Manuscript Consultations


Manuscript Consultations. Yes, it's true. I am now doing manuscript consultations for aspiring authors of picture books.

Why me?

When I started writing picture books, nearly 20 years ago, I started a writer's group. Years later, an editor called us "the famous Sebastopol writer's group." (We all loved that!) Currently, I'm in one in-person group and one online group. That's lots of stories critiqued. I've also been an instructor and manuscript consultant for the Institute of Children's Literature and Media Bistro and been on the faculty of the Oregon Coast Writer's Workshop.

What's the cost?


What will you do for my story and me?

If you'd like my input on a manuscript you're developing, either for submission to a traditional publisher or simply for your and your family/friends' pleasure, I will read your story, line edit, comment on the concept/theme/arc, and do a 40 minute to hour personal consultation with you by phone and/or Skype. What we focus on will depend upon your manuscript, but it might include enlivening your characters, enriching the theme, and improving the writing craft.

The process will be somewhat like this:

  1. Submit your picture book manuscript of 1500 words or less as a Word document, along with your concerns and goals for the story. Payment is through Paypal (preferred) or check. I will share payment information with you when you first contact me.
  2. I will read your picture book manuscript, do line editing, and consider the concept/theme/arc.
  3. I will return the edited manuscript to you via email with line edits and comments. My comments usually include  what is working well and what isn’t, how to improve the plot and narrative, thoughts about your characters, theme, and structure.
  4. We will schedule a phone call or Skype visit, which will be up to an hour, in which I will respond to your questions and we will further discuss your story. I can share my experiences with traditional publishers, agents, and editors as well.

If you'd like me to do a manuscript consultation for you, click here to email me. 

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