I began my editorial career as one of the managing editors of a peer-reviewed postgraduate journal for the Arts, called Philament. I've since moved on to children's publishing, where I have been for nearing 7 years. I was Children's Editor at Scholastic Press and Omnibus Books for over four years, before moving over to Allen & Unwin, one of Australia's leading independent trade publishers. I specialise in manuscript assessment, structural editing, development editing and copy-editing fiction from picture books to adult novels.
Everything we write has meaning to us, but publishing is a tough business. It's hard to step back from our own writing to decide whether it's ready to share with the world, so it's important to let someone with industry experience and knowledge of current trends to help you assess your work and present it with your best foot forward.
Books need a beginning, middle and an end. The end could be in the beginning. the beginning could be at the end, but whatever combination of the three parts, I can help you map the ins and outs of your writing to showcase it as the best it can possibly be.
A story always needs to go somewhere and a reader needs to care where it's going. A good story needs a strong narrative arc, character development and identifiable themes to keep those pages turning.
From award-winning creator of PIG THE PUG (9781407154985) comes a brand new tale about the world's greediest pug. Pig the Pug is back and this time he is telling great big lies. From shattered vases to stinky parps, when Pig gets into trouble he always blames his long-suffering friend, Trevor. But when Pig comes up with a super sneaky plan to steal all of the tasty treats he pays the price for... read more
Karanda Hooke doesn’t need anybody or anything. On her way to her sixth foster home, a crash leaves her stranded in the outback with only a backpack, a bottle of water and a stained picture of the mother she hasn’t seen in years. This is her chance to escape her old life. There’s only one thing in her way . . . eight-year-old Solomon.
Tell your lord to beware; the wolves smell danger in the wind...Wolfhaven Castle has been attacked, and only four escape capture... Tom, trained to scrub pots, not fight; Elanor, the lord's daughter; Sebastian, a knight in training; and Quinn, the witch's apprentice.Somehow, if they are to save their people, these unlikely heroes must find four magical beasts from legend and awaken the sleepin... read more
Hunted by Lord Mortlake, Tom, Quinn, Elanor and Sebastian flee for cover. The unicorn leads them into the darkness of the Witchwood where the wolves howl. In the ancient wood, the four children meet the mysterious blind witch Wilda. She seems to help them on their quest, but can she be trusted? Danger surrounds, but there’s no time to lose. The four unlikely heroes must find the griffin, drago... read more
After escaping the bog-men in the wilds of the Witchwood, Sebastian, Quinn, Elanor and Tom journey south on their impossible quest. Sebastian and Elanor seek help from Crowthorne Castle, but both allies and enemies will reveal themselves. Tom and Quinn venture into the mysterious moors...where a hideous beast lies waiting.
Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have found a dragon and conquered the dreaded Beast of Blackmoor Bog. Only one item remains on their impossible quest—the scale of a sea-serpent. Now they must journey to the drowned kingdom, where they will face their deadliest challenge yet. And there they will uncover the truth behind all that has happened . . . the truth that will change everything.
Do not lose faith. Remember the words of the story, remember the words of the spell... Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have defeated the black witch Githa and found the last crucial piece of the prophecy — the sea serpent’s scale. Back now at Wolfhaven, they search desperately through the castle crypts for the sleeping heroes, who they hope will save them all ... before the dark moon rises an... read more
Weir?s back and SUPER weird! And guess what? FiDo the sausage-dog is SUPER weird too. Perfect! Dad?s training to become a firefighter, while Weir?s busy with Pet Day! Will FiDo and Blockhead freeze-up or find fame? It won?t be easy . . . but it will be funny!
Weir’s back and TOTALLY WEIRD! The Camp Kangaroo Challenge is on, and Weir’s team is up against Bella and the new kid, who has the coolest name ever . . . HANS SOME! Yep, that’s really his name! Weir Do vs Hans Some! It won’t be easy . . . but it will be funny!
Whatever is coming, we’ll face it together, as a family. As long as we’re together, we'll be okay. For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate the Sabbath. But when the Germans march into Warsaw with their campaign of hatred against the Jews, Miri and he... read more
Pip has one clue about the whereabouts of her birth mother, Cass - an old postcard from Beautiful Byron Bay. She's been settled with the Brownings, who are planning to adopt her-at least, that's until Pip gets into trouble once again! Now, Pip is sure she won't find a home with the Brownings. There's only one place she might belong, and that's with her mother. With her faithful hound Houdini b... read more
I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think - I hardly knew my parents.Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons - and no adventures, thank you very much.... read more
Amy's family is speedy! They are always in such a rush that there is no time to talk or play - until the afternoon Amy brings home a sloth. Then things start changing very, very slowly ...A timely tale about enjoying the little things in life from award-winning author Margaret Wild.
