Category Archives: Manuscript Assessment

226 Written Assessment/Picture Book Manuscript: Meredith Costain

ITEM DETAILS: Meredith Costain will provide a written assessment (including tips on manuscript format, choosing and approaching publishers) of a picture book text of up to 500 words.

Meredith’s Picture Book CV:

TRADE TITLES
Musical Harriet (illustrated by Craig Smith)(Scholastic Aust, Sydney, ’95)
Totty’s Potty (Australian Family Magazine, Melbourne, 2000)
Doodledum Dancing (Penguin, Melbourne, 2006)
No Noise at Our House (Windy Hollow, Melbourne, 2008)
My Baby Love (Hachette Children’s Books, 2009)
Bed Tails (Penguin Books, 2009)

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114 Manuscript Assessment – Jackie French

Item: A manuscript assessment comprising of a two page (non-detailed) report and suggestions for improvements. The manuscript can be any length, and any genre except poetry. After the initial two page assessment Jackie is happy to give more advice about publishers, or eventually- hopefully- a publishing contract. Please send a stamped self addressed envelope if you’d like the mss returned.

Details:

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

276 Structural Report (Children’s / YA): Penni Russon

Item: A detailed structural report of a manuscript up to 60,000 words.

Details: Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.

Bio: Penni Russon was born in Tasmania in 1974. Her latest novel is The Indigo Girls, part of an exciting new series published by Allen & Unwin in conjunction with Girlfriend Magazine.

Penni is the author of the Undine trilogy – Undine, Breathe and Drift. All three are published by Random House in Australia, while Undine and Breathe have been published by Greenwillow in the US. Unfortunately at this stage there are no plans to publish the third book in the US. If this makes you sad, please let Greenwillow know!

This magical trilogy is a reading experience. The sequence is never linear but written in loops, in and out of alternative worlds, governed by the laws of physics. Drift is full of significant meanings within meanings: highly intelligent and imaginative. ***** Good Reading Magazine

Penni has two novels in the works with Allen & Unwin. She is also the author of Josie and the Michael Steet Kids, published by Penguin as part of their popular Aussie Chomp series.

Penni has taught Creative Writing at Melbourne University, conducts workshops at schools and is becoming a popular public speaker for young people and adults. She has been invited to participate in the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in September 2008.

Penni also maintains a sometimes daily blog, called Eglantine’s Cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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139 Partial Manuscript Assessment – Maggie Alderson

Item: A constructive criticism of the first three chapters and outline of a novel, in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Modern Romance/ Chick Lit. Submission should be by email, no more than 10,000 words, plus the outline for the rest of the book. Outline for the rest of the book should be no more than 1,500 words

Details:

Brief Bio: I was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews. I have edited four magazines: British ELLE and ES (I was Editor of the Year for that – get me) in London, then Cleo (acting editor) and Mode in Sydney. I also worked on the Evening Standard and the Sydney Morning Herald. Newspapers are my spiritual home. My column in Good Weekend magazine has been running for over ten years and has been collected into three books.

I have written five novels, and co-edited three books of short stories for the charity War Child. I have most recently co-edited an absolutely filthy book of rude stories, with my writer pals Kathy Lette, Jessica Adams and Imogen Edwards-Jones. I currently live in Hastings Old Town on the south coast of England, with my husband and six-year old daughter, but I move a lot. I have about 150 pairs of shoes and I am currently writing another novel.

126 Partial Manuscript Assessment – Sally Collings

Item: A constructive report on the first three chapters and outline of a non-fiction book (memoir, inspiration, whatever you’ve got). Email submission of up to 10K words from your book, plus the outline for the rest (up to 2K).

Brief Bio: Sally Collings worked in book publishing for almost twenty years, dividing her time between London and Sydney. Now based in Brisbane, she is a freelance writer and editor, working on books and magazines. Her work focuses on stories of inspiration in the broadest sense – from portraits of life after loss to accounts of academic excellence.

211 Children’s/One on One Workshop: Rosanne Hawke

ITEM: A one on one workshop with children’s and young adult author Rosanne Hawke.

DETAILS: This meeting can be conducted over the phone or in person at a South Australian location  negotiated between Rosanne and the winning bidder.

BIO: Rosanne Hawke has written 16 books for young people; many have been shortlisted or noted in awards. Rosanne has been an aidworker in the Middle East and now she teaches Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide. Her new book is called Marrying Ameera.

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244 Children’s/Picture Book Manuscript Assessment: Katrina Germein

ITEM: Written feedback on a picture book manuscript.

