Children’s Book Editing

Susie editingSusie Wilde believes that the best way to learn is from your own work. She provides evaluation, editing, and consultation to help writers:

  • clarify professional direction
  • improve submission chances
  • prepare for self-publishing
  • polish a manuscript before a conference

Susie Wilde’s close readings are derived from a combination of her expertise in writing, teaching and knowledge of the children’s book field. She has experience with picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels. Her various perspectives combine to give clients a better picture of their “next step.”

Evaluations (an overall picture of your manuscript) include:

  • manuscript strong points
  • general questions to aid rewriting
  • suggested readings to aid understanding of your book’s marketplace fit

Line-Editing (a close reading of your manuscript, line by line) includes:

  • recommendations for sharpening and clarifying your work
  • specific teaching points based on manuscript missteps
  • tracking overused words
  • catching clichés

Consultations are useful for:

  • discussing questions specific to your manuscript
  • discussing editing and possible new directions
  • weekly or periodic meetings to support an ongoing projects


  • The general fee for all services is $100/hour
  • Evaluation and editing of a picture book generally takes 2-4 hours. This fee varies based on the manuscript’s complexity
  • Evaluation of a novel generally takes 6-10 hours, again depending on complexity

To arrange for a children’s book critique, consultation or editing, contact Susie.