Ready to polish a picture book manuscript, pitch, or query letter before submitting to agents and editors? I can help!

What I bring to your manuscript

  • Experience critiquing hundreds of picture book manuscripts for satisfied clients.
  • Eight years of experience editing for grammar and style for a professional organization.
  • Knowledge of children’s book market.
  • Learn more about me here.

What you can expect from me

  • An overview of your manuscript’s and/or query letter’s “big picture” strengths and areas for improvement–including narrative arc, character development, and voice –and line-level comments.
  • Professionalism
  • Prompt turnaround (within 7-10 days)
  • Note: I do not critique rhyming stories.

How to book

To book a critique, please select and pay for your option below (all prices are in USD). Then, send your manuscripts and/or query letters as Word or Google documents to Thank you!

Manuscript critique

Big picture and line-level feedback on manuscripts up to 1500 words long.


Query letter edit

Recommendations for strengthening your pitch and line-level edits to ensure your query letter is professional and polished.


Rush Manuscript Critique

Manuscript critique with feedback returned within 48 hours.


Manuscript and query package

One manuscript critique and one query letter edit.


Complete submission package

Three manuscript critiques and one query letter edit. Manuscripts may be sent at different times with no expiration date.


Prioritizing stories

I will read your manuscripts and give you high-level strengths and weaknesses for each, along with my recommendations of which to focus on and query. Price is $10 per manuscript. Please enter the number of manuscripts you plan to send.


20-minute Zoom consultation

Add to any critique to discuss feedback/next steps or professional development (e.g., querying strategy, developing your author brand, etc.).


Twitter pitches

Get two Twitter pitches per manuscript to use in events like #PitMad, #DVPit, and #PBPitch. Price is per manuscript. Please enter the number of manuscripts you would like pitches for.


What People Say

If anyone needs help polishing their #PB, query letter, or pitch, I highly recommend the services of the amazing @kateallenfox! I had been struggling with putting the finishing touches on a PB for months, and she helped me perfect it in 48 hours! Incredible!


Kate’s #picturebook critique was super-helpful! So useful to hear from another #PB writer. Kate was encouraging + gave me a fresh perspective. I feel more confident about my manuscript. Can’t wait to send it out to #kidlit agents. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Kate’s editing services


Kate Allen Fox has done paid critiques of at least 9 of my picture book manuscripts as well as a query letter. Her critiques have been thorough, clear, insightful, and encouraging, and have always helped me take my stories up a level (or two or three). I frequently recommend Kate’s services to my critique partners and writer friends anytime they say they are looking for high-quality picture book critiques that are great value for the money.


Let’s create something together.

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