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children's book editing
Picture Book Editing / $399 for up to 600 words
The picture book market is blazing hot, and a lot of writers are trying the fun and challenging craft of picture book writing. This is an edit of your strongest picture book manuscript (up to 600 words, per the prevailing word count guidelines in the industry) and will provide you with valuable feedback about your plot, characters, illustration potential, voice, and more. Query letter editing is included, as well as feedback on up to three more paragraph-length pitches for future ideas, if you have them.
Today’s picture book writers need a really strong grasp of the form as well as many saleable ideas that will attract the eye of an editor or agent. Most agents will not sign up a picture book creator unless they have at least three truly stellar projects. This edit will help you refine your craft and, more importantly, your thinking about writing for this very specific audience. Longer picture books (between 600 and 1,200 words) are $499. Manuscripts longer than 1,200 words are billed as an early reader or chapter book, see below.
picture book editing with illustrations or dummy / $499-$599
I also love working with author-illustrators. I am happy to do picture book editing with art direction notes. When I was an agent, most of my picture book client list was composed of author/illustrators. If you are also an illustrator, I am happy to review your dummy and provide art notes in addition to manuscript feedback. My base price for a picture book edit applies. If your word count is under 600 words, the total is $499, if it's over, the investment is $599.
Picture book edit and overview HYBRID bundle / $599 for three manuscripts, $699 for five manuscripts
This is a very popular combination. With this package, I provide in-depth editorial feedback, as described elsewhere on this page, on one picture book manuscript (up to 600 words). You'll also receive margin notes on that manuscript's query letter. But most picture book writers have multiple ideas. And if an agent is interested, they are very likely to ask for more than one polished project. (A lot of agents want to make sure you're more than a "one hit wonder" and will ask for three before making their decision.) To help you hone in on the rest of your WIPs, I will also read and comment on up to two additional picture book manuscripts (of 600 words or fewer) for $599 and four additional manuscripts for $699. Those comments will be more bird's eye in nature, and will appear in paragraphs at the end of each document. Higher word counts will incur an additional fee, and the total number of manuscripts can be adjusted to fit your needs, please inquire with your totals.
Picture book edit bundles / $599 for two manuscripts, $749 for three manuscripts
Bundle pricing for comprehensive notes on two or three picture book manuscripts (up to 600 words each) and their associated query letters. For two picture books, the price drops to $299 per manuscript, and for three picture books, you pay $249 per manuscript, whereas a single Picture Book Edit is $399. Higher word counts will change the total, please describe what you're working with.
Early readers and chapter books / $599 AND UP
Though this page focuses mainly on picture books, I also work extensively with early readers and chapter book projects, which can range in word count from about 1,200 words to 2,500 for early readers and 2,500 words to 10,000 words for chapter books. Since there is a lot of variety in these categories, please inquire for pricing based on your exact word count.