Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual ShopTalk: I Love It, But….The Author-Editor Tango with Lesléa Newman

Date(s) - Tuesday, October 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“I love it but….” “Nice job, if only….” “This is great, however….” Phrases like these are at the heart of the author/editor relationship. Rather than be adversarial, the author and editor both want the same thing: to produce the best book possible. The key is to have an editor who loves your work, but isn’t you. In another words, someone who can see your fine work with a cool, detached eye, and ask the questions/make the suggestions that help you improve it. In this presentation, Lesléa Newman will demonstrate how one of her specific picture books came into being. She will read first, second, third, seventh, and fourteenth drafts of her own work, interspersed with actual letters from an editor from one of the “big” traditional publishers, to show just how an author and editor work together to bring a book from idea and first draft to final product. You will be amazed at the thought, time, and effort that goes into a manuscript of fewer than 500 words!

About the Presenter:

Lesléa Newman has created 75 books for readers of all ages including the picture books, HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES, SPARKLE BOY, GITTEL’S JOURNEY: AN ELLIS ISLAND STORY, REMEMBERING ETHAN, and KETZEL: THE CAT WHO COMPOSED. She has received the National Jewish Book Award, The Massachusetts Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award, and two American Library Association Stonewall Honors. From 2008 – 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA. Currently she teaches at Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing MFA program.

Cost of this event is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE TAPED.