picture book services

Sara critiqued a picture book manuscript and a Twitter pitch for me. Her promptness, professionalism, and follow-through were amazing, not to mention the quality of her feedback and how clearly she communicated 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 too! Vanessa Konoval

what I offer you

  • 10 years of experience reading picture books aloud

  • a knack for bringing a manuscript to life on first read-through

  • experience critiquing over a hundred manuscripts

  • 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

  • a track record of repeat clients going on to secure mentorships or representation

twitter pitch critique

I will work with you on one pitch. For multiple pitches, adjust the price accordingly.



I'll record myself reading your picture book manuscript, fiction or nonfiction, rhyme or prose, up to 1,500 words. I will also read it to my 7-year-old daughter and let you know her favorite and least favorite parts.


I will also read longer manuscripts. Contact me about pricing.

Positivity Pass

Send me a PDF of your manuscript and I'll tell you everything that's great about your story.


mini critique

I'll record myself reading your picture book manuscript, up to 1,500 words,

and offer comments on plot and character development.


full critique

Everything in a mini critique plus line edits. I can also offer basic feedback on meter and rhyme.


query edit

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.


manuscript ranking

I'll review your polished manuscripts and rank them in order of readiness to query.



  • 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)

  • fill out the form below indicating the services you're interested in

  • email your manuscript (word doc for a critique, pdf for a read-through) to saralkruger@gmail.com