SERVICES

 
For Picture Book Authors….
         3 Picture Book Pitch Consultation

          $80 (1 week turnaround)

Good For You If… You're a writer of any level with a few picture book ideas that you're pumped about (and don't yet have a manuscript; or your manuscript(s) is in an early stage), but you're not sure which ideas to pursue. This is also a great option if you're new to picture books and wondering if your ideas could be viable in the picture book market.  

Overview: This affordable and quick service is SO worth, as it will help you determine which concept(s) are most viable, and steer you in a direction for your work that will give you the greatest chance for success.

 

I'll thoughtfully consider your pitches and craft for you a detailed letter on the viability of each conceptconsidering market conditions, competitive books, and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumersas well as the strengths and potential pitfalls of your characters, setting, plot, etc.  I recommend this service as soon as you have a few firm ideas—before you've sunk a single minute into a manuscript!

The Details:

  • All you need to provide is a brief pitch of each concept, no longer than one page total, for all three (double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include a detailed letter with feedback on your concepts, and a recommendation on which concept(s) would be most viable to pursue. 

         Picture Book Critique (Includes Query Letter) 

          $165, 2 week turnaround

Good For You If… You're still fairly new to picture books, and only have one picture book text you feel is close to ready. Or, you're a writer at any level with several polished manuscripts at the ready, and so you only have need of a critique for your newest manuscript. 

​Overview: This is a developmental edit, and both concept and execution will be critiqued. If your picture book is further along I will provide a combination of developmental and line editing. Since the format is by nature minimal, if your picture book is in okay shape and doesn't require big conceptual changes, then I'll be spending more time editing the picture book line-by-line. Now, if your work is in an earlier stage, then my feedback is going to be mostly developmental (i.e. it doesn't make sense to comment on word choice if I'm suggesting you rework that entire stanza, etc.). Your query letter will be critiqued on execution as well as concept.

 

As a former agent, along with the edit, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to your project.  ​

The Details:

  • This critique is for text-only picture books, and they must be 1000 words or less. For author-illustrators with a dummy, see below.

  • Your submitted materials are to include your full picture book text, as well as your query letter; sent as an email attachment (MS Word file; double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed editorial letter with feedback on your concept and execution, market expertise, and suggested next steps; as well as, 

    • your returned manuscript with specific examples marked (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) to support the editorial letter.

  • With this service I also offer a complimentary second-look review! I'll take a look at your completed revision and will let you know if it's ready to share with agents; or, if it needs just a couple minor tweaks, I'll share my suggestions in a brief email reply.

         Picture Book Submission Package Critique (3 Manuscripts, 1 Query Letter) 

          $330, 2 week turnaround

Good For You If… You're a writer who's further along in picture book writing, with multiple projects you feel are close to ready. You're preparing to submit to agents for the first time, or submit again with new material. This service is offered specifically to prepare picture book writers for submitting to agents or editors.

 

Why three manuscripts? While you only query an agent with ONE project at a time, if they like it, a good agent will ALWAYS request to see additional picture books as a next step. The majority of writers are not prepared for this request. If you don't have additional projects ready to share, the agent will tell you to be in touch when you do, or simply pass. If you're planning to submit to agents, prepare yourself by getting multiple projects ready to share, when they ask! (Here's a helpful post on the importance of having multiple picture books ready!)

​Overview: This is a developmental edit, and both concept and execution will be critiqued. If your picture book is further along I will provide a combination of developmental and line editing. Since the format is by nature minimal, if your picture book is in okay shape and doesn't require big conceptual changes, then I'll be spending more time editing the picture book line-by-line. Now, if your work is in an earlier stage, then my feedback is going to be mostly developmental (i.e. it doesn't make sense to comment on word choice if I'm suggesting you rework that entire stanza, etc.). Your query letter will be critiqued on execution as well as concept.

 

As a former agent, along with the edit, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to your project.  

The Details:

  • This critique is for text-only picture books, and they must be 1000 words or less. For author-illustrators with a dummy, see below.

  • Your submitted materials are to include three full picture book text, as well as one query letter; sent as an email attachment (MS Word file; double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed editorial letter with feedback on concept and execution for each project, market expertise, and suggested next steps; as well as, 

    • your returned manuscripts with specific examples marked (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) to support the editorial letter.

  • With this service I also offer a complimentary second-look review! I'll take a look at your completed revision and will let you know if it's ready to share with agents; or, if it needs just a couple minor tweaks, I'll share my suggestions in a brief email reply.

         Query Letter Critique 

          $80, 1 week turnaround

Good For You If: You're a writer who would like feedback on your concept, as well as guidance on how to pitch your project (and yourself). Your manuscript is already in great shape (and so doesn't require one of the project-based services). 

