Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Sydney Q&A with Eve Tonelli from HarperCollins

Date(s) - 08/Sep/2019
12:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Woollahra Library, Sydney
451 New South Head Rd - Double Bay, NSW 2028


Join us for a Feast of the Children’s Book Industry with Eve Tonelli from HarperCollins, Google Online Strategies with Victoria Mackinlay and illustrator-author team of Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan.

If that’s not enough, we can continue the fun at The Sheaf lounge and beer garden (nearly next door to the Woollahra Library, Double Bay).

The Sheaf
429 New South Head Rd,
Double Bay NSW 2028



12.15 pm—Welcome with Susanne Gervay

12.20 – 12.50 pm—Google Online Strategies with Victoria Mackinlay

12.50 – 1.20 pm—Light Lunch

1.20 – 2.10 pm—Q & A with Eve Tonelli, Senior Editor HarperCollins

2.15 – 3.00 pm—The Author-Illustrator Process with Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan

3.00 – 3.15 pm—Book Sales and Networking

3.30 pm to as late as you like—Drinks at The Sheaf Hotel (drinks at own expense)


Tickets for the Event

CLICK HERE to Book at Trybooking
SCBWI Members $29 • Non-Members $39




Critiques with Eve Tonelli from HarperCollins

11.00 am – 12.15 pm—We are fortunate to have secured four 15 minute manuscript critiques with Eve Tonelli, Senior Editor from HarperCollins.
Eve is interested in Picture Books and Middle Grade (so no YA!)

Critiques are 15 minutes plus an additional scheduled time for changeover. Critiques are limited to SCBWI members attending this event. At time of booking you will be able to choose your preference from the available time slots. Critique Tickets will be released June 2nd 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 August 3, 2019. Please submit only once with the final version that you would like to be critiqued!



CLICK HERE to Book at Trybooking
SCBWI Members Only $80

Critique Tickets will be released June 2nd 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 or picture book text or thumbnails. Please take note of the August 3, 2019 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)


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. Picture books in thumbnail form can be supplied as pdfs. Please label your file including Surname, Title (abbreviate if necessary), Genre (PB, MG) and indicate if it is Non-Fiction NF: ex. Surname_Title_PB_NF





Victoria Mackinlay
Victoria is a picture book author with two books under contract with Scholastic (due for release in 2020).

In a previous life, she was Head of Strategic Partnerships for Google APAC where she led the team that helped the biggest websites in APAC with their online strategies.  During her 9 years at Google (in Ireland and Australia) she helped hundreds of clients including Expedia, Lonely Planet and eBay boost their monetisation through improving exposure online and optimising ad serving.  She also ate at least a tonne of chocolate that was freely available in the Google micro-kitchens and received the Guinness World Record (along with 2,500 Googlers) for simultaneous Zorba dancing.

She is excited to share her knowledge to help authors and illustrators navigate the world of Google.  If you have a burning question about Google that you would like her to address in her talk, please ask her here.


Eve TonelliSenior Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
In her 15 year career in publishing, Eve Tonelli has been an editor for Thomson and Blake Publishing, before working as a Senior Editor at Scholastic. Since 2015, she has been Senior Editor at HarperCollins with outstanding authors and illustrators including SCBWI’s Tania McCartney and Sheryl Gwyther.




Katrina McKelvey
Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author living in Newcastle with over ten years primary school teaching experience. She is highly involved in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, is an advisor, chair and participant in literary conferences and festivals, and enthusiastically spreads her love of reading at regular school visits. No Baths Week and Up To Something are Katrina’s second and third publications, after her very successful debut picture book, Dandelions. There are two more picture books coming in 2020. She loves chocolate, but doesn’t like chocolate cake. She’s left-handed but plays sport right-handed. She loves tea, but dislikes coffee. She’s a cat lover, but now owns a puppy.


Kirrili Lonergan
Kirrili Lonergan is a picture book illustrator/art therapist and a mother of four. She resides in Newcastle, NSW and her passions are to care, to draw and to please. She is a former paediatric nurse and ceramic artist. She is an active committee member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Newcastle Sub-branch and a regular volunteer at Books4Outback. Kirrili is also the illustrator for the Lessons of a Lac series. She works in partnership with Author, Lynn Jenkins, to deliver early intervention anxiety management sessions to staff and children in preschool and school settings. Her latest picture book is Up To Something author Katrina McKelvey illustrated by Kirrili.