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


Q. How will you critique my children’s book manuscript?
A. I will work with you for 8 or 10 weeks via email in these panster / plotter workshops. (Pansters discover their story as they write. Plotters plan before they write.)

You will free write draft zero (panster), select a story arc (plotter), and then write (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.

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.

Picture Book Workshops

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.)

Picture Book 3. Fine-tune the meter in your rhyming picture book with 2 Rhyming Picture Book WIP Scanning Critiques.

Children’s Novel Workshops

Children’s Novel 1. Write draft zero of your children’s novel, select a story arc, then write and revise the first draft of that all-important first chapter in the 10 week Children’s Novel Workshop.

Children’s Novel 2. After you complete chapter one, we can work together as you write and revise a new chapter of your book in the 2 week Children’s Novel WIP 1 Chapter Critique.

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 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.

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 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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