Editorial Services

Need help with a query letter, synopsis, opening chapter or full manuscript? You’re in luck!

Query Letter Critique

Need a second look at your query letter? You’ve come to the right place! A great query letter can help you make a lasting impression with literary agents or acquisitions editors. My critique will focus on your query’s overall impact, as well as offering specific feedback on introduction, biographical info, hook and closing.

  • Cost: $25
  • Delivery Time: 2 business days

Query Letter + Synopsis Critique

Do you need feedback on your synopsis (1-2 pages) in addition to your query letter? If so, this package is for you! I will give overall feedback, as well as specific suggestions for improving the impact and clarity of your query letter and synopsis.

  • Cost: $40
  • Delivery Time: 3 business days

Query Letter + First 10 Pages Critique

Do you need feedback on your first 10 pages in addition to your query letter? If so, this package is for you! I’ll provide a big picture assessment of your sample, as well as offering specific suggestions for improving the impact and clarity of your query letter.

  • Cost: $50
  • Delivery Time: 3 business days

First 25 Pages Critique — All Genres

Let’s make sure you have the strongest beginning possible! I’ll provide a big picture assessment of your first 25 pages in the form of detailed in-line notes. If you have specific questions or just need a fresh set of eyes, I’m here to help.

The First 25 Pages Critique mirrors the feedback you would receive in a developmental edit. I’ll focus on things like story arc, character development, voice, pacing and beyond. While I may note smaller, sentence-level issues, my focus will be on the big picture.

  • Cost: $65 (up to 6,500 words)
  • Delivery Time: 4 business days

Full Manuscript Critique — Novels (all genres, ages)

I love helping fellow writers improve their craft and move closer to their publishing dreams. Let’s make sure your manuscript shines!

I’ll provide a big-picture assessment of your novel in the form of detailed comments, plus an editorial letter. These developmental notes will focus on things like story arc, character development, voice, pacing, audience fit and beyond. While I may note smaller, sentence-level issues, my feedback will concentrate on the big stuff.

This is a developmental edit highlighting large, structural issues, not a proofread, copy edit or line edit.

Do you want an expert eye on your manuscript before you send it off to agents or editors? Have you received multiple rejections and aren’t sure why? I am an award-winning, traditionally published author, and I would love to help you on your publishing journey.

Feedback will be given in the form of comments in your Word document, plus an editorial letter (or reader report). After you receive your manuscript evaluation, I will be happy to answer questions via email and discuss next steps.

**(Ask about my special pricing for picture book evaluations)

  • Cost: $0.008 per word
  • Delivery Time: 14 business days
  • Rush Delivery: 7 business days (Add $50)

Three-Month Writing Mentorship

Month 1: We’ll start with a 30-minute Zoom consultation to discuss your needs. Next, I’ll critique a synopsis of your novel, plus a 25-page sample. At the end of the month, we’ll discuss your feedback in another 30-minute Zoom.

(Cost: $125)

Month 2: After you’ve had time to incorporate your notes into your work-in-progress, I’ll provide a critique of your full manuscript. At the end of the month, we’ll schedule a 1-hour Zoom to discuss your manuscript evaluation and address any other questions.

(Cost: $0.008 per word + free Zoom)

Month 3: You will now have time to revise your full manuscript based on the feedback you have received. It’s okay if this takes more than one month. When you’re ready, I’ll critique your full revised manuscript, and we’ll then finish up your mentorship with a final 1-hr Zoom.

(Cost: $0.006 per word + free Zoom)

Payment for each “month” must be received before services commence. Months do not need to be consecutive, i.e. you are free to schedule Month 1 in January, Month 2 in March, and Month 3 in July if you prefer to have more time to work on revisions. For more information, please fill out the editorial services request form below.

About Me

KIM VENTRELLA is the author of The Secret Life of Sam  (HarperCollins), Hello, Future Me, Bone Hollow and Skeleton Tree (Scholastic). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy and hope. Her most recent middle grade novel, The Secret Life of Sam, was a 2021 Oklahoma Book Award winner and one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2020. Bone Hollow was chosen as a Best Book for Kids 2019 by New York Public Library, and Skeleton Tree was nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal in the UK. For the latest updates, follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram.

“I loved working with Miss Kim. She’s very thorough and provided such insightful feedback. I would highly recommend her for your writing project!”

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Would you be interested in receiving monthly critiques for a reduced rate? If so, consider becoming a Patreon subscriber. Patrons who join my Writers Club tier receive one 5-page critique every month for only $7! Wow, what a deal! Patrons who join my Writing Mentorship tier receive two 30-minute Zoom consultations and a 25-page critique every month.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a typical query letter or synopsis?

Your query letter should ideally fit on one page in standard format (i.e. double-spaced, 12-point font, the usual). The length of your synopsis will vary depending on what is being requested, but I would suggest starting with 1-2 pages (in this case, single-spaced).

Can you tell me more about what to include in a query letter or synopsis?

Jane Friedman has great resources for both of these questions. I recommend you check out her articles: How to Write a Novel Synopsis and The Complete Guide to Query Letters.