I'd be happy to help you with your picture book manuscript, nonfiction proposal, or work-for-hire package! I have critiqued hundreds of manuscripts over the past eight years for friends and clients as well as at SCBWI events and other writing workshops. I am the author of more than 80 children's books and currently serve as a judge at Rate Your Story and as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Ohio North.
Picture books and nonfiction proposals
My manuscript and proposal critiques include:
“Big picture” comments – story arc, beginning and ending, voice, etc.
Strengths and weaknesses of the story
Notes on formatting/style/consistency
Grammar and spelling check (if desired)
Price: $40 per picture book or proposal; for longer manuscripts, contact me for a quote
Educational market packets
Need help putting together your resume packet for the educational market? I'm here to help! My work-for-hire package includes:
"Lisa has given me clear and practical insights into several of my stories. She is able to see the big picture in order to provide a valuable fresh perspective, as well as to thoroughly check details. My manuscripts are much improved thanks to her help." ~Sophie C.
"Lisa’s critiques are phenomenal. She is able to see the whole picture as well as the details and gives great suggestions. She’s also one of the only people I trust to help me with my rhyming manuscripts as she has an excellent sense of meter! She brings a wealth of experience to the table and has a great understanding of the industry. She is both kind and professional in sharing her feedback. I can’t recommend her highly enough!"
"Thank you so much for your kind words and the feedback. You have given me extensive comments and edit suggestions, I am very thankful for your time and consideration. Hoping to polish this more with your help." - Rupali M.
"Lisa was a dream to work with. Her expertise helped me to craft a professional cover letter and resume. Her insightful feedback helped me to polish my writing samples. She responded to every question I had in a timely manner. Because of Lisa, I now have a work-for-hire package that I'm proud to submit to educational publishers." - Jenna Grodzicki
At the end of an online class I took, there was a rafflecopter with prizes. I was one of the happy winners. Out of all the wonderful prizes listed, I was smart enough to pick Lisa Amstutz's donation (or gift or offering) of expert help with a write-for-hire packet. And boy, did she help. She was able to work with my wordiness and help me organize my thoughts. She knew how to highlight my strengths and gave me advice on which writing samples to send. She has all the skills needed to assist you in putting your best packet out there to the publishers. I highly recommend her. - Sherri Jones Rivers
Please note: I cannot guarantee the salability of the final manuscript, as all manuscripts are subject to the whims of the market. While I believe my edits and suggestions will strengthen your work, the final decision about any revision is ultimately up to you. I reserve the right to decline any manuscript.