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: $15
  • 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: $25
  • 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: $35 (up to 3,000 words)
  • 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: $50 (up to 7,500 words)
  • Delivery Time: 4 business days

Full Manuscript Critique — Middle Grade or Young Adult

Let’s make sure your manuscript shines! I’ll provide a big-picture assessment of your MG or YA novel in the form of detailed in-line notes, plus an editorial letter. This developmental edit 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 picture.

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 of middle grade fiction, and I would love to help you on your publishing journey.

After you receive your manuscript evaluation, we can schedule an optional 30-minute Zoom call to discuss your notes and next steps.

  • Cost: $0.007 per word
  • Delivery Time: 14 business days
  • Rush Delivery: 7 business days (Add $50)

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 an 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.

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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.