DETAILS: Written feedback provided via email on a children’s picture book manuscript of up to 800 words. Katrina will respond personally to your manuscript and comment on the overall feeling, shape, rhythm and flow of your story. She will comment honestly about the, tone, clarity and emotional impact of your writing as she sees it. Katrina will outline what she believes are the strengths of your work and make constructive suggestions about ways to improve the text in her opinion. Katrina may also be able to pose questions about any ambiguous areas and mention other books of a similar ilk or theme. She will draw attention to any obvious typos, grammatical errors, or clunky parts in the writing. The report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript.

CV: Children’s author Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. Visit Katrina’s website at www.katrinagermein.com

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299 Report on a children’s or YA manuscript – Kate Gordon

Item: a report on a children’s or YA manuscript

Details:  Manuscript must be no longer than 50k words. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.

Brief Bio: Kate Gordon is the author of one published Young Adult novel – Three Things About Daisy Blue, published by Allen and Unwin, and one soon-to-be-published novel, Thyla, published by Random House Australia. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Literary Studies and has worked as a librarian and manager of the children’s/YA section of a major book shop. Kate currently produces manuscript assessments for the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

 

1 Children’s / YA Manuscript Assessment 1 of 5: Emily Gale

ITEM: A report on a Children’s or YA manuscript (fiction)

DETAILS: Manuscript no longer than 80k words; can substitute with 3 picture books. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.
CV: Emily Gale was an editor of children’s books in UK for 8 years, working in-house for Penguin and Egmont, as well as freelance. She has published children’s books with Ladybird, Frederick Warne and Parragon, and a YA novel with Chicken House. Emily is currently a Reader for an Australian literary agent. See website for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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48 Feedback on 3 Chapters + Synopsis (2 of 3): Fleur McDonald

ITEM: A report giving feedback on three chapters and a synopsis of your novel, in order to help you prepare it for submission, by Australian author Fleur McDonald. 

DETAILS: Fleur will give you constructive criticism of your three chapters in terms of style, pace, characterisation and so on. She’ll give you feedback on your synopsis, too (notoriously tricky as they are!) in order to enhance your chances of catching the eye of an agent or publisher.

NB. This item cannot be claimed until after July, as Fleur will be handing in her third manuscript to Allen & Unwin that month!

CV: Fleur McDonald was born and bred in Orrorro, the mid-north of South Australia.but completed her secondary education in Adelaide. After school she spent a couple of years jillarooing in South Australia and Western Australia. Fleur lives with her husband and two children on a station near Esperance in Western Australia. Fleur is very involved in the daily management of their 8000 acres. Her novels, inspirational outback sagas Red Dustand Blue Skies, are published by Allen & Unwin.

243 Children’s/Project Discussion: Katrina Germein

ITEM: One ninety minute meeting in an Adelaide cafe to talk about ways to improve your chances of becoming a published picture book author.

DETAILS:  An informal talk at an Adelaide location negotiated between Katrina and the winning bidder via email. The ninety minute meeting will provide an opportunity for an aspiring picture book author to pose questions about their work in progress and becoming a published picture book author. Katrina will respond to the questions by sharing her experiences of the road to publication and tips she has learnt along the way. Depending on the interests of the winning bidder Katrina will also speak generally about writing for children, children’s publishing, what makes a strong picture book text and support networks for children’s writers in Adelaide . (Coffee and cake included!)

CV: Children’s author Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. To find our more visit Katrina’s website www.katrinagermein.com

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195 Children’s and YA/Manuscript Feedback: Marianne Musgrove

ITEM: Written feedback on a children’s or YA manuscript.

DETAILS: Written feedback (via post) on the first 20,000 words of a children’s or YA fiction manuscript (shorter is fine, too) + a one hour phone call to discuss. If the manuscript is longer, Marianne will also read and comment on a synopsis of the remainder).

CV:Marianne Musgrove is an award-winning children’s author of “The Worry Tree”, “Lucy the Good”, “Lucy the Lie Detector” and “Don’t Breathe a Word”. Her books are published in several languages. She is also a descendant of King Henry VIII’s librarian so books are in her blood!
www.mariannemusgrove.com.au

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3 Children’s / YA Manuscript Assessment 3 of 5: Emily Gale

ITEM: A report on a Children’s or YA manuscript (fiction)

DETAILS: Manuscript no longer than 80k words; can substitute with 3 picture books. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.
CV: Emily Gale was an editor of children’s books in UK for 8 years, working in-house for Penguin and Egmont, as well as freelance. She has published children’s books with Ladybird, Frederick Warne and Parragon, and a YA novel with Chicken House. Emily is currently a Reader for an Australian literary agent. See website for further details.

