Freelance Editors & Critiques

© Jen Betton


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

Paying for a Professional Critique - Some Thoughts

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.

Lisa Amstutz


Heather Ayris Burnell


Laura Backes 


Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen


Carrie Charley Brown  


Rachelle Burk 


Jess Carroll- Rhyme Solutions


Alayne Kay Christian 


Jean Dagneua & Gloria Adams (PB & MG)


Danielle Davis 


Lori Degman- rhyming PB only


Heidi Fiedler


Sophia Gholz


Susan Hughes


Elaine Kiely Kearns

Renee LaTulippe - rhyming PB only


Elizabeth Law 


Susanna Leonard Hill


Kim McPherson

Yvonne Mes

Miranda Paul


Patti Richards


Sara Sciuto


Beth Stilborn

Tiffany Strelitz Haber- rhyming PB manuscripts


Jennifer Swanson -nonfiction PBs & nonfiction proposals


Susan Uhlig


Karla Valenti (Karla VA)


Carol Munro




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