PICTURE BOOK CRITIQUES

testimonials

Your crit was the most thorough and thoughtful I've ever gotten. 

-- C. Schrauben

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comments on my manuscript. You’ve given me so many things to consider as I revise. I am ready to get back to work.

--M. Horton

There is a lot to learn about this industry and getting quality feed-back on your work is essential. I offer full critique services on picture books, which means I will read your story through a few times, make comments within the document and type up an editorial letter as well. I charge $60 per hour and can usually get a standard PB critique done in that time. Sometimes, it takes longer if the text is exceptionally long, if the writer is a beginner, or if it is in rhyme. I can usually let you know before-hand if I think it requires more than an hour’s time. You may ask a few questions to make sure you understand any points I bring up. Follow-up crits are based on how much time they take--pro rated on the hourly fee. Most PB texts are under 500 words but there are always exceptions.

I've been writing children's books for almost 20 years. I taught with ICL (Institute of Children’s Literature) for many years and now help run the Michigan chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) I have ten picture books published and more on their way in 2019. 

I love working with words and young children and helping writers find the best way to nurture their stories. If you want to proceed, you can send me the document, double spaced in a word doc. I will not start on the critique until I receive payment either by paypal or by mail. I will usually return a critique within a week unless I am traveling or in the middle of a conference. If when I review a manuscript, I feel the writing style is not something I can be of help with, I'll let you know right away and there will be no charge. Documents should be-mailed to me via the link at the bottom of the page or to leslie@helakoskibooks.com

 

Payment

Paypal: pay through paypal account lelhel@hotmail.com. ( do not send documents here.) 

I will accept checks if you do not use paypal. You will have to contact me to get best place to send...I am not always at the same address. Email me at lhelakoski@gmail.com.