Writeous Writing Group at Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Looking for feedback on your kid's book manuscript? Bring your work-in-progress to Writeous Writing Group, a hands-on critique group moderated by professional children's book editors Summer Dawn Laurie and Julie Romeis Sanders. You will be amazed at how much you learn yourself by critiquing another writer's work. Pre-register and learn more at http://www.booksinc.net/childrens_book_writing_group
Summer Dawn Laurie set her sights on the world of children’s book publishing in 1997 and has never looked back. She started down this path at Chronicle Books for Children, working in both the marketing and editorial departments. In 2000 she crossed the bay to join Tricycle Press, the children's imprint of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California. As Senior Editor, Summer worked on over 50 published books across varied genres—picturebooks, board books, novels, activity books, fiction and non-fiction for young people up to age 12. After seven years she took yet another fork in the road and is now an independent editor, working to strengthen each word her clients write and helping guide them through the often labyrinthine route to publication. Summer is also a children’s specialist at independent bookseller Books Inc. where she has started the Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club for girls aged 9-12 years old and their moms. And just for fun, Summer produces the children’s and teen programming for the annual Litquake literary festival and sits on the board of the NCIBA where she chairs the Northern California Children's Booksellers' Alliance.
Julie Romeis Sanders fell in love with reading while hiding under the covers with a book and a flashlight. She rediscovered the wonders of children’s books in high school, while working at an independent book and toy store. By 2001, Julie found her dream job helping to launch the U.S. division of Bloomsbury Children’s Books. There she edited books for all ages and discovered authors such as Printz Honoree Rick Yancey and author of a Caldecott Honor, Aaron Reynolds. In 2007 she took a turn for the west coast and joined Chronicle Books to grow their fledgling fiction program, create fabulous gift products, and develop unforgettable picture books such as Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle. Julie has also spent many years guiding future editors at the Columbia Publishing Course and encouraging aspiring writers at SCBWI conferences around the world. Now, as a freelance editor, Julie continues to pursue her passion for working with authors, illustrators, agents, and publishers on various editorial and consulting projects. She is also delighted to have returned to her book-selling roots as a children’s specialist at independent bookseller Books Inc.