Author of Books for Young Readers

Looking for feedback on your middle grade or young adult novel? 

Need help staying on track?

Are you willing to dig in and do the work?

I'd love to help. 


Here's what I offer:

  • Workshop package
    I will read your one-page synopsis, query or cover letter, and opening 10-15 pages and give you feedback. This will include comments within the files as I read and an editorial letter with overall impressions and suggestions for changes. 
    The cost is $105
  • Full manuscript critique
    I will read your draft and give you feedback within the manuscript on first impressions and comments as I read. I will also give you an editorial letter. This will include big-picture questions for you to consider, mini lessons on topics that arise (including, but not limited to, voice, scene, plot, character, dialogue, pacing, etc.), and advice to help you tackle your next round of revisions.
    The cost is $1,050 for the first 200 pages (approx. 50,000 words) and $6 per page (approx. 250 words) after that. 
  • Personal writing coach
    This is a three-month commitment. You can choose weekly (10 pages), bi-weekly (20 pages), or monthly (40 pages) packets. You submit your work on the agreed upon schedule. I read and provide feedback, both in the manuscript and in an editorial letter. The first packet will also include a one-page synopsis of the novel. Revisions of the synopsis may be required in following packets. I may assign additional exercises, if needed. Optional phone call discussions are available after the first and last packets.
    ​You may do this as you're drafting or as you're revising. Please let me know which part of the process you're in when you contact me. 
    The cost is $1,550 for three months of packets (12 weekly OR 6 bi-weekly OR 3 monthly). 


I accept personal check or Paypal. I will take no more than five students at a time and reserve the right to take fewer, depending on my schedule and workload. 


I also teach Writing the Middle Grade Novel at UCLA Extension Writer's Program. It is not available every semester. 


Feel free to contact me with questions or for a quote. I'd love to talk to you about your project. 




Critique and Coaching