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Susan Kralovansky

Picture Book Editor

Susan Kralovansky started writing for the children’s magazine market and published stories and poems in places such as Cat Fancy, Our Magic Window, The Mailbox, and Humpty Dumpty. Her first book, There was a Tall Texan Who Swallowed a Flea, was released in 2013 from Pelican Publishing along with her first nonfiction series, Library Resources, with Abdo Publishing. Susan has written twelve nonfiction books and illustrated her second picture book, Twelve Cowboys Ropin’, which was released in 2015. She has three books forthcoming, two with Pelican and one with TCU Press. A former librarian, Susan has led writing workshops and served as the Austin SCBWI Picture Book Mentor.


  • Fiction and nonfiction picture books.


  • Picture book critiques and developmental editing.
  • Work-for-hire submission package critiques and editing

"Thank you so much for the upbeat, positive, supportive and informational critique for my story Without You. I have had quite a few critiques, but yours was truly the best one in my experience."

- Amy Reynolds

"It is my absolute pleasure to work with Susie Kralovansky!  We have exchanged manuscripts for a few years now, and her careful eye and generous feedback have contributed to the publication of my board and picture books. Susie has the two characteristics I value most when asking for a critique: she is both honest and encouraging. I always look forward to her guidance."

- Stephanie Shaw, author of 9 published picture books

"Susie pointed out common mistakes, and I was making one big one, so that was helpful. She was also very real about how to approach agents or publishers with rhyme books even though we are often advised not to bother. It inspired me."

- Student at The Writing Barn

"Susie has the wonderful ability to take a manuscript and focus on all the good pieces - the pieces that make a manuscript worth struggling through, worth fighting for. And while she doesn't shy away from letting writers know what isn't working, her experience and skill allow her to provide insightful and substantive feedback in an encouraging manner. I'll be forever thankful that I have Susie in my corner!"

- Eileen Manes

"Susan’s feedback and suggestions on several of my writing pieces have been invaluable. She is incredibly keen to find what is working in a manuscript as well as defining areas for revision. I appreciate her ability to see the larger vision as well as refine the minute details. Her guidance has enriched my skills and confidence as a writer!"

- Noelle McBride