Critiques by Kristi Holl
I'm reserving critique slots now for March through June.
I prefer to critique middle grade (8-12) or tween (10-14) or
teen (12-16) novels or nonfiction. I've sold quite a lot of both fiction and
nonfiction in recent years. (See the Home page and
My Books page.) I have done freelance
editing for two publishers, and I have also taught writing for
over 25 years. For personal critiques, I like to receive the entire manuscript in the mail, double-spaced and
printed on one side of the paper. I make comments directly on the manuscript as
I read. Then I write a lengthy (4-6) single-spaced letter of comments to go with
the manuscript critique, pointing out areas of strength and weakness, plus
writing instruction to improve the manuscript.
I charge $40 per hour. The average 25,000- to 30,000-word novel takes me about 5-6 hours. I return edited manuscripts with critiques to writers within two weeks--usually less. I ask for a $50 deposit to be included when you mail me the manuscript, then the rest is due after I complete the critique. I send a bill for the remainder when I return the manuscript. Keep the bill for your tax records, as it is deductible as a business expense.
If this interests you, let me know, and I'll send you my street address. Contact me at Kristi.Holl@gmail.com or use the "Contact Me" button above. If you don't receive a response within 48 hours, please email again about your critique.