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!


Website: Write2Ignite

Write2Ignite offers an amazing deal for KidLit writers! They offer two critiques on your manuscript from two different professional authors…all for a very reasonable price! Visit their website to find out more.

Brenda B. Covert


Brenda Covert is the author of more than 400 short stories written for Union Gospel Press, as well as hundreds of children’s stories for the educational field. She is also the owner/editor of Covert Action Editing and has edited more than 100 books that have gone on to be published.

Brenda offers editing services for authors of everything from picture books to fiction and nonfiction for adults. She has been editing since 2002 and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She was also a teen poetry workshop instructor for Write2Ignite conferences for three years.

Services include:

·       Critiques

·       Copy & Content Editing

For details about any of her services, visit her site, CONFESSIONS OF AN OPTIMISTIC AUTHOR AND EDITOR.

Here’s what some of Brenda’s editing clients have to say about her:

“When waiting for my book to be put into the hands of an editor, I secretly prayed that Brenda would be chosen for the job and that she would happily take on such a sensitive subject … and that she did. She helped me to fully enhance every area that was missing details that I would have never picked up on. We had fun working together, too. Always sending funny remarks to and fro. For any work that I put together in the future, I will be requesting it to go directly to Brenda. Her work is exceptional!” ~ Jennifer Ross, author of Isaiah’s Story

“Brenda just completed edits for our second book and we couldn’t be more pleased. She was attentive to detail, offered expert advice and was a pleasure to work with. She improved the quality of our product, and we are very grateful.” ~ Lindon and Sherry Gareis, founders of Action Plan Ministries and authors of Decluttered Now Study Guide

“Brenda and I started working together…when she was assigned to edit my novel, The Color of My Heart, for my publishing company, Ambassador International. I found Brenda to be very thorough. My personal editor had already been through the novel three times, and I more times than I can count, but Brenda found two plot flaws that were crucial to the guts of the story.

“Brenda was assigned my second novel, The River Keeper, and in this novel she helped me work through mountain dialect, where to put apostrophes, and fixed all my “quit” and “quite” mistakes. In both novels Brenda not only cleaned up the punctuation and grammar but also provided input that was very insightful in a couple of places that may have been confusing to the reader.

“Brenda was fun to work with, very prompt, and met deadlines. I recommend her highly.” ~ Sarah Martin Byrd, author of The Color of My Heart and The River Keeper

“Best editor a writer could ever have.” ~ Steve Goode, author of Marriage Triage

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Brenda, for all your help and encouragement with getting my manuscript to the final stage of sending it out. You’re the best!” ~Michelle Weltz

Suzanne Lieurance


Suzanne Lieurance is an award-winning author, writing coach, speaker, podcaster, and owner/editor of and its Writers Academy, which offers a variety of e-courses, e-books, audio recordings, and coaching programs for writers. 

Suzanne has authored a variety of fiction and nonfiction books for many publishers, including: Scholastic, Enslow Publishing, Children’s Press, and Teacher Created Materials, among others. She is a former classroom teacher and was an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature for 8+ years, working with 200+ students each year.  

Services include: 

Manuscript Critiques (picture book, middle grade, YA) 

Coaching (coaching for book and magazine writing, career coaching for writers) 

Ghostwriting (picture books, middle grade) 

Book Trailer Creation 

Children’s Video Book Reviews (if you have a children’s book for possible review, find out more at – there is no charge for video book reviews 

For details about any of her products and services, visit 

Here’s what some of Suzanne’s coaching clients have to say about her: 

“Working towards your writing goals with Suzanne as your coach is like a day at the beach!”  ~ Artist and Author Wendy Dewar Hughes 

“Suzanne Lieurance is a mastermind when it comes to guiding your writing career in the right direction.   ~ Mayra Calvani 

Suzanne Lieurance is a master at providing concise, core elements to take any writing career to the next level.   ~ Melanie Stiles, Author of The Heart of a Ready Scribe: 52 Reflections for Writers 

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help with my story. Guardian Angel Publishers offered me a contract.  ~ Kathy Stemke, Author of Sh, Sh, Sh Will the Baby Sleep? 

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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