Manuscript Consultants

Thank you for your interest in CWILL BC’s manuscript consultants. The authors listed below are happy to read and offer feedback on the manuscripts of both emerging and established writers. Please read through the list of authors below, explore the links provided, and decide which author is the best fit for your manuscript. Then write to the author to discuss the kind of feedback you’d like on your manuscript (for example, are you concerned about the structure, or the flow, or something else entirely?).


Consultants charge either on an hourly basis ($75/hour), or according to the following fee structure:

$200 for a 32-page picture book
$170 for up to ten manuscript pages of one work in any genre
$225 for up to 50 manuscript pages of one work (plus $2 per page thereafter)

Fees may be subject to HST.


Please submit manuscripts double-spaced, with one-inch margins and in a single, 12-point font. Please remember to number the pages and include your name and the title of the text on each page. Also, do ask each author if he or she prefers to receive manuscripts by email or in hard copy.

Happy writing!


Alison Acheson
Specializes in: fiction for all age groups: picture books, early readers, middle-grade and young adult novels

Caroline Adderson
Specializes in: chapter books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction

Bev Cooke
Specializes in: young adult (13 & up) and middle-grade (ages 8 – 12) mainstream, religious & spiritual fiction

Sheryl McFarlane
Specializes in: picture books, lyrical novels

Chris McMahen
Specializes in: middle-grade fiction (ages 8-12), chapter books, teacher resource writing

Michelle Mulder
Specializes in: chapter books (ages 7-10), fiction for ages 10 & up

Cynthia Nugent
Specializes in: picture books, chapter books and novels, with a particular interest in humour, mysteries, steampunk and speculative fiction

Jacqueline Pearce
Specializes in: chapter books (ages 7-9), middle grade fiction (ages 8-12), young adult fiction (ages 12 and up)

Jocelyn Shipley
Specializes in: young adult fiction for ages 12 & up

Robin Stevenson
Specializes in: middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (12 & up) fiction

Diane Tullson
Specializes in: young adult fiction and fiction for reluctant adolescent readers (Hi/Lo)

Irene N. Watts
Specializes in: adaptation from one medium to another (eg. novel into play, or play into chapter book or novel), middle grade and YA historical fiction, and drama for young performers.