Manuscript Critiques

Registration for Manuscript Critiques is now open.

The critique sessions will be one on one and conducted on Zoom on June 13, 2021, the day after the main conference. The cost is $50, plus processing fees.

Please check out the requirements below:

Each writer should provide:

  • Five manuscript pages, double spaced, in 12 point type, using either the Courier or Times New Roman font.
  • All Pages should be in a Word file.
  • Please indicate the genre/sub-genre of the work and an anticipated word count for the
    final manuscript.

We reiterate that this is NOT A PITCH SESSION! The purpose of this exercise is to help you develop your manuscript to present to someone else.
Registration will be through EventBrite, and upon checkout, there is a form for you to fill out to identify your manuscript, which includes space for you to ask your critiquer about what you most want to focus on.
While we’d like to, we regret that we cannot guarantee placement with any particular critiquer, nor can we accommodate people regarding preferred time slots.

Finally, this is a very popular opportunity. So that we can accommodate as many people as possible, we will need all materials before May 23, 2021. We understand that things happen, so if you’ve purchased a critique and can’t get the materials in by that time, we will do our best to refund your fees.

Click the Link to Purchase your Critique Session Ticket:

Eventbrite Ticket Purchase

If you have any questions, please contact us at

The Critiquers

Linda Camacho

Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, representing women’s fiction, horror and true crime, as well as middle school fiction.

Dawn Dowdle

The owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, representing cozy and historical mysteries, and a variety of romance sub-genres.

Ellen clair Lamb

Editor whose clients have included Lisa Lutz and Ray Daniel, as well as the anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR.

Anna Michels

Editorial Director at Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press, overseeing non-fiction and mysteries.

Ruth Sternglantz

Editorial and Marketing Consultant with Bold Strokes Books.