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IMPORTANT INFORMATION re: Appraisal of Manuscripts and Illustration Portfolios at StoryArts Festival Ipswich’s Adult’s Weekend

Appraisal of Manuscripts and Illustration Portfolios

This information will be updated as editors clarify their preferences

Look at each editor’s / publisher’s website and their bio on the StoryArts Festival ‘Presenters’ page, and the descriptions below, to help you choose the most appropriate appraiser for your work.

Manuscript Formatting and Delivery:

Format for texts:  A Word .doc

  1. Title page with:
    1. Title
    2. Author’s name
  • Editor’s name and Appraisal day and time
  1. Genre – Picture book; Mid-grade; YA; Non-fiction
  2. Intended reader age
  3. Word count of the finished work, if known
  • Author’s contact details
  1. A synopsis of about half a page (probably not essential for picture books)
  2. An author bio that is relevant to writing – about half a page.
  3. Any particular problem/question you have regarding the text, if appropriate
  4. Unless the editor specifies something different, up to 10 extra A4 pages of text, portrait format, 12pt Times Roman type font, double line-spaced, 2.5cm margins.
  5. The text should be consecutive pages of one work, starting at the beginning of the story.
  6. In the header to each page, include the Author’s Name and TITLE of the work
  7. Number the pages

 

Name the file:

IPSWICH – Editor’s Name – Appraisal day and time – AUTHOR’S NAME – STORY TITLE – GENRE

 

Send it to Peter Taylor by August 12, but preferably before:

Peter@writing-for-children.com

Ask for an email receipt of being read

 

Specifics for each editor

 

Lisa Berryman  –  HarperCollins

Happy to critique: Picture books; Mid-grade; YA

No narrative non-fiction; non-fiction; sci-fi; poetry collections; Christian

Currently acquiring: Early childhood to YA – Study the HarperCollins Australia website to get a sense of Lisa’s tastes and list.

Please send your manuscript a.s.a.p.

Illustration Portfolios: Happy to look at your portfolio on the day. Samples sent earlier will be helpful. NOTE: If it’s a collection of images as a PDF or a Zip file of more than 3MB, please add them to Dropbox or similar and provide Peter Taylor with the link along with your appraisal day and time.

 

Elaine Ouston  –  Morris Publishing

Happy to critique all genres except picture books

Illustration Portfolios: Send one sample jpeg and then bring your portfolio on the day.

Please send your work as soon as it is available, but will accept works up to August 19

 

Heather Curdie  –  Penguin Random House

Happiest to critique: Mid-grade and Picture books are preferred …but will also happily critique YA, Narrative non-fiction and Non-fiction.

Penguin Random House publishes a wide variety of genres and are always looking for new approaches, but generally does not publish poetry and rarely Christian text.

“If a picture book, I’d need the complete manuscript; for non-fiction, middle grade and YA I’d prefer 3 chapters.

It will be extremely helpful if each candidate can also add:

  • Short pitch blurb (think back cover blurb) plus a detailed synopsis, especially if Mid-grade or YA, and/or chapter breakdown & description if non-fiction.
  • Short paragraph on why this book should be published e.g. Other successful books it compares too; how it’s different/special; the market it will appeal to and why.
  • Author bio, focusing on why they would be an asset to our publishing house; how they can help make the book a success and what they’re doing to further their writing experience.”

Illustration Portfolio: “Happy to look at illustration portfolios as I’m regularly on the lookout for good illustrators for picture books. I’d prefer to see something electronically beforehand though, as well as a hardcopy portfolio on the day. Perhaps provide an illustrator bio which includes projects you’ve worked on, plus some samples of your work – could be a link to your website/blog. On the day (and preferably even beforehand) it would be good to see some children’s illustrations you’ve done, perhaps including illustrations of animals, children and adults, which demonstrates the breadth of your different styles.”

