62: Written feedback on a picture book manuscript + signed copy of MY DAD THINKS HE’S FUNNY by Katrina GermeinPosted: March 13, 2011
DETAILS: Katrina will consider the overall feeling, shape, rhythm and flow of the story and comment honestly about the, tone, clarity and emotional impact of the writing. She will outline what she believes are the strengths of the work and make constructive suggestions about ways to improve the text. The report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript.
Fondly told from the point of view of a child My Dad Thinks He’s Funny is about a father with a joke for every occasion. Packed full of everyone’s favourite, familiar ‘dad jokes’ My Dad Thinks He’s Funny will make you roll your eyes and laugh out loud. Illustrated by Tom Jellett and published by Black Dog Books My Dad Thinks He’s Funny is currently shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards.
BIO: Australian 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 a 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 its launch. Katrina’s sixth trade title ‘Somebody’s House’ is contracted to Walker Books. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. You can find out more at www.katrinagermein.com
DETAILS: “Molog the Frog”, “Ornella the Owl”, “Trog the Book Frog” and “When Mackenzie Met Matilda”.
BIO: I am an Artist/Author/Illustrator living in the thriving rural community of Goondiwindi. My principal mediums are acrylics, pastels, charcoal, mixed media and clay.
As a former teacher, I am passionate about fostering early literacy skills in young children. More information on these can be found on my web site at www.lynellezitawestlake.com.au
BIO: I am a children’s book specialist who worked for seven years in editorial departments in the United States. I now teaching writing for children at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in Roehampton University in London. I also offer freelance editorial services. Recently, I’ve had two clients long-listed and short-listed for the Chicken House Competition, one signed by an agent, and another has had her book requested by OUP. Please see my website (www.lauraatkins.com) and blog (www.lauraatkins.com/newblog) for more information.
BIO: Lee Carr was born and raised in America’s midwest and has been living in Europe for many years. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing before acquiring a variety of professional experiences including creating marketing campaigns (web, print and radio), web design work, working in bookshops and a lot of editorial freelance work. Her freelance work includes proofreading, sub-editing, copywriting, acting as production editor, acting as commissioning editor, and writing articles and book reviews for various publications, from Ink to Elle.
Lee is represented by the Transatlantic Literary Agency and has been a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for several years. Through the SCBWI she has organized and attended professional events with well-known artists and illustrators to complement her growth as a writer. She truly enjoys creating stories for children and her first picture book, Monster Baby, will be published by Random House in April 2011.
ITEM: A line-by-line picture book critique (1500 words max) and editorial letter similar to what one would receive from a major publisher.
DETAILS: In the letter, I’ll highlight the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, and ask the author questions designed to guide them in their revision. I’ll have feedback for the winning author within one week of receipt of manuscript.
BIO: Tracy Marchini is a freelance writer and editorial consultant. Before launching her own editorial service, she worked for Curtis Brown, Ltd. for four years. She has also been a newspaper correspondent for The Taconic Press, children’s book reviewer for BookPage and freelance copywriter for Scholastic.
Tracy has been accepted for publication in Highlights Magazine and is the recipient of a partial grant for an October, 2010 Highlights Founder’s Workshop, a barter at the La Muse writer’s retreat in Southern France for July/August 2010, and a 2006 Puffin Grant to write a non-fiction picture book on Queen Lili’uokalani.