Critique Services

As time allows, I offer critiques for non-rhyming picture book manuscripts. My critiques consist of big picture feedback on concept, plot, character development, voice, pacing, and more. I will also provide some line edit suggestions. The cost is $75 for 750 words or less. If you are interested in hiring me for a critique, please email me at beckyscharnhorst@gmail.com. 

Testimonials

“I highly recommend Becky’s detailed picture book critiques. I’ve found her instincts to be spot-on and trust her feedback. She’s always kind and encouraging, but honest.

Becky is skilled in looking at both the big picture level and line level edits, often providing examples of what she means or alternative lines. She’s especially gifted with pacing, rhythm, cadence, and ramping up humor. Your manuscript will be in good hands with Becky!” – Jennifer Raudenbush

“As one of her critique partners, I’ve had the pleasure of receiving many critiques from Becky. She has a knack for offering suggestions that utilize and build on strengths. Always kind and focused, Becky readily shares her knowledge, ideas, and questions that help me dig deeper to improve my stories.” – Rose Cappelli

“Becky’s critique of my picture book manuscript was one of the most helpful ones I’ve ever received. She was able to find the exact moments that needed attention, and her revision suggestions were clear and actionable! She has a sharp mind for both the big picture and the small details. I received other critiques of the same manuscript and found myself relying on hers most of all to help guide me through the revision. I highly recommend her critiques!”  – Stacy B. Davids, author ANNIE’S PLAID SHIRT and SIMON THE HUGGER

“I loved working with Becky. Her comments were thoughtful and showed me my work in a new way. She is generous with her time, supportive, and incredibly knowledgeable about the industry. I am so excited about working with Becky in the future!” – Catherine Blauvelt

“I have done many critiques over the years and Becky’s feedback was by far the most comprehensive, helpful, and encouraging. Not only is Becky extremely knowledgeable about the picture book craft and market, she is amazingly generous with her time and genuinely wants her clients succeed. Becky’s critique was the ray of light I needed to see the right path forward for my manuscript!” – Cassi Darnell