 

Ann-Marie Finn  –  Yellow Brick Books

Will critique: Picture books and Mid-grade only

No Sci-fi; poetry collections or Christian works

Acquiring: humour; quirky; fun

Illustration portfolios: If sent beforehand

Will accept work up to August 19

 

Kristina Schulz  –  UQP

Kristina will appraise YA, Mid-grade and Young readers

No picture books

 

Rochelle Manners  –  Rhiza Press and Wombat Books

Happy to critique: Picture books; Mid-grade; YA; Adult Fiction

No Erotica; no to particularly dark

Currently acquiring: Young Adult fiction, contemporary real stories

Rochelle will happily appraise Illustration portfolios

Advice for people who want to pitch work:

  • For children’s, see the Wombat Books Submissions page and watch my videos
  • For Rhiza Press, read any of our fiction to get a style of what we have liked. We are hoping to grow this list.

Please send works as soon as they are ready, but will accept them up to August 28

StoryArts Festival Ipswich FREE Family Program is now open for bookings!

Bookings are now open for our FREE Family Program!  Check out the Program, and book your tickets, HERE!

You can also find the Program below!

Sun., 3 Sep. 11:00 am

A Life of Crime
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Bearbots and Brobots tickets

Free

Mon., 4 Sep. 4:00 pm

Bearbots and Brobots
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Animal Advocacy and Animal Health tickets

Free

Mon., 4 Sep. 4:00 pm

Animal Advocacy and Animal Health
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Meet the Author: Matt Stanton tickets

Free

Mon., 4 Sep. 6:00 pm

Meet the Author: Matt Stanton
Ipswich Girls Grammar School, Ipswich
Antarctica to the Reef tickets

Free

Tue., 5 Sep. 4:00 pm

Antarctica to the Reef
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Making Mechanica tickets

Free

Tue., 5 Sep. 4:00 pm

Making Mechanica
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Escape with Jack Heath tickets

Free

Tue., 5 Sep. 6:00 pm

Escape with Jack Heath
Ipswich Grammar Sports Field, Wulkuraka
Journaling with Trace Balla tickets

Free

Wed., 6 Sep. 4:00 pm

Journaling with Trace Balla
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Minecrafting a Story tickets

Free

Thu., 7 Sep. 4:00 pm

Minecrafting a Story
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Dance, Skip, Sparkle and Twirl through Stories tickets

Free

Thu., 7 Sep. 4:00 pm

Dance, Skip, Sparkle and Twirl through Stories
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Fictionalising science: Creating science-adventures on the micro scale  tickets

Free

Thu., 7 Sep. 5:00 pm

Fictionalising science: Creating science-adventures on the micro scale
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Visual Narrative Workshop tickets

Free

Sat., 9 Sep. 9:00 am

Visual Narrative Workshop
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Amazing Stories tickets

Free

Sat., 9 Sep. 9:00 am

Amazing Stories
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
The Children Who Loved Books with Peter Carnavas tickets

Free

Sat., 9 Sep. 10:30 am

The Children Who Loved Books with Peter Carnavas
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Calligraphy Workshop with Peter Taylor tickets

Free

Sat., 9 Sep. 10:30 am

Calligraphy Workshop with Peter Taylor
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich
Harry  Potter Celebration tickets

Free

Sat., 9 Sep. 11:45 am

Harry Potter Celebration
Ipswich Libraries – Ipswich Central Branch, Ipswich

StoryArts Festival Ipswich Adults’ Weekend Bookings are Open! Don’t miss out!

Bookings for the Premier Queensland Children’s Literature Event for Adults are now open!  Read on to find out why you can not miss this event!

Peruse the Program here!

Book here!

Adult Program:
The adult program begins with a free Friends of Ipswich Libraries
(FOILS)session on Sunday 3rd September at Ipswich Central Library with Singaporean author of the Inspector Singh mysteries, Shamini Flint. This is followed by a twoday conference at the Metro Hotel 9th
– 10th September. The program is designed for Teachers, Teacher -Librarians, Librarians, emerging writers and illustrators, readers and anyone with an interest in children’s literature. It is an opportunity to mingle with the writers and illustrators on an informal basis. Sessions will be both hands on and presentation style. All sessions are limited in number so book early to ensure a place.  Manuscript appraisals are available for full day attendees with Lisa Berryman – HarperCollins,
Heather Curdie – Penguin, Rochelle Manners – Wombat Books, Ann -Marie Finn – Yellow Brick Books, Elaine Ouston – Morris Publishing.
A formal dinner on a Steampunk theme will be held on the Saturday night.

