Door Opener Critiques

Special Offer Critiques with 

Acquiring NY Editor(s) and List Building Agent(s)-

$99 – $114

Want a critique with an agent or editor? Haven’t gotten one at your last conference or workshop for one reason or another? This special offer is for you.
You can have a full picture book manuscript critique or the first 10 pages and your 1-page synopsis of your MG or YA manuscript (fiction, non-fiction, or prose).
Right now, we are featuring two editors and one agent. Not only can you get the feedback you’ve been craving, if your work is there, you can possibly have a door open that you haven’t been able to penetrate.
You will get editorial notes and line edits in the track changes.

About the Editor(s):

Kelly Delaney is an Associate Editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction.

She has a master’s degree in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from NYU and has been at Random House Children’s Books for seven years. Books she has edited include 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac, Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung, The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop, and Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll. In her time at Random House she has been fortunate enough to work with many of her favorite authors, from R.J. Palacio and Markus Zusak to Anita Lobel and Norton Juster. She is always on the lookout for quirky humor, bright characters, and writers that don’t underestimate their readers. You can follow her on Twitter at @kellyunderwater.


Julia Maguire is an Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers. Prior to that, she worked at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She currently edits picture books and middle grade novels.
She received her degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters in Publishing from NYU. She started her publishing career interning at Bloomsbury Children’s Books in 2006 and has worked on picture books ever since. The best part of the job is collaborating with authors and artists to bring a book to life.
In her spare time, she loves to run and has finished two marathons and several half marathons. She also loves to bake (hence all the running.)
Julia is looking for:
Picture books that are sweet and silly, either conceptual or narrative. Realistic middle grade with strong characters in fully realized and tactile settings. Nonfiction that feels necessary and speaks to a larger narrative, either in context of school curriculum or the world readers are getting to know.
Full Picture Book Manuscript Critique with an Editor
Kelly Delaney $99.00 USD
Julia Maguire $99.00 USD

Novel – 1st 10 pages and one page synopsis with an Editor
Kelly Delaney $114 USD
Julia Maguire $114 USD

About the Agent(s):
Jess Regel, Agent with Foundry Media.  Jess represents young adult and middle grade books, as well as adult fiction and nonfiction. In the nonfiction space, she represents memoir and pop culture, with an emphasis on female and diverse voices. She also represents children’s nonfiction and YA memoir.In the fiction space, Jess is passionate about discovering projects that are compulsive, contagious, and creative. She’s particularly interested in books that are “conversation starters,” novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing, and voice-driven contemporary stories. She’s always looking for diverse characters that tell a story from a unique perspective, and through which we see the world differently. Jess is drawn to coming-of-age stories, ambitious women’s fiction, charming and stylized love stories, atmospheric magical realism, dark and twisty suspense, and genre-bending literary fiction. She is not looking for genre fiction, such as high fantasy, sci-fi, romance, westerns, chick lit, cozy mysteries, etc.
Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent eleven years at the Naggar Agency before moving over to Foundry in 2013. Some of her books include: Amber Smith’s New York Times Bestseller The Way I Used to Be (Simon & Schuster), Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Balzer + Bray), Pablo Cartaya’s The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (Viking Children’s Books), Nora McInerny Purmort’s National Bestseller It’s Okay to Laugh (Dey Street), Jillian Cantor’s Margot (Riverhead), Bryn Greenwood’s New York Times Bestseller All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (MacMillan) and Elan Gale’s You’re Not That Great (Grand Central). Jess is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.

Novel 1st ten pages and one page synopsis Critique- Available Agents:
Jess Regel $114.00 USD