Former elementary teacher with a B.S. in Elementary Education and  a Minor in Children’s Literature

Author/publisher of 5 children’s picture books that have received 28 children’s book awards and sold 51,000+ copies

Recipient of Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for “Best Children’s Picture Book Series of 2017”

Author of “How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book,” released in 2017

Featured speaker at numerous major book festivals, bookstores and libraries across the United States and in Canada

Guest presenter at 250+ elementary schools

Published articles for Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Magazine

Featured in Barnes & Noble Inside Magazine for hosting successful store events 

Member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) and Florida Writers Association 

                                               Bobbie Hinman
Comprehensive Editing and Proofreading for Children's Picture Books

Children’s books contain fewer words than adult books, making every word count. I will help you tell your story while capturing children’s interest and imagination. I will offer recommendations for ways to strengthen the plot, characters and language, and adjust the narrative if necessary, to be sure the illustrations match the words. I will help you identify your target audience and will work with you to make your message come through in an age-appropriate way. 

                                     Manuscript Editing

I will do the following:

• Modify your manuscript to to make it understandable to your target age group
• Edit to correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics
• Critique text, keeping in mind the way children process information 
• Evaluate the main characters and dialogue 
• Make sure your story has an identifiable beginning, middle and end
• Polish the language, giving the story more meaning through fewer words
• Offer constructive assistance with rhyming books 
• 30-minute phone consultation, free with purchase (within 2 weeks after editing completion)

Picture Book - Manuscript editing (up to 1000 words) $200
Early readers (up to 1500 words) $250

                           Manuscript Submission Process

1. Email your manuscript in a Word doc or Pages (for Mac) to me: Also tell me about yourself (one or two sentences) and what services you would like me to provide. Include a short description of the main theme of your story and the message you wish the story to communicate. Also indicate the age/reading level of your target audience.                                                                                                        

Any and all information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential. At no time will I ever share your information with anyone or use it for my own benefit. The security of your information is of utmost importance.

2. You will receive an email from me confirming the receipt of your work. This email will also include an estimated timeline for completion, along with the total cost for the project. You will also receive an invoice through PayPal for one half of the total payment. PayPal allows you to pay by credit card or with a PayPal account. The balance will be due prior to the delivery of your edited manuscript. 

3.  I will get to work. 
Note: If your manuscript seems complete and, in my opinion, needs no further editing, or if I feel there are too many problems to warrant professional editing at this point, I will return your manuscript and your payment less a 10% consulting fee.

4.  When work is complete, I will invoice you for the second half of the editing fee. Upon receipt of your payment I will return your edited manuscript.

5.  Email me within 2 weeks to arrange a 30-minute follow-up phone conversation if desired.

                                                                                                  What’s Next?


                                Comprehensive Book Editing/Consulting

If your goal is to produce a well-written children’s picture book, it's important to mesh the words and illustrations in just the right way. In addition to age-appropriate language, believable story lines, and characters with whom children can identify, the pictures and words must work together, as each tells half the story. 

Once the corrections have been made to your manuscript, and your illustrations have been completed, you still may not be ready to print. STOP! If you want your book to compete in the growing world of children’s books, you may need a pair of experienced eyes to do the following:

• Evaluate the illustrations, making sure they work with, and contribute to, the story
• Make concrete suggestions for illustration “fixes” if needed 
• Evaluate information and use of fonts on front and back book covers and spine
• Evaluate and review book components and information contained on copyright page and title page
• Make suggestions for overall improvement 
• 30-minute phone consultation, free with purchase (within 2 weeks after editing completion)

Total Book Editing/Consulting - $300 (Reduced to $200 if combined with Manuscript Editing)


                                 Total Book Submission process 

The information is the same as above, however illustrations will need to be sent as pdfs. The entire book can be scanned or copied and sent as a “mock up” book if preferred.

Click here to ask Bobbie a question or schedule a book edit.