“Jess is an amazing editor of both prose and poetry/rhyme. Her picture book critiques have taken my books to a whole new level and have helped give me the confidence needed to push-on in this very competitive industry. Her knowledge of rhyme and meter has already helped perfect several of my rhyming picture books. I am always excited when waiting for a critique from Jess as I know her advice and corrections will give me the book I hoped for when first putting pen to paper. Jess is a constant professional, her creativity and her work ethic will give your book the polished feel that keeps readers smiling and brings them back for more. And what’s more, Jess is a truly lovely person to work with. Thank you so much Jess!”
– Vince Cleghorne Author/Screenwriter
I have only used Jess’s service a couple of times, but I will be sending every rhyming manuscript I write to her. She gives me such perfect feedback and fixes all my meter problems. She doesn’t miss a thing, and I feel confident when I send out my work that meter and rhyme will never be a problem.
– Rosi Hollinbeck
“I highly recommend Jess for her rhyming and meter services. She is a queen of ingenious fixes, as she really thinks outside of the box. I’ve been working with Jess on several manuscripts, and she helps them shine. For example, I was working on two lines and had come up with many options. She tweaked them and turned the original
The noise thundered on,
that is all I recall.
And shadows of sword tips
lined up on my wall.
The noise thundered on
and invaded our room.
The shadows of sword tips
lined up in the gloom.
This is a place that gave me fits because readers weren’t understanding ‘lined up on my wall’. Thanks again, Jess, you are a gifted rhymer!”
– Tracy Hora, children’s picture book writer
I am thrilled with the critique I received on my 650+ picture book manuscript. It was very detailed and lined out several options for me to consider. It was presented in a way that was easy to follow. I definitely have some more hard work to do on this particular MS, but Jess’ well-thought-out comments and words of encourage have propelled me forward. Being on the caffeine and chocolate because I’ve got some serious revisions to do!
(Side note: I’ll keep her review and look over it often as learning from it will make me a better critique partner.)
– Maria Bostian, children’s writer
What a relief to find someone like her! Not just a scan of the meter but inventive suggestions and solutions worth their weight in gold! Jess has gone above and beyond with her critique.
– Joy Moore, children’s writer
“I 100% recommend Jess Carroll for all your rhyme and meter needs. Whether for a single rhyme, a few stanzas, or an entire manuscript, Jess works magic! I’m fortunate enough to have had Jess work on (or critique) several of my picture books. I’m pleased to say they are now polished and standing tall. Thanks, Jess, you’re awesome!”
– Candace Spizzirri, picture book author
For a sample of Candace’s Full Manuscript Solution, please click HERE.
“Jess’ ability to take a well written stanza and make it sing is quite remarkable. If you are struggling with your rhymes sounding just a little predictable and dull, Jess is the woman to make it sparkle. If you’re meter is wonky or forced, she will identify the issue and help sculpt your words into beautiful rhyming stanzas.
I have had the fortune of working with Jess on several manuscripts and have found her suggestions invaluable. She excels at reading your work and rewording it in a way that is unpredictable and unique, without straying from your original concept. I would highly recommend her skills if you’re looking to take your rhymes to the next level, whether it be a few problem stanzas or something more substantial.
Here is an example:
And the friends all had fun
as they swam in the sun,
was transformed into
And the friends felt renewed,
in the blue solitude,“
– Kate Talbot, children’s picture book writer & illustrator