My college copy editing professor always said, "Everybody needs an editor." (Thanks, Malcolm.) If your picture book has been through critique partners and it still needs some je ne sais quois, I would be happy to be your fresh eyes (although I can't help with your French).
I provide critiques for both fiction and nonfiction picture books, drawing on my years of experience as a newspaper and magazine editor. I use track changes to comment on the way a manuscript is working on a macro and micro level. This includes an editorial letter on overarching topics such as pacing, narrative arc, and character development, as well as inline commentary on smaller issues such as flow, page turns, and word choice.
Picture book critiques are $50 for the first 10 pages and $5 per subsequent page. I aim to complete my reviews within two weeks of submission. Please note whether you have a deadline.
I look forward to reading your work!
"I cannot thank you enough for your kind and thoughtful words regarding my manuscript. I truly appreciate your input and suggestions for ways to improve it. It really does help give me confidence in my writing.
Carole Lindstrom, author of GIRLS DANCE, BOYS FIDDLE and WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS (forthcoming spring 2020)
"Words cannot express how much I appreciate your help, especially through such a busy and crazy time of year. You are the best!"
Kathi Most, author of THE JOKIEST JOKING JOKE BOOK EVER WRITTEN and 13 other books for children
“I’m always so overwhelmed by Lindsay’s extraordinarily thorough and thoughtful critiques. She provides the most excellent insights and always goes above and beyond. I’m truly grateful for Lindsay’s ability to provide amazing guidance on the big picture and at the same time focus on all the little moments to help make my stories shine.”
Ali Bovis, author of the SYLVIE chapter book series (forthcoming spring 2020)
"Can't thank you enough for your input, I am really enjoying revising this story. When writing a nonfiction biography, it's important to focus on facts that support the story. But equally important to write scenes so readers are engaged and feel what the subject feels. You have an eye for detail!"
Keila Dawson, author of THE KING CAKE BABY and co-editor (with Jeanette Bradley and Lindsay H. Metcalf) of TAKING THE MIC: Fourteen Young Americans Making History (fall 2020)