Query and Critique Services

The most effective tool to sell your manuscript in the traditional market is a fantastic query letter, and opening chapters that compel the reader to keep turning pages.

The hardest part of preparing your book for traditional publishing review is gaining a clear understanding of the first impression your material creates.

If you'd like to identify what your query and/or opening pages need to really zing, I'm here to help.

(Click the links above to see if my style of review would fit your needs.)

I'm a twice traditionally published author. I've gained two agents through the query process, and was a Pitch Wars YA Mentor in 2017. 

For almost a decade I've critiqued for traditionally published authors, including NYT and USA Today bestsellers.


Query Critique (not to exceed 400 words) - $25

First Page Critique (not to exceed 300 words) - $25

First Chapter Critique (up to 2,000 words) - $50

Novel Opening (first 3 chapters, or 5,000 words, whichever is less) - $95

PACKAGE 1: Query (up to 400 words) and first chapter (up to 2,000 words) - $60

PACKAGE 2: Query (up to 400 words) and novel opening (up to 5,000 words) - $110

(PLEASE NOTE: In 2018 and 2019 I am not available to review full manuscripts.)

To book a space on my calendar to review your material, please email me at aimee@aimeelsalter.com with an outline of which material(s) you would like reviewed, and the timeframe required. I will contact you within 24 hours to let you know if there's an appropriate gap in my schedule.

If we are able to find the space to work together, payment is via PayPal (You can pay via debit or credit card, even if you don't have a PayPal account) and may include extra fees for international customers. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is due on agreement, and full payment is due with delivery of materials for review.

I look forward to hearing from you, and even if we don't work together, I wish you all the best in finding a traditional home for your manuscript!