Date(s) - 06/Feb/2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for It Starts With Science with CSIRO Publisher Briana Melideo followed by a conversation with The School Magazine with author Sue Murray. If you would like to participate in the Book Babies, simply fill out the information when you register. Book Babies is open to books published from December 2021 through February 2022.
2 pm—Welcome with Susanne Gervay
2.15–3.15 pm—It Starts With Science— a Q&A with CSIRO Publisher Briana Melideo
3.15–4.00 pm—Writing Non-Fiction for The School Magazine—The School Magazine publishes inspiring, entertaining and informative non-fiction for young readers. They accept unsolicited manuscripts from emerging and established writers. So what do the editorial team look for in a non-fiction submission? In this session, you will hear about how to present your work in a winning way and have the chance to have your questions answered. What topics are most appealing? Do authors need to supply photographs? How long should an article be? For the answers to all questions and more, join Cheryl Bullow in discussion with Sue Murray.
4.00–4.15 pm—Book Babies: The Elevator Pitch Edition
Tickets for the Zoom Event
SCBWI Members Only— $10
You will be sent a link and password for the Zoom Event at the time of booking your ticket.
Zoom Non-Fiction Manuscript Critiques with Briana Melideo
We are fortunate to have secured four 15 minute non-fiction manuscript critiques with CSIRO Publisher Briana Melideo before the SCBWI Zoom event.
Critiques are 15 minutes plus an additional scheduled time for changeover. Critiques are limited to SCBWI members attending this Zoom event. At time of booking you will be able to choose your preference from the available time slots. Critique Tickets will be released January 9th at 8am. This is an automated opening of tickets so it is first in best dressed!
Following your successful booking, submit your manuscript via the form linked below. Deadline for manuscripts is January 23, 2022. Please submit only once with the final version that you would like to be critiqued!
You will be sent an email with instructions for your Zoom Critique at the time of booking.
Tickets for Critiques
SCBWI Members Only— $90
Critique Tickets will be released January 9th at 8am. This is an automated opening of tickets so it is first in best dressed!
Submission Guidelines for Manuscript Critiques
Following your booking CLICK HERE to submit your manuscript. Please take note of the January 23, 2022 deadline and the format for submissions. Unfortunately, submissions that are late or that do not conform to the specifications cannot be accepted. Please submit only once with the final version that you would like to be critiqued!
Your Manuscript critique submission should include the following:
An overview of your project to a maximum of 1 page including your name, email and website (if applicable)
AND IN THE SAME DOCUMENT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
An outline of your project idea with synopsis and short writing samples for comment and discussion to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar
An extract of your draft manuscript to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar
A full picture book draft text to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times Roman or similar (One picture book only, even if it’s just a few pages long)
If a writer-illustrator an illustrated picture book dummy with text. (One picture book only)
Most assessors prefer word document format so they can make inline notes, however, pdfs are also acceptable. Please label your file including Surname, Title (abbreviate if necessary), Genre (MG): ex. Surname_Title_MG
Briana Melideo—Books Publisher, CSIRO Publishing
Briana Melideo is CSIRO Publishing’s Books Publisher. She helped to establish their children’s book program in 2015, and since then, Briana has published over 20 picture and chapter books that introduces the next generation to science, and shows them how science is fun, exciting and part of their everyday lives.
Briana is most interested in picture book submissions for readers aged 5-9, and chapter books for readers aged 8-12. All submissions must have a STEM focus and be non-fiction or narrative with a non-fiction subject. Titles should appeal to Australian readers, but do not need to be exclusively Australian (content, species etc.). She is not currently considering fiction proposals (even those with science as the underlying theme), textbooks, educator materials, or picture/board books for babies or pre-school.
Cheryl Bullow—The School Magazine
Cheryl Bullow has been an integral member of The School Magazine team for more than a decade, a role that draws on her extensive experience in publishing and education as well as her love of children’s literature. She is keen to ensure that submissions have the best possible chance of success.