Manuscript Critiques & Consultations

Denise CritiquesWelcome, fellow writer!

Critiques & Consultations

Congratulations on knowing feedback is an important part of making your manuscript the best it can be. There is so much about the publishing process that is out of our control as writers but what IS in our control is the quality of the manuscript we send out.

I offer a limited number of critiques of picture books and novels for a fee each year to writers committed to their craft. If you’ve been working on a middle grade or young adult novel, have done some revisions and are ready to take it to the next level, feel free to contact me about a possible critique. If you have only written a first draft, I would recommend revising a few more times before contacting me.

I review and comment on picture book manuscripts up to 1,000 words. There are definitely publishers who publish picture books longer than 1,000 words (bigger publishers and smaller ones), but I believe shorter manuscripts are more in demand so I like to focus on those. UPDATE: I will be taking a limited number of picture book manuscripts in June and July 2014. However, if you live in or around Denver, I’d encourage you to consider taking my 8-week Picture Book Workshop at Lighthouse Writers. The next one will be late summer/early fall, but to make sure you’re notified of my classes, you can sign up on my bio page.

Due to my current workload, I won’t be accepting novel manuscripts right now, but keep writing! And if you’d like a referral for someone who could critique your novel, contact the moderator and we’ll give you some names! Also, if you live in or around Denver, I’d encourage you to consider signing up for an 8-week Middle Grade/YA workshop. Click here for more info.

If you live in or around Denver and would like to meet to discuss a manuscript I critiqued or just talk about your ideas and get advice, we can set up a meeting. This might include my reading your manuscript through once and helping you determine your goals for it, offering thoughts on its marketability, and sometimes making suggestions for target markets.
I have always offered phone conversations to discuss more general writing and publishing questions. See the brochure for more info!

Got Your Own Story or Book?

I love to hear that readers are writing their own stories and books! And I wish I could read them all. But unfortunately, I can’t. I just don’t have time. But I would encourage you to find a trusted teacher or a writing class in your area so you can get some feedback on your book.


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