Elise JonesRevise, Revise, Revise:
Honing and submitting your children's book, and what to expect from an editor

with Elise Jones + guest author Kim Kane

Allen & Unwin
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Course fee: $295

Editing is 'honing' for me - paring back and disguising the labour so that what's left seems effortless. Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children's Laureate 2016-2017

A great editor makes you a better version of yourself. The writer that I am on the bookshelves is not the writer I am at home – I only become that Bookshelf Writer through my editor's intervention. (If the world was a fairer place, the editor's name would be on the front cover, right alongside the author.) Gabrielle Williams, multi-award-winning YA author

This one-day workshop for aspiring authors will reveal how crucial the editing process is to your manuscript, both prior to submission and after you secure a publishing deal.

Led by Elise Jones, a Senior Editor of books for children and young adults at Allen & Unwin, the day will provide you with skills you can apply to your writing to give yourself the best possible chance of publication, as well as empowering you with an understanding of what you can expect from a professional editor. The course will focus on picture books, junior fiction and young adult fiction, and will also offer the opportunity to discuss the author-editor relationship with an experienced children's book author.

Topics covered will include:
- Submission tips, pitching your work, and what publishers are looking for
- An overview of the editor's role – what editing is all about; what to expect from an editor
- Structural editing – what it entails, common pitfalls, examples
- Copyediting – what it entails, common pitfalls, examples
- A published author's perspective – discussion with award-winning children's book author Kim Kane

The workshop will include:
• A full day of intensive tuition from 10 am to 4 pm
• Morning and afternoon tea
• A 10% discount on full-priced books purchased at any Readings shop - the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)

This masterclass is limited to 15 students. Book soon to avoid disappointment.


Student feedback from 2016

'Elise is so lovely. She made the editing process seem much less scary.'

'Elise was so wonderfully approachable and covered the author/editor relationship in such honest detail... She made the whole "getting published" thing feel so much more approachable!'

If you are interested in the state of the market and children's publishing generally then why not also consider our one-day course Getting Published as a Writer for Children. This course will run later in the year so register your interest now.

Here is feedback from a student who did both children's writing courses in 2016:

'I recommend both Revise, Revise, Revise and Getting Published as a Writer for Children. To distinguish between the two courses I'd say Revise involves preparing your work for submission while Getting Published is the process to pitch your work. So Revise is step 1 and Getting Published is step 2, if you like.

Revise provided some great insight into the details. I especially liked the look into the editing process Elise provided. This was helpful in setting writer expectations about polishing your work, and the practical examples gave a great understanding in how the writer's work can change, even when it's made it to the publisher.

Getting Published was less about the nuts and bolts and more about the bigger picture - the shape of the current market and pipeline, with the exception of the pitch. The practical pitching exercise with Susannah was very beneficial, especially for newbies like me, who'd never pitched their work to a professional. It was also wonderful to hear the way other writer's market their work.

There was some overlap around pitching your work, but given that might be the nexus of the two courses, that's understandable. Also, I didn't mind hearing some of it twice as it takes a while for information to climb the stairs to my brain.

Other advantages of the Faber courses are: i) Meeting professionals from a publisher and seeing they aren't big purple monsters that never say 'yes' :) ; ii) hearing the journey from authors whose work has been accepted; iii) being in the environment of creative people experiencing similar dreams and challenges; and iv) hearing about their wonderful creations.

How do I feel when I leave a Faber course? Like going on a hike, thinking you might see the summit around the next corner, but just seeing another corner, and all you can do is smile and know you're a few steps closer.' Tim Hall, Academy Alumni


About the Tutor

Elise JonesElise Jones is a Senior Editor of books for children and young adults. She has worked at Allen & Unwin, Australia's biggest independent publisher, in one capacity or another since 2000, first assessing manuscripts and managing the submissions, then as an editor for the past ten years. Elise was the 2009 winner, with author Kim Kane, of the FAW Barbara Ramsden National Award for Excellence in Editing. In 2010, Elise judged the Young Adult Short Story and Young Adult Novel categories of the Aurealis Awards. She has served on the Rationalist Society of Australia Board, the Express Media Board and the RMIT Committee Board, has contributed (modestly) to the organisation of the Homecooked Comics Festival since its inception, and completed the Residential Editorial Program at Varuna, the National Writers' House, in 2014. In 2016 Elise was a speaker at the Australian Comic Arts Festival in Canberra and KidLitVic in Melbourne.

Elise works with some of Australia's best-known and best-loved children's book authors and illustrators, including Leigh Hobbs, Roland Harvey, Freya Blackwood, Libby Gleeson, Andrew Joyner, Trace Balla, Craig Smith, Sofie Laguna, Elise Hurst, Kim Kane, Gabrielle Williams, Michael Camilleri, Mac Park and many more. She is also Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin's Melbourne Manager.

Kim KaneAbout the Guest Lecturer

Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for 'a writer, a dancer or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law. Kim's picture books have all been notable or shortlisted in the CBCA Awards. Awards for her novels include Inky and Davitt shortlistings, a WA Premier's Book Awards honorary mention, and winning the Barbara Ramsden Award. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne. She writes whenever and wherever she can.


How to Apply

To secure your booking, please complete the application form and email it to faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com

or send by post to
Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, PO Box 8500, St Leonards NSW 1590

 

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy:
faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com or (02) 8425 0171