Lately, I’ve been getting loads of requests for Picture Book manuscript critiques. I’m honored and I love to do them.
So in an attempt to balance my reading with my writing, I’ve decided to host a Picture Book Peek Week during which time I’ll offer free critiques of select PB manuscripts – including those wretched rhymers (Yup, 3 of my upcoming PBs are written in verse!). Hopefully, it will work out so well, I’ll be able to do this several times a year.
The first one begins June 8th. Here’s how it will work:
1. You may sign up for critique by entering your working PB title in the comment section of this post beginning 12:00 Noon Eastern Time on June 8th. Titles submitted before then will not be considered. Critiques will be granted to the first 7 unique authors to enter titles.
2. Manuscripts must be 1000 words or less.
3. For this Peek Week, I will only accept fiction.
4. Level of detail in the critique will vary based on my impression of the caliber of the writing.
5. Please understand that I’m not an editor and will not be providing line-editing of your work. My critique will be comprised of suggestions for improving your manuscript. So please send me your most polished piece.
6. The 7 critique winners may e-mail me their manuscripts as a Word attachment. Manuscripts will be kept completely private. When I receive the manuscripts, I’ll let the authors know when they can expect my critique.
7. As with any art form, likes and dislikes are entirely subjective. Please understand that my critiques are only one reader’s/writer’s opinion. It’s always wise to seek feedback from a few different readers. If my ideas resonate with you, they’re yours to use. If you disagree, I encourage you to compare my comments with those of other readers. But in the end, it’s your book. Stay true to your vision.
I’m looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks! I’m looking forward to this. Will you post your comments on the submitted picture books?
I plan to keep critiques private. But if general comments/suggestions arise from the 7, I may post those with no mention of names or titles.
great idea, Jean. I hope you get a lot of submissions and that they keep you on your toes! MIMI
What a fabulous idea, Jean. I will post a link on my Facebook page for you as well!<br /><br />Shannon
Would love to see you post general comments if you have them (patterns, things you noticed most, etc….)
Jean is haut!
Go Jean, Go! This is such a wonderful idea!
I don’t have any picture books, but it sounds cool!
I don’t have any picture books, but it sounds cool! (And I always comment on your blog!)
Jean, I can't wait!
Let's try this again… <br /><br />Maude
ooh.. I think I can finally respond… Maude here… please oh please count me in!<br /><br />Maude
Yeah, Maude!! And remember, everyone, on Monday just comment with your working title. I'm so excited to read your work.
Thanks, Jean! You are so generous to do this! I will definitely be here to participate.
Can't wait! Thanks so much for doing this!
Can't wait to see how this turns out!<br />Kathy
Am so excited about this opportunity!
Thank you for doing this, Jean. I can't wait to see who the lucky winners are tomorrow. 🙂
Can't wait until tomorrow!<br /><br />SusanT
Hi Jean,<br />Thanks for this opportunity. I'll be here at noon!
I totally love that you're doing this, Jean.<br /><br />Cali
just trying out to see if I can really reply …
Thanks for offering this great opportunity. Having never posted a comment before, I'm experimenting with the format, before 10.
Trial post. firstname.lastname@example.org
Testing to see if my new profile works!
I'd like to enter my 500 word PB "Emma's Rainbow" in your contest!!<br /><br />Ooooo… I hope I win!!
Andy and the Magic Slate<br />email@example.com
The Heroic Adventures of Harecules<br /><br />Cali
Hide and Quack.
My pb title is: Please Don't Make Me Do the Dishes
PB Critique request…"You Go Goat!"
Working title: LULU'S EGG SCRAMBLE
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My picture book title is–<br />Busy Being Mara<br /><br />firstname.lastname@example.org
not a penny
Yikes, looks like I might be one minute fast on the other. Hope it's okay to try again.<br /><br />Hide and Quack.
Piper and the Sleeping Giants<br />email@example.com
Not sure if it went through first time..<br />Busy Being Mara<br />firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Book Title: My Dog is Crazy
i'd love to have you take a look at <br />Stevie Magee And The Bee!
The Eight Annabelles with Nineteen Teeth
Forgot to add my email address:<br />email@example.com
not sure it went through the first time so here it is again…<br />Stevie Magee and the Bee
Here's mine…<br /><br />Marilla's Monster Vine
hmmm, my title didn't post.<br /><br />Picture Book: My Dog is Crazy
Picture Book: Brother Druthers
Sorry for the repeat, I'm pretty new at commenting on blogs and got impatient. 🙂 This is a great thing you are doing, Jean.
Hi Jean, This is Schriscoe from verlakay.com <br />I hope I'm not too late.<br />My picture book is 663 words <br />Title: Lucy Locomotive Gets Lost<br />I would love to get a critique from you.<br /><br />My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Oops, forgot my email address: Holly.Boker@gmail.com<br /><br />HollyB (Brother Druthers)
Hi, I'm late (it's 1:30 EST), so if for some reason you haven't filled up, I would love for you to see BABY ZOOM<br /><br />Amy S. Hansen<br />email@example.com<br />aka amy s on Verla Kay<br /><br />thank you for the cool offer.
My title is: Inviting Tina. (It rhymes.)
Oh wow! 17 titles so far and perhaps more to come. And they all sound like winners to me. I'm so honored that you all took advantage of my humble offer.<br /><br />And I loved that you had your pointers poised on that send button right at 10 AM. Just so you know, the time stamp reflects the time the comment came in, not the time I ultimately published it. And the titles are posted in exactly
10:00 AM my time (Mountain Time) that is!
I can't believe I made it – I had so many troubles sending! Thank's so much!
Jean, thanks so much for this opportunity! I'm inspired by the many clever titles. Somehow my title didn't post, although my practice run on Saturday went through. Any helpful suggestions for future postings?
Anonymous, I'm so sorry your title didn't post through. I wish I had a techie explanation. What was it and I can check those I received again to make sure I didn't miss it? I hope to simplify the process in PB Peek Week #2.
When do you plan to do PB Peek Week again? A friend from my writer's group told us about your offer during our meeting yesterday. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity. Thanks for helping others along!<br /><br />Jennifer