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Of Editing, Book Design, and Children’s Books

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With freelance editor and book designer Jill Ronsley

 

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As an editor and book designer, Jill Ronsley gets involved in a potpourri of projects. Today she shares a bit of her considerable experience with us, touching on everything from common writing mistakes to what to look for in a font to how to write great children’s stories and rhymes.

Jill won the Best Book Editor 2005 award from the Editors and Preditors Readers Poll. She is the editor-in-chief of “The Blue Review,” a monthly online writers’ e-zine, available by subscription, for which she writes two columns. She has edited nonfiction, fiction, stories for children, spiritual books, and cookbooks; been a judge in writers’ competitions; and written articles on editing, book design and writing.

Jill has designed book interiors and typeset works of nonfiction, including self-help books, memoirs, books for women, and scholarly texts; novels and collections of short stories; books for children, including picture books and middle grade novels; spiritual books; books of poetry; film scripts; and manuals. Jill also designs book covers, working closely with graphic artists, fine artists, and photo editors; and promotional materials, such as postcards, brochures, business cards and bookmarks.

Jill has a BA from McGill University. She studied fine art at McGill and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and she has a diploma in languages and literature from Vanier College, where she studied French, German, and Italian.

Join Jill and Writing Show host Paula B. for a fun discussion about editing, design, and kids’ stuff, including:

 

  • How she got into editing and book design
  • What common editing issues she comes across
  • How to use commas, dashes, and colons
  • How she feels about adjectives
  • What writers can do to vary their styles
  • What she looks for when designing a book interior
  • What serif and sans serif fonts are and how they’re used
  • What goes into the design of back covers, dust jacket flaps, and spines
  • What challenges and issues are involved in writing, editing, and designing children’s materials
  • What should be considered when writing a children’s poem or rhyme
  • Whether rap and hip hop have influenced children’s rhymes
  • How children’s writers can increase their chances of being published
  • What approaches she takes with writers who ask for her help.

Jill also reads a couple of rhymes for us.

Interviewee: Jill Ronsley
Host: Paula B
Date: January 29, 2007
Running time: 01:26:40
File size: 63 megabytes
Rating: G
Jill Ronsley’s Web site: Sun Editing and Book Design

DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO JILL RONSLEY MP3 HERE

2 Responses to “Podcast: Of Editing, Book Design, and Children’s Books”

  1. James IT Says:

    Great interview! Jill Ronsley was engaging from start to finish. I learned a lot - especially from her pointers on editing and book design. The kids’ rhymes were sweet. Thanks.
    - James

  2. Administrator Says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Jill’s interview, James. She is terrific, isn’t she? I’ll pass along your comments to her.

    Best,
    Paula B.