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Critter Lit is Growing!

AnnouncementsLindsay Ward2 Comments

Happy Thursday Critters! I’m so excited to announce that Critter Lit is growing! This little side-project that I started two years ago has taken off since February 2017, when I first launched the site. Huge thanks to all of you for your support and interest in Critter Lit!

I’m so proud of everyone who’s sent me their work. You’ve all committed the journey of being a creative and trying to break into the business of publishing. I know it’s not easy! I’ve been so impressed with what you’ve sent and your willingness to share your words with me. I’ve seen you get agented, published, and develop new voices. And I’m truly honored to be apart of your process.

When I started Critter Lit, I knew one day that I would need help— critiquing, editing, and handling the general maintenance of the site. But my goal was to always offer FREE ONE-TIME CRITIQUES, no matter what. Which at the time I wasn’t totally sure how I was going to handle in addition the very full plate I already had with my own work, family, and life. But this was and is my mission statement. You can read more about this here.

Here in the Tupta household, we’ve had a lot of changes in the last year. One of which is that my husband, Frank Tupta, will be publishing his first picture book, HOW TO BUILD A HAUNTED HOUSE, with Two Lions, an imprint of Amazon Publishing in July 2020! So exciting! I couldn’t be more proud of him! (Stay tuned for his debut author interview next year).

Frank has been writing for the last five years, working mostly on adult novels. Over the years, we’ve always edited each other’s work and bounced ideas off one-another. He has an incredible eye and has been a wonderful critique partner for my own work. So…I’m thrilled to announce that Frank will be joining Critter Lit to help me with handling all the critiques we receive.

So without further ado…please welcome Frank Tupta to the Critter Lit family!


Until next time…

Happy Writing!


Welcome to Critter Lit!

Authors, Illustrators, Authors + IllustratorsLindsay WardComment

Welcome to Critter Lit!

A new site where you can receive FREE one-time critiques on picture book illustrations and manuscripts.

The idea of Critter Lit had always been there, but it wasn't until recently that I felt it was time to finally launch it. 2017 has started out rough for most Americans. Everywhere I look people are fearful and uncertain about the future. So now seems as good a time as any to look to the future, to embrace it, to help raise it up!

So how can I make a better world for the next generation? The answer seems impossible and although I'm just one person, there are at least two things I can offer: advice and experience. The best way I know how to do that is through books. So, what does that mean exactly?

Well, for starters it's time to give back. There are so many up-and-coming writers and illustrators who need a chance to tell their stories. But unfortunately publishing has become more and more competitive, to the point where it's nearly impossible to break-in. Critiques are expensive. Conferences even more so. And getting your work in front of an agent or editor seems unattainable.

So here's a crazy thought...FREE one-time critiques from someone in the business. Me.

I want to help you shape the books of tomorrow in hopes that they will make a difference for the next generation of readers. 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES FREE one-time critiques delivered in 2 weeks.

ILLUSTRATION CRITIQUES FREE one-time critiques delivered in 3 days.

I wish all of my time were up for grabs, but unfortunately it's not. I have a family, responsibilities, and my own creative projects to develop, just like all of you.

So here's my promise: all first-time critiques are FREE. Additional manuscripts or passes, dummy critiques, and page breaks are available for an additional fee. There's no obligation. If my advice or suggestions helped you, great! Come back and maybe we can work on something else together. If not, hopefully you gained something out of the experience to take with you along your creative journey.

My hope is that your work gets published. There were many people who helped me on my road to publication, and for them I will forever be grateful. People who donated their time and advice without question. Because that's the best thing about the children's lit community, we support one another.

So here's my chance to support you.

Happy Writing!