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2 Children’s / YA Manuscript Assessment 2 of 5: Emily Gale

ITEM: A report on a Children’s or YA manuscript (fiction)

DETAILS: Manuscript no longer than 80k words; can substitute with 3 picture books. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.
CV: Emily Gale was an editor of children’s books in UK for 8 years, working in-house for Penguin and Egmont, as well as freelance. She has published children’s books with Ladybird, Frederick Warne and Parragon, and a YA novel with Chicken House. Emily is currently a Reader for an Australian literary agent. See website for further details.

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223 Feedback on a Picture Book Manuscript: Chloe Killen

ITEM: Assessment of a picture book manuscript up to 600 words long.

BIO: Chloe Killen is a PhD candidate investigating creativity in the production of Australian children’s literature. Her research examines the creative process of contemporary Australian picture book authors, illustrators, agents and publishers in an attempt to demystify creativity myths. In addition to teaching into the discipline of Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle, Chloe has worked as a copy writer, editor and production assistant for television and radio, as a project co-ordinator for a writers centre, a marketing assistant for an independent record label, and a research assistant for several academics.

Chloe’s feedback is sought after by published children’s authors.

‘Chloe’s feedback is brilliant. She knows the picture book genre backwards and has an ear for rhythm and detail. Chloe’s advice is invaluable.’ Katrina Germein, Picture Book Author.

293 MS assessment – Anna Campbell

Item: Partial MS assessment – up to 50 pages (three chapters and a synopsis).

Description: Anna is offering a Partial Manuscript assessment of up to fifty pages or three chapters and a synopsis.

CV:

I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. As a result, my ideal setting ever since has involved lots of water – even if it’s just a large bathtub with me lolling around in it.

The other element in my ideal setting is lots and lots of books. I was the sort of kid who spent her childhood with her nose buried between the pages of a book. To me, the worlds I read about were at least as real and ten times as exciting as anything that happened to me in Redland Bay. I still think one of life’s finest pleasures is picking up a great book and just losing myself in it for however long it takes to finish it.

Being such an avid reader seemed naturally to morph into wanting to do what these wonderful writers did. My mother very proudly kept my grade two composition book in which I penned a heartfelt wish to become the new Enid Blyton (my obsession at that stage – my reading life has been marked by particular crazes. We won’t talk about the Dorothy Dunnett period). At least you can say I had a sense of vocation very early.
For more information please visit Anna’s website.

 

202 Critique/Historical or Modern Novel: Anna Jacobs

ITEM DETAILS: A critique of the first three chapters of a historical or modern novel – maximum 60 double-spaced pages. (Nothing gruesome, though. Anna is a wimp and it’d give her nightmares.)

CV: Anna is the author of over 50 novels and am the 7th most borrowed author of adult fiction in the UK. For more information about Anna’s novels and to read excepts visit: http://www.annajacobs.com/.

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247 Picture Book Critique/Rhyming Manuscript: Kat Apel

ITEM DETAILS: Written feedback from children’s author Kat Apel on a rhyming picture book manuscript of up to 400 words.

BIO: Kat Apel writes picture books, poetry, short chapter books, newspaper and magazine articles. Kat also looks at life through the lens of a camera.

Kat is co-founder & co-convenor of #pblitchat, the worldwide chat for those in the picture book industry. Read more at: http://picturebooksonly.wordpress.com.

Kat is the author of the junior novel ‘Fencing with Fear’ and the rhyming picture book ‘This is the Mud’.

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85 Picture book manuscript assessment/critique – Karen Collum – 1 of 2

Item: A picture book manuscript assessment/critique

Details:

Brief Bio: Optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic, Karen is passionate about books that celebrate togetherness, embrace individuality and empower each reader, no matter how small, to do their part in making the world a better place.

Karen currently lives in Brisbane with her husband, three sons, two dogs, two chickens and an upside-down swimming goldfish named Gus.

 

86 Picture book manuscript assessment/critique – Karen Collum – 2 of 2

Item: A picture book manuscript assessment/critique

Details:

Brief Bio: Optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic, Karen is passionate about books that celebrate togetherness, embrace individuality and empower each reader, no matter how small, to do their part in making the world a better place.

Karen currently lives in Brisbane with her husband, three sons, two dogs, two chickens and an upside-down swimming goldfish named Gus.

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