Picture Book Manuscript Assessments

Are you writing a picture book? Not sure if your manuscript is all that it can be? In a thirty-minute session one of our industry experts will work with you to help your manuscript reach its full potential.

Next Dates

  • Saturday 28 July with Leonie Tyle

Booking In

The cost of a thirty-minute assessment is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Please call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to book an appointment.

Once you have made your appointment, you will need to provide the following materials at least 10 days before your assessment in a single document:

  • Picture book text (max 1000 words) OR
  • Chapter books for early readers (6 – 8 years old) max 1000 words
Your document must be formatted to industry standards, as follows:
  • Line spacing: 1.5 or double
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt
  • Margins: minimum 3 cm all round (Word default margins are fine)
  • Text should be range left (which means the right edge is ‘ragged’), not justified.
  • Page numbers: consecutive from beginning to end

Illustrations, if you have any, should be brought on the day, not provided in advance.

Please note, if your materials are not submitted at least 10 days before your assessment, we cannot guarantee your assessor will have time to review them before your appointment.

You can email your single document submission to the Centre.

Can’t Get to the Centre?

The NSW Writers’ Centre is now offering Skype manuscript assessment appointments for regional members and people who are unable to make it to the Centre. Skype is a free computer program that allows voice and video calls via the internet. Calling from one computer to another is completely free, which means that you can speak to our manuscript assessor in Sydney as though they were in your home, without any additional cost. Skype appointments are limited.

About the Assessor

Leonie Tyle has been associated with children’s books for over 25 years as a librarian, reviewer, speaker and publisher. For thirteen years she was Children’s & Young Adult Publisher responsible for UQP’s children’s and young adults list publishing approximately sixteen books a year from picture books to young adult fiction and nonfiction. She set up Woolshed Press an imprint of Random House in 2008. Leonie has worked with many of Australia’s finest authors and illustrators including Catherine Bateson, Steven Herrick, James Moloney, Brian Caswell, James Roy, Anthony Eaton, and Bill Condon. She is currently working freelance.




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