Rejection: An Agent’s Perspective

Rejection – we’ve all faced it at some point. If you’re a prospective author submitting to agents, you’ll know more than most how it feels to get that email that dashes your hopes. Sending your submission out into the world is an incredibly exciting – not to mention nerve-wracking – moment, so it’s only natural…

What we mean when we talk about Diverse Voices

Own Voices. Under-represented writers. Diverse voices. If you’ve been in any way following the children’s book market, you’ll have (hopefully!) noticed an increase in the number of people talking about diversity. You might have seen tweets where writers talk about their work being #ownvoices. You might have read some of the recent CILIP Reflecting Realities…

Mary Hargreaves’ top podcast recommendations for aspiring authors

Writing – it’s a solitary business. It’s often difficult to stay connected with the wider industry and fellow writers when you’re cooped up with just your keyboard for company. But as author Mary Hargreaves has discovered, one of the best ways of feeling part of the writing community is through the power of podcasts. Mary,…

Beth Reekles’s Five Top Tips for Writers

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? For super-star author Beth Reekles, that urge came at fifteen when she started sharing chapters of The Kissing Booth on story-sharing platform Wattpad. It quickly accumulated over 19 million reads and was snapped up by publishers Random House. Since then, Beth has written three more…

Samantha Tonge’s Top Tips for Writing

Samantha Tonge is a contemporary women’s fiction novelist whose debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook award. She has also won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook award, and is a Top Ten Amazon Kindle bestseller. Learning the craft of writing is a task with no end. After…