 

Overview: Your query letter will be critiqued on both the concept of your project and the execution of your letter.

 

As a former agent, along with the critique, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to ​your project.

 

The Details: 

  • Your submitted material is to include your query letter onlysent as an email attachment (MS Word file;
    double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed letter with feedback on project concept and execution of the query letter, market expertise, and submission tips; as well as, 

    • your returned query letter with specific examples marked (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) to support the critique letter.

For instructions on booking a Picture Book service, see Next Steps.

 
For Picture Book Author-Illustrators….
         3 Picture Book Pitch Consultation

          $80 (1 week turnaround)

Good For You If… You're a writer/illustrator of any level with a few picture book ideas that you're pumped about (and don't yet have a manuscript/dummy; or your manuscript(s) is in an early stage), but you're not sure which ideas to pursue. This is also a great option if you're new to picture books and wondering if your ideas could be viable in the picture book market.  

Overview: This affordable and quick service is SO worth, as it will help you determine which concept(s) are most viable, and steer you in a direction for your work that will give you the greatest chance for success.

 

I'll thoughtfully consider your pitches and craft for you a detailed letter on the viability of each conceptconsidering market conditions, competitive books, and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumersas well as the strengths and potential pitfalls of your characters, setting, plot, etc.  I recommend this service as soon as you have a few firm ideas—before you've sunk a single minute into a manuscript!

The Details:

  • All you need to provide is a brief pitch of each concept, no longer than one page total, for all three (double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • You may also send one sketch/illustration for each concept to be considered with each pitch. Note, your illustrations will only be reviewed as part of each concept, you won't receive feedback with regards to execution. If you're interested in feedback on your illustrations (including your full portfolio!), see the Picture Book Dummy Critique or the Picture Book Dummy Submission Package Critique, below.

  • Your completed critique will include a detailed letter with feedback on your concepts, and a recommendation on which concept(s) would be most viable to pursue. 

         Picture Book Dummy Critique (Includes Query Letter and Online Portfolio)

          $220, 2 week turnaround

Good For You If… You're still fairly new to picture books, and only have one picture book dummy you feel is close to ready. Or, you're a writer/illustrator at any level with several polished dummies at the ready, and so you only have need of a critique for your newest project. 

​Overview: This is a developmental edit, and both concept and execution will be critiqued. If your dummy is further along, then I will provide a combination of developmental and line editing, just as with the text-only Picture Book Critique (above). For the illustrations, I'll be providing feedback on utilization of page-turns, variety in layout/perspectives, balance with the text (as applicable), appropriateness for the concept, and overall execution. Your query letter will be critiqued on execution as well as concept.

 

As a former agent, along with the edit, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to ​your project.  

Bonus! This service also includes an online portfolio analysis, if you have one*. I'll be sharing feedback on what your strengths are, what sort of images you need more/less of to round out your portfolio, and what images need more work, etc., to catch that agent or art director's eye.

The Details:

  • Your picture book dummy must be 1000 words or less, and no longer than 40 pages.

  • Your submitted materials are to include your complete picture book dummy, as well as your query letter; sent as an email attachment. In the email body, include a link to your online portfolio, if you have one. 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed editorial letter with feedback on your concept and execution, market expertise, suggested next steps, and analysis of your online portfolio; as well as, 

    • your returned dummy with specific examples marked (in the form of PDF annotations) to support the editorial letter.

  • With this service I also offer a complimentary second-look review! I'll take a look at your completed revision and will let you know if it's ready to share with agents; or, if it needs just a couple minor tweaks, I'll share my suggestions in a brief email reply.

*Note: the online portfolio analysis is only available for the term of your review period—if you don't currently have an online portfolio, you can't claim this offer at a later date when you do.

         Picture Book Dummy Submission Package Critique (1 Dummy, 2 Manuscripts, 1 Query Letter, Online Portfolio) 

          $385, 2 week turnaround

Good For You If… You're further along in picture book writing/illustrating, with multiple projects you feel are close to ready. You're preparing to submit to agents for the first time, or submit again with new material. This service is offered specifically to prepare picture book author-illustrators for submitting to agents or editors.

 

Why three manuscripts? While you only query an agent with ONE project at a time, if they like it, a good agent will ALWAYS request to see additional picture books as a next step. The majority of author-illustrators are not prepared for this request. If you don't have additional projects ready to share, the agent will tell you to be in touch when you do, or simply pass. If you're planning to submit to agents, prepare yourself by getting multiple projects ready to share, when they ask! (Here's a helpful post​ on the importance of having multiple picture books ready!)

​Overview: This is a developmental edit, and both concept and execution will be critiqued. If your dummy is further along, then I will provide a combination of developmental and line editing. For the illustrations, I'll be providing feedback on utilization of page-turns, variety in layout/perspectives, balance with the text (as applicable),  appropriateness for the concept, and overall execution. Your query letter will be critiqued on execution as well as concept.

