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Bird's Love provides four essential levels of editing — proofreading, copy editing, line editing, and developmental editing — as well as in-depth critique for every picture book manuscript. We also offer critique as a standalone option.


Checks for minor typographical errors and formatting issues

Copy Editing &
Line Editing

Edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation, accuracy, word choice,  and consistency, and focuses on syntax, sentence structure, and trimming (or adding) text for clarity


Edits for plot issues, structure, POV, character development, completeness, forward movement, voice, tone, and readability


Critiques the manuscript as a whole and provides feedback on the plot/conflict/theme, character development, completeness, word choice, sentence flow, and more

The Editing & Critique Process



Copy Editing & Line Editing

During the proofreading, copy editing, and line editing process, the tracked changes function in Microsoft Word is used to show all of the formatting, grammatical, and line editing changes that have been made. Any new text is inserted into the story, and the margins show formatting changes and text that have been removed.

Developmental Editing

For developmental editing, the tracked changes function is also used. However, unlike the proofreading and copy editing process, this phase edits for POV, character development, structure, voice, tone, etc., and comments about these issues are placed in the margins only.


In-Depth Critique

Once the proofreading, copy editing, line editing, and developmental editing phases have been completed, a document with feedback is created. It gives a complete assessment of the story's plot, character development, theme, readability, etc. (Note: Only a portion of the critique topics are shown.)


In some instances, developmental edits may also be included in the in-depth critique document. (Note: This does not apply to the Critique Only service.)

Editing & Critique Pricing

Up to 1,000 words: $99
Delivery: 3 days


1,001 - 2,000 words: $150
Delivery: 4 days


2,001 - 3,000 words: $200

Delivery: 5 days

3,000 words and more: $0.0415/word

Delivery: varies

Critique Only Pricing

Up to 1,000 words: $75
Delivery: 3 days


1,001 - 2,000 words: $100
Delivery: 4 days


2,001 - 3,000 words: $120

Delivery: 5 days

3,000 words and more: $0.0415/word

Delivery: varies

New! Online Courses
Working from Home

3 Online Courses!

Need help writing your children's picture book? Check out Bird's Love's new online courses.  These super informative, self-paced, and affordable courses will help you get on track so you can start AND finish writing your children's picture book.

Choose to enroll in one, two, or all three courses below:


THE PREPARATION: 3 Steps to Achieve Before Writing a Children's Picture Book

THE STRUCTURE: Learn 5 Key Elements of a Children's Picture Book

THE ENHANCEMENTS: Adding Suspense, Excitement & Impact to Your Children's Picture Book

Let's Get Started!


​Contact Bird's Love at


​Send your manuscript/document. 

All manuscripts must be Word docs.


Receive a quote. If you agree to the terms, Bird's Love

will send you an invoice. Once the invoice is paid,

editing services will begin. 

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