Critique / content edit your children's / teenage / YA manuscript / book. 30 pages

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What you get with this Hourlie

WHO AM I & WHAT DO I DO?

I am a qualified, professional and experienced editor with over a decade of experience in children's publishing: picture books*, chapter books, middle grade, YA and New Adult. I have an MA in Writing for Young People and work full-time mentoring authors either through agencies or independently such as via this site.

You can see more about me on my website: www.kelleytownley.com

I am not a proofreader but a developmental editor (aka substantive, structural, stylistic, content or line editing). I look at things like structure, pacing, plot, tone, character development, target audience suitability etc. I act as a mentor to authors who want to develop their storytelling skills.

This differs from proofreading / copy-editing which mainly looks for technical errors in the text.

NB: THIS HOURLIE DOES NOT COVER COMPLETE PICTURE BOOKS

I have a separate HOURLIE for full picture book critiques:
https://www.peopleperhour.com/hourlie/professionally-edit-critique-your-picture-book/346717

WHY DO YOU NEED AN EDITOR?

Whether you are planning on self-publishing or submitting to an agent/publisher it is really important to make your book the best it can be before you send it off. Sharing your work with others and getting feedback is a must as often an author is so close to their own work that they can't see where it needs a little help. Friends and family can be great support but when it comes to industry level constructive criticism you need someone with knowledge and experience. This is where I come in.

The children's fiction market is extremely hard to get into and although I can't promise specific results I can help you improve your writing, avoid basic pitfalls and get you nearer the top. You don't want to put months or years into a project only to get bad reviews or a quick rejection because you made an avoidable error.

Send me the first 30 pages of your book (around 7.5k words) and I will produce a report that covers both specific comments on the manuscript and more general thoughts on the story overall.

What you do with this report is completely up to you. I don't pretend to know everything or that following my advice will land you a MEGA deal but not everyone has people around them who have the necessary skills to help us move on with our writing. I do have those skills and can share what I know with you.

I am also nice and friendly to deal with :-)

Best wishes
Kelley

What the Seller needs to start the work

Please send 30 pages of your written work (around 7.5k words) and ideally a paragraph or two about what you hope to achieve with your book - traditional publishing, or self publish etc.