“I sold my first novel to a publish­er that had global reach but had never published a youth novel. Previously, I’d been intro­duced to Eileen Robinson by children’s author Christine Taylor-Butler. From the start, Eileen impressed me.” (read full testi­mo­ni­al)

—From LaVora Perry, Children’s Book Author

Submit Your First Chapters

Did someone tell you that writing a children’s book was easy? Well, by now I’m sure you’ve discov­ered it is challeng­ing. And despite this, you won’t give up, your novel or chapter book is growing. You’ve just finished your first draft or maybe you have gone through many drafts. Maybe you are still strug­gling. But you are ready for some feedback on the first few chapters and want a profes­sion­al opinion.

You wonder if you’ve engaged the reader or if there is too much back-story. You wonder if you are showing versus telling. You wonder if you’ve struck the right balance between narra­tive and dialogue. Are your charac­ters likeable? Will readers care? Have you paced the first few chapters well enough so that the right amount of tension and suspense keep readers turning the page? Is the focus clear? Is your story build­ing the way you would like?

Your first few chapters set the stage for the rest of the story and can deter­mine whether readers keep reading.

This option allows you to submit one or sever­al chapters of your manuscript along with a synopsis.

There are 3 kinds of services for your manuscript – a Full Critique, Just-a-Read, or The Concept.  Click on Critiques to find out more.

Get Started

You can submit, by email:

1 – 6 chapters (Fees vary by number of chapters)

You will get a written critique and a phone call from me. We will sched­ule a brief phone call once the critique is received to discuss comments and any questions you have about market­ing or publish­ing. You can enter best times to be reached on the submis­sion form and we’ll come up with a time best for both of us. In addition, if you have any specif­ic concerns about your manuscript (your concept or execu­tion of that concept), feel free to include in the comments section.

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Thanks for your interest in F1rst Pages.
Acceptance of new submissions is currently on hiatus while we attend to our backlog of existing submissions.

Please refer to Kid (& YA) Book Revisions until further notice.