When I sell a manuscript to a publishing house, my work has just begun. In the months 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 verse novel (up to 25,000 words) – $500
- 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.**
Caroline Starr Rose has worked on five of my manuscripts, and I am always impressed with her critiques. They are thorough, well thought out, and encouraging. Not only does she care about you and your writing, she also pinpoints precisely what is needed to pull a stronger manuscript out of you. Working with Caroline is like corresponding with a professor of children’s literature. If you are serious about your writing career, then having Caroline critique your work is the smartest move you can make.
— Kathleen J.
I am unspeakably grateful for your critique. Thank you for your help and your inspiration.
— Nancy M.
When I received Caroline’s editorial suggestions for my children’s picture book manuscript, I was completely blown away at the detail and effort she put into helping me write the best story possible. I have joined writing groups, read a zillion picture books, and taken classes but the money spent having Caroline edit my story has been, by far, the best investment I’ve made in my writing. I plan to seek her guidance and counsel from now on!
— Betsy C.
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., author of A Little More Beautiful (Waxwing Books, 2022)
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., author of Everywhere Blue (Holiday House, 2021)
I was introduced to Caroline Starr Rose through a recommendation for her critique/editing services. I am grateful I stepped forward on that recommendation. Her experience, knowledge and integrity shine.
— Tracie L.
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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.