Picture Book Assessments
Get detailed editorial advice on your children’s picture book
Writing children’s picture books is wonderful, but it’s a hard thing to do well. If you’re serious about getting published, send your picture book to us (with or without pictures) for our Picture Book Assessment service. Send us up to three stories with a note on what the books are about, who it’s for, and any worries you may have with them. We’ll match them to one of our experienced picture book editors, then they’ll put together a comprehensive editorial report for you.
Your report will address the style, structure and pacing of your manuscripts and will include thoughts on plot and character development. Your editor will tell you in detail what’s working, what’s not working, and what you need to do to get a publishing deal, or to make it as a self-published author.
Picture Book Assessments at a glance
What you get:
You’ll get an honest assessment of up to 3,000 words. Your editor will give you detailed feedback on your picture book, including suggestions and techniques to help you address any problems raised. Plus, you can get in touch with them directly after your report, to ask any follow-up questions you may have.
Usually three – four weeks
Please note, to allow for the holidays, we are advising a 5 week turnaround at present.
Book your Picture Book Assessment today
And get up to three picture book stories assessed by a professional children’s book editor
How does it work?
When you buy an assessment, let us know what your book is about, what you want to do with it, and any concerns or questions you may have. Our Writer Support Team will then hand pick the perfect editor to work on your manuscript (we have experts across all genres and age ranges). Your editor will then read your work carefully, in its entirety. They’ll figure out what is and isn’t working and put together a comprehensive editorial report that explains where any problems might lie and how best to address them. Plus, if your editor thinks you’re ready for it, we’ll send your submission off to agents ourselves. Many writers have found their agent through us this way.
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Our editors act as our talent scouts; if they’re seriously impressed with your work, we’ll use our extensive contacts to get your manuscript the attention it deserves (with your consent, of course).
There’s no cost for this – if our editors think your work is good enough to get an agent and be published, we want to help make that happen. Please note however that this service is only reserved for publication-ready manuscripts, and this accounts for <5% of stories we see.
Are you writing for an older audience?
Our Children’s Manuscript Assessment, will give you structured editorial feedback on your entire manuscript that you can use to craft your work into shape.
We’re confident that we’re the best at what we do. That’s why we offer a guarantee for all the editorial work we undertake.
- To give you a stringent, in-depth report.
- To use an expert editor with authority in the industry.
- To consider the market for your manuscript.
- To be honest and constructive.
- To respect your copyright.
- To pitch your work to agents on your behalf if, in our view, it is strong enough to be marketed.
- To respond honestly and in good faith in case of problems,
- To advise you honestly, always.
We’ve had thousands of satisfied customers – and helped countless writers like you get agented and published. Join them!
Picture Book Assessment
How do I submit my manuscript?
Do you have manuscript or screenplay in need of a professional set of eyes? Here are the steps to follow:
1) Select your word count in the box above.
2) ‘Click on “Add to basket’
3) Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll be sent an email with a link to upload your manuscript.
How should I format my manuscript
Please use an easy-to-read font like Times New Roman, 12pt. Don’t forget to also number your pages and use double spacing.
Should I include my illustrations (picture books only)?
You’re more than welcome to include your illustrations when you submit your picture book(s) so your editor can have a look. Don’t have any illustrations? Don’t worry, this isn’t essential and in fact if you’re thinking of publishing traditionally, publishing houses will often provide their own illustrator.
How long will it take to match my manuscript with an editor?
We aim to match you with the right editor within 2-4 days. We’ll get back to you as soon as the choice has been confirmed.
How do you choose the editor?
We match manuscripts based on 15 years of experience working with our editors. We consider editor experience, their genres of interest, and whether they themselves feel they are the right fit for your work. As all our editors are freelance, this depends on availability.
Can I choose my editor?
If you have a particular editor in mind, we will of course do our best to match you with them. We cannot guarantee this, however, as all of our editors are freelance and there are times when they are unavailable due to demand and/or other commitments.
Once you have placed your order, you’re welcome to send a shortlist of 4-5 editors from our website (and we’lll do our best to place you with your preferred editors.
Is there a discount for resubmitting the same manuscript for a second read?
Yes. You’re entitled to a 10% discount if you’re submitting the same manuscript again for a full manuscript assessment. To get the coupon code you need, just get in touch!
What if my book is good enough? Will you help me find an agent?
On some occasions, an editor will flag a manuscript as submission ready. When this happens, a member of the Jericho Writers team will look at the author’s agent submission pack and provide some free advice on it, plus access to AgentMatch. On some occasions, where the manuscript shows real promise, we’ll also approach agents on the author’s behalf.
It’s worth noting however, that this service is reserved for manuscripts which editors believe have strong commercial potential and are of a very high quality. Please don’t be disappointed if yours isn’t selected – most manuscripts require quite a few rewrites before reaching submission standard!
Which editorial service is right for me?
We offer quite a few editorial services so you’re right to take the time to consider all of your options. You can take a look at all of our editorial services here. You might also like to read our article explaining all the different types of editorial services. If you’re still not sure, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to offer more advice.