The Cradle: Kidlit Services

Hire a freelance children's book editor from the United Kingdom, America, or Canada

Whether you are working on a picture book, early reader, or middle-grade novel, our team of kidlit specialists is here to help. These services are designed for each project, so please get in touch so we can get the conversation started. Here are a few options:

  • Picture Book in Development—work with one of our editors to refine your core narrative and bring your story to conceptual life. For a single picture book text of up to 700 words, the cost will be approximately $225 USD.

  • Picture Book Bundle—work with an editor on three picture books at once for approximately $450 USD.

  • Early Reader in Development—a developmental edit includes a close look at your narrative structure, characters, voice, scene-based writing, and more. The end result is a detailed feedback package to help inform your next revision. The cost is $0.04/word USD.

  • Early Reader Polish—once your manuscript is structurally sound, we will bring on a line editor to help you polish the prose. The cost is $0.03/word USD.

  • Middle Grade & Young Adult Projects—please get in touch for a quote. Our rates for MG/YA developmental and line editing range from $0.02 to $0.03/word USD.

Are you ready to get started?

You may use the form below to contact us, or email

Please include the following information:

  • How much editing or workshopping your manuscript has already received
  • What editing services or packages you are interested in
  • Your ideal project timeline
  • An attached outline or manuscript sample

One of our editors will get back to you soon.

Thanks for visiting the Darling Axe! We look forward to hearing from you.