Work on your children’s book with a developmental editor.


The author of 255 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 develop their stories. You know your story best. My job is to help you see what you already have – in your imagination and on the page.

Q. How can I help you develop your children’s book?

  1. If you need help to write your first draft, sign up for a workshop critique.
  2. If you need help to revise your completed children’s book manuscript, sign up for a revision critique.

The Six Traits of Writing

Use the 6 traits of writing to write and revise your manuscript step by step.

The six traits of writing were identified in the 1980s as a way to help young writers. They are:

  1. Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Fluency
  6. Conventions (grammar, spelling, and punctuation)

I have divided the traits into two groups: the BIG Picture traits and the small details traits.

  • Ideas, organization, and voice are the BIG Picture traits.
  • Word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions are the small details traits.

For the workshop critiques and the revision critiques, I always begin at the top of the six traits list.

  • If you are taking a workshop to write your first draft, you will work through the BIG Picture traits week by week.
  • If you sign up for a revision critique, I will check the BIG Picture traits for you.

First Draft Workshops

Write and revise your picture book story in the 8 week Intensive Picture Book Workshop. Or write the first draft of your children’s novel and revise that all-important first chapter twice in the 16 week Children’s Novel Workshop.

You will free write the first draft (panster), select a story arc (plotter), and then rewrite (panster) and revise (plotter) your picture book manuscript or that all-important first chapter of your children’s novel.

All of the writing lessons, goal worksheets, and critique worksheets are on a private site. After you sign up, I will send you a password.

Workshop FAQ

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! (I’ve worked with writers from all seven continents.)

After you sign up, I will send you a login to the private site. All of the writing lessons, goal worksheets, and critique worksheets are there.

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 with colored ink and highlighting.

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.

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.

Be a Panster: Sit your pants in the chair and get those words on the page. Write whatever comes to mind without letting the editor in your head say, “This won’t work!” Just let the words come.

Be a Plotter and answer the guiding question on the critique step worksheet each week. Let your planning (and the new ideas you learn in the lessons in the modules) feed your muse so you can write.

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? Sign up for a workshop critique so we can start working together!

Still have questions? Email me.

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