Work on your picture book with a developmental editor.


Q. How will you critique my picture book manuscript?
A. I will work with you for 8 weeks via email to help you “find the story inside the story” of your picture book manuscript. Weeks 1 and 8 are “goals” weeks. Weeks 2-7 are critique steps. Your work will be due each Wednesday.

Begin a new critique step module each week for 6 weeks in row. You have 7 days to read the 7 lessons and complete the critique step worksheet.

The author of 250 books for children, teens, and adults, I have been working as a developmental editor since 1999. According to Wikipedia, a developmental editor works with writers in two ways.

  1. Some developmental editors coach writers before the manuscript is submitted.
  2. Some developmental editors coach writers as they revise after the manuscript is submitted.

Over the years I have worked both ways as a developmental editor. I find it very satisfying to help writers “find the story inside their story.” You know your story best. My job is to help you see what you already have – in your imagination and on the page.

Picture Book 1. Write and revise your picture book story in the 8 week Intensive Picture Book Workshop.

Picture Book 2. Work on a revision (of the same story) in the 2 week Picture Book WIP Critique. (WIP is Work-In-Progress.)

Q. What happens in a workshop?
A. A workshop is asynchronous. There are no “hours” and we won’t have any scheduled meetings, so it doesn’t matter what your time zone is or which continent you live on! (Over the years I’ve worked with writers from all seven continents.)

After you sign up, I will send you a login to the private site. You can begin a new critique step module each week for 6 weeks in row. You have 7 days to read the 7 lessons and download the new critique step worksheet.

Q. When is my homework due?
A. Your work will be due on Wednesday in your time zone.

Q. How do I send you my work?
A. Please send your work (to my workshop email address) as an email attachment. I will make a copy of your document with my initials, and then add comments, questions, and suggestions for you to consider using the Track Changes function in Word.

Q. When will you reply to my critique step homework?
A. I write my own books first thing in the morning and work one-on-one with individual writers in the afternoon Monday through Friday.

Q. Will you recommend a publisher for my book?
A. No. There are three steps to becoming a published author.

  1. Write the book.
  2. Revise the book.
  3. Sell the book.

You write the book (step 1) and as a developmental editor, I can help you revise it (step 2). The person who sells books to a publisher (step 3) is a literary agent.

For your critique homework for the first 5 modules, you will study your 3 comps and compare them to your manuscript each week. You will compare the:

  1. story topic
  2. story theme
  3. story pitch
  4. story arc
  5. storyboard

For your module 6 homework you will send in your picture book manuscript for critique.

After you finish writing and revising your book, you can use your homework from the first 3 modules (story topic, story theme, and story pitch) to help you write your query letter to the literary agent. If you plan to self-publish, you can use your homework from the first 3 modules to help you write the sales copy for your book.

Q. Will you give me a partial refund if I can’t finish all of the work before the deadline?
A. No. If you sign up for a workshop critique and need to cancel before we begin, please be advised that I charge a $20 handling fee for cancellations. After the session begins, fees are NOT REFUNDABLE.

It’s not easy “see the bones” of a book so you can figure out how to write your own, but you can do it. Don’t let fear get in the way. Set a timer for 25 minutes and start working. Push fear aside and get it done.

My writing students come from all levels of the continuum, from beginner to advanced. Some students sold the books they wrote in the workshops while others continued to master their craft and sold their first book later. Are you ready to work with a writing mentor? Are you looking for a writing class to help you start your book or take your work to the next level? Sign up for a workshop critique so we can start working together!

Still have questions? Email me.

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