Picture Book Critique - $175

A comprehensive review of one fiction picture book text (not to exceed 1500 words).

This includes:

  • A recap of what works and what doesn't work.
  • A close look at plot, character, and theme.
  • Specific comments throughout the manuscript.
  • Next-step suggestions.
  • A 15-minute follow-up phone call to answer any questions.

Note: This is not a line edit.

Getting Started

Are you ready to have your picture book critiqued? Let's get started.

  1. Send your picture book manuscript (in .doc or .docx format) to author.stacymcanulty@gmail.com.
  2. I will read your manuscript. If I feel I can help you improve your piece, I will send you an invoice and my estimated turnaround time.
  3. I will mark-up your manuscript and write my critique letter.
  4. Once you receive the marked-up manuscript and letter, you have 1 week to complete payment. (Payment must me made through PayPal.) Then we will schedule a follow-up phone call.


"Stacy is one of the most creative, funny, out-of-the box thinkers I know. She will look at your manuscript, see where you are going with it, and give you advice to help you get there. She will also give you a bunch of ideas about other places you could go with your story, directions that might never have occurred to you in a millioears. And one of those directions might be the one to lead you to a book contract. Stacy is not the type of critiquer who expects you to make every change she suggests. She is the type of critiquer who will treat you to a generous buffet of ideas and then sit back to let you decide which ones feel right to you as a writer."
   —Laura Gehl, author, ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR (Beach Lane/Simon Schuster, 2014); AND THEN ANOTHER SHEEP TURNED UP (Kar-Ben/Lerner, spring 2015)

"Stacy has helped me tremendously. Not only does she completely understand the fundamentals of writing picture books, she knows how to push an idea to its furthest reaches. And what I liked best about her approach is her honesty. She'll point out all those parts of your manuscript that you know deep down need fixing! On top of that, she offered up many unique suggestions and ideas that got me thinking about my manuscripts in a whole new way."
   —Peter McCleary, author BOB AND JOSS GET LOST (HarperCollins, 2017)