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#AskAKidsEditor – Meet the editors!

Posted on 10/11/2016 in Writing

On Wednesday 16 November, our editors will take to Twitter (@DiscoverKelpies) to answer your questions about writing for children. From weird submissions to writing encouragement to how children’s books might better reflect our culture, ask our editorial superheroes anything! What’s your burning question? Use #AskAKidsEditor to join in the discussion!

Don’t forget that the Kelpies Prize 2017 is now open for entries – our #AskAKidsEditor event is the perfect opportunity to find out what the judges are looking for! We’ve also updated our submission guidelines recently – we hope that the books we publish continue to reflect children’s experiences of a varied and diverse Scotland.

So, who are our editors and what makes them tick? We ventured deep into the editorial department to find out…

Eleanor, Senior Commissioning Editor

cartoon-eleanorFavourite children’s book:

My favourite picture book is Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland who brings such honesty to everything she does. For 6-8 year olds, I have always loved The Bullerby Children by Astrid Lindgren (in the old Puffin translation, not the new versions that try to un-Swedish the book). My favourite novel when I was 8-12 was Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

Best bit of the editorial process:  Taking in an author’s editorial changes – the book gains a stronger shape before your eyes.

Fun fact: I have citizenship of three countries.

Sally, Senior Commissioning Editor

cartoon-sallyFavourite children’s book: My favourite picture book is The Tiger Who Came to Tea. As a child I puzzled long and hard over whether a tiger could really drink all the water in the tap! For children’s novels, Roald Dahl is still the master of comedy for me, with his wildly imaginative use of language, dark humour and mesmerising characters. My favourite children’s books to read as an adult would definitely be Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy – just brilliant.

Best bit of the editorial process:  The commissioning stage. Reading a great manuscript for the first time and imagining what kind of book it will become, then sharing my excitement with the Floris team.

Fun fact: I’ve walked from Glasgow to Inverness, weighed down by a large rucksack.

Lois, Editor

cartoon-loisFavourite children’s book: My favourite picture book is After the Storm by Nick Butterworth (‘Even the squirrels were sniffy’). For middle-grade it’s Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – it was probably the first book that made me think deeply about the world.

Best bit of the editorial process: Depends on the day of the week, but nothing beats the satisfaction of unpicking and resolving a nice juicy tangled plotline. The tanglier the better!

Fun fact: I have a cat called Augustus, who plays fetch like a dog.

Jen, Editorial Assistant

cartoon-jenFavourite children’s book: My favourite children’s book is A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken. Jan Pienkowski’s illustrations are stunning and so colourful. Each of the tales is magical and takes you to a far away land where anything is possible.

Best bit of the editorial process: My favourite part of the editing process is right at the very beginning when a new manuscript comes in. It’s exciting to sit down and read something that has massive potential and could, in future, be published by Floris. I always find it encouraging to see how imaginative writers can be in producing a really original story.

Fun Fact: I play the flugelhorn – it’s fun to say and fun to play!

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