Sara's promptness, professionalism, and follow-through are amazing, not to mention the quality of her feedback and how clearly she communicates her suggestions. I ended up getting an offer of representation, and an agent, from one of the pitches she critiqued, on the very manuscript she had critiqued!
Sara offers wonderful insight into my story structure, vocabulary choice, character development, and tension. She is quick and thorough with her feedback.
what I offer you
experience critiquing hundreds of manuscripts
a track record of repeat clients securing mentorships, representation, and book deals
a vision for big-picture improvements and an eye for making every word count
a breadth of knowledge about what's being published right now (see my PB First Lines collections)
10 years of experience reading picture books aloud
a knack for bringing a manuscript to life on first read-through
I'll record myself reading your picture book manuscript, up to 1,500 words, and offer comments on plot and character development and make line edits. I can also offer basic feedback on meter and rhyme. $50
I'll record myself reading your picture book manuscript, up to 1,500 words,
and offer comments on plot and character development.
I'll tighten your sentences, edit for grammar, and make suggestions for word choice.
Full Critique plus Query Draft
Having trouble getting started with your query? I'll do a full critique of your manuscript and draft the "hook" (first) and "book" (second) paragraphs of your query. And I'll give you a template for the personalized agent greeting and bio.
full critique plus pitch draft
Just need help with the pitch, not the whole query? I'll do a full critique of your manuscript and draft a pitch for your story.
query pitch to twitter pitch
You have the perfect pitch for your query! How do you possibly cut it down to 280 characters? Let me help! Send me a PDF of your query and I'll work with you to wrangle that hook into shape for the next twitter pitch party.
I'll review three or more of your polished manuscripts and rank them in order of readiness to query.
I'll record myself reading your book and send you the audio recording.
read-through recordings will be sent within 48 hours
critiques will be completed within 10 days; contact me about rush prices
payment required in advance (via PayPal, below, or venmo (@SaraLKruger)