As a former agent, along with the edit, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to ​your project.  

Bonus! This service also includes an online portfolio analysis, if you have one*. I'll be sharing feedback on what your strengths are, what sort of images you need more/less of to round out your portfolio, and what images need more work, etc., to catch that agent or art director's eye.

Note on materials: You don't need to share three complete dummies. Agents and editors don't expect author-illustrators to have multiple complete dummies available upon request. That would be a lot of unnecessary work, considering your project is likely going to go through multiple revisions—and so the illustrations would need to be revised as well. Rather, I suggest you submit one dummy, and then two text-only manuscripts (this is in line with what an agent would be expecting, when requesting additional work). You're welcome to send along three dummies if that's the way you work (i.e., sketch first, write later), but know that most of my illustration notes will focus on one project as the sample, and my art notes will be more minimal on the other two, referencing the illustrations only as they pertain to my feedback on the text.

The Details:

  • Each project must be 1000 words or less, and no longer than 40 pages for the dummy.

  • Your submitted materials are to include one picture book dummy (it can be mostly sketches, but you should have at least one or two full color, complete illustrations to demonstrate your style), two manuscripts (or dummies, if that's the way you work!), as well as your query letter; sent as an email attachment. In the email body, include a link to your online portfolio, if you have one. 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed editorial letter with feedback on concept and execution for each project, market expertise, suggested next steps, and analysis of your online portfolio; as well as, 

    • your returned dummy/manuscripts with specific examples marked (in the form of PDF annotations) to support the editorial letter.

  • With this service I also offer a complimentary second-look review! I'll take a look at your completed revision and will let you know if it's ready to share with agents; or, if it needs just a couple minor tweaks, I'll share my suggestions in a brief email reply.

*Note: the online portfolio analysis is only available for the term of your review period—if you don't currently have an online portfolio, you can't claim this offer at a later date when you do.

         Query Letter Critique 

          $80, 1 week turnaround

Good For You If: You're an author-illustrator who would like feedback on your concept, as well as guidance on how to pitch your project (and yourself). Your dummy is already in great shape (and so doesn't require one of the project-based services). 

 

Overview: Your query letter will be critiqued on both the concept of your project and the execution of your letter.

 

As a former agent, along with the critique, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to ​your project.

 

The Details: 

  • Your submitted material is to include your query letter onlysent as an email attachment (MS Word file;
    double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed letter with feedback on project concept and execution of the query letter, market expertise, and submission tips; as well as, 

    • your returned query letter with specific examples marked (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) to support the critique letter.

For instructions on booking an Author-Illustrator service, see Next Steps.

 
For Middle-Grade and Young Adult Authors….
         Novel Pitch Consultation

          $80 (1 week turnaround)

Good For You If… You're a writer of any level with an idea that you're really pumped about, but you don't yet have a manuscript; or your manuscript is in an early stage.

Overview: This affordable and quick service is SO worth, as it can save you from pursuing a concept that isn't highly viable in it's current state (and offer remedies!), avoid problem plotlines, and steer you in a direction for your work that will give you the greatest chance for success. 

 

I'll thoughtfully consider your pitch and craft for you a detailed letter on the viability of your conceptconsidering market conditions, competitive books, and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumersas well as the strengths and potential pitfalls of your characters, setting, plot, etc.  I recommend this service as soon as you have a firm idea—before you've sunk a single minute into a manuscript!

The Details:

  • All you need to provide is a brief pitch of your concept, no longer than one page (double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include a detailed letter with feedback on your concept.

         First 10 Pages Critique (Includes Query Letter) 

          $195, 2 week turnaround

Good For You If: You're a writer of any level with a manuscript you feel is close to ready. You're preparing to submit this work to agents for the first time, or submit again after a break. Or, you've already been submitting this project for a while and haven't received many requests. (If you've been able to get a few partial/full requests, but no offers—check out the Partial/Full Novel Critique, below!) This is the service that will help you get your project agent-ready!

 

Overview: This is a developmental edit, and both your concept and writing mechanics will be reviewed. Critiqued elements include: voice, marketability, concept, character and plot development, point of view, dialogue, pacing, and age-appropriateness. Your query letter will be critiqued on execution as well as concept.

 

This is the service I recommend for 90 percent of writers with a completed manuscript. With this service, I can critique your full concept (thanks to the query letter, and provided synopsis) and uncover most all of your strengths and weaknesses in executions (yep, just in these first 10 pages), which you can then apply to the full manuscript. 

 

As a former agent, along with the edit, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to your project.  

