Kate Wenban

Kate Wenban – Editor

Children's fiction editor with over ten years industry experience with Scholastic, Disney and Marvel.

Overview

I am an editor at Australia's top children's book publisher, Scholastic Australia. I focus on early reader and middle grade illustrated fiction, but have also worked on YA titles and picture books. With over ten years of industry experience, I am skilled in all areas of editing from manuscript assessment and developmental, to copyediting and proofreading.


Please note that I am currently unavailable to assess or copyedit manuscripts longer than 15000 words. Just basic proofreading for these long ones!

Services
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Mystery & Crime Picture Books
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Scholastic Australia

Oct, 2010 — Present

Currently editing and project managing young readers and middle-grade fiction, often heavily illustrated. Experienced in all areas of editing - manuscript assessment, developmental, structural, line editing, copyediting and proofreading. Assist publisher with commissioning new authors and illustrators. Collaborate with publishing and editorial teams on researching and pitching new titles/series/creators. Work closely with designers and illustrators on internals layout and cover design.

Key titles: Ella Diaries series, Olivia Secret Scribbles, Ella and Olivia, LIARS, Minutes of Danger, Cowboy and Birdbrain, Pixel Raiders, Daring Delly, Fartboy.

Previously wrote, edited and project managed various licensed product titles including properties/licenses such as Marvel, Disney, May Gibbs, Star Wars, DC Comics, Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, Hello Kitty and more.

Allen and Unwin

Oct, 2009 — Oct, 2010 (about 1 year)

Prepare hard copy and electronic marketing materials, update websites and assist Children's Director with general administrative tasks. Key tasks: writing marketing copy, designing animated gifs, working in photoshop and InDesign.

Lexis Nexis

Mar, 2008 — Oct, 2009 (over 1 year)

Publishing Editor for the authorised version of the ASX rulebooks, Australian Consumer Credit Law, Law of Superannuation Australia, Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime. SGML and XML coding for online and hardcopy legal publications.

Portfolio

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Firefly Night

Collins, Alison

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Everyone thinks Martin is the tidiest boy in town. They don’t know that he is also Fartboy—the STINKIEST super hero EVER . . .A disgustingly evil villain known as Madam Wax is terrorising Spar... read more
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"Martin Kennedy is the tidiest boy in the world’s tidiest town. Martin is so neat and clean that he has never ever farted–UNTIL NOW...A freak accident dooms Martin to a dreadful destiny of bak... read more
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One kidnapping. One cold case. Two amateur investigators. Only 48 hours to solve the crime... Jazz’s best friend Anika has been kidnapped! She can’t call the cops, so Jazz forges a shaky truce... read more
Copy Editing
Jarli has lost a day. His missing memories may reveal the identity of Viper—who just announced a plan to DESTROY the town of Kelton. Meanwhile, Doug is trapped in Viper’s hidden prison. He’s b... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Lockdown

Jack Heath

ARMED MERCENARIES invade a hospital and start taking hostages. Some school students barricade themselves in a surgical theatre. But the mercenaries are HUNTING an injured man... and he’s in th... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
A robot battle turns sinister when Jarli is approached by government agents. They want him to use his lie-detector app to prove the defence minister is telling the truth. The minister may not ... read more
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Kelton was the perfect hiding place. Until now... A plane crash destroys a house in Kelton. The cause of the accident is a mystery and all the passengers are missing. Jarli has been lying low ... read more
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Cal's life is finally getting back to normal. He's living back at home with his mum and Gabbi, but the paparazzi still follow him everywhere. One night, Cal hosts a midnight movie marathon wit... read more
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Vicious thieves smash a cursed Medusa statue and steal the supercomputer Sapphire in a terrifying museum raid. Jazz and Phoenix are first on the scene and they soon find themselves in the midst of a dangerous mystery. Their friend and museum owner, Dr Zhang, i... read more
10 stories. 10 dangerous situations. 10 brave kids. 30 minutes to escape. George is trapped in a falling aeroplane with no engine and no pilot. Milla is covered with radioactive waste and her hazard suit is running out of air. Otto is in the darkest depths of ... read more
THE TRUTH APP is the latest craze in the town of Kelton. It listens to everyone around you and tells you if they're lying. When the app goes viral, its teenage creator, Jarli, becomes famous o... read more
Copy Editing

Kate has 11 reviews

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Emily S.

Emily S.

Feb, 2024

Kate did a fantastic job working with me on a children’s picture book. Her suggestions were a fit for my story structure and theme. She was prompt, responsive and all round professional. Will definitely be back!
Kate W.
Thanks, Emily! I really enjoyed working on your story. Hope we can work together again!
Emily B.

Emily B.

Jun, 2023

Exceeded expectations. First time hiring someone and I was so impressed. Thank you Kate
Kate D.

Kate D.

Sep, 2021

Amazing as always!
Bob Z.

Bob Z.

May, 2021

Kate is my Platonic ideal of what an editor should’ve and do. She gets into my children’s stories in great depth, uncovering aspects of it I didn’t recognize and making astute recommendations about how to strengthen those aspects. I know I will ask Kate for help on my next children’s book. And I’m confident she’ll continue to come back at me with salient, perceptive suggestions to improve it. ...
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Kate W.
Thank you, Bob! You have such a clean writing style, that it's easy to see the potential of each manuscript, and a pleasure and privilege to help you get to the next stage. Looking forward to our n...
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Kate D.

Kate D.

Nov, 2020

Kate is amazing! This was my third time working with her. She is brilliant in what she does - professional, understanding, thorough and so much more. My story has improved greatly because of her expertise and encouragement. It's such an enjoyable experience working with Kate!

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