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HallidayBooks is an independent children's publisher
Critique and tutorial service

HallidayBooks are now offering an exclusive critique and tutorial service for writers and illustrators of children's picture books.

As a successful children's publisher with over 20 years experience, Nicholas Halliday is in a perfect position to help those working in this highly competitive area of the industry. If you have a manuscript of up to 5000 words and/or illustrations and would like it to receive Nick's personal attention please contact us. All work submitted will be reviewed by Nick personally and will not be passed on to other editors. At all times he will be as honest and constructive as possible. You will therefore receive the opinion of a working children's publisher who is aware of the importance of every element of a successful picture book.

Nick also conducts structured one-to-one author and illustration tutorials.


AUTHORS Each manuscript will read by Nicholas and you will receive a full detailed typed critique of your work. He may suggest fundamental changes which can be made at your discretion. A second critique of the same work may be conducted after revision for half the full price paid for the first.

ILLUSTRATORS Where images accompany manuscripts they will be critiqued along with the text with both quality and suitability. Nicholas will indicate where changes might be made to improve the relationship between image and text. Where a portfolio is submitted, your work will be judged for its suitability for use within children's publishing. Nicholas has a wealth of experience in this area and will be able to judge the quality and suitability and you will receive a full written critique of your work.

This all adds up to a comprehensive assessment and will help you take another important step towards seeing your work in print.


• Stories up to 1000 words £65 (Return read through £35)
• Stories up to 2000 words £105 (Return read through £55)
• Stories between 2000 and 3500 words £165 (Return read through £70)
• Stories between 3500 and 5000 words £185 (Return read through £95)
• Stories above 5000 words • price on application
• Stories accompanied by illustrations additional £55.00
• Illustrators portfolio critique and review £65.00
• Tutorial prices on application

• Response guaranteed within ten working days
• No verbal opinion will be given and all written
• correspondence will be via email or post
• No proof reading
• Payment must be cleared before any work is undertaken
• Full postage must be supplied if you wish hard copies to be returned
• Whenever possible please do not send originals
• Discretion and confidentiality are assured at all times

For more information or to discuss availability please call or use our email address below.

+44 (0)7867 870133

Please remember to include all your contact details and state which critique service you require. Thank you.