Onsite Editor ~ Karen Tayleur

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Karen Tayleur has had a varied career from bank teller to Christmas Present wrapper, nurse’s aide, desktop publisher and teacher… and other things in between.

In the 1980s, straight out of school, she co-published a short story magazine for five years called Brave New Word. Later, after a stint as managing editor in a performing arts magazine, she discovered a life-long passion for children’s publishing at black dog books. 

Karen is now the Editorial Manager for The Five Mile Press in Melbourne.

In her spare time she also writes books for children and young adults.

 

Karen’s specific Assessment requirements & hints to people booking one on one appointments:

In addition to what CYA Conference asks

Pre-reading Requirement - for all Children’s or Young Adults Manuscripts & illustration Work and Web Sites/Blogs:- 
Picture books: 2 texts
or Novels: 10 pages + synopsis, 
or Illustrations: 4 – 5 samples. 

These are your SPECIFIC instructions for Karen’s assessments:

Picture Books – Authors

Anything over 800 words is too much for a picture book, unless it is something out of the box.

Take time to have another look and edit down if over 1000 words.

Things I will ask:

·         What is the message in this story?

·         What is the hook that will grab a reader?

·         What is special that elevates this story above other unsolicited manuscripts?

·         Who are your influences as a writer? (Especially in relation to Picture Books)

 

Novels – Authors

Choose your best 10pp – doesn’t have to be the beginning

Things I will ask:

·         What is the message in this story?

·         What is the hook that will grab a reader?

·         What is special that elevates this story above other unsolicited manuscripts?

·         Who are your influences as a writer? (Especially in relation to novels of your genre)

 

Illustrators

Happy to look at full folios on the day.

In your samples, if possible, please provide:

·         One character in at least 4 different poses

·         A child character

·         Illustrations that show you can illustrate a few different perspectives.

Things I will ask:

·         What is the message in this story?

·         What is the hook that will grab a reader?

·         What is special that elevates this story above other unsolicited manuscripts?

·         Who are your influences as an illustrator? (Especially in relation to picture books)

 

Karen will be looking at all aspects of CYA literature in her 2015 one on one appointments. 


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