Critique Services

Do you have a picture book manuscript?
Yes?
Congratulations, you did it!
And you’re in the right place if you’re looking to get it submission-ready.

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Why me? Besides being a published author of several picture books, I’ve been associated with children’s literature for over 15 years as a picture book reviewer , an early literacy educator, and as an active member of multiple critique groups. I continue to work with an editorial agent, fabulous editors, and many published and pre-published writers in my journey. Additionally, as a judge for Rate Your Story, I critique several picture book manuscripts every month as a way of giving back to the writing community.

TESTIMONIALS

Meera is a wise and generous reader. Her critiques of my writing always help me sharpen my skills. But, above all, she cares about story telling, and that care shines through her feedback. I am so grateful to get to work with her! Alex Giardino, author of the picture books “Ode to an Onion”, “The Good Song”, and “Me + Tree” 

I worked with Meera for the first time when I was selected for a critique through PBChat. Meera’s critique was thorough, insightful and helped me elevate my story to a whole new level. I reached out to her again a few months later to help me with my submission package. She critiqued  manuscripts and query letters in a timely and detailed manner. She is positive and makes you feel very confident about your work, but also pushes you to get it to the best level that it can be. I can’t recommend Meera enough! – Anushi Mehta

“I can’t thank you enough for your comprehensive and thoughtful critique; truly the best critique I’ve ever received. Your line edits make so much sense and your big picture analysis really opened my eyes to what the plot should look like. I’m excited to begin revising with your insights in mind.” – Sara V

How to get thorough feedback on your picture book manuscript

[Fiction: max 800 words || Non-fiction: max 1200 words]

GENERAL : A written critique of your full manuscript that will include:

  • overall feedback including comments on elements like hook, voice, character arc, plot, ending, story arc/structure and language (vocabulary, dialogue tags, grammar & punctuation)
  • word & line edits
  • revision notes
  • comments on theme, takeaway, marketing potential, comp titles (if applicable)
    COST: $75
    TIME: 1 WEEK

REVISE & RESUBMIT

  • A full written critique (as above) of revised manuscript (based on my critique) on edited elements
    COST: $50
    TIME: 1 WEEK

ADD-ONS:

  • Submit a query letter with your manuscript and get feedback for an additional $25
  • 30 min phone consultation with your written critique for an additional $50

If interested, please submit your manuscript as a word document attached to an email and make sure it is formatted per standards.

I can’t wait to dig into your manuscript while you get busy thinking up your next story!

For questions, submission, and how-to-pay, write to me here.