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Manuscript Critique:
Stanley Trollip

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

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

What You’ll Submit: Your manuscript of short or novel-length crime fiction or a query letter.   

What You’ll Get: For a book-length submission, you will receive basic copy edits of the manuscript, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word choice, as well as detailed suggestions on sentence and paragraph structure.  You will also receive comments on character, dialogue, and point of view. Finally, you will receive an overall 5-8 page summary of your manuscript with respect to pacing, plot, and tension. This will include suggestions for revision.

You will also meet in person or via telephone or Facetime/Skype for thirty minutes to discuss any issues you have.

For works up to 5,000 words, you will receive basic copy edits, a 2-page summary, and suggestions for revision.

For a query letter, you will receive basic copy edits, a 2-page summary, and suggestions for revision.

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) + 1.75 cents/word

Stanley will also review and critique your query letter: $110


(Please note: these timelines are guidelines.  The exact turnaround time will be negotiated once you make the purchase.)

  • 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

Stanley Trollip Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $100.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.75 cents/word)

* Field is required.

Stanley Trollip Query Letter

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $110.00

Stanley Trollip is half (with Michael Sears) of the writing team known as Michael Stanley. Their Detective Kubu mysteries are set in Botswana. Their third mystery, Death of the Mantis, won a Barry Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Edgar Award. Their fourth mystery, Deadly Harvest, was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers Award. Their books have also been finalists for numerous other awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Anthony, the Macavity, Strand Magazine’s Critics Award, and the Minnesota Book Award.

The Detective Kubu mysteries have also featured on several Best of the Year lists, including the LA Times, Strand Magazine, and the Library Journal.

Michael Stanley short stories have been published in Strand Magazine and the anthologies Once Upon a Crime (Nodin Press) and Bad Company (Pan MacMillan).  Michael Stanley also won a competition run by Strand Magazine for finishing an incomplete novella by Graham Greene, called The Empty Chair.

Stanley has spoken at conferences around the world and has taught at the Loft, as well as at the Mystery Writers of America University.

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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