For a number of years I’ve offered manuscript critiques, usually by word of mouth. I’ve decided to make things a little more accessible to others who might be interested and have added information on my website. Look up there in the right-hand corner for the Writing One to One tab. (If you’re reading on email, you’ll have visit my website).
Today you don’t even have to click on the tab. Everything you’d read there is right here!
Writing One to One
When I sell a manuscript to a publishing house, my work has just begun. In the months and years after a story is acquired, I receive in-depth, made-for-me direction on how to better my writing. This extensive revision process brings out my best work — far beyond anything I could create alone.
Writing One on One is my attempt to offer a similar critique experience to writers who are working toward publication. The process begins with a questionnaire that focuses on your writing background, goals and dreams, and specifics on your manuscript(s). This allows us both to see if we might work well together.
Work for Consideration
As a children’s author, I only read picture book and middle grade manuscripts. If you are looking for someone to critique your young adult manuscript, I would be happy to recommend several authors who take on editing work.
All critiques include line edits (comments within the manuscript itself) and an editorial letter (a detailed response to your manuscript). I do not copy edit (check for spelling, grammar, or punctuation).
- One picture book (up to 1,000 words) – $85
- Three picture books (up to 1,000 words each) – $225
- The first three chapters of a completed middle-grade novel (up to 10,000 words) + one page synopsis – $200
- One middle-grade novel (up to 50,000 words) – $625
- One middle-grade novel (up to 50,000 words) first critiqued as three chapters and a synopsis – $400
** Writers interested in submitting the same manuscript(s) for a second critique can do so at half the original price.**
At this point, I can’t imagine submitting a manuscript without having Caroline critique it first. When a piece of writing is as good as I can possibly make it on my own, she helps me make it better!
— Sarah M.
I went through multiple revisions of a picture book biography over the last four years. I finally narrowed it down to a readable word count but I knew something was wrong. I had a vague start to a story arc but I couldn’t find the focus. Caroline reviewed my manuscript and with a few choice comments and suggestions enabled me to winnow out the unnecessary facts and find the story arc. I was elated with her critique and highly recommend her for her discerning eye and to-the-point suggestion made with positive, thoughtful comments. I told her if she tired of her writing, she could be an editor!
— Shirley D.
— Joanne F.
Want to learn more about Writing One on One? Simply email me. I’ll answer your questions, and if you’re interested, send along the questionnaire.
Happy writing, friends!