Need Help With Your Picture Book Manuscripts?

kenda-hAre you tired of receiving rejection letters on your submissions? If you’re ready to take your picture book manuscripts to the next level, I can help!

With over 15 years of experience, I’ve done more than 1,300 critiques, helping many ambitious authors achieve their writing and publication goals.

Here’s what you can expect from my critiques:

I’ll review your overall story and give you feedback on the following areas:

  • Is the title engaging?
  • Is the plot working?
  • Does it include a strong hook?
  • Is the word count appropriate? (And if not, what changes could help?)
  • Is the ending satisfying?

I’ll also provide you with all of these services that apply for your particular project:

  • I will make suggestions about word choice and changes and check for overall grammar
  • I will point out that is working well and what isn’t and explain why
  • For rhyme, I will do a line-by-line review of your rhythm and rhyme schemes and offer advice
  • I will summarize your project and offer helpful  tips and suggestions for what’s next

For expedience and convenience, please send your manuscript via email.  Be sure to include CRITIQUE/YOUR NAME in the subject line and send to me at:   If you are sending multiple manuscripts, please email each separately.

When I receive your critique request, I’ll acknowledge receipt and give you a time frame for its return.  I’ll always do my best to complete ALL critiques within two weeks of receipt.  Quicker turn-around times (to accommodate submission windows or contest deadlines) may be possible upon request.  However, other obligations or scheduled engagements may occasionally require a slightly longer timeframe, too.

Critique Fees per manuscript:

Purchase your critique below:

If you’re not completely satisfied with your critique, I’ll refund your money!

I look forward to working with you on any of your PB projects!


Kenda’s feedback has been invaluable. Her comments are always thoughtful and concise, allowing me the ability to move my story forward with a new sense of excitement. My stories are always improved with Kenda’s keen eye.”  ~ Carole Lindstrom, debut author of Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle (Pemmican Publishing, 2013)

“Kenda Henthorn has done several critiques for me and every time, she’s made my stories pop! She always finds the perfect place to insert the most unexpected, fabulous use of figurative language. Some of the most clever lines in my stores were either suggested or inspired by Kenda. Kenda’s ear for rhythm is like none other and she has helped me with both meter and rhyme.

Kenda has an energetic spirit that comes through in her feedback and suggestions. She inspires you to become a better writer through her encouraging words, literary prowess and pure artistry! As a graduate of Dr. Mira Reisberg’s Picture Book Academy, Kenda knows what editors and readers want in a picture book. She has years of writing experience and has done hundreds of critiques as part of critique groups.

Whether your story needs tweaking, a bit of spunk or a complete overhaul, you can count on Kenda and I’m sure you’ll be as thrilled with her critiques as I have been.” ~Dawn Young, Picture Book Author