Apr 26, 2024


Learn how to work with editors professionally on your middle grade novels. THIS ONLINE EVENT IS NOT FREE! Please BOOK YOUR PLACE by purchasing a ticket through the link below.

Have you written a novel? Not sure what to expect next?

Learn how to work with editors professionally on your middle grade novels!

This masterclass, run by experienced editor, Wendy Shakespeare, will show you top tips on working with children’s fiction editors and understanding the standard editorial process in trade publishing.

This masterclass is for those who want to understand how to work with fiction editors in children's publishing.

Topics covered:

  • What does the editorial process look like, from acquisition to publication?
  • What is the difference between structural editing, line editing and copy-editing?
  • Is proofreading the same as editing?
  • What about illustrations?
  • Key words and terms in publishing.
  • Helpful questions for authors to ask.

Come with an open mind and your burning questions. Get an insiders’ insight into the publishing business!


This event is online. The event will be recorded and available for four weeks afterwards.

When you book your ticket you will be sent a Zoom link for the masterclass. 


Programme subject to change without prior notice. Please note no refunds.


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Wendy Shakespeare

A CIEP Professional member, Wendy is an accomplished freelance editor with over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry. Specifically, Wendy worked at Puffin Books for sixteen years in the managing editorial team, and she’s currently the managing editor at Scholastic Books (part-time, maternity cover). At Puffin Books, Wendy has worked with many authors (including Malorie Blackman, Eoin Colfer, Tom Fletcher, Adam Kay, Jill Murphy and Katie Kirby aka Hurrah for Gin), and, as freelance, has worked on books by authors including David Baddiel, Laura Ellen Anderson, Robin Stevens and Tamzin Merchant. Children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, have always been her passion, and she especially loves immersing herself into the worlds and words of middle-grade stories.