Coaching


Writing takes more than passion. It takes practice and persistence, too. If you want to refine your craft, check out Dianne’s blog Just Connect for writing tips, techniques and links to a host of helpful resources.

“I can only say that you have helped me with my manuscript beyond my dreams. You are a pro!”
– Helga Malinsky, Writer

Do you want your writing to shine? With 15+ years in the publishing industry as award-winning children’s author, book reviewer, and freelance editor, Dianne can help budding writers polish their poetry and prose prior to editorial submission. Choose the way Dianne’s children’s publishing experience can work for you:

1-on-1 Sessions

Let Dianne answer your questions about the craft of writing for children, from newborn to teen and each age in between. Her years of experience working with major NYC publishers can help you define your target reader, find the key marketing ‘hook in your book’, spice up your query letter or elevator pitch, formulate submission strategy, learn how to join or form a writers critique group, and more. Phone appointments and/or email consultations with Dianne will help you determine where you want to go as a children’s writer…and how to get there.

Manuscript Critique

Let Dianne give your work-in-progress an editorial “deep read”. Your manuscript will be evaluated with a sharp eye on narrative elements, language choice, and age-appropriate concepts. You will receive a full editorial report with suggestions to boost your story’s strengths. Not only will this report guide you in your current story revision efforts – it also includes ideas and resources that will help you build your writing skills for future projects. Each manuscript critique includes a 10-minute follow-up phone call for clarification of any editorial recommendation.

If you are interested in scheduling a writing coach session or manuscript critique,
email Dianne@dianneochiltree.com