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: If you are new to writing picture books, I do require that you either provide background you have in learning about them and how to write them and will ask about your experience. Another option is to get that experience through my live foundation sessions or combine it with a “I’m New to Picture Books!” program. See the Consultation and Coaching page for more information.


NOVELISTS: Due to my teaching and writing load, I am only reviewing first chapters from novelists at this time unless we've worked together before. I'm happy to provide referrals - just indicate that on the form.

PICTURE BOOK WRITERS: I am open to critiques and consultations so feel free to fill out the form! OR, if you want more "high level" feedback fairly quickly, check out my Fast & Lite Picture Book Feedback which, unless otherwise noted on that page, is always open for business! Please note: If you are new to picture books, I require that you have some basic knowledge of picture book foundational elements before we work together on your manuscript. This can be other classes, workshops or possibly books you've read--you can share your experience with me and we can discuss that before you sign up for anything. If you want to explore my foundational options, see my Consultation and Coaching page for more information.



  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.

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