Editors Boot Camp

Editors Boot Camp for Fiction and Children’s Literature Editors

Date: 5-7 November 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Living room, The Arts House

Price per pax: $200 (lunch and tea breaks provided daily)

Registration: www.bookcouncil.sg/_courses/register.php

Enquiries: Ms Premadevi, prema@bookcouncil.sg, Tel: 6848 8297


A three-day master class for editors of fiction and children’s literature offering in-depth training and exposure to the entire value chain. Learn about acquisitions, writing incisive editorial letters, developing a critical eye, contracts, marketing and distribution. Through hands-on activities in joint sessions and break-out sessions, the camp will hone your skills in developmental editing, proof-reading and crafting eye-catching blurbs. Singaporean participants in the camp will also have an opportunity to be selected to continue on a year-long virtual mentorship with an international editor or an overseas attachment in an international publishing house.

About the Trainers

Children’s Literature Editor

Cheryl Klein is the Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. Books she has edited include Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Medal; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the ALA’s inaugural William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut novel; Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, winner of the Christopher Award, and an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection on “The Today Show”; and The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Cheryl published a collection of her speeches on writing, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, in March 2011.  She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. Please visit her editorial website at cherylklein.com.

Fiction Editor

Francesca Main graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before joining Penguin Books UK.  There, she worked in the editorial department at the Hamish Hamilton imprint, which publishes such writers as Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alain de Botton and Paul Theroux.  She became a Commissioning Editor for Simon & Schuster UK in 2007, where she acquired, edited and published literary and commercial fiction, including novels by Monique Roffey, Edward Hogan, Mark Watson, Neil Cross and Penny Hancock.

Francesca joined Picador as Editorial Director in 2011, on the eve of the imprint’s 40th anniversary.  She publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal, and is particularly focused on acquiring new writers for the list.  As a result, she is working with a number of debut novelists whose first books will hit the shelves in 2013.

In February 2011, Francesca was selected by the British Council to participate in a UK editors’ tour of China, meeting writers, publishers and translators in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.  She has also been guest editor for the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a guest speaker for the Arvon Foundation, Faber Academy and a number of British universities including UEA, Warwick and Oxford.


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