Q. What is a Children’s Novel WIP Critique?
A. WIP stands for work-in-progress. A Children’s Novel WIP Critique is a revision critique. After you complete finish the first draft of your children’s novel, we can work together as you revise your book. You can send in one chapter at a time or the entire book.
Q. How will I critique your children’s novel?
A. I am a developmental editor, so I always begin with a developmental edit and look at the BIG Picture.
- The Ideas: Can readers follow the logic of the story? Is it believable?
- The Organization: How does the story flow from page to page, from scene to scene? Does the tension build as the pages turn?
- The Voice: Which voice does the story use (first, second, or third person)? Does the story (or chapter) have a single narrator?
Q. What will you send me for my critique?
A. I will make a copy of your document with my initials, and then add comments, questions, and suggestions for you to consider with colored ink and highlighting. I ask questions about sections that are confusing. I make structural suggestions for you to consider, offering ideas to help you fill in any gaps and ideas to help you decide which direction to take in your next draft, including rearranging the order of the scenes or sections in your book.
Q. Why do you use colored ink and highlighting?
A. I use colored ink and highlighting because there are often two to three or more ways for you to develop an idea. When I try to share these ideas with Track Changes in Word they fill up the page too quickly and then scroll OFF the page, making them hard to read.
Q. When will you line edit my manuscript?
A. When the BIG Picture in the manuscript communicates your ideas clearly to your readers, I will look at the small details in a line edit critique. I go line by line and make suggestions for new word choices. I also offer ideas about changing the order of the words in a sentence and the order of the sentences in a paragraph. Once again I will use colored ink and highlighting to make specific suggestions.
Q. How many critiques will my book need?
A. No one knows. Every story is different. Some story problems are easier to solve then others. It may take a few rounds to find a story structure solution you like. On the other hand, if your story is structurally sound I will begin with a line edit critique.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. $200 for the first 1000 words and 1 cents a word after that. For example, an early chapter book with 8,715 words is $200 for the first 1,000 words and the remaining 7,715 words at a penny each are $77.15 for a total of $277.15.
If you’d like to use the PayPal Credit No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 Months plan, please email me your word count and I will send you an invoice. According to the PayPal Credit FAQ, “If you check out with PayPal and select PayPal Credit, you’re eligible for “No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months” for purchases of $99 or more.”
Q. How long will it take you to critique my children’s novel?
A. I can critique a single chapter of your children’s novel in two business days. Critiquing a completed novel requires a week or more, depending on the length (five to ten business days).
Q. Can I ask questions after the critique?
Q. Can I send you my revisions?
A. Yes, after you revise your novel we can work together in a new critique session. The cost of the new critique will be based on your revised word count. As before, you can send a chapter or two — or request a full novel revision.
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