Mentors – Editor Mentors

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.

Laura Daniel has been involved in writing, editing, and other aspects of publishing on and off for more than forty years, since 1968, and has worked with a wide variety of material. Writing under various names, she has authored books and articles on history, social and cultural issues, nature, and travel, and has contributed to several encyclopaedias and partworks, writing in a range of genres and on a wide range of subjects including nature, history, philosophy, religion, cooking, and a plethora of trivia. As an editor and mentor in manuscript development, she has worked on both fiction and non-fiction books and magazine articles. In fiction, she has worked across many genres from romance through adventure to religious and philosophical fiction.

Laura is available to work in person as well as via email and Skype.

Diana Giese has worked for publishers large and small, including Macmillan, Oxford University Press, HarperEducational and Brandl & Schlesinger, in Australia and overseas. She has collaborated with many writers to help them develop their best possible work, and produced and promoted prize-winners and excellent sellers. She is the author of six books, including Astronauts, Lost Souls and Dragons (University of Queensland Press), Beyond Chinatown (National Library of Australia) and A better place to live (Freshwater Bay Press). She has also worked as a literary journalist for major newspapers and ABC radio, and served on writers’ festival and prize committees. Two recent mentorees will have their books published in late 2013. Diana is ready to help you write, produce and market memoirs, fiction and history, across a table or via phone and email, from Sydney.

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

Catherine Hammond earned a Masters Degree in literature and creative writing (Boston) and a MA in philosophy (Fordham, New York), and taught English literature, creative writing and philosophical psychology in both Boston and Sydney, in tertiary institutes. She has authored two high school texts, a book of short stories, a biography and a public speaking aid. She edited and contributed to a breakthrough work entitled, Creation Spirituality and the Dreamtime (Millennium, Sydney). As a freelance editor, she now assesses manuscripts and edits for both publishers and individual writers, and has been a mentor at the NSW Writers’ Centre for several years, also conducting courses at the Centre. Catherine is a frequent speaker at various workshops and writers’ groups, focusing in the past year on opportunities in online and e-publishing.

Catherine is available to work in person as well as via phone, email and Skype.

Louise Wareham Leonard welcomes writers of literary and commercial prose. Her two novels are Since You Ask (Akashic Books, New York 2004) and Miss Me A Lot ( July 2007, Victoria University Press, New Zealand). Her third book, Endnotes, a work of creative non-fiction about love, suicide and survival, is represented by Toby Eady Associates in the U.K. Louise has lived in Sydney, Brisbane and outback Western Australia and is now based in New York. She has won various awards, including America’s James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel. She was also short-listed for Australasia’s largest literary prize, the 2008 Prize in Modern Letters. Louise’s work is most often praised for its control, intensity and delicate plotting. She tackles difficult issues of family and relationships. At the same time, she is most concerned with style and language. An experienced editor and mentor of both fiction and non-fiction, she has also served as a literary juror for the United States’ largest arts colony. She has a BA from Columbia College in New York and an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Victoria University. Other publishing credits include Art Monthly Australia, Hotel Amerika and Poetry

Louise is available to work in person as well as via phone, email and Skype.

Craig Munro is a biographer, book historian and publishing editor as well as the founding chair of the Queensland Writers Centre. His award-winning biography Wild Man of Letters: The Story of P.R. Stephensen was published to wide acclaim. He was UQP fiction editor (1973-80) and then publishing manager (1983 to 2000). As an editor of both fiction and non-fiction, Craig Munro has worked with a diverse range of writers including Peter Carey, David Malouf, Olga Masters, Murray Bail, Roger McDonald, Barbara Hanrahan, Nicholas Jose, Ross Fitzgerald and Donald Horne. In 1985 he won the Barbara Ramsden Award for Editing and in 2010 the Johnno Award for his contribution to writing. He was awarded a Literature Board writing grant in 2010 and recently completed a publishing memoir Editor at Large. He is currently working on Under Cover, a collection of profiles of Australian book editors, and on a biography of critic and publisher AG Stephens (1865–1933). In his role as UQP publishing manager, Craig Munro was responsible for staff training and mentoring younger editors and was invited by the Queensland Society of Editors to take part in the society’s CAL-funded editorial mentoring project (2008–10).

Craig is available to work in person as well as via phone, email or Skype.

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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