I paid for an editor to critique my picture book manuscript.
When I got it back it had only one or two red pen marks on
it. I have to say, I was disappointed at first because she
advised me to refocus my story in another direction. I loved
my story and didn’t want to do that. So, I had a conflict.
After I rewrote my story I saw what she meant. My focus was
on a child getting gifts for christmas. The focus became
more about the child’s character and actions when she is faced
with the choice of helping a wounded dog or getting christmas
The editor’s advice did change my story, but I would never do
that again. I felt it was not worth the money, (just under
Then again, if my new story gets picked-up, I suppose it will
have been worth it.