Freelance Editors & Critiques

© Paul O. Zelinsky


Freelance Editors & Critique Services at a Glance


What is a freelance editor? A freelance editor is someone that is hired by YOU to polish your manuscript(s) prior to submission to agents or editors. A freelance editor will not REWRITE your manuscript, but will offer the expert eye that will strengthen your manuscript. A really good freelance editor will help your manuscript by looking for: 

Narrative voice, arc
, pacing
, characterization, point of view
, setting, visual storyline (picture books), 
read-aloud quality  (picture books), word choice, rhythm, and grammar/mechanics

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND the following freelance editors (in alphabetical order).


Professional Critique Services 


The following individuals (published authors, former editors and agents) offer professional picture book critique services that we recommend. (In alphabetical order). Click their links for more information.

Heather Ayris Burnell


Laura Backes (you must be logged into CBI and be a CBI member to access her critiques)


Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen


Carrie Charley Brown  


Rachelle Burk 

Alayne Kay Christian


Jean Dagneua & Gloria Adams - Two-4-One Critiques (PB & MG)

Danielle Davis 


Lori Degman- rhyming picture books ONLY.


Susan Hughes


Renee LaTulippe - rhyming picture books ONLY.


Elizabeth Law 


Susanna Leonard Hill


Tracy Marchini


Kim McPherson


Yvonne Mes

Miranda Paul


Patti Richards

Linda Skeers


Beth Stilborn


Tiffany Strelitz Haber- rhyming picture book manuscripts

Jennifer Swanson -nonfiction PBs & nonfiction proposals


Susan Uhlig


Karla Valenti (Karla VA)


Carol Munro




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