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, including several who have gone on to secure agent representation.
  • 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
  • Fast turnaround (within 5 business days unless otherwise noted at the time of booking)
  • Note: I do not critique rhyming stories.

How to book

To book a critique, please select and pay for your option below. Then, send your manuscripts and/or query letter to Thank you!

Manuscript critique

Big picture and line-level feedback on manuscripts up to 1000 words long.

35.00 $

Query letter edit

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

25.00 $

Manuscript and query package

One manuscript critique and one query letter edit.

50.00 $

Complete submission package

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

100.00 $

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.

10.00 $

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.).

20.00 $

Twitter pitch

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.

10.00 $

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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