Writing for Kids

Manuscript critiques:

If you need help with a picture book manuscript, I can help! I offer critiques for picture books, both rhyme and prose, of up to 800 words. Critiques are available at two levels:

  • Quick Look: $25.00, for manuscripts up to 800 words. I will read through your manuscript and comment on the general premise and direction of the story. For rhyming manuscripts I will also make note of any obvious trouble spots with the rhyme and meter. If you have a manuscript that is fairly polished, but you would like some fresh, objective feedback, this might be the right option for you.
  • In Depth. For manuscripts up to 500 words: $50.00. Longer works (up to 800): $75.00. I will read through your manuscript and give thorough feedback on premise, plot, character development, and voice. For rhyming manuscripts this will include detailed feedback on the story's rhyme and meter. 
  • Second Look: I will take a second look at a manuscript for which I have previously done an in depth critique. For manuscripts up to 500 words: $20.00. Up to 800 words: $30.00. 
If you are interested in purchasing a critique from me, send me a request via email. Payments for critiques will be due upon completion, at which time I will send you an invoice via PayPal. Please note that my time is limited and I may not be able to respond favorably to every request. 

In the mean time, keep reading for some blog posts and other helpful resources!

Advice and encouragement for aspiring children's book authors:

Ten Tips for Beginning Picture Book Writers

Seven Key Characteristics of Well-loved Picture Books

Bringing On the Giggles in Children's Books

The Life of a Picture Book blog series

Facing Rejection 

Writing the Dreaded Synopsis

Writing Dialogue

7 Warning Signs that Your Picture Book is Forgettable

What Does "High Concept Mean," Anyway?

Tips for Writing Rhyme that Shines

More great author sites:

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) - The blog and website of children's author Tara Lazar, founder of Picture Book Idea Month.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Something for Everyone in the World of Children's Books

Carrie On...Together! - The site of children's author Carrie Charley Brown.

The Writer's Alley

Author and poet Renee LaTulippe

Other helpful resources:

The Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators

Write For Kids - presented by the Children's Book Insider