Picture Book Peek Week #11 Begins April 25th!!

Spring Has Sprung – Peek Week #11 – April 25th!

It’s a Petunia Popping Picture Book Peek Week –
Free critique of a selected picture book manuscript

It begins April 25th!
Here’s how it works:

Sign up for a critique by entering your picture book WORKING TITLE in the comment section of this blog post anytime (midnight to midnight Mountain Time) on April 25th. Titles submitted before or after April 25th will not be considered.

I’ll throw all titles into a hat and pick 1 for critique.
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 within 48 hours of the announcement . Manuscripts will be kept completely confidential. 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.

“Jean’s critique played a direct role in getting me an agent. What more can I say? She’s an invaluable resource for kidlit writers.”
Tara Lazar, author of THE MONSTORE coming soon from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster 2013

I look forward to reading your work.


71 Responses to “Picture Book Peek Week #11 Begins April 25th!!”

  1. Evelyn

    Thanks for doing this again, Jean!! You're awesome! I'm off to post about the opportunity on my Facebook page.

  2. Carolyn

    My PB manuscript is called &quot;Catch that Kite!&quot;<br /><br />Thanks for the great opportunity!<br /><br />Best, <br />Carolyn Fay

  3. Stephanie Shaw

    Hi, Jean,<br /><br />This is so generous of you. Best of luck to all.<br /><br />My title is: Sheldon Steiner Super Whiner

  4. praxilla

    My entry title: The Kitchen-Scrap Garden. <br /><br />My friend Sara Fujimura told me about this opportunity. Thanks!

  5. mindyalyse

    My title is: Snoring Beauty&#39;s Royal Problem<br /><br />Thank you so much for doing this again, Jean. Your critiques are wonderful, and I can&#39;t wait to see who the lucky winner will be.

  6. Sharon Chriscoe

    Hi, Jean,<br /><br />Thanks so much for doing this.<br /><br />My title is:<br /><br />Recycling Magic

  7. Jean Reidy

    Hey PB authors! What terrific titles. I can&#39;t wait to read the winning story. <br /><br />Just a reminder – I only critique fiction. So if your title represents a non-fiction manuscript please let me know and I&#39;ll remove it from the list. <br /><br />Sorry about that. But I want to make sure I stick to the genre in which I&#39;m most qualified.<br /><br />Good luck!

  8. Rebecca C

    You&#39;re a star, Jean! <br /><br />My working title is MONSTERELLA.

  9. Trish

    Oooo, Jean! <br /><br />I&#39;m going to jump in with my fledgling attempt!<br /><br />Working title: The Kitten Caper<br /><br />So fun!

  10. Jeremy E

    Thanks again for this opportunity! Woo hoo!<br /><br />My working title is : Ms.Tibbits Sheep Blastoff!

  11. Anonymous

    Thank you Jean! My story is: Monster Face Pancakes <br />Denise Schurr

  12. Anonymous

    Awesome contest, Jean! MEATBALLS IN MY HAIR<br /><br />Cali

  13. Marina A

    Hi Jean! <br />Working title: &quot;THE CRICKET SECRET&quot;<br /><br />Thanks for doing this!<br /><br />Marina A.

  14. Anonymous

    Hi Jean,<br />Thanks for doing this!<br />Working title: &quot;TRICKING THE NIGHT&quot;

  15. Anonymous

    Thanks for doing this, Jean. My title is &quot;A Smile for Daddy&quot;

  16. Teresa Mitchum

    What a fun opportunity. Thanks!<br /><br />ELEPHANT PLAYS HIDE AND SEEK

  17. Anonymous

    Here we go…<br /><br />INCREDIBLE KATE<br /><br />Thanks!<br />brooke_servoss@hotmail.com

  18. Anonymous

    Finally made it here Jean!<br />My working title, &quot;OOH&#39;S MOO&quot;<br /><br />Barbara Briggs Ward

  19. inspectorbj

    My picture book&#39;s working title is &quot;the Story of Crabby Abby&quot;. I hope you&#39;ll like to look at it.

  20. Shari

    Lots of great titles! Mine is: My Forever Dress.<br /><br />Thanks for the opportunity, Jean.

  21. Julie Bergman

    Thank you!<br /><br />My title is ANNA&#39;S RED HAIR.

  22. pk

    My book: THE DOODLES<br /><br />Thank you so much for a chance to have you critique my manuscript.<br />What a great thing to offer.

  23. Cara

    My picture book title: PATRICK O&#39;MALLEY AND THE PUMPKIN PIRATES.<br /><br />Thanks!

  24. Jean Reidy

    Take a look at this list, folks!! How would I ever pick one title? They all sound SO FUN! That&#39;s why I have the random number generator …<br /><br />WOO HOO!!! We have a winner!!<br /><br />THE DAY MY OGRE ESCAPED<br /><br />Please send your manuscript to reidy(dot)jean(at)gmail(dot)com as a Word attachment in the next 48 hours.<br /><br />Congratulations.<br />And happy writing to all!