Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Picture Book Peek – December 14th!

HO! HO! HO! Holiday Picture Book Peek Week
Free critiques of select PB manuscripts – including those wretched rhymers (Yup, 3 of my upcoming PBs are written in verse!

It begins December 14th, and I’ve changed up the format a bit. Here’s how it will work:

Sign up for a critique by entering your PB WORKING TITLE in the comment section of this blog post anytime (midnight to midnight Mountain Time) on December 14th. Titles submitted before or after December 14th will not be considered.

I’ll throw all titles into a hat and pick 1 for critique. Please note, I’m only picking one so as not to dilute the auction value of my critique offered at the Bridget Zinn Auction. To up your chances of winning a critique, why not check out the auction too.

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 critique winner must e-mail me his/her manuscript as a Word attachment upon announcement of the winner. Manuscripts will be kept completely private. When I receive the manuscript, I’ll let the author 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.
P.S. For little “fashionistas” everywhere- TOO PURPLEY!Preorder it now!

36 Responses to “Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Picture Book Peek – December 14th!”

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for doing this!!<br /><br />My picture book working title is: ASK THE HIPPOS<br /><br />Thanks again,<br />missy t from the Blueboard

  2. Jennifer S

    The name of my picture book is: Popsicle Pete: The Frozen Penguin.<br /><br />Thanks for doing this!<br />Jennifer S.

  3. Anonymous

    The Fairest of the Mall<br /><br />Thanks for doing this, Jean!<br />Sheri Dillard

  4. Anonymous

    Since I was lucky enough to be drawn for a critique last time, I&#39;m going to sit this one out. So I&#39;ll just say thanks again for the fabulous crit!<br /><br />Andy<br />anlyledo

  5. Diana Murray

    Hi. Sorry if this gets posted twice. I tried posting and it didn&#39;t go through. Thanks again.<br /><br />&quot;Ele-fantastic!&quot;

  6. Jean Reidy

    Picture book writers. I&#39;ll be away from my desk for a while. But continue to send me your titles. I&#39;ll post them as soon as I return.

  7. Anonymous

    Thanks for doing this! Not sure how to use my Google ID, but my name is Bernell Spicer. <br /><br />My title: &quot;Barry Gets a Belly Rub&quot;

  8. Evelyn

    Thank you, Jean, for doing this again! You&#39;re wonderful.<br /><br />My title is: All Those Books!<br /><br />Happy day to you, <br />Ev

  9. Peg Finley

    If I am posting this twice please forgive me. My title is Mitchell, the No Manners Monster.<br /><br />Thanks for giving me this opportunity to win a critique.<br /><br />Hope your holiday season is a good one.<br /><br />Peg Finley/peg366

  10. Jean Reidy

    Oh my goodness – so many cute titles. I&#39;m happy to see that because you never know who might be lurking around this blog and curious about your story based on your catchy title. <br /><br />But alas, I can only pick one winner. I do hope that those of you who aren&#39;t picked this time will enter again. I&#39;d love to read your PBs.<br /><br />And the winner is …<br /><br />BARRY GETS A

  11. Bernell

    I can&#39;t believe it! I am over the moon! This is so excited I think I will pop. Or mix my metaphors or something! I will await your review with excitement and a bit of trepidation (I&#39;ve only shared this with my in-person critique group of two.) Thank you so much!

  12. Anonymous

    Congrats, Bernell!<br /><br />Barry Gets a Belly Rub — Bernell gets a Reidy Sub! :)<br /><br />- Sheri D.