"Today. Is. Dinosaur. Day!" I roared. "Today is Aunt Daisy's wedding," said Mum. "And Nellie, you're the flower girl, remember?""But I can't be a flower girl today," I said. "I'm a dinosaur."Mum, Dad and baby Riley are all busy getting ready for Aunt Daisy's wedding and no one has time to listen to Nellie. But Nellie can't wear her flower girl dress today. Today, she's a dinosaur.Luckily Nelli... read more
A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together have devised a plan that will rebuild Ruina to its former glory.But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn't mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they a... read more
Dear Best Friend,I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.Sincerely,Ava Helmer(that brunette who won't leave you aloneWe're still in the same room, you weirdo.Stop crying.GSo begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heart... read more
Once more, Annalie, Will, Essie and Pod set out on the Sunfish to look for Spinner - their only clue a coded list Spinner left behind, naming four scientists who were once his colleagues on a top-secret project.When a terrible storm separates the crew and almost wrecks the boat, Will and Essie must use all their courage and ingenuity to try and make their way back to the others. Meanwhile, Pod... read more
Annalie and Will's father, Spinner, is still on the run from the Admiralty. With their friends, Essie and Pod, and the talking parrot, Graham, their journey has taken them through dangerous waters, ferocious storms and marooned on abandoned islands. They've come heartbreakingly close to Spinner, only to be driven apart once again by their old nemesis, Beckett. While the Sunfishcrew loses preci... read more
Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her. Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, Rhys Lindstrom who just landed planetside. Is he her way out – or guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive? But... read more
IT'S ROMEO AND JULIET MEETS MAD MAX MEETS X-MEN, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BLADE RUNNER CHEERING FROM THE SIDELINESOn an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble-she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's o... read more
There are a lot of rules that don't interest Lemonade Jones. No running in the classroom, not even in an emergency. Dangerous animals should be in cages. No biting. (Not even your worst enemy.)But it's especially hard to stick to the rules when you're making life loud and exciting. And Lemonade Jones likes it when loud and exciting things happen.Two delightful stories about Lemonade Jones - a ... read more
In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute - and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don't ever have to... read more
We are the last of our kind. We will not fade into the dark. We will tell our story to the stars - we will be Undying.When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo massive environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, the Undying's former home planet... read more
This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it.Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-coloured stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father's paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot amongst the trees ... read more
Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia's violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces. But it's not only Em who is upset by Olivia's increased violence. Other members of the Ruin... read more
Something very bad has happened to Alice Toolie. Her secret diary has been read by her worst enemy - Jimmy Cook. It's war! Until Ms Fennel decides that Alice and Jimmy need to make peace and become pen pals for the term.And it works. Before long, Alice and Jimmy are planning to make billions of dollars for the school fete - and with a captured ghost and jars full of unicorn vomit, it's sure to... read more
I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Timothy his imaginary pet eagle. He was scared.'Whatever you do,' I said to Davey on the walk to school, 'Do not tell people about your eagle. Do not tell Miss Schweitzer about your eagle.'He looked crestfallen. His shoulders slumped. He looked to make sure Timothy hadn't fallen off.Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who ... read more
In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she hold on to this feeling in a world where music is forbidden? A lyrical fable-like story by the well-kn... read more
Small Panda has lost his bottom. It was there when he went to sleep but now it has disappeared.He searches high and low, and finds stripy bums, pink butts, feathery derrieres. 'Are you my bottom?' he asks, but none of these bottoms are his. Finally, he spots a furry bum which just has to be his - but the answer is surprising!A cheeky story for anyone who has ever left something behind.
There's a baddie running through this book, Turn the pages; have a look. There he goes, did you see? Sound your siren, chase with me.Kids, watch out! A baddie is on the loose and only you can catch him. But this baddie is very sneaky. He's going to have you looking for him everywhere...up and down, and around and around...until the very last page!
To all the Saint-Claires, you are hereby invitedTo join me this Sunday, I'd be most delighted!Dress in your best for a Royal Mouse Ball I'll open the palace for mice, one and all!'Queen Julie S. Cheeser has invited the entire village to her glamorous Royal Ball, but not one mouse can attend. What is she to do? Luckily, the Sisters Saint-Claire have a thrifty idea ... or two!A delightful rhymin... read more
I was taken by Whisperers at 2pm, so I never pulled the lever for the laundry chute.That's what bothered me most. This is way ahead in the story, though. A lot happened before that.The town of Spindrift is frequented by pirates, Shadow Mages and charlatans. It's also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite... read more
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