*Rate Your Story 2022 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 2022 membership include?

  • A Dedicated 2022 Rate Your Story Rising Stars Club Member Facebook Group.

  • The Rate Your Story Rising Star Newsletter 

  • 18 submissions (Picture Book Manuscript or Query Letter)  between January 4, 2022 and November 30, 2022. [This is to allow the Judges to Rate and Return manuscripts prior to December 15th and enjoy their holiday before the new year starts.] 

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

  • Optional reduced rate consultations to help in navigating feedback. 

  • A Welcome to Rate Your Story / Orientation Webinar on January 2nd [Members Only]

  • A Title is a Promise Webinar on January 3, 2022 [$25 Non Members] 

  • Note: Title Submissions accepted for Feedback

  • How to Mine Marketable Ideas Webinar on January 4, 2022 [$25 Non Members] 

  • Note: Idea Submissions accepted for Feedback 

  • A Story Skeleton Webinar on January 5, 2022 [$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 - 8 PM EST. Special Guests. Recordings available. [$60/Year Non Members] 

  • A Member’s Only Help Desk on most Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 PM EST

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

  • Reduced Member Pricing for the 2022 Rate Your Story Winter Contest [$15 Members]

  • Note: Rating and Feedback or Zoom Consultation available for additional charge 

  • 1 free entry to the 2022 Rate Your Story Summer Writing Contest (Additional entries may be purchased).  

  • Monthly newsletters featuring member and judge news,  interviews, insider tips, contest news, book reviews and more.

  • 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 (Additional Charge) Pop-up Mentored Critique Groups

  • Monthly Pop-Up Write-ins 

  • Occasional 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 on November 1, 2021. Historically, Membership has been open until January 31st, however, in 2021 we filled all available spots by November 29th and closed early. So if you want to be assured a spot, register early. Membership will close as soon as we are filled and no additional memberships will be available until next year in November for 2023. However, we do offer one-time Speed Passes for non-Members, so give that a try. Thank you for understanding.

Membership Costs

Rate Your Story is offering fun new membership features!

SILVERSTAR MEMBERSHIP (New Members): $240/Year (Just $20 Per Month)! 


GOLDSTAR MEMBERSHIP (Returning Members): $240/Year (Just $20 Per Month)! 


  • 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. 



  • 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. (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.)

*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: 



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