Katie has critiqued hundreds of manuscripts over the years and currently provides feedback as a judge with RateYourStory.org. She works with writers of every skill level, from picture book novices to multi-published authors. After you make your payment, please email your manuscripts or query letters to firstname.lastname@example.org as Word attachments. For Live Consultations, please send your manuscript as well as the top three questions you’d like to discuss. All critiques will be returned within seven days of receipt of payment (excluding the Polish Package, to be returned within 48 hours.) If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via the email address provided.
(Prices are for manuscripts 750 words or fewer in length. Longer works can be critiqued for an additional fee.)
15 Minute Live Consultation
A collaborative 15 minute video conference in which Katie will discuss your work, brainstorm solutions with you, and answer any other questions you may have. You will send your story in advance of the conference, along with the top three questions you’d like to discuss. Katie will send you an email link to the video conference at a pre-arranged time.
Detailed feedback on plot, pacing, character development, page turns, language, leaving room for the illustrator, and more. If you submit a rhyming manuscript, Katie will point out any issues with rhyme and meter. She will highlight areas of strength and weakness throughout your manuscript.
Full Revision Critique
Detailed feedback on your revised manuscript after completing a Full Critique.
Big Picture Critique
A paragraph of notes on your manuscript as a whole, pointing out areas of strength and offering suggestions on how to improve areas of weakness.
Big Picture Revision Critique
A paragraph of notes on your revised manuscript, after completing a Big Picture Critique.
Katie will craft a concise and catchy Twitter pitch so you can participate in #PBPitch, #PitMad, and all the other great Twitter Pitch Parties!
When you have a great submission opportunity, an agent asks for more work, or you have a tight deadline looming, the Polish Package will get you feedback from TWO authors (Katie and Lauren Kerstein). Lauren is one of the most talented writers and critique-ers I know. With this unique package, feedback will be returned within 48 hours so you can polish your manuscript until it shines. For more information about Lauren, visit her website (www.LaurenKerstein.net).
Query Letter Critique
Query letters should be pithy, dynamic, and engaging. Katie will help make the pitch paragraph as strong as possible, the marketing paragraph timely and intriguing, and the bio paragraph professional and to the point. She will also offer possible comparable titles and suggestions on how to personalize your query.