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Catherine would love to visit your school, library or store for a lively, interactive in-person event. She is also available for conferences and literary events. Presentations are fully customizable for a wide range of audiences, from kindergarteners to aspiring writers. Details about pricing and programming for children can be viewed here. For more information or to check availability, please email your inquiry to:

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Critiques will include line-by-line notes as well as a personalized, "big picture" review of your manuscript. This feedback will highlight opportunities for improvement, and identify what is working well. Key topics of picture book construction will be discussed, depending on each manuscript, such as:

  • Balance / Pacing

  • Character development

  • Comparable titles

  • Concept/Theme

  • Illustrative Potential

  • Language choice

  • Marketability

  • Opening and conclusion

  • Page turns

  • Plot

  • Story arc

  • Title

  • Tone/Tension


The fee is $50 per manuscript and the critique is provided via email within 1-2 weeks. Payment can be made through Paypal, Zelle or Venmo.



Manuscripts are limited to 1,000 words or less, and should be submitted as a Word document, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and in 12 point font with word count and contact information included. Only one manuscript per author at a time.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email your inquiry to:


*Please DO NOT send your manuscript until you receive a response confirming availability.


Thank you, and I look forward to

working with you!

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