Katy S. Duffield
CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR
CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR
Katy S. Duffield
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Manuscript Critique
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Manuscript Critique

a focus on strong beginnings
word count pruning 
overall tightening
brainstorming solutions to tricky plot problems
“focusing” plot using one-sentence summaries
identifying weak verbs
providing notes that can point writers in new directions
overall clarity
”logic” issues


Picture book Critiques

As much as I love writing and reading, one of my other favorite literary pursuits is critiquing manuscripts. Perhaps because revision is my favorite part of writing, when I critique, I’m searching for ways to make a story better—a way to make the manuscript the best it can be—and that is a wonderful challenge for me. 

I have been told that I am a strong critiquer probably because I enjoy the process, but also because I generally share LOTS of comments. I don’t want to overwhelm the writer, but I like to include a wide range of notes that can help a writer see their story in a new way.
My Critiquing Strengths!
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Testimonials!
"It’s so refreshing to have an author who understands and writes NF to look at this story. I’m so grateful for your help on this…. Now, I can go forward with fresh ideas and a new point-of-view. Thank you so much!” 
~V. B. Schwarz  


“Wow! Thank you SO MUCH for your detailed email and in-depth critique!  And with such a short turn around time- I can't thank you enough! I loved how you edited the manuscript so honestly. Every single comment /edit is super insightful and helpful!”	
~C. Kim	


“Katy helped me tremendously with two of my manuscripts. She pointed out places my plots needed clarification and gave me ideas of how to solve it. The suggestions she made greatly strengthened my manuscripts and I am happy to report they both went on to be acquired by publishers.”
~T. Luebbe


“Wow, Katy! I am utterly impressed with your notes. I'd had about 10 different editor samples and yours is honestly the most clever and informative. Thank you.”    
~L.B. 

"It’s so refreshing to have an author who understands and writes NF to look at this story. I’m so grateful for your help on this…. Now, I can go forward with fresh ideas and a new point-of-view. Thank you so much!” 
~V. B. Schwarz  


“Wow! Thank you SO MUCH for your detailed email and in-depth critique!  And with such a short turn around time- I can't thank you enough! I loved how you edited the manuscript so honestly. Every single comment /edit is super insightful and helpful!”	
~C. Kim	


“Katy helped me tremendously with two of my manuscripts. She pointed out places my plots needed clarification and gave me ideas of how to solve it. The suggestions she made greatly strengthened my manuscripts and I am happy to report they both went on to be acquired by publishers.”
~T. Luebbe


“Wow, Katy! I am utterly impressed with your notes. I'd had about 10 different editor samples and yours is honestly the most clever and informative. Thank you.”    
~L.B.