Mentors – Childrens’ and YA Fiction

Greg Bastian is well-established author of young adult novels, an experienced teacher and popular mentor. His manuscript assessments, editors’ reports and mentorships are always comprehensive and can include structural and dramatic elements of a work as well as nitty-gritty style issues such as syntax, voice, setting and punctuation.

Greg is available to work in person as well as via email.

Brian Cook owns and operates the Manuscript Appraisal Agency. He has been involved in publishing for over 33 years and much of that time has been spent with a focus on books for children and young people. As Children’s Publisher at HarperCollins he led the development of the HarperCollins children’s list. He has had years of experience in the international market place in sales and acquisition of both adult and children’s books.

Kate Forsyth has published more than twenty books for both adult and children, which have been published in thirteen different countries, including Russia, Japan, Italy, Spain, Poland and Indonesia. She has taught creative writing from primary to tertiary levels for over ten years, including ‘Writing for Children’ at Sydney University, and has run writing retreats in Fiji and Greece. She mentors for the ASA Mentorship Program, and for the NSW Writers’ Centre and the Central West Writers’ Group.

Kate is only available to work via email.

Margaret Hamilton AM has been a librarian, bookseller and publisher. In 1987 she left her position as Publishing Director at Hodder & Stoughton Australia to establish Margaret Hamilton Books, which developed an international reputation for quality children’s books and won many awards, both in Australia and overseas. The company became a division of Scholastic Australia in 1996 and Margaret retired from full-time publishing in 2001. Margaret now provides publishing services on a freelance basis. She also reviews children’s books, conducts consultations and mentorships with authors and illustrators and runs regular courses on Creating Children’s Picture Books at Pinerolo, The Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

Margaret is available to work in person as well as via email.

Mark Macleod is well known as an award-winning publisher and speaker. For many years he co-ordinated undergraduate and postgraduate courses in contemporary literature at Macquarie University. He was Children’s Publishing Director at Random House Australia for ten years and then published books for adults and young readers under his own name imprint at Hodder Headline Australia for over five years. In 2001, he won the Children’s Book Council’s Lady Cutler Award and in 2003 the Australian Publishers Association Pixie O’Harris Award for services to children’s literature. In 2004 he was Project Manager of the ABC’s “My Favourite Book” and in 2005 worked for Omnibus Books and the University of Newcastle. He was National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2005-2006 and works as a freelance editor, television production consultant and speaker.

Nicola O’Shea has been working as a book editor in Australian publishing since 1995. She worked in-house at HarperCollins Publishers for many years; and as a freelance editor now works for a range of publishers including HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Allen & Unwin, Random House, Hachette Australia. She also teaches editing at UTS and Sydney University. She edits both adult and children’s/YA fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction.

Nicola is available to work in person as well as via phone or email.

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