Book Links & StoryArts present an exciting Writing Competition for children aged 10-14!

 

Write a story based on the 2017 Book Week theme  Escape to Everywhere

Competitions for 10-12 and 13-14 year olds

Do you like writing stories?

Enter the Book Links Writing Competition!

Winners will be announced at the StoryArts Festival Ipswich at a
free public session with Jack Heath on Tuesday 5th September
at Ipswich Grammar School, Darling St, Ipswich commencing at 6pm

Looking for inspiration and some ideas?

Suggested Reading:
300 minutes of Danger by Jack Heath,
The Cut Out by Jack Heath
Escape to the Moon Islands series by Mardi McConnochie

Then:
Write a story on an escape theme.  (Limit of 2000 words)

Prizes: $100 First and $50 second,  Books signed by Jack Heath and a photo shoot with him if you can come to Ipswich 5 September, an option for the winning entries to be published online on the Book Links website.

Send your entries to: Book Links Qld Inc., C/- QWC, PO BOX 3488, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101 or email to info@booklinks.org.au by 1 August 2017

Have fun!

Include: name, address and age of entrant, email address and phone number

StoryArts bookings are open – BOOK NOW!

Register your request for a booking for your school  for StoryArts 2017 NOW!  Bookings close on Friday, June 23!

click HERE to book!

And, if you’ve somehow not yet seen our phenomenal Schools Program, click HERE!

Come and enjoy the ultimate Children’s Literature Event held in Queensland!  Your students will be able to hear from, meet, and be inspired by the likes of Tanya Batt, Shamini Flint, Lance Balchin, James Foley – and the play for “My Dead Bunny”, Matt Stanton, an Exhibition of Narelle Oliver’s Illustrated and Written Gifts to Children’s Literature, and so much more!

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Social Media & StoryArts – please get involved!

Blogging, and Social Media, at StoryArts Festival 101

Social Media Accounts:

StoryArts Festival is moving with the times, and we now have an active presence on Social Media.  And we would love for you to join in.  The more the merrier as they say.

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/StoryArtsFestivalIpswich?ref=br_rs

Twitter – @StoryArtsFest

Instagram – @StoryArtsFestivalIpswich

YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCds9DTv5Y8ZQ1FJ6U0z5jzA

***to the StoryArts Blogging Team, please read all the way to the bottom of this post.  And if you are not on the team, feel free to read the instructions and submit as per instructions***

Hashtags:

Please use the following StoryArts hashtags and tags.  Please also feel free to also hashtag and tag your favourite author, illustrator, presenter, or book.

You can also tag us on Social Media, as well as your favourite author, illustrator, or presenter.  Just search for them on the Social Media Platforms that you use.

 

Twitter:

#StoryArts15

#SAFIillustratorbattle

@StoryArtsFest

 

Facebook:

#StoryArts15

#SAFIillustratorbattle

 

Instagram:

#StoryArts15

#SAFIillustratorbattle

@StoryArtsFestivalIpswich

 

Photos:

No photos are to be taken of children, unless it is of their heads, from behind a large group, with no identifiable children in the picture.  Pictures of authors and/or illustrators with their books are the ultimate pictures.  However, pictures of presenters working their magic are also great.

 

Text:

Feel free to do a ‘write up’ of any session you attend or present.  Technical edits will be done on your submissions.

 

Send to:

Please send all blog submissions to: storyartsfestivalipswich@gmail.com

And if you can, please let Sam S know about it.

 

Publication:

There is no guarantee that your submission will be published as there are editorial guidelines that must be adhered to.  However, we welcome submissions aplenty.