Paid Critiques

Need more help and encouragement on a manuscript?

In addition to the free 15-minute appointments you receive, you may want to take advantage of this opportunity to have your work reviewed prior to the conference by the seasoned professional(s) of your choice in preparation for a 30-minute appointment.

There is a charge of $30 for each critique, payable when you register. Since a limited number of consultations are available, we encourage you to register early to reserve your space so you will not be disappointed.

Click on the CONFEREE FRIENDLY Genre Charts (coming by the end of May) to see who is available for your genre. Then click on the individual faculty bios to study the specific interests of each faculty member.

Children & YA

Your manuscript needs to be emailed by July 24 to haleybarb SPACE In the subject line of your email note “GPCWC Paid Critique” and the name of the critiquer. Attach your manuscript as a Word doc or save it in RTF in one file. Double space your manuscript and leave 1” margins. Please do not send more than requested below. Include your name and the title of your manuscript in a header on each page. Please send a separate email for each paid critique. 

A word from our amazing Appointments Coordinator, Barb Haley:

We have a fantastic list of faculty willing to do paid critiques:
agents, editors, authors, and other professionals.
Let me encourage you to consider taking full advantage of this opportunity.
I don’t think I’ve ever learned quite so much as I have from professional edits of my writing. 

We’re coming to the conference to learn more about the craft of writing.
But the opportunity to have a trained pair of eyes look over our work,
point out strengths, and offer personal ideas to improve our skills is invaluable.
Many years I've done 3-4 paid critiques, and I know
it is definitely some of the best money I have ever spent! 
A full half-hour of individual guided instruction and advice for just $30. 

I once heard an instructor talk about how much money folks spend to go to college and earn a degree.
Then she compared that to the amount we are willing to spend to become experts at our craft.
That said . . . I suggest we all dig deep, sign up for those paid critiques, and learn from the best!


Articles – One or two articles with a total word length of no more than 1,800 words.

Devotionals – 1-4 devotionals for a total of 1,200 words.

Nonfiction books - You can choose to send either:

      Your book proposal – Expand on the info in the sample One-Sheet Book Proposal (click here) or the format the market you are aiming for has requested.  This and your Table of Contents can be single spaced. In addition, include a portion of your first chapter (double spaced) for a total of 12 pages.

      or First Chapter  limit 12 pages.


Short stories – 1,800 words.

Novels – 1-2 page SYNOPSIS (single-spaced) and a portion of your first chapter (double-spaced) for a total of 12 pages.



Picture Books – 900 words.

Humor – 1,500 words.

Blogs or website evaluation  Your URL.

Plays, Puppet Scripts, or Dramas – Maximum 10 pages.

Poetry – Five poems no longer than 20 lines each.

Screenplays – 10 pages.