Need help with your nonfiction manuscript? I offer comprehensive critiques for nonfiction picture books, nonfiction proposals for longer manuscripts, and work-for-hire packages. This includes a look at composition and structure of the manuscript as well as how it will work in the market.

My critique service is new, but I am not new to critiquing. I have been a critique group leader for five years. I am a past judge for the Mom’s Choice Awards and a current judge at Rate Your Story.

A self-professed science geek, I am the author of twenty nonfiction and fiction books. I have a 3 books coming out with National Geographic Kids (2015 & 2016) and one with Charlesbridge (2016). My book “How Hybrid Cars Work” (The Child’s World) received a starred review from Booklist and also a Top 10 Books for Youth 2012 Award from Booklist Online. Several of my other books have received “highly recommended” reviews from the National Science Teacher Association, as well as School Library Journal. “Body Bugs” (Capstone Press) was a 2012 Tri-state Book of Note and designated an award winner by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

The audience for my books has ranged from Kindergarten to 12th grade and the topics I have written on include science, technology, history, finance, and engineering. I have also written fairytale adaptations and historical fiction.

I am very experienced with the ATOS and Lexile reading levels and can share tricks to getting your manuscript to fit the desired level. I have worked with over 14 different publishing companies, and multiple editors, so I have a great understanding of the market.

What you get

I will provide detailed comments within the manuscript as well as a 1-2 page summary where I offer suggestions to help you strengthen your manuscript to bring it to the next level.

For the work-for-hire submission package, I will review your query letter, resume,and up to 2 five-page writing samples for age-appropriateness of writing, topic, and will help you tailor your packages to the specific house that you choose.


Nonfiction picture books $125
up to 1500 words

Fiction Picture Books $110

Work-for-Hire submission package
Consisting of query letter, resume, and up to two 5-page writing samples

  • For review only (to consist of 1-2 page comments)— $125
  • For help crafting it, selecting sample pieces, etc –$185
  • Nonfiction proposals $200
    Extensive review of query letter, resume, proposal package, and sample first chapter.
    Recommendations for submission strategy

    Now all critiques come with a FREE 30-minute Skype session!!

    For a longer Skype session, please add $25.