Manuscript Critique
Erin Hart—Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction (Short or Novel-Length) and Query Letters

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

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

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

What You’ll Get: Erin sees her role as both editor and coach, helping you to bring words on the page closer to the story that lives inside your head. For a full manuscript, you will received detailed comments on the manuscript itself, which will include basic copyediting (spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and word choice), and questions or requests for clarification about continuity, tone, point of view, setting, character, and dialogue. You’ll also receive a 7- to 10-page summary letter addressing your manuscript’s overall structural, thematic, and developmental issues and strengths, along with an overview of suggestions for revision, and one phone call or brief meeting to discuss questions or concerns. For short works and queries, you’ll receive a 1–2 page assessment letter.

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. 

  • $150 (base price) + 1.5 cents/word

Erin will also review your query letter: $105

Turnaround: (Please note: these timelines are guidelines. Erin has received a number of manuscripts recently. Exact turnaround time will be communicated once you make the purchase and Erin can work you into her schedule)

  • 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