“I submit­ted my first manuscript to Eileen Robinson. I am a new writer overwhelmed by the process required to be published. The critique was the most benef­i­cal step I could have ever taken at this point in my publish­ing journey. Eileen was very thorough, nutur­ing, and positive.” (read full testi­mo­ni­al)

—From Emily O’Connor, Aspiring Children’s Book Author — South Dakota

Submit Your Picture Books

What is more beauti­ful than the marriage of text and illus­tra­tion? Whether the author is also the illus­tra­tor or two individ­ual talents bring their creativ­i­ty to the story, when both work togeth­er the result can be a picture book that both parents and children can enjoy.

And just about every writer who aspires to author a children’s book wants to write a picture book. But is the execu­tion as easy as it looks? Your dream may be to put a book like this in the hands of your children or grand­chil­dren but do you have the right voice to talk to this target audience? Or, is your style, ideas or content, and voice more suited for middle grade or young adult?

If you can do it, I think it can be one of the most fun and enjoy­able writing experi­ences. But it is also one of the most diffi­cult. You have less space and number of words to tell your story and your readers have a limit­ed atten­tion span. To add to that, the story has to engage the reader quick­ly and making them work a little but leaving them satis­fied at the end — yet able to talk about and see beyond the confines of the story. And you have to accom­plish all this without talking down to them.

So let’s see what you got!

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

Please submit your picture book by email via the submis­sion form.

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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