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 *Rate Your Story 2023 is Now Accepting Members*
Not a member and looking for a critique? Try our Speed Pass by clicking HERE.

Many of our judges also offer individual critiques. To view our judges and their websites, click HERE. 

What does a 2023 membership include?

  • 18 Member submissions (Picture Book [Fiction, Non-Fiction, Rhyming] Manuscripts or Query Letter Only) between January 4 and November 30, 2023. [This is to allow the Judges to Rate and Return manuscripts prior to December 15th and enjoy their holiday before the new year starts.] 

  • (NEW!) 11 PLUS Crafty Web Seminars hosted by Rate Your Story Judges, with Q & A Session

  • (NEW!) Staying Alive with 75 (Words) Submission with Feedback (1 Per Member)

  • A Dedicated 2023 Rate Your Story Rising Stars Club Member Facebook Group.

  • The Rate Your Story Rising Star Newsletter 

  • Optional add-ons for query letters and pitches (Add-On Member pricing). 

  • Optional reduced rate Mentoring Consultations for help in navigating feedback. 

  • A Welcome to Rate Your Story / Orientation Webinar on January 4th [Members Only]

  • A Bonus "A Title is a Promise" Webinar with Submissions [$25 Non Members] 

  • A Bonus "How to Mine Marketable Story Ideas" Webinar with Submissions [$25 Non Members]

  • A Bonus "How to Create a Story Skeleton" Webinar with Submissions [$25 Non Members] 

  • Membership Badges (Digital)  

  • Free Membership in Rate Your Story’s Mentor Text Talk weekly book chat, held Sundays from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST. Special Guests. Recordings available in our Member Facebook Page for Members Only.  

  • A Monthly Member’s Only Help Desk

  • Monthly Opportunities to have your submission rated by a Guest Guru (industry professional - Author, Editor, Agent)! 

  • Reduced Member Pricing for the 2023 Rate Your Story Spring Contest 

  • Our Yearly Baker’s Dozen Challenge to Write 13 Manuscripts in a Year (Achievement Badges available). Prizes for Winners. 

  • *NEW* option for a full-critique or other add-ons with Members*Only pricing! 

  • Optional Pop-up Mentored Critique Groups (An Additional Charge)

  • Special discount offers on full or professional critiques.

  • Free Craft Printables to assist you on your journey.

  • Opportunities to write a guest post for the RYS blog.

  • Good news/book info shout-outs across a variety of our platforms.

  • Ability to submit *Ask An Author* Questions to our Team.

  • Periodic give-aways of exciting offerings like critiques, books and consultations. 

  • Priority Membership Renewal window from October 21 - 31st. 

Are you open for member registration all year long?

Registration is limited and opens up to the general public on November 1, 2022. Historically, Membership has been open until February 28th. However, in 2021 we filled all available spots by November 29th and closed early. So if you want to be assured a spot, be sure to register early. Membership will close as soon as we are filled and no additional memberships will be available until next year in November for 2024.


However, we will offer special enrollments from time to time. We are currently offering a Summer Fast Pass. And we do offer one-time Speed Passes for non-Members, so that's another option when we aren't taking members. Thank you for understanding.

Membership Costs

Rate Your Story is offering fun new membership features with Mentoring Services to help you get the most out of the year!

SILVERSTAR MEMBERSHIP (New Members): $275/Year!

GOLDSTAR MEMBERSHIP (Returning Members): $275/Year! 


  • Plus, Goldstar Members will receive a FREE ½ Hour Consultation with RYS /The Picture Book Mechanic Owner and Administrator Lynne Marie to discuss your writing and career goals. This Consultation must be scheduled in January, 2023 and may be upgraded, if desired, for extra time, or to include manuscript mentoring or developmental idea discussion. 



  • Includes ½ Hour Consultation Per Month (January - November) with RYS /The Picture Book Mechanic Owner and Administrator Lynne Marie


  • Includes 1 Hour Consultation Per Month (January - November) with RYS /The Picture Book Mechanic Owner and Administrator Lynne Marie

All Memberships must be paid for annually, in advance. We do not currently offer monthly payment plans through our website. Note: When you purchase through PayPal - there are options offered at the PayPal site to be billed later. Please look into those options to see if it might be right for you. Or contact our Administrator at to discuss a payment schedule. The purchaser will be required to cover any and all associated fees as a result of the payment plan. 

*Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to purchase your membership.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please email us if you have any questions regarding the purchase of a Membership or a Speed Pass. It's easier on all of us if you ask questions BEFORE making a purchase. We are happy to help! 

For Speedpasses, e-mail:

For General Questions, e-mail: 

Memberships are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another year or another person. If you have purchased a special membership option, it is up to you to schedule your once-a-month meetings as early as possible to assure getting a spot that month. While we make make a one-time exception, all other consultations need to occur monthly. Thanks for understanding! We look forward to having a great year with you!










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