Help for Writers

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Are you looking for help as a children’s writer? Do you want a paid critique, one-on-one coaching, or some other service to help you take the next step along your writing journey? Some of my writing friends provide various services that could just be the helpful hand you’ve been looking for. Check out the following information and get connected today!

Michelle Medlock Adams

Michelle Medlock Adams is the president of Platinum Literary Services and PlatLit Books.

Services include:
Marketing consultations
Book proposal services
Premier editing

Mini-Conference Prep Packages:
This service is provided to help writers get ready to meet with editors and publisher at an upcoming conference. Cost is $99.

Lisa Amtutz

Lisa Amstutz is the author of more than 80 children’s books for the educational and trade markets, including Applesauce Day (2017), Finding a Dove for Gramps (2018), and Amphibiology (2019) Her work has also appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers. Lisa serves as a volunteer judge at Rate Your story and as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Ohio North. She enjoys sharing what she’s learned and helping other writers to succeed.

Lisa critiques:
Picture books
Nonfiction proposals for any age
Work-for-hire packages (resume, cover letter, writing samples)

Lisa also does proofreading and copyediting.

For more details, please visit Lisa’s website.

Susan Kralovansky

Susan Kralovansky started writing for the children’s magazine market and published stories and poems in places such as Cat Fancy, Our Magic Window, The Mailbox, and Humpty Dumpty. Her first book, There Was a Tall Texan Who Swallowed a Flea,was released in 2013 from Pelican Publishing along with her first nonfiction series, Library Resources, with Abdo Publishing. Susan has written twelve nonfiction books and illustrated her second picture bookTwelve Cowboys Ropin’, which was released in 2015. She has three books forthcoming, two with Pelican and one with TCU Press. A former librarian, Susan has led writing workshops and served as the Austin SCBWI Picture Book Mentor.

Critique Services:
Picture Book Manuscripts
(under 1,000 words, although higher word counts can be prorated) $125.00
Susan will review your manuscript multiple times and will touch on the strengths and weaknesses of the following:

Age appropriateness
Voice, pacing and language
Overall story concept
Possible mentor texts to study

A 30 minute Skype or telephone call is included with every critique.

Second Looks
For a look at a manuscript I’ve already critiqued – $50.00.

Nonfiction Picture Book Work-for-Hire
(up to 1000 words, although higher word counts can be prorated) $125.00

Nonfiction Work-for-Hire Submission Package
(up to 1000 words, although higher word counts can be prorated) $200.00

Susan will review your submission package multiple times and critique the following:

Query letter
Outline and or project summary
Writing samples

Susan will check for age appropriateness, voice, flow, and reading level. She will provide recommendations for submission strategies.

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