Picture Book Peek Week #2 Coming July 20th!!

Back by popular demand: Picture Book Peek Week
Free critiques of select PB manuscripts – including those wretched rhymers (Yup, 3 of my upcoming PBs are written in verse!)

Peek Week #2 begins July 20th. I’ve changed up the format a bit. Here’s how it will work:

Sign up for a critique by entering your FULL NAME, your PB WORKING TITLE and your E-MAIL ADDRESS in the comment section of this blog post anytime (midnight to midnight Mountain Time) on July 20th. Titles submitted before or after July 20th or without full author name and e-mail address will not be considered.

I’ll throw all titles into a hat and pick 3 for critique. I know this is down a bit from the 7 I read last time, but this more manageable number will allow me to “peek” more often.

Keep in mind:

* Manuscripts must be 1000 words or less.

* I accept only fiction.

* Level of detail in the critique will vary based on my impression of the caliber of the writing.

* 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.

* The 3 critique winners may e-mail me their manuscripts as Word attachments. Manuscripts will be kept completely private. When I receive the manuscripts, I’ll let the authors know when they can expect my critique.

* 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 look forward to reading your work.

44 Responses to “Picture Book Peek Week #2 Coming July 20th!!”

  1. Jody Jensen Shaffer

    Jean,<br />I&#39;ve marked my calendar!<br />Thanks!<br />Jody

  2. Anonymous

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  3. Ann

    Thanks so much for doing this, Jean. I&#39;m excited to enter the drawing! <br /><br />My name is Ann Payne, the working title of my picture book is Clara Mia&#39;s Magic, and my e-mail address is annlopresti@juno.com. <br /><br />Fingers crossed that mine is one of the three picked!<br /><br />Best, Ann

  4. dragonlady

    Maude Stephany Gnu Stew mstephany at shaw dot ca<br /><br />Thanks again for a shot to get another pb critiqued… ๐Ÿ™‚ You rock!

  5. Evelyn

    Jean, I&#39;m not sure whether I&#39;m supposed to be posting my information for the contest here or under today&#39;s date (the 20th). I don&#39;t see anybody else&#39;s entry and I know from the bb some others have done so.<br /><br />I&#39;m really glad you&#39;re doing this again. I appreciated your feedback last time very much! I would love to win again.<br /><br />My story is &quot;Where

  6. Anonymous

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  7. Evelyn

    Oh, I forgot to say in my last post, Jean. If I should happen to be fortunate enough to win another critique, I&#39;m leaving for out of town this morning and won&#39;t be back for a week, so please don&#39;t think I&#39;m not interested if I don&#39;t respond to your email.<br /><br />Evelyn B. Christensen<br />&quot;Where are the Flowers&quot;<br />evelyn(dot)christensen(at)gmail(dot)com<br />

  8. Michelle

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  9. Anonymous

    Hi Jean, <br /><br />I&#39;d appreciate it if you could enter me for Peek Week #2. My PB is called The Magical Princess.<br /><br />Thanks so much,<br />Tessa Devan<br />tessadevan at hotmail dot com

  10. Anonymous

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  11. KatherineR

    Would love to have some help on this.<br /><br />Katherine Rollins<br />Mossy Marsha&#39;s Fairy Dust<br />kmrwork@gmail.com

  12. Christy

    Picture Book Peek Week Entry:<br />Christy Hale<br />Ranger Pete and the Wild Things<br />cmhale at bellsouth dot net<br /><br />thank you!

  13. Anonymous

    PB Peek Week Entry:<br /><br />Roxanne Werner<br />The Three Little Birds<br />rainchains at hotmail dot com

  14. Anonymous

    Sharon Chriscoe<br />Mia Tags Along<br />schriscoe at yahoo dot com

  15. adrienne

    I saw your post on Verla&#39;s. Thanks for offering this!<br /><br />Adrienne Saldivar<br />Early<br />adrienne dot saldivar at gmail dot com

  16. allegore

    What a generous offer!<br /><br />A. L. LeGore (anlyledo over at verla&#39;s)<br /><br />Many Together<br /><br />anlyledo at gmail . com

  17. Anonymous

    Cali Davidson<br />I Heard a Teddy Bear Sing<br />csdfrye@yahoo.com

  18. Amy Dixon

    Amy Dixon<br />The Trouble with Lucy Caroline<br />dixons426@sbcglobal.net<br /><br />Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  19. Jennifer

    Reposting this with edited address to avoid spammers! Sorry about that!<br /><br />For PB Peek Week!<br /><br />Jennifer Clark Estes<br />The New Shoes Blues<br />jennifer dot clark dot estes at gmail.com<br /><br />Thanks for doing this!

