Write a Kids' Book - USA & Canada

(Create a Kids' Book USA)

Marlo Garnsworthy is part of the Create a Kids' Book team of editors, published authors and illustrators, dedicated to children’s literature and to passing on our wealth of knowledge to both aspiring and established creators of children’s books.

We provide monthly writing workshops, manuscript critiques and general editing services.

Latest News:

* Marlo Garnsworthy's new book Let's Visit Space (Macmillan McGraw-Hill 2007) was released in July, 2007.

* Marlo will begin teaching 'Writing for Children' this fall at The Rhode Island School of Design: RISD Continuing Education, www.risd.edu

The course will run over eight weeks and is designed to help aspiring children's book authors and illustrators explore ways of unlocking their 'writer within' to create stories of quality for children.

Through a mixture of discussion, book-sharing, in-class exercises and assignments, students will learn about language styles, narrative structure, character development, pacing and the relationship between words and pictures.

For more information, please contact Marlo.



This one-day writing workshop is designed to give aspiring writers a thorough overview of the process required to write a children’s book text, from conception of the idea to submission to publishers.

Summer workshops run from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. workshops are held monthly, so be sure to check back frequently for updates.

Next workshop:

• To be arranged.

One day workshop:

• $100
• Students/Seniors $75

Bring a friend and receive a discount.

Reservations are essential.

To reserve your place please call Marlo: (401) 207-5026 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshops are held at The Goddard School Wakefield, Rhode Island.


Create a Kids’ Book USA will work with you to bring your manuscript to the standard necessary for submission to a publisher.

We provide a clear, thorough, and honest appraisal of your manuscript. Aspiring authors will find our experience, advice and editing services invaluable. As fellow authors, we know how difficult the path to publication can be, and we will act in a supportive manner to help you reach your goals.accolade

Your manuscript critique will include an evaluation of the following, where relevant:

• Character
• Plot
• Pace
• Structure
• Cohesiveness
• Language style & dialogue
• And more.

Suggestions on ways to develop your manuscript, its characters, plot and structure will also be included where required. Full line-by-line copy-editing is included in the cost of your critique, something not offered by many assessment services.

When Marlo and Dr. Virginia Lowe agree that your manuscript is ready for submission to a publisher, we may offer you a letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation is not a guarantee of publication, but it is one of the few ways to get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the hands of an editor at a publishing house. Please note that a letter of recommendation will incur an extra charge, and will only be provided at the discretion of Create a kids’book USA.

All prices in US$ USA and Canada only, for manuscript assessments elsewhere, visit our Assessments page.

Picture book, text only 1000 words or less) (initial assessment) $230
Reassessment of subsequent drafts $150
Chapter books/novels (up to 7000 words) Price upon request
Novels: middle grade and YA Price upon request
Private Consultation $40/hr


Marlo bases her fees on the Editorial Freelancers Association standard rates:


Ask about discounts on submission of multiple texts.
Urgent assessments can be completed within a week for a $40 surcharge.

Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

It has always been Marlo's vision to create with image and word. She began writing her first novel for children at age eleven and created her first picture book at fifteen.

Marlo has been active in editing, writing and book creation since 1996. She began with Create a Kids' Book in 1997 upon her return to Australia, after living in both Japan and the USA. She has been based in Rhode Island since 2003, and recently launched our North American branch of Create a Kids' Book. She provides writing workshops, editing services, manuscript critiques and development for both new and published authors.

Her first two books: Author at Work, Dr. Seuss, and Let's Visit Space! are currently being published by Macmillan McGraw-Hill, and are due for US release in 2007.

She is currently writing a series of novels for middle-grade children, and studies illustration at the Rhode ISland School of Design (RISD).

You are invited to visit www.marlogarnsworthy.com

Dr Virginia Lowe's book Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell has been published by Routledge (London) in November, 2006.


Marlo Garnsworthy
Tel: (401) 207- 5026
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.O. Box 435 Wakefield, RI 02880