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Critiques

A critique helps you consider elements of your story you (and your critique group) may overlooked. I love helping other writers take their manuscript to the next level in preparation for submission. My writing critiques are caring but detailed.

Writers, before you get a professional critique, you may be interested in using some of these tips and resources for children's writers or a free on-demand writing class called 5 Tips for Writers from the KidLit Creatives. 

Please Note: "Manuscript" refers to a properly formatted manuscript using 1-inch margins, double spacing, and 12-point font. Resumes and cover letters should be single-spaced.

Clients Say:

I've been studying children's writing for a few years now, and I'm fortunate to be a newly published author. I find that many materials as resources have similar messages, and they do not have much to offer in terms of helping me take my work to the next level. Therefore, I am always looking for people who are good critique and editing sources. Annette met my work exactly where it was. She didn't cover basics that I already knew, but she addressed gaps in my picture book manuscript that I could not see from looking at it so much. She gave me specific notes about varying sentence structure and ideas about potentially better word choices. She provided constructive criticism and praise with equal gentleness and excitement. I would definitely use her critique services again and recommend that others also do!
                                          - Amy R. Murrell 


I hired Annette Whipple to evaluate my work-for-hire packet. Her comments and suggestions for my cover letter, resume and writing samples were on-target. She provided detailed feedback that was understandable, helpful and professional. I feel confident in submitting to an editor for a work-for-hire assignment. I will definitely use Annette's services again.

                                                                                                              -Desiree Webber
 “Your notes and talking points are meaningful to improvement of my manuscript. The suggestion to write [my topic’s] story for a magazine is a must. Thank you for inserting that into my to do list. Varying my sentence structure and more emotion are top of the list for revisions. Notes from you on plot and structure about the chapters are ones I will ponder. Your suggestion makes sense. All your comments throughout are valuable. My gratitude for your helpful critique which made me hopeful.”
- Melanie through an SCBWI Critique
As I continue to develop as a writer, the importance of having people you can trust to edit my work is becoming more and more essential. Annette Whipple is an insightful editor who offers guidance and encouragement in how your work can be improved without discouraging the work you have poured yourself into.
-Amy K. Radford
I really appreciate the time, attention and detail Annette put into reviewing my picture book manuscript. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an overview letter along with more specific comments within my manuscript. She offered me helpful insights which really helped me to strengthen my story. I found her critique to be appropriately constructive and also encouraging. I would happily recommend working with Annette to fellow writers!
-Lindsey Pope

Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, and Proposal Critiques

Picture Book Critique, $100
My picture book critiques include strengths and weaknesses, as well as suggestions to consider regarding your structure, development, and more. I write comments in your manuscript and also include a letter with thoughtful notes to help you strengthen your manuscript. (The letter averages two pages in length.) Fees start at $100 for up to six pages of one manuscript.

Cover Letter Review, $15-30
I can also review your cover letter to help you get your manuscript noticed. A cover letter review is $30. If you also purchase a manuscript critique at the same time, it is just $15.

Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade Informational/Nonfiction, and Proposal Critiques
Please contact me about your project and needs for pricing.

Work-for-Hire Submission Package Critique

Send publishers a WFH submission packet to get writing assignments. The packet typically includes a query letter, resume, and two short writing samples. (Learn more about writing for educational publishers here.)

Basic WFH Package Critique, $125
The Standard Critique includes 1-2 pages of notes about your cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (up to four pages though shorter is typically better). Additional comments are included in your documents.

Premium WFH Package Critique, $175
The Premium Critique includes two pages of notes about your cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (up to four pages each though shorter is typically better). Additional comments are included in your documents.

Crafting and Support WFH Package Critique, $200
The Crafting Critique provides support to help you shape your cover letter and resume. I also assist you choose your two strongest writing samples (with critiques of the two) to include in your writing packet. We also communicate with a phone call, video chat, or additional emails. 

Additional Services

Need additional writing or10 mentoring services? Let's chat!

Curious what working with me is like? I can critique the first page of a manuscript for $25.

If you're curious about our classes for KidLit Creatives, check out our free class or use the following code to get a discount on any of our courses from KidLit Creatives using this code at checkout.
10% OFF
Code: AWBLOG 

Contact Me

Contact me about your project. Email me at annettemwhipple[at]gmail[dot]com to talk about your needs and my schedule. No commitment necessary!

Once I receive your story as a Word document, I'll send you a PayPal invoice. Please include "CRITIQUE" in the subject of the email. You can also include your name or title if you like.

Note: When mailing your manuscript or other documents for critique, please name the document with your name and the title or topic. It might look like Whipple-Insect-Picture-Book or something similar.

I am happy to recommend a few other writers who provide affordable critiques if I can't help you.




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