As of 4/2016, I’m taking a break from critique services to focus on my own writing. I highly recommend checking out Kimberly Francisco for critique services

Interested in having your young adult manuscript critiqued? I offer professional critique services to those seeking feedback and insight. My background and experience in critiquing, as well as freelance reading for a major young adult imprint, have given me the skills and knowledge to help writers eager to polish their stories.


Are We A Good Fit?

I’m open only to young adult manuscripts. I’m happy to critique across all genres within YA, though I will most likely not be a good fit if you are seeking feedback on high fantasy. Short stories, novellas, and novel-length projects are all accepted. I am open to partial and full critiques.

What You Get

My critique style is a mixture of developmental and line editing. You’ll receive feedback in the form of a letter talking about the big picture stuff — plot, pacing, character development, voice, and writing — and you’ll receive feedback in the document itself, including reactions, suggestions, questions, and more. I do not offer proofreading nor copyediting, though I will note style, phrasing, and word choice in margin notes where applicable.

Each manuscript has different needs, as does each writer. It’s my goal to develop relationships with my clients to help them see their manuscript through to its best potential. I am happy to address specific questions you may have through the process.


$20 per hour, at 10 pages an hour.

Half of payment is due upfront and the remainder upon completion. I accept payment via PayPal only.


The turnaround on each manuscript depends on workload, as well as the demands of that particular manuscript, though all novel-length (200-400 page) manuscripts will be returned within one month, unless otherwise agreed upon. I keep communication lines open and will provide updates as necessary.

Submission Guidelines

Send an email, with the subject MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE, to me at kellybjensen [at] Tell me a little about the project, including the genre, page count, and a short description, and let me know a little bit about your background in writing and your goals for the manuscript. Include the first chapter OR first 5 pages of your manuscript, whichever is shorter, in the email as a Word attachment — either .doc or .docx — with standard 12-point font, double spacing, and single-inch margins.

I respond within 2-3 days to each email, which will include some initial feedback from those first pages. This helps see if we’ll be a good fit for one another. Upon receiving the first-half deposit, I’ll begin working on the critique. I make myself available throughout the process.

Due to my own time commitments, I can’t take every project.

Technical Stuff

A critique doesn’t guarantee you will see representation or publication of your work, though hopefully it is a valuable way to strengthen and prepare your story for a larger audience.

All work and client information is private and confidential.

References available upon request.