Monthly Archives: December 2013

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN? Chapter 9 Enter a competition

There’s nothing like penning a short story to sharpen your skills. Here’s a list of competitions in the UK. I’m going to have a go at a couple this year. http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/adults/short-stories/prizes/ Good luck!

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN? CHAPTER 8 Build your characters

I like to imagine various “what would the protagonist do” type questions. For example: What music would he/she listen to? What tv programmes would he/she watch? Where would he/she go for fun? What cereal would he/she eat for breakfast. These things will probably never appear in the story, but they are just things you know. […]

2013 Farewell!

Goodbye 2013! Actually, I am quite glad to be heading into 2014! And I am full of excitement about what a great year it will be. For me 2013 was a tricky year with pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome for 27 weeks! And then SPD to contend with. I literally couldn’t walk. Thankfully I had […]

Top 4 Reasons Agents Pass Based On Your Sample Chapters

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog:
As you know, agents get hundreds of submissions a month. We narrow that down to a select few to request that catch our eye. On top of all