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Children’s Book Publishing w/ Editorial Director Jane Griffiths
Commissioning Editors find new talent for publishers and work closely with authors to mould and shape their draft manuscripts into novels. Tonight we will hear from Jane Griffiths, of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, about how this process really works. How are publishing deals made? What happens once a book is acquired? And perhaps most importantly of all, what is that special something that draws Jane into a children’s story? Jane will share all of these things and more, and of course, she’ll take your questions and offer general advice on publishing for children from the age of 6 up to YA. Agents pitch to Commissioning Editors and Jane will share what it is in a pitch that gets her excited. Jane joined Simon & Schuster in 2009, having previously worked at HarperCollins Children’s Books. As Editorial Director, she oversees the children’s fiction editorial team as well as working with her own authors. She publishes 6-9, middle-grade and YA fiction and has worked with bestselling authors like Abi Elphinstone, Danny Wallace, Kaye Umansky, Sophie McKenzie, Santa Montefiore and Steven Butler, as well as looking after big brands and series like Dork Diaries and Cassandra Clare. Jane has been shortlisted four times for the Branford Boase Award which recognises debut authors and their editors and was also shortlisted in the Editor of the Year category of the British Book Awards 2017. Costs: £20.00, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. Refunds will only be provided if the meetup is cancelled by admin, no exceptions, and in the rare event of speakers cancelling, we reserve the right to provide an alternative but equivalent speaker. Location: The George Inn is two minutes walk from London Bridge station (take Borough High Street exit). Please see full address with map. We are upstairs in The Winchester Room. It's a huge pub so just ask bar staff if lost! Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: Instructions on how to change your RSVP: For help with PayPal: Any questions, please post a comment below and an organiser will respond.

The George Inn

The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH · London


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Fiction writers, hello! If you're in need of a writing group of like-minded individuals - congratulations, you've found it. Welcome.

At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about the path to being published, finding the right agent, writing more frequently or smashing the blocks through galvanising talks, critique and workshops.

Our criteria is very simple: you must live in London and be writing fiction. Our writers are at all stages and levels (from start to submissions) so it doesn't matter if you've been writing for years, or just a few months, we're here for everyone and we'd love to meet you. However, all membership requests are reviewed by admins so please answer the questions we've asked - and you'll need to be an approved member before you can RSVP/pay for our sessions. Requests are normally approved within a few days but often faster.

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In our regular writing workshops, members volunteer to read up to 3,500 words in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Reading spaces are 20-30 minutes long; time enough to read and hear feedback from listeners. Feedback is moderated, constructive and encouraging (we're not in the business of killing dreams). We also have sessions of writing together where pieces are not shared and it's all about getting words on the page. See our calendar ( for upcoming sessions.

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As well as feedback and writing sessions, LWC boasts an array of advice talks with leading professionals (including top Literary Agents, Publishers and Editors), technical writing workshops (characterisation/voice/POV/pacing etc) taught by experts as well as memorable social events and parties.

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