CRITIQUES

critiques

There’s always room for one more children’s book writer—is it you?

I’d love to help you get there.

When you send me a manuscript, I will craft a letter with overall thoughts on it, specifically focusing on the following:

—overall strengths and weaknesses
—big picture theme
—story structure
—character development
—emotional resonance
—visual potential
—for nonfiction texts, critique will only be based on storytelling (fact-checking unavailable)

If the manuscript is ready for it, I may dig deeper into your sentence-level writing and propose language or line edits. Also, after being a librarian and a picture book blogger for more than a decade, it’s impossible for me not to think in terms of comp titles and possible mentor texts, so I will share those with you.

Rhyme is ok, and please do try to keep your manuscript to 800 words or less.

I am honored to see your work, and promise to treat your artistry with gentle hands and respect your craft.

Expected turnaround time: One week (I will let you know in advance if I can’t meet that timeframe.

Second look available only after three weeks have passed from delivery of first critique. That gives you time to think through your revision, and gives me fresh eyes to see it again.

General Critique: $125
Second Look: $65
45-minute Skype Consultation: $100

Email me at hello@carterhiggins.com. I look forward to working with you!