PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT
Everybody thinks they can write a picture book ... it’s just 500 words or so. Sounds easy, but anyone who has tried, knows it is difficult to tell a complete and compelling story in so few words.
My picture book critique makes note of what is working well and highlights parts that need some polish. I make line edits and comments using the markups and comments features within MS Word, paying special attention to the story’s opening, arc, character development, and pacing. I look for places where you, the author, might be doing the illustrator’s job. And I ensure scene transitions are as smooth as possible. My critiques can’t guarantee publication, but they will help you fine-tune your manuscript to give it the best possible chance at attracting an agent or editor.
I have experience as an author, editor, and Rate Your Story judge. Picture book critiques are completed within 5 business days from submission. I do not critique rhyming picture books. Fiction manuscripts must be 1,000 words or less. Nonfiction manuscripts must be 1,500 words or less (not including back matter).
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