Critiques & Consultations

Critiques and consults for writers of all levels.

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“Writing for children is like writing “War and Peace,” in haiku.” ~ Mem Fox

I’m thrilled that you’re interested in working together on a specific project or perhaps just to explore where you want to take your writing career. This is where you can get some one-on-one love for your manuscript and/or you as a writer.


Here's my scoop for Fall of 2019

NOVELISTS: Due to my own novel projects and teaching commitments this fall, I will only be taking one or two partial manuscripts, up to the first three chapters. I'm also happy to provide referrals - just indicate that on the form.

PICTURE BOOK WRITERS: I am currently taking requests and setting up critiques and consultations for fall, starting after Labor Day through mid-November. After that I will be scheduling for the new year! You can always check out my list of referrals on the Manuscript Critiques page.

Picture book writers: If you would like a fast, top level critique of a manuscript, you can receive that through my Fiverr Gig, which is always open for business  except for vacation and travel times. I'd love to see your work this way!




  Have under gone several revisions

  Interested in detailed comments and questions

  Micro level feedback on plot, character, theme and more


  Early stages of writing

  Interested in first impressions

  Feedback on high level concepts (plot, character…)


You’ve worked on it intensely, feel it’s close, but would like another viewpoint


Still not sure if either of these is right for you? You can set up a free 15-minute call with Denise.  Just fill out the form and Denise will contact you.

NOTE: “Category” means picture book, early reader, chapter book, novel, etc.

Be sure to verify your email address is typed correctly before submitting.

Critique Inquiry

High Level Feedback on Fiverr

I offer some faster, shorter high level feedback through my Fiverr Gig, including a $10 review of the first 50 words to see if your opening works as a picture book! Check it out.
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