Manuscript Critique
Lee Oglesby—Creative nonfiction essays and book-length manuscripts

Open to: Creative nonfiction essays and book-length manuscripts

Word Limit: Please check with the Loft at on projects more than 100,000 words

What You’ll Submit: An essay, collection of essays, or full manuscript up to 100,000 words.

What You’ll Get: You'll receive line edits on structure, style, and syntax to ensure that your voice is consistent and clear throughout the manuscript. You'll also receive a detailed editorial letter identifying the strengths of your work and points for improvement. Lee's goal is to evaluate your manuscript from a reader’s perspective and from a publisher’s perspective. The critique will include a conversation—either by phone or in person—to discuss the best ways to meet your publication goals. 

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. 

  • $125 (base price) + 1.5 cents/word


  • Prose up to 50,000 words: two weeks
  • Prose up to 100,000 words: four weeks