Let's Work Together! 

I've learned a lot about writing and illustrating picture books, and I'd love to share that knowledge with you. Here you will see a list of the critique services and other opportunities I offer with details about each. These include:

  • Picture Book Brainstorming Session

  • Picture Book Manuscript Critique

  • Picture Book Dummy Critique

  • KidLit Portfolio Critique

  • KidLit Website Portfolio Critique

  • Ask Me Anything Publishing Chat

  • Illustrator Mentorship

Use the "Sign Up Here!" button to purchase on my ko-fi page. Don't need art or a critique but want to support me? Buy me a coffee! 
I will also accept payments through venmo. Please email me to sign up if you'd prefer this option. 

Questions? Send me an email through the contact form on my about page or through my email anne@anneappert.com

Critiques and Other Opportunities

What People Are Saying

Anne offered feedback in such a positive, supporting, and constructive way. Her detailed comments helped me identify that "off thing" I couldn't put my finger on. Not only did she help me find a solution for my manuscript, she provided validation by identifying my manuscript's strengths. To top it all off, she evaluated my portfolio in a way that gave me a sense of direction and confidence at the same time. I highly recommend a critique by Anne! 

I was stuck on a manuscript and dummy that I very much loved but was worried might have reached a permanent dead end. Anne's insight, questions, and idea generating prompts helped me bust through my block. She is thorough, thoughtful, and I will most definitely be hiring her for future critiques.

Anne is an amazing editor who always finds a way to make a manuscript sing. Anne has a keen eye for spotting opportunities to let writers leave breathing room for illustrations. The end result is balanced and vibrant!

Jennifer Matarese

Author

Picture Book Brainstorming Session

Stuck on a manuscript or dummy and need some ideas?  Within a week of purchasing a picture book brainstorming session, you will receive an email from me to schedule a time to meet and discuss your project. The session will be a virtual 20 minute chat on zoom to help you jumpstart your creative process. Each session is $50.00.

Optional:

  • One-page written critique (+$25)

  • Recorded zoom video (+$10) 

  • Zoom chat, written one-page critique, and recorded zoom video bundle ($80 total) 

Picture Book Manuscript Critique

Have a manuscript you want another set of eyes on? Within 3 weeks of purchasing a manuscript critique, you will receive written feedback about big picture items as well as line edits on the manuscript itself. Each critique is $75.00 with the option for a follow up critique on the same manuscript for an additional $40.00. Need your feedback faster? Get feedback within 7 business days for an additional $50.00. 

Picture Book Dummy Critique

Working on a dummy? Within 3 weeks of purchasing a dummy critique, you will receive written feedback about big picture items as well as any specific feedback regarding the art and manuscript. Each critique is $75.00 with the option for a follow up critique on the same dummy for an additional $40.00. Need your feedback faster? Get feedback within 7 business days for an additional $50.00.

KidLit Portfolio Critique

Looking to bring your portfolio to the next level? Within 3 weeks of purchasing a portfolio critique, you will receive written feedback on overall portfolio strengths and weaknesses, as well as suggestions on organization and what to do moving forward. Each critique is $75.00 with the option for a follow up critique for an additional $40.00. Need your feedback faster? Get feedback within 7 business days for an additional $50.00.

KidLit Website Portfolio Critique

Looking to bring your website portfolio to the next level? Within 3 weeks of purchasing a website critique, you will receive written feedback on overall portfolio strengths and weaknesses, as well as suggestions on organization and what to do moving forward. Each critique is $75.00 with the option for a follow up critique for an additional $40.00. Need your feedback faster? Get feedback within 7 business days for an additional $50.00.

Ask Me Anything Publishing Chat

Wish you had time to ask a publishing professional all your questions?  Within a week of purchasing an ask me anything publishing chat, you will receive an email from me to schedule a time to meet and discuss your questions. The session will be a virtual 20 minute chat on zoom to answer any of your publishing related questions based on my experience in the industry. (picture books, picture book writing, picture book illustrating, critique groups, portfolio creation, the querying process, etc.) Each session is $50.00.

Illustrator Mentorship

I am currently not offering mentorships but will be again in the future! For any questions send me an email via my contact form on my about page or email anne@anneappert.com.  

Rachel Michelle Wilson

Author-illustrator

Anne has a way of seeing exactly what my manuscript needs to make it shine and communicates it in a way that's both clear and kind. Their insight, particularly their ability to see things from an illustrator's point of view, is invaluable!

Rachel Rizzuto

Author-illustrator

I don't consider a manuscript fully revised until Anne has given their feedback—because their insights are so helpful in showing me problem areas, and their questions help me see my story in a new way that I hadn't considered. Their feedback  helps me make my writing more focused and proactive!

Jess Hernandez

Author of FIRST DAY OF UNICORN SCHOOL

I’d let Anne write my books, if I could. If you have an opportunity for them to lend an editorial eye, you should seize it!

Shar Abreu

Co-author of OVER IN THE WOODLAND

I can always count on Anne to (gently) call me out when I'm being lazy or careless! My manuscripts always shine after she gets a hold of them.

James McGowan

Literary Agent and author of GOOD NIGHT, OPPY! 

Amanda Rawson Hill

Author of THE HOPE OF ELEPHANTS, MY PET CLOUD, YOU'LL FIND ME, and THE THREE RULES OF EVERYDAY MAGIC

Anne is an absolute genius in so many ways, and one of those is critiquing manuscripts. I'm so lucky to have Anne's insights on my manuscripts, and highly recommend Anne anytime you want to ensure your manuscript, dummy, or portfolio is top notch!"

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez

Literary Agent and author

Let's Work Together

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