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Professional Critiques

For aspiring Kidlit writers I offer manuscript critiques based on the guidelines, fees and structure offered at SCBWI conferences.

1. I critique:

  • nonfiction picturebooks - submit full text 
  • nonfiction chapterbooks - submit proposal and/or first chapter 
  • nonfiction middle grade - submit a proposal and/or first chapter 
  • fiction picturebooks - submit full text

2. For all submissions, limit submission to 10 full pages (note, for middle grade, this usually means submitting either the proposal or the first chapter).

3. For format guidelines, use "
From Keyboard to Printed Page" from SCBWI.  

What you receive: 

1. A written critique using the SCBWI Gold Form which includes all of the major categories an agent/editor would consider. 
2. Comments written on the manuscript. This does not usually include extensive line-editing, rather it provides suggestions and examples. 
3. A 20-minute follow-up Skype or phone conversation.

Fees and Timeline:

  • The fee is $45.00.
  • You will receive your critique from 1-3 weeks of submission. 

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(Written for kids, Great for kidlit writers, too)


Links You Might Like

​​Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

Nonfiction Monday blog (a round up of recent kidlit nonfiction):

Melissa Stewart's Celebrate Science blog: 

Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

​​Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (largest professional organization for kidlit wiht a searchable author/illustrator list):

Kim Norman's Authors By State Listing:


"Simple Acts Save Lives" Read this Authors for Earthday post which could have been the last chapter of ​Something Rotten.

"Rules and Roadkill" A Nerdy Book Club post about becoming a writing rebel. 

"Nonfiction Authors Dig Deep" A post on Melissa Stewart's Celebrate Science blog about my inquiry approach. 

The "Nine-Year Journey" behind How Rude! a 32- page book. Read about it on Sheila Renfro's blog

The Path to Publication - get a glimpse and a few ideas about what it takes to get from first to last draft at Cathy Hall's blog. 


Want to Write for Kids?

Using big ideas on Elizabeth Dulemba's Blog.  

Writing about science on Sherri Rivers' Grog Blog. 

Learning from SCBWIin Claire Datnow's interview.

Writing a REAL book on Elizabeth Dulemba's Blog.

Find more on my bio page.