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Emma Walton Hamilton / Children’s Book Editing Services

Children’s Book Editing Services

Need an Experienced, Effective Editor?

Emma Walton Hamilton is a best-selling children’s book author (7 times on the NY Times Bestseller list, including twice at #1). And, as both Editorial Director of the Julie Andrews Collection publishing program and a private consulting editor, she’s shepherded hundreds of books by other authors through the publication process. Because she is an author as well as a children’s book editor, Emma uniquely understands the challenges and nuances of creating a successful children’s book…

Click here to see Emma’s books.  Click here to see books edited by Emma.

If you are interested in obtaining children’s book editing services, please fill out the form below:

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Please include the following in your email:

  • a brief description of the project
  • number of pages and word count
  • Novel: sample chapter, or Picture Book: 3-5 sample pages or 250 words
  • an indication of which editorial service you are interested in
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Children’s Book Editing Services

NOTE: Page counts are based on an average of 250 words per page, Times New Roman size 12 font, double-spaced.

Manuscript Evaluation
Comprehensive written evaluation of manuscript, with specific recommendations as to how to strengthen and improve plot, narrative, character development, theme, structure and presentation.


  • Picture Book (up to 1,500 words) – $850
  • Early Chapter Books (up to 6,500 words) – $1200
  • Chapter Books (6,500-15,000 words) – $1200 – $2800
  • Middle Grade Novels (15,000 – 35,000 words) $2800 – $3999
  • Middle Grade, Young Adult (YA) (more than 35,000 words) – Starting at $4000


Line Editing
Line-by line recommendations to focus and tighten the story, strengthen the themes, enhance readability, improve grammar and sentence structure and maximize sales potential.

  • Picture Books (up to 1,500 words):   Narrative Prose – $1200    Rhyming Verse – $1500
  • Early Reader/Chapter Book (up to 6,500 words) – $1800
  • Middle Grade Novels, Chapter Books (6,500-35,000 words): $75 per page
  • Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels (more than 35,000 words): $65 per page


Editor in a Box
Not quite ready to hire a private editor? This soup-to-nuts kit containing everything you need to take your picture book through the revision process and prepare it for submission to editors and agents.

  • A comprehensive 6-step revision process with specific recommendations for revising your story as well as your storytelling – in video, print and checklist form.
  • Lists of overused and unnecessary words, basic grammar and punctuation rules and commonly made errors
  • Manuscript formatting guidelines
  • Finding, Hiring and Working with Freelance Editors and Manuscript Submission Guides
  • Recordings, Transcripts and Takeaways from Interviews with three esteemed professional children’s book editors

Click here to find out more, or purchase Editor in a Box:


Query Critiques
Often called “The Query Whisperer” by those who have worked with her, Emma has critiqued hundreds of queries for events such as WriteonCon and Julie Hedlund’s 12X12 Picture Book Challenge as well as for students and editing clients.   A query critique is $350, and includes a line-by-line edit and polish of your query or cover letter to agents or editors for a picture book, chapter book or novel. (Note: It is highly recommended that you view Emma’s short video on Writing Queries prior to requesting a query critique.)


One-to-One Mentoring & Consultation

Purchase individual one-hour sessions: $300 per hour (2-hour minimum for manuscript consultations; first hour provides time for me to review the manuscript and any related materials, make notes, etc.)

Use your time as 60-minute blocks, two 30-minute blocks, or three 20-minute blocks (pay for full two hours in advance).

If you need to tap me for “quick questions” via email, the same rate will apply to the time needed for me to respond.

Appointments for phone/Skype sessions must be made via email, with at least three possible time slots for each session (M-F, between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, EST)   Email inquiry to:  ma**@em****************.com

Additional information


Manuscript Evaluation – Picture Books, Manuscript Evaluation – Early Chapter Books, Manuscript Evaluation – Chapter Books, Manuscript Evaluation – Middle Grade Novels, Manuscript Evaluation – Middle Grade, Young Adult, Line Editing – Picture Books, Line Editing – Early Reader/Chapter Book, Line Editing – Middle Grade Novels, Chapter Books, Line Editing – Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels, Editor in a Box, Query Critiques, One-to-One Consultation