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Margrete Lamond - Publisher & Educator

Illustration Portfolio Reviews and Manuscript Assessment Service

I’d like to wish you the warmest welcome to my website. This is where you will discover everything you need to know about picture-book story and illustration. I offer picture-book manuscript assessment services and illustration-portfolio reviews (including the popular ‘speed-date’ review). From time to time I also answer commonly asked questions, provide sneak-peeks into back-office truths about publishing, comment on my favourite books and illustrators, and offer insights into what to do and what not to do when illustrating or writing for picture books.


A little about me…

I am a picture-book publisher and creative director who is excited by all things in the world of words and illustrations and, most particularly, by the magical integration of words and illustrations as they manifest in picture books.

I have been a full-time publisher of books for children and young adults for over twenty years, and an editor for a whole lot longer (I started YOUNG!!! My editing career began as a junior editor at the venerable and evergreen The School Magazine at the tender age of nineteen). I have worked as publisher with publishing giant Scholastic Australia, for the small independent Little Hare Books, and with the acclaimed publisher Hardie Grant Egmont. I currently work as founding publisher (and general Jill-of-all-Trades) at Dirt Lane Press.

I am also the author of around 20 books for young readers, from picture books to an up-cycled version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for young adults. And in my spare time I sometimes work as a freelance curator of exhibitions of both fine and narrative art.


Some picture-book titles I’ve worked on