and the system will calculate your price. 
  • $400 (base price) + $3.5/page


  • Prose Up to 70,000 words: 6 weeks
  • Prose Up to 90,000 words: 6 weeks
  • Screenplay Up To 75 pages: 3 weeks
  • Screenplay Up To 125 pages: 4 weeks
  • Short Works (Up to 8000 words): 3 weeks
  • Query Letter (up to 600 words): 1 week

Sarah Stonich Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $300.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.75 cents/word)

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Sarah Stonich Screenplay Critique

Class Level: Page

Base Price: $400.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + $3.50/page)

* Field is required.

Sarah Stonich Query Letter

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $130.00

Sarah Stonich is the founder of WordStalkers, a consortium of editors and writers, word-hawkers and book-doctors providing publication and marketing coaching, copywriting, and book packaging. Author of award-winning fiction books Vacationland, These Granite Islands, and The Ice Chorus, she has also published a memoir, Shelter. She’s a presenter, panelist, and workshop instructor at writers’ conferences and book festivals across the US and abroad, teaching a popular course, “Give My Monster Life!: Writing With All Five Senses.”

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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