Pow-Wow with a Publishing Pro
SCBWI Queensland is pleased to offer Editorial Appraisals at our StoryCraft State Conference. Sit down for fifteen minutes with one of our special guests to discuss a sample of your work.
Conference attendees are invited to submit ten pages of your writing + short synopsis / OR one picture book text / OR samples from your illustration portfolio.
Illustrators, please note: we have earmarked a limited number of spots for portfolio assessments with the two publishing professionals who elected to see them. If these do not sell out by early Oct, they will be opened to MS appraisal slots.
For information about booking and submitting writing samples, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Five Superstars of the Aussie Kidlit Scene
We have a selection of sought-after professionals to meet with.
Lisa Berryman – MS (manuscript) & PF (portfolio)
Lisa Berryman has been the children’s publisher at HarperCollins Publishers Australia for nineteen years and publishes a wide range of titles from picture books to young adult titles. Lisa has also worked in children’s television at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and taught Editing and Publishing at RMIT in Melbourne.
Her authors include award-winning author and Children’s Laureate Jackie French, and Graeme Base, Rod Clement, Sue deGennaro, Emily Rodda, Susanne Gervay, Alison Goodman, Sheryl Gwyther, Kate Knapp, James Moloney, Jen Storer, Gabrielle Tozer and Mitch Vane. Plus the estates of May Gibbs, Norman Lindsay, Ruth Park and Dorothy Wall.
Following HarperCollins Publishers acquisition of Working Title Press, Lisa also now looks after that list and its many talented authors and illustrators.
Lisa is not interested in seeing high-concept science fiction or fantasy.
Kristina Schulz – MS
Kristina has worked as an editor and publisher for over twenty years in Brisbane, Sydney, New York and London. Most recently she was the Children’s and Young Adult Publisher at the University of Queensland Press (UQP) working with both Australian and international authors.
Kristina has spoken at writers’ festivals and conferences, contributed to industry boards and panels, judged writers’ prizes, and has helped authors and illustrators at pitching sessions and with manuscript feedback, structural work, editing and mentoring. She loves working with Australian voices and is always drawn to books with strong themes and stories with heart. She is passionate about getting books into the hands of readers and would love to see a teacher librarian in every school around the country.
Over the years, she has been lucky enough to work with many award-winning and best-selling authors including Claire Zorn, Peter Carnavas, Samantha Wheeler, Rebecca Sparrow, Steven Herrick, Nick Earls, Nova Weetman, Linda Sue Park, Pip Harry, Megan Daley and many more.
Kristy Bushnell – MS & PF
Kristy Bushnell has worked in publishing for more than a decade. Since 2017, Kristy has been operating as a freelance editor after previously working in-house at UQP. Her clients include Omnibus Books, Australian Standing Orders, Scholastic Press, Allen & Unwin, UQP, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Independent Ink as well as independent clients. Specialising in children’s and young adult literature, she has extensive experience in structural editing, copy editing, proofreading and assessments, and provides carefully considered and encouraging editorial advice to assist writers and publishers to achieve their aims.
Kristy has had the pleasure of working with award-winning authors and illustrators such as Peter Carnavas, Brian Falkner, Rosanne Hawke, Steven Herrick, Tamsin Janu, Lucia Mascuillo and Claire Zorn. She has arts and education degrees and a graduate certificate in writing, editing and publishing, and was selected for the 2017 Australian Publishers Association Residential Editorial Program.
Justine Barker – MS & PF
Justine Barker is an agent at Mayfair Literary Agency. Her clients include Michelle Worthington, Yvonne Mes and Emma Middleton. Mayfair Literary Agency opened in 2018 and is Australia’s first and only literary agency dedicated exclusively to children’s and young adults’ fiction.
Mayfair’s vision is to discover exceptional authors and cultivate best-selling, long term writing careers.
Prior to becoming an agent, Justine was a solicitor. Justine spent most of her legal career working in government. She loves contract and has worked as a commercial lawyer and also a contracts advisor in the procurement department (e.g. drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial contracts).
Justine is particularly interested in author-illustrators and illustrations for junior fiction.
Susanne Gervay – MS
As Regional Advisor of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, Susanne is dedicated to fostering the talent of children’s writers and illustrators.
She was awarded the Order of Australia for children’s literature and nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The International Literacy Association acknowledged her body of work on social justice for children with the Lifetime Literature Award.
Her awards include the University of Technology Alumni Excellence Award, Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature, Winner of The Society of Women Children’s and Young Adult Biennial Book Awards, Notable Awards from Children’s Book Council Australia, winner of Family Therapy Children’s Book Award and others.
Editorial Appointments are open ONLY to attendees of the StoryCraft – SCBWI QLD State Conference. One appointment booking per person. Closer to 10 November, we will open up remaining slots for purchase, so please watch our social media channels for news!
9 October: Breaking News!
Attendees who wish to may now purchase additional appointments.
Fifteen-minute appointments cost $80 and are non-transferrable. Please see the Ts & Cs below.
Booking Your Appointment on Trybooking
Go to the Trybooking link below. Scroll through the available time slots and choose the one you wish to take. You can look at the conference program here to help you decide when you’d like to book.
Please take note: appointments marked MS (manuscript) are for writers while PF (portfolio) appointments are for illustrators. Please check to make sure you pick a publishing professional who’s open to view portfolios.
You will receive follow-up emails from Trybooking with important information and your ticket. Please keep this where you can find it. The Order Summary email has a clickable button marked “Ticket”. By clicking this you can find who you booked with and the time of your appointment.
Submitting Your Material
Writers may submit ten (10) pages of fiction or non-fiction OR one (1) picture book text.
After the cover page of your manuscript include a brief synopsis of the work (maximum 200 words or as close as you can, please) if required. When you book your appointment, you will receive a follow-up email which will include a link to Jotforms, which allows you to submit your materials. Written materials must be submitted by
4 OCTOBER 15 OCTOBER. (Extended to benefit late bookings)
To clarify, please submit:
- Manuscript sample up to 10 pages, not including the cover page and short synopsis page (i.e. 12 pages in total)
- Or one picture book text that includes a cover page.
Illustrators need not submit materials before the conference. Bring your portfolio on the day.
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Terms & Conditions
SCBWI (ABN 66553379593) is a not-for-profit volunteer-run organisation, and all proceeds from these tickets are committed to event expenses. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds, and editor appraisal tickets are non-transferable.
For further information about this event, please contact SCBWI-Qld.