When every word counts,

you need an editor who can elevate your story.

Let’s make your picture book sing.

 

Once upon a time, you had an idea for a children’s book. So you thought and you planned and you started writing your story. And after some time had passed, you finished. Hooray! A completed picture book!

But now . . .

Picture Books

You can’t stop revising.

You add a word or phrase only to delete it the next day.

You change something and then second-guess yourself.

You send files to your critique partners with names like “FINAL DRAFT 3” and “FINAL FINAL DRAFT 7.”

(Sound familiar?)

You have to find the balance between story and word count.

Because nowadays, the industry standard length for picture books is between 300 and 1,000 words. (And traditional publishers prefer a word count under 500.)

Even if you’re going to self-publish, you probably plan on fitting your story into the traditional thirty-two-page template—which means your word count matters too.

Jennifer provides concise, insightful feedback tailored to publishing for children and young adults.

I had lost control of my story. It was too long for a picture book. Past critiques had been very general and lacking in suggestions on how to improve the story.

Jennifer helped me bring clarity to my story so I could cut down the word count and leave room for the illustrator. My document was returned not only with Tracked Changes but with an audio of her explaining the changes and offering suggestions. In the audio, I could hear her enthusiasm for my project.

Since having my book edited, I have done a Twitter pitch that received several requests from agents to query. I feel more confident sending it out to agents and look forward to getting my book published.

Whether you’ve written a picture book in rhyme or prose, I can help you make your words shine.

By the time we’re done working together, you’ll 

  • have an edited manuscript you can feel confident in;
  • feel encouraged about the quality of your story; 
  • be eager to write your next story; and
  • be prepared to move on in your quest for publication.

 

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Picture Book Critique + Editing

Two rounds of critique and editing to make your picture book shine.

First, your picture book will be critiqued. This includes a thorough analysis of your story that examines the plot, characters, dialogue, and language. You will receive in-line comments and suggestions that may include ways to rewrite portions of the text or approach the text in a different way.

After you’ve had time to review the critique and make any necessary revisions or rewrites, it’s time for an editing pass, a combination of line editing and copyediting. This edit focuses on readability and flow—which is especially important for books that are often read aloud—and writing mechanics (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.).

Rhyming Picture Book Critique + Editing

Two rounds of critique and editing to make your rhyming picture book sing.

First, your rhyming picture book will be critiqued. This includes a thorough analysis of your story that examines the plot, characters, dialogue, and language. Special consideration is paid to the rhyme and meter of your book to ensure it is consistent throughout the text. You will receive in-line comments and suggestions that may include ways to rewrite portions of the text or approach the text in a different way.

After you’ve had time to review the critique and make any necessary revisions or rewrites, it’s time for an editing pass, a combination of line editing and copyediting. This edit focuses on readability and flow—which is especially important for books that are often read aloud—and writing mechanics (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.).

Picture Book Editing

A combination of line editing and copyediting to make your picture book shine. This edit focuses on readability and flow—which is especially important for books that are often read aloud—and writing mechanics (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.). This single round of editing is only for picture books that have already been critiqued or had a developmental edit.

 

Picture Book Proofreading

The final review of your text and illustrations before publication. No text is edited or reworded.

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Whether you’re looking to self-publish or query agents, I can help you get your book ready for what comes next.

Here's how it works:

Get Started

Fill out the contact form and receive the author questionnaire in your inbox.

Let's Talk

Complete the questionnaire and submit your manuscript. You’ll receive your customized proposal within two business days.

Relax

Sign your contract, pay the deposit, and start writing your next book.

As a new writer, I was looking for an editor that could assist with both development and traditional editing services. Jennifer provided both for me and did a fantastic job. She was great in giving suggestions but respecting the line between editor and writer. She provided a video clip of her edits so that I could completely understand the reasoning behind the notes that she was giving. I would recommend Jennifer as an editor.

Story, characters, word choice, and maybe rhyme and meter too—you have a lot to include in a small number of words.

And sure, you could rely on critique partners and friends and family. But doesn’t your picture book deserve better than that?

It’s time to stop tweaking “Final Final Draft 7.”

Let’s get started—together.

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