P.B. Tweak! Critiques in A Week

Affordable Critiques, Query Letters, & Custom Pitches for Picture Book Writers

TO ORDER: Contact me at katearonson ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

***Prices quoted below will be honored through the end of 2024.***


$75 for a picture book manuscript under 600 words.

(Or count $85 for <800 words; $95 for <1000 words.)

I critique picture book manuscripts with an eye to concept, voice, heart, diction/lyricism, world-building, and overall story arc. I’ll leave comments throughout your manuscript, plus write a paragraph (often more) of overall feedback. Ideally, picture book manuscripts should keep word count under 600. Character-driven narrative fiction is my specialty. I have also published various poems in children’s magazines and Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery is a rhyming picture book I published with Candlewick. So yes, you may send rhyme. 🙂 To read more about what my critiques entail, see my post here.

Turnaround time: I deliver a manuscript critique within one week of receiving payment.

Please “Contact Me” at the link below if you need a quote for a particular request not covered here.

2. SECOND LOOK: $45.

In case you need a second look at your revision of a manuscript I’ve already seen.


Is your manuscript ready to submit to an agent or editor, but you’re stuck on the dreaded query letter? I’m here to edit your current query letter, proofreading spelling, grammar, and content.


$20 for a custom pitch or $50 for a 3-pitch package (a savings of $10).

Are you ready to participate in online pitching opportunities, like #PBPitch, but aren’t sure how to write an effective X/Twitter pitch for your picture book?

I participated in several X/Twitter pitch events before getting an agent, and averaged a “Like” from an agent each time. Of course, I can’t guarantee that the pitch I write for your manuscript will get a Like. But it will be a well-written pitch that shows off the essence of your manuscript while respecting X’s character limit + suggestions of possible variations.


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