Submissions: The Covering Letter

Submissions: The Covering Letter If you ask any published author, each and every one will tell you of the pain of the submission process. So we’re starting a new series on our blog to help you get the most out of your submissions. Now there are plenty of wonderful resources in our archives that deal…

Beth O’Leary: Do I need an Agent?

Are agents really necessary? What would an agent do for me and how could they help me reach my goal of being published? These are all valid questions for any prospective author. While not everyone goes down the traditional route of getting an agent, we thought we’d ask Sunday Times Bestseller Beth O’Leary to tell…

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,…

Why Polly Ho-Yen is supporting #DACBaccess

Polly Ho-Yen is the award-winning author of Boy in the Tower, Where Monsters Lie and Fly Me Home. She is our partnering author for Middle Grade writers during our #DACBaccess open month. Here’s why Polly is supporting the open month, and her top tips on putting together a submission: ‘There was a winding line of children waiting…

On Writing: Scaring Kids with Helen Grant

Halloween may be behind us, but that’s not to say that the scary fun is over. I (Kristina) was one of those children who just loved being scared. It started with a book called The Finger Eater by Dick King-Smith. A book that had such an impact on my brother that he shoved blankets and…