I offer critiques on both picture book and early graphic novel manuscripts (text only and author/illustrator). My critiques provide big picture feedback on theme, plot, voice, pacing, and character development. I also enjoy adding line by line edit suggestions and brainstorming ways to ramp up humor. As an author/illustrator I can provide helpful art note suggestions and illustrative critiques for dummies and art samples.
My sweet spot is books that are heavy in both heart and humor.
If you are interested in hiring me for a critique, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Book Text Only Critique
My picture book, text only, critiques provide big picture feedback on theme, plot, voice, pacing and character development. I also provide line by line edit suggestions, help with art notes, and if you ever want to ramp up your humor - I'm your girl.
(must be non-rhyming and under 750 words) Cost $75.
Picture Book Text and Illustrated Dummy Critique
My picture book dummy critiques provide everything mentioned above for your manuscript text, as well as a feedback on illustrative flow, composition, clarity, text/illustration relationship and more.
(Non-rhyming \ Under 750 words and up to 40 illustrated pages) Cost $125.
Early Graphic Novel Text Only Critique
My early graphic novel text only critiques provide big picture feedback on theme, plot, voice, pacing and character development. I also provide line by line edit suggestions and help with pagination, dialogue, and art notes.
(Under 4,000 words) Cost $200.
Early Graphic Novel Dummy Critique
My early graphic novel dummy critiques provide big picture feedback on theme, plot, voice, pacing and character development. I also provide line by line edit suggestions and help with pagination, dialogue, and art notes. If you are an author/illustrator preparing a dummy for submission and would like feedback on your sample pages, this listing includes feedback on up to 15 illustrated pages. The feedback will include a review of and suggestions on composition, visual flow, panel placement, pacing and more.
(Under 4,000 words / and up to 15 illustrated pages) Cost $235.
Tara is one of my go-to people when I'm in need of a critique, especially when I'm writing a humorous manuscript. She can easily spot big picture issues I've tried to ignore, and she's quick to offer possible solutions. She also gives excellent feedback on the line level. I can't tell you how many times she has suggested a small tweak that has made my manuscript infinitely funnier. I highly recommend her critique services!
Tara has helped me polish two picture books that sold! I am always eager to find ways to improve pacing and enhance heart and humor. She has also suggested brilliant ways to leave room for art. She is an absolute gem for text-only picture book authors! Tara will help you take your manuscripts to the next level with her spot-on feedback. I highly recommend her critique service!
Tara's feedback is not only insightful, but she offers fantastic suggestions that elevate your picture books. She has made many of my manuscripts better - and made me laugh in the process with her hilarious suggestions!