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Launching my Writing for Children critique service

After having had several enquiries about manuscript assessments, I have decided to launch my own critique service.  Simply choose your rate depending on the length of your manuscript and email to me.  Once I have received your payment (Paypal or bank transfer) I will aim to respond to you within 6-8 weeks.  You can also include your synopsis and covering letter for each manuscript for free!  Payment is per thousand words.  For a longer book, why not send the first three chapters plus synopsis and covering letter for an appraisal of your complete submission package?

My critique includes:

  • Assessment of pace, plot, characters, dialogue and your author voice.manuscript-critique-service-pic
  • Advice on grammar and punctuation.
  • Help with presentation and layout.
  • Suggestions on how to edit your work.
  • Areas to work on, and most importantly, your strengths!
  • Appraisal of your submission package, if applicable.

I specialise in picture books and young fiction as that’s the age group I’m published in, but I’m happy to look at any writing for children up to young adult.

Please see Critique Service page for current prices.


Plus free synopsis and cover letter critique with each manuscript!

Payment should be via paypal to lou dot treleaven at sky dot com or bank transfer (please email me for details).  I look forward to hearing from you!


slushpile · Submissions · unsolicited manuscripts

Strange Chemistry open their doors (briefly!) to unsolicited manuscripts

Good news for authors of young adult fantasy and sci-fi.  Exciting new imprint Strange Chemistry (offspring of the adult sci-fi publisher Angry Robots) are opening their doors to unsolicited manuscripts between 16 and 30 April 2012.  This is a great opportunity to submit directly to a serious and ambitious publisher.

Take a very careful look at their submission guidelines and follow them to the letter to increase your chances.  Note, for example, that they specify single spacing, not double.  And the length of your novel should be around 60-90 K words, which is quite beefy for YA.  You should not submit until 16 April at the earliest, and then only do so by visiting the site and using their upload system.

In the meantime I highly recommend taking a browse around the main Strange Chemistry site.   There’s some great recommendations of current and classic YA speculative fiction, reviews of last year’s releases and news of what’s up and coming – it’s sure to get you inspired.