Katie has critiqued hundreds of manuscripts over the years and currently provides feedback as a judge with She works with writers of every skill level, from picture book novices to multi-published authors. Please review the options below. If none of the options offered suits your needs, Katie can customize a critique plan just for you! Please reach out via the contact page to inquire about availability.

Picture Book Manuscript (Prices are for manuscripts 750 words or fewer in length. Longer works can be critiqued for an additional fee.)

Full Critique – $75: 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.

Revision Critique – $50: Detailed feedback on your revised manuscript after completing a Full Critique.

Big Picture Critique – $35: 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 – $25: A paragraph of notes on your revised manuscript, after completing a Big Picture Critique.

Twitter Pitch Option – $15: Katie will craft a concise and catchy Twitter pitch so you can participate in #PBPitch, #PitMad, and all the other great Twitter Pitch Parties! (The price for a pitch is $10 when bundled with a critique!)

Polish Package – $150: 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, you can visit her website here.

Query Letter

$35: 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 comparative titles and suggestions on how to personalize your query.

**All critiques will be returned within 7 days of payment. (Excludes Polish Package, to be returned within 48 hours.)