You’re eager to send your manuscript to agents and publishers, or perhaps you’re ready to self-publish.
_ Is the title snappy and indicative of what’s inside?
_ Does the first paragraph grab young readers?
_ Is the conflict important to kids?
_ Will readers (and listeners who can’t read yet) identify with characters’ desires?
_ Do characters enter with a bang?
_ Do kids really talk like that?
_ Does every scene advance plot?
_ Do chapters begin and end with hooks?
_ Have you given “power to the kid”?
_ Are events believable, no strokes of luck?
_ Did you “show not tell”?
_ Is vocabulary accessible to targeted age group?
_ Are implied messages congruent with your intended message?
_ Are lessons or messages subtle?
_ Are loose ends tied up?
_ Is the end satisfying, but not predictable?
_ Can parents, librarians, teachers and others in the adult vanguard stomach this?
_ Have you solicited critiques from kids, a librarian and others children’s authors?
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