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19 May 2012 ·

Presenting new book babies

As an author, it’s sometimes easy to be so caught up in a book that I forget that the other people involved also care passionately about it. (Which is silly, really, because during the months of editing discussions,  to-ing and fro-ing with changes and suggestions ranging from commas to chapter order and character behaviour, it’s pretty clear how much editors care! Which is maybe why I sometimes think that editing is one of my favourite stages of writing. I love knowing that someone else is as involved in the story and its people, as I am. This has been especially so with the Rainbow Street Shelter series, since we’ve now been working on them for several years.)

Still, this picture from twitter, via @RoccoA, of Noa Wheeler presenting WANTED! A Guinea Pig Called Henry, was a lovely reminder that the editors are just as proud parents of new book babies as are the author and illustrator (in this case, Patricia Castelao. And Patricia, if you happen to read this – I LOVE these pictures!)


  1. Sally_Odgers Doesn't she look happy and proud, too? I also enjoy the editing process... mostly.
    May 28, 2012 at 2:33 am · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio