Coaching & Critiques

Do You Want Your Writing to Shine?

With over 20 years in the children’s publishing industry as author, freelance editor and book reviewer, Dianne helps budding writers polish their manuscripts prior to  submission to a publisher or literary agent.

“Dianne’s editorial report was right on point. She was able to point out subtle inconsistencies that even my critique group would miss. I appreciate every detail she included in the report and found myself excited to take on the revisions. I attribute this excitement to Dianne’s supportive critique. She gave me directions to make my manuscript stronger while complimenting me for everything that was working in the story. Thank you so much, Dianne!”

Lindsey Aduskevich

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If you’re looking for guidance on your journey to become a published author, we encourage you to download Dianne’s list of time-tested books that will help you on your path.

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Choose the way Dianne’s knowledge and experience can work for you:

1-on-1 Sessions

Let Dianne answer your questions about the craft of writing for children and teens. She’ll 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 find or form a writers critique group, and more.


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’ll receive a copy of your manuscript with notes, plus a detailed editorial report with suggestions to boost your story’s strengths


You might also consider working with my team of experts at P.B. Peeps: A KidLit Writing Team.

If you are interested in scheduling a writing coach session or manuscript critique, email


Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dianne!!! You have given me so much to work with. Your comments are on target. I appreciate how you examine each step of a story and analyze whether it rings true. Your ‘deep read’ is truly that, and I highly recommend others consider your perspective.”

Laura Smith


I can only say that you have helped me with my manuscript beyond my dreams. You are a pro

Helga Malinsky


You have a real talent for helping people with the craft of writing. Your industry experience and insight are invaluable.

Allyson Dawson


I’ve had a lot of people look at this manuscript, but never with the insight you have given.

Rochelle Heskett

Children’s Author & Illustrator, Founder/Executive Director, Canine Guardians Assistance Dogs

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