Picture book authors hear this all the time. So many people assume that writing picture books is easy. It’s not. Creating a compelling story that resonates with both children and adults in 1,000 or less is incredibly challenging. A professional critique can make all the difference in making your manuscript polished and submission-ready.
Who should consider a professional critique?
The easy answer is “everyone”! Although I belong to a critique group, I often get professional critiques of my work, and it’s been invaluable. But if you need more specific reasons, here are a few:
Interested in scheduling a critique or need more information regarding the process?
I will give you a “big picture” perspective about your manuscript. Specifically, I will give you
I will also give you more specific, line-by-line feedback. Every manuscript is different, so these specifics will vary from one manuscript to the next. My feedback may address things like:
And, of course, I will tell you what I love about your story!
If you are interested in receiving a professional critique from me, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put CRITIQUE REQUEST in the subject line of your e-mail. Once I’ve received your request, I will send you a PayPal invoice. I will begin your critique once I’ve received payment. My turnaround time is usually two weeks or less.
My fees are:
$75 for a picture book manuscript of 1,000 words or less.
$100 for a picture book manuscript that is over 1,000 words.
$120 for a picture book manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) with extensive back matter.
$50 for a second review after you’ve completed a revision.
When submitting your manuscript, please use the format listed below: