picture book services

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

twitter pitch critique

I will offer suggestions on 2 pitches.



I'll record myself reading your picture book manuscript, fiction or nonfiction, rhyme or prose, up to 1,500 words.


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

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

All the above 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" and "book" paragraphs of your query. (I'll leave the personalized agent greeting and bio to you.) Simply select full critique in the contact box below. Your accompanying payment will let me know you also want the query draft.



  • 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