Picture Books

Have you made the best use of the 32-page layout? Are your page turns intuitive? Have you left enough room in the text for the illustrator to add his/her own take on the story? Does the protagonist have agency? How are your rhyme and meter? These are only a sampling of the many craft-related topics we could address together.

My approach to picture books is to first determine what age group you are writing for, then your intended category (fiction, non-fiction, rhyme, etc.). Because picture books can take on many forms, you and I will work together to determine the scope of my work.

At a minimum, you will receive an edit letter that will address the following areas:

  • Hook
  • Character
  • Plot
  • Pacing/Page Turns
  • Setting/Illustratability
  • Voice/Vocabulary
  • Tone
  • List of craft-related books that may help you address potential problem areas in your manuscript
  • List of mentor texts that can show you how other authors have handled similar topics or similar problem areas

Note: I am not an illustrator, so I am not able to comment on illustrations, but I will work with author/illustrators on the text portion of a manuscript.

Prices start at $150 minimum.

(Rhyming/verse books, nonfiction biographies, and creative nonfiction may be higher.)

All prices are subject to change and are based on word count and a variety of other factors, to be discussed between client and service provider before any contracts are signed.