Kurtis Scaletta's Site

Info about me and my books

If you’re looking for someone to help you polish your children’s book manuscript before going on submission or get insight into why you are not getting the response you hoped for, I can help. I’ve critiqued everything from picture books through young adult novels. I pride myself on helping emerging authors find and play to their strengths, develop robust characters, and smooth out any wrinkles in the plot. My critiques usually include a marketing assessment of how I think the manuscript will fare on submission, both in its current state and in final form.

My wheelhouse is middle-grade fiction and chapter books. My favorite genres are realistic fiction of any kind, mystery, humor, and light fantasy. I am particularly fond of books about animals with or without human chidren, stories about sports and games, coming of age books, and books that explore boyhood in various way. I think romance is underrated in middle grade fiction, and I find few issues are too dark or serious for kids books if kids experience them in real life. I love a good ghost story or modern interpretation of a classic fairy tale.

My feedback is holistic. I do not provide copyedits or line by line corrections and feedback.

I charge $75/hour and can provide an estimate of both how many hours it would take to read and respond to your manuscript and an estimated time when I could finish the work. I accept payment by paypal; I’ll ask for half upfront and the rest upon completion.

Just drop me a line and tell me more about the manuscript, its current length, and ideal audience. I may ask for a few sample pages by email before I begin.

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