2015 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 (see below) in preparation for a 30 minute appointment.

There is a charge of $35 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.

Your manuscript needs to be emailed by April 24 to Barb Haley (bhaley@writehisanswer.com). In the subject line of your email note “CCWC Paid Critique” and the name of the critiquer. Attach your manuscript as a Word doc or save it in RTF. Double space your manuscript and leave 1” margins. Limit 12 pages unless otherwise noted. Please do not send more than is requested. Include your name and the title of your manuscript in a header on each page. Please send a separate email for each paid critique. 

My paid manuscript review gave me the most thorough
and helpful manuscript review I've had to date
Clement Hanson


Articles (one or two articles with a total word length of no more than 1,800 words - check the length requirements of the market you are aiming for) - Debbie Hardy, Sherri Langton, Marti Pieper, Ava Pennington, Chris Richards (inspirational), Andy Scheer, Margie Vawter

Profiles and teaching articles (1800 words) - Sherri Langton, Ava Pennington, Marti Pieper, Andy Scheer

Personal experience stories and articles (1,500 words) - Sherri Langton, Ava Pennington, Marti Pieper, Andy Scheer, Margie Vawter

Bible studies (12 pages) -  Ava Pennington, N. Paul Williams

Devotionals (1-4 devotionals for a total word count of 1,200) - Sherri Langton, Ava Pennington, Marti Pieper, Margie Vawter. Also Rick Marschall who is currently writing two devotionals for Tyndale House, did two audio devotional series with Bill Bright, Pat Boone, etc., and writes the weekly Monday Morning Music Ministry (almost seven years old).

Nonfiction book proposals (with Table of Contents) - Catherine Lawton, Rick Marschall, Ava Pennington, Marti Pieper, Linda Evans Shepherd

Nonfiction books (first chapter - limit 12 pages) - Judith Couchman, Blythe Daniel, Debbie Hardy, Terri Kalfas, Catherine Lawton, Rick Marschall, Susan Mathis, Tamela Hancock Murray, Ava Pennington, Marti Pieper, Andy Scheer, Linda Shepherd, Terry Whalin

Gift books and devotionals - Blythe Daniel, Ava Pennington, Marti Pieper, Linda Shepherd

Marriage & family living - Blythe Daniel, Susan Mathis, Linda Shepherd

Women's issues, women's lit, devotionals, memoir, inspiration - Blythe Daniel, Debbie Hardy, Catherine Lawton, Susan Mathis, Marti Pieper


Articles (1500 words)- Marianne Hering, Karen Whiting

Devotionals, Short Stories (1500 words) – Karen Whiting

Biography - Blythe Daniel, Marianne Hering (36 pages)

Children’s Books – Karen Whiting (non-rhyming)

Children’s Drama – Karen Whiting

Picture Books (900 words) - Rick Marschall who worked for Disney and did a book with Dr. Seuss.

Early Readers (36 pages) – Blythe Daniel, Marianne Hering 

Chapter Books (36 pages) - Blythe Daniel, Marianne Hering

Nonfiction Books (12 pages) - Blythe Daniel, Terry Whalin, Karen Whiting

Novels (synopsis and first chapter, limit 12 pages) - Tim Shoemaker

YA, Tweens, and Teens

Short fiction
(maximum 2000 words) - Marti Pieper

Short nonfiction (1,500 words) - Marti Pieper

Biography - Marti Pieper

Memoir - Marti Pieper

Nonfiction book (12 pages) - Marti Pieper, Rick Marschall former Editor of Marvel; Editor at Youth Specialties; worked on youth curricula with Doug Fields at Saddleback, Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry, etc.

Novels (12 pages including synopsis) - Erin Buterbaugh, Terri Kalfas, Rowena Kuo, Dave Lambert, Kimberley Woodhouse

Fiction (One sheet, synopsis, first chapter or portion - limit 12 pages)

Any genre - Rowena Kuo but especially Fantasy, Futuristic, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Supernatural Thriller

Action/Adventure - Andy Scheer, N. Paul Williams, Charlie Wolcott

Biblical fiction - Catherine Lawton, Chris Richards, Andy Scheer

Contemporary - Dave Lambert, Catherine Lawton, Andy Scheer,Linda Evans Shepherd, Margie Vawter

Contemporary Romance - Susan Baganz

Contemporary Suspense - Terri Kalfas, Andy Scheer

Crime/mystery - Andy Scheer, Margie Vawter

Fantasy - Terri Kalfas, Rowena Kuo, Andy Scheer, Charlie Wolcott

Futuristic - Rowena Kuo, Andy Scheer

Historical - Susan Baganz, Catherine Lawton, Rick Marschall, Chris Richards, Andy Scheer, Margie Vawter, Kimberley Woodhouse

Issues fiction - Marlene Bagnull, Catherine Lawton, Andy Scheer

Legal/political thrillers - Andy Scheer, Margie Vawter

Literary - Catherine Lawton, Andy Scheer

Mystery/Thriller – Erin Buterbaugh

Romance - Susan Baganz, Erin Buterbaugh, Debbie Hardy, Chris Richards, Margie Vawter, Kimberley Woodhouse

Romantic Suspense - Susan Baganz, Erin Buterbaugh, Terri Kalfas, Chris Richards, Andy Scheer

Science fiction – Rowena Kuo, Andy Scheer

Speculative fiction - Rowena Kuo, Andy Scheer, N. Paul Williams, Charlie Wolcott

Supernatural Thriller - N. Paul WIlliams

Suspense - Chris Richards, Andy Scheer, N. Paul Williams, Kimberley Woodhouse

Suspense and Thriller - Andy Scheer, Margie Vawter, N. Paul Williams

Women's Fiction - Erin Buterbaugh, Terri Kalfas, Tamela Hancock Murray, Chris Richards, Linda Evans Shepherd, Margie Vawter


Humor - Rick Marschall (total 1,500 words)

Marketing plans - Valuable feedback on websites, publicity materials (news release and flyer or other PR piece), and brainstorming marketing ideas. Karen can help you develop a unique marketing plan for your book. - Karen Whiting

Plays, Puppet Scripts, or Dramas  (maximum 10 pages) – Karen Whiting

Poetry (five poems no longer than 20 lines each) – Susan Rehberg

Screenplays (limit 10 pages) - Rowena Kuo

Songs (Two songs with double spaced lyric sheet, music if written out, MP3 or CD - please listen to the CD to make sure it recorded properly) - Becky Spencer

Website evaluation (mail URL to mbagnull@aol.com) - Megan Breedlove