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.

Picture book writers: Check out my online classes to find out how to receive the free download: “Is Your Story Ready for Prime Time? A 10-Point Picture Book Checklist.”


Here's my scoop for Fall 2018:

NOVELISTS: I have one slot available for a critique or consultation in November for the first 1-3 chapters only. I will be scheduling full novels for late winter/early spring 2019.

PICTURE BOOK WRITERS: I am now full for 2018! I am scheduling critiques and consultations for January/February, 2019.

If that's too long to wait and you would like a referral, let me know on the form!



  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 choose the option that you think makes the most sense and select Free 15-minute call with Denise when completing the relevant form.

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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