The Details:

  • Your submitted materials are to include the first ten pages of your manuscript, a query letter, and synopsis (your synopsis won't be critiqued, specifically, but will be used to inform my feedback); sent as an email attachment (MS Word file; double-spaced, 12pt font). (See the FAQs for my take on prologues—to include or not to include?!) 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed editorial letter with feedback on your concept and execution, market expertise, and suggested next steps; as well as, 

    • your returned manuscript with specific comments (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) supporting the editorial letter.

  • With this service I also offer a complimentary second-look review! I'll take a look at your completed revision and will let you know if it's ready to share with agents; or, if it needs just a couple minor tweaks, I'll share my suggestions in a brief email reply.

         Query Letter Critique 

          $80, 1 week turnaround

Good For You If: You're a writer who would like feedback on your concept, as well as guidance on how to pitch your project (and yourself). Your manuscript is already in great shape (and so doesn't require one of the project-based services). 

 

Overview: Your query letter will be critiqued on both the concept of your project and the execution of your letter.

 

As a former agent, along with the critique, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to ​your project.

 

The Details: 

  • Your submitted material is to include your query letter onlysent as an email attachment (MS Word file;
    double-spaced, 12pt font). 

  • Your completed critique will include: 

    • a detailed letter with feedback on project concept and execution of the query letter, market expertise, and submission tips; as well as, 

    • your returned query letter with specific examples marked (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) to support the critique letter.

         Partial/Full Novel Critique (Includes Query Letter)

          Price and turnaround varies by project

Good For You If: You've already begun submitting your work and have received some full or partial requests, but you're not receiving any offers. This usually comes down to something in the plot points or pacing that can't be assessed through the First 10 Pages Critique, and so you require a more comprehensive review.

Generally, this service is best for repeat clients, and/or advanced authors who already have a good command of writing mechanics, and so whose needs are more project-specific. 

 

Overview: This is a developmental edit, and while the critiqued elements are all the same as with the First 10 Pages Critique, this Partial/Full Novel Critique focuses more on plot and character development, and pacing. Your query letter will be critiqued on execution as well as concept.

 

As a former agent, along with the edit, I offer you full access to my agent arsenal.... I'll be sharing submission tips; practical industry knowledge; feedback on the viability of your concept, in relation to current market conditions and the historical buying habits of editors/booksellers/consumers; and more, as appropriate to your project.  

 

The Details:

  • If you're interested in this service, send me an email inquiry with your query letter, synopsis, as well as the first 10 pages, as MS Word attachments (double-spaced, 12pt font).

  • Please also tell me a bit about the history of this project, as well as your own author background (i.e., if you've been published before, or have previously worked with an agent and/or editor, etc.). 

    • In response, I'll let you know if I feel this service is right for you, and will share full instructions and pricing at
      that time.

  • The completed critique includes: 

    • a detailed editorial letter with feedback on your concept and execution, market expertise, and suggested next steps; as well as, 

    • your returned manuscript with specific examples marked (in the form of "tracked changes" or PDF annotations) to support the editorial letter.

  • With this service I also offer a complimentary second-look review! I'll take a look at your completed revision and will let you know if it's ready to share with agents; or, if it needs just a couple minor tweaks, I'll share my suggestions in a brief email reply.

For instructions on booking a Middle-Grade or YA service, see Next Steps.

Terms & Conditions

Before you purchase a service, please read through the below policies....

For all of my services, if/when I accept your material for the requested service, I do so after carefully considering if you would benefit from my review (i.e., does your work match my area of expertise, and is your work at a level that would benefit from this service). I only take on projects that I believe will greatly benefit from my specific feedback and expertise. While I strongly feel that as a result of my feedback, your work will have a much greater chance of attracting that dynamo agent or editor—I cannot, of course, guarantee this result. Any person offering a service that tells you otherwise is more interested in your money than in helping you grow as an author and strenghthening your work.

I only accept picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels—and everything in between for the young reader. If you're not sure if your work is a fit, email me your material (that's the first step in booking a service, anyway!) and I'll let you know.

In order to preserve the highest level of service, I reserve the right to refuse service on any project for which I feel I'm not a good a fit.

For the sake of clarity, I am no longer an agent, and by performing one of the above services I am NOT accepting representation of you or your work. Further, you retain full ownership of your work.

The review timeline for your project begins when I receive all materials and payment, or on the Start Date you selected in my booking calendar, whichever is later. All services (except a partial or full edit) have a one or two-week turnaround, beginning at your Start Date. If your Start Date has passed and I haven't received your payment and/or materials, then your turnaround time will not begin on your Start Date, but rather, once I receive the missing items.

While I put a lot of heart and energy into every service/project, and make every effort to exceed your expectations in terms of the feedback/annotations/guidance/tips/market knowledge you receive, I can't guarantee your satisfaction. As such, all payments are final.

By purchasing my services you confirm that you've read and accept these policies.

 
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