Picture book crash course (six weeks)
3X 90 minute Zoom sessions (including Q & A sessions)
Topics covered will include how to format a picture book submission, finding your subject, pitching ideas, children's book demographics, word counts, comparables, illustration notes, revising your manuscript, and the submission process. $600
Picture book makers tutorial (10 weeks)
For writers and writer/illustrators ready to produce a submission-worthy manuscript. This course will include goal-setting, a one-to-one Zoom initial consult, exercises, three manuscript reads, a follow-up one-to-one Zoom discussion of your work, and an edit of your submission cover letter. $700
Written manuscript critique
Detailed notes will be provided on the first draft of manuscript (max 800 words) and then again on a revised draft to be submitted after two weeks. Suggestions will be offered with the goal of achieving a submission-ready, polished draft of your story. $400
Critique on manuscript + roughs
Detailed notes will be provided on the first draft of manuscript (max 800 words) plus roughs and then again on a revised draft submitted after two weeks. Suggestions will be offered with the goal of achieving a submission-ready, polished draft of your story. $500
Note: If you are not sure which level of support best meets your needs then please send an email outlining your publishing experience and what your goals are so that we can advise. Refunds will not be offered but balances can be transferred as deemed appropriate.
Sara O'Leary is an award-winning picture book writer and novelist with over ten years experience teaching writing for children at the university level.
She has a unique insight into writing, submitting, and publishing books for children informed by her extensive experience privately mentoring both published and unpublished picture book writers and writer/illustrators as well as her background in publishing and book reviewing..