“…The tale needed something, but I didn’t know what. Using the SCBWI recom­mend­ed list of editors, I found Eileen and sent her our manuscript. Her thorough and metic­u­lous perusal found sever­al areas that needed tweak­ing. When those revisions were made, the manuscript found a home and will be published February 2012.” (read full testi­mo­ni­al)

—Shellie Neumeier, First-time Children’s Author

What is a Critique Anyway?

If you are a begin­ning writer, this is a great place to start. If you’ve had a critique before or are famil­iar with the process, then click on Critiques, Fees or go to the specif­ic critique you would like and find out more.

There’s lots of infor­ma­tion for you, the children’s writer, on this website. And if you have other questions or can’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to email me.

A critique is an assess­ment of a manuscript by someone with a relevant background (writer, editor), and it focus­es on what works and what doesn’t and what might be done to improve it. A critique can be as detailed as a line edit for format, clari­ty and grammat­i­cal struc­ture — or it can be global and focus on overall plot, pacing, charac­ter devel­op­ment etc.

If you’re writing for commer­cial publi­ca­tion, or for submis­sion to a liter­ary agent or editor, the ideal readers are found in critique groups composed of profes­sion­al published authors and/or a profes­sion­al editor. An experi­enced editor will see things you don’t because you often too close to the story. They’ll identi­fy your areas of strength, but they will also help you overcome areas of weakness.

Commercial publish­ers have very high bench­marks when decid­ing whether to acquire a manuscript so peer and profes­sion­al edits are the most effec­tive way to meet a publish­er’s thresh­old.

Good luck to you and I look forward to reading your manuscript!

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