A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Tag Archives: editing

Non’s Revision Club

The more years that pass since I was an editor, the less I think I know about editing. How to revise your manuscript? Mate, I’m barely capable of revising my … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 4 Comments


Writing is not a glamourous job. I’m sorry if I’m about to disillusion anyone although I expect you know this already. If you’re a writer, you’re certainly aware of a … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · 7 Comments

[replaces words with gestures]

SHOW DON’T TELL is a mantra we’ve all heard – or felt as it’s used as a stick to beat us about the head until our writing brains get the message. The … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

Getting your edit on

At some point, I’m sure you’ve heard the old “Writing is rewriting” mantra. BUT one cannot rewrite what has not yet been written. Your story does not have to be … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 10 Comments

Kate Ormand: Interview with Skyhorse Editor, Nicole Frail

Today I’m chatting to Nicole Frail about the publishing process. Nicole is an editor at Skyhorse Publishing, a New York-based publishing house that grows bigger every year. Skyhorse has twelve … Continue reading

June 17, 2015

Janet Edwards: Killing Your Darlings!

Authors often tweet or post about the number of words they’ve written in a day, or how they’ve finished the first draft of a book. There’s far less mention of … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

How to make a flying unicorn

Writing a book is like making a flying unicorn. When you get the idea, it is brilliant – a flying unicorn is just what the world needs! In a fit … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 9 Comments

Insights from Editing ‘Glimpse’

  I can’t count how many times Glimpse has been edited. I rewrote and tweaked it for two and a half years before sending it to agents, and right now it’s … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

How does an editor cope with being edited?

I’ve been working in children’s publishing for a DECADE. As commissioning editor at a small publisher I’ve worked with authors through every stage of the editorial process, structural, line, copy … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 5 Comments

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