Are you looking for detailed feedback on your (fiction) picture book or board book manuscript, query letter, or marketing plan?
I am the author of eight traditionally published children's books. I have over two decades of writing experience and have helped writers hone their craft through my mentoring and critiquing services. Most of my clients have secured literary agents and offers of publication. I have two advanced degrees in education and over five years of experience in the publishing industry. Let me help you on your journey!
What you can expect from my critique services...
A completed manuscript professionally critiqued/edited with feedback on the storyline, character(s) development, plot, structure, etc,. I will also proofreading, and edit. This fee also includes a second read-through after the initial edits are completed. $ 80.00 for a critique of one fiction, non-rhyming picture book up to 800 words or board book.
A professionally edited query letter with a solid hook that grabs the agent/editor's attention and leaves a lasting impression. $40.00 for a one page critique of your query letter.
A marketing plan (complete with bio) that will describe the book, recommend comparative titles, define your target audience, and highlight your strategies for book promotion. $50.00 for assistance in creating a 2 page marketing plan.
30 minute phone consultation $150.00
"Annemarie's critiques are insightful, thoughtful, and to the point. She addresses all of my questions and helps me work out problematic spots in my manuscripts, as well as fine-tune the flow, improve the pace, and strengthen the heart of my story. Her edits always give me great ideas and her notes and suggestions are super helpful!For one particular manuscript, she was so instrumental in the brainstorming and revision process that I have already written my dedication to her for whenever that story becomes a book! I would strongly recommend her services to picture book writers!" ―Rosie P.
*"Annemarie critiqued a picture book manuscript for me, and her suggestions were so spot on! She clearly invested time in my manuscript and offered advice for ways to tighten, strengthen, and improve my story. I was especially happy with the rewording suggestions she provided. She took my ideas and offered an alternative way to present them without changing the meaning or soul of my story. I was excited to revise and incorporate Annemarie's advice and know my story is improved. Her comments and suggestions were easy to understand and apply. I will be asking Annemarie for another critique again soon!" - Rindy R.
*"Such amazing feedback! So detailed. Just what my story needed to get me to the next level!" Thank you!-Julie R.
*I was Annemarie's PBChat Mentee in 2019. It was an extremely positive experience. Her critiques are thoughtful, detailed and full of wonderful suggestions. I always found her suggestions were spot on for my story and I truly enjoyed working with her. Together we brought my picture book story to the next level. She is a gifted writer, an excellent teacher and helped me become a better writer as well.- Melissa E.
*"My work has benefited from Annemarie's spirit, drive, and big-picture thinking over the course of three years. She's generous with edits and helps me see the full potential on my picture book manuscripts, reading each of my manuscripts with fresh eyes and renewed optimism. I'm grateful for her continued support on this writing journey we're all on together!" -Emily M.
*Imagine if you can…You are a writer without a publisher. You write and write and write, honing your craft, pouring your soul into stories, and dream of publication. Then, you enter a contest. One you don’t really believe you’ll win, but you enter anyway and dream some more. And then, Annemarie Riley Guertin, a beautiful and thoughtful storyteller, chooses your story in the competition! And you wonder, is this real? Quick – pinch yourself. Annemarie provided constructive feedback and had me dig a bit deeper. She gave brilliant suggestions for my script and a better story was born. And now…my first publishing contract! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Annemarie! You are a wonderful editor and writer, and such a positive soul. I feel so blessed you chose my work and even more blessed to call you my friend.- Melissa S.
*I don't even have the words to thank you enough for what you've done for me. You insightful feedback truly helped me see the weak spots in this manuscript. I cannot wait to dive in and revise!" -Casey J.
*" Worth every penny. Words cannot suffice!"- Nichole C.
* "How do I thank you? Your feedback was spot on and so much more than I expected. I cannot thank you enough for your expertise. I am so excited to query with this manuscript! Thank you!"- Jennifer B.
Get in touch!
With my services, you will gain clarity and insight into the world of publishing. You will come out with a stronger manuscript, query letter, and marketing plan. Please use the "contact me" tab to get in touch. I look forward to working with you! -Annemarie