  20. Alison Dixon

    Hi Jean,<br /><br />Alison Dixon<br />Daddy Weekend!<br />hike0615@hotmail.com<br /><br />Thanks!

  21. Alison

    Not sure if this worked the first time–<br /><br />Alison Dixon<br />Daddy Weekend!<br />hike0615@hotmail.com<br /><br />Thank you!!!

  22. mary s

    Thanks for taking the time.<br /><br />Mary Steele<br />Matthew&#39;s Mummy<br />steeleoakes@comcast.net

  23. Jean Reidy

    Hi to all of you who are concerned with your published e-mail addresses. If you&#39;d like you should be able to delete your comment from the blog. Then you can go back and re-post with a disguised e-mail address. You have until midnight tonight. If you have trouble deleting your post, please e-mail me at reidy dot jean at gmail dot com and I&#39;ll delete it for you. But just remember to re-post

  24. Anonymous

    What a great idea!<br /><br />Carla Mooney<br />Splish, Splish, Splashed!<br />cmooney25@yahoo.com<br /><br />Thanks!

  25. Jody Jensen Shaffer

    I think I can. I think I can. Repost, that is.<br /><br />Jody Jensen Shaffer<br />&quot;Marion Disappears&quot;<br />jodytom (at) sbcglobal (dot) com<br /><br />Whew! Thanks for your help, Jean. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Anonymous

    I don&#39;t know if mine worked the first time. So sorry if this is a duplicate. And much appreciation to you Jean for this chance at a great opportunity.<br /><br />Cynthia Kremsner<br />Title: It&#39;s Not My Cup of Tea to Be Uppity<br />cijaykremsner(at)att(dot)net

  27. Anonymous

    Trying again:<br /><br />Name: Tracy Vonder Brink<br />Title: Not a Morning Person<br />E-mail: trvonderbrink at cinci dot rr dot com<br /><br />Thanks!!

  28. Leanne

    Leanne Allen<br />WILD WES<br />leannecallen@gmail.com<br /><br />Thanks for the opportunity!

  29. Anonymous

    Thanks Jean!<br /><br />Rosa Leyva<br />Monster Bully<br />rleyva49(at)live(dot)com

  30. Traci @ ITD

    Thanks for doing this again. You&#39;ve inspired me to polish a picture book I&#39;ve had on the back burner.<br /><br />Traci Van Wagoner<br />The Dragon Must Go!<br />TraciandKurt(at)mac(dot)com

  31. cabadov

    What a marvelous (and very generous) offer. Here&#39;s my submission:<br /><br />Carrie Anne Badov<br />Afraid of the Lake<br />cabadov(at)hotmail(dot)com<br /><br />I&#39;ll keep my fingers crossed.

  32. Kathy May

    Kathy May<br />Not a Penny in the World<br />kmay2k (at) earthlink (dot) net<br /><br />Thanks!

  33. Anonymous

    Kathleen Berman<br />The Best Dressed Caterpillar<br />kcornellb@hotmail.com<br /><br />Would love to hear your input!

  34. Cindy Breedlove

    Cindy Breedlove<br /><br />The Missing Sandal<br /><br />cbreedlove (at) ymail (dot) com

  35. mindyalyse

    I feel guilty trying for this when I recently received a critique from you (with fantastic advice), but figured I&#39;d try for it since I&#39;m about to start submitting this PB soon. Thank you again for being so generous with your time and feedback!<br /><br />Mindy Alyse Weiss<br />SNEAKY SOCKS<br />Mindyaweiss at yahoo dot com

  36. gail

    Gail Maki wilson<br /><br />ANTS CANT&#39;T DANCE<br /><br />gail at gailmakiwilson dot com

  37. Sharon

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us!<br /><br />Sharon Chatham<br />Duncan&#39;s Donut Surprise<br />angelcakes413-ss(at)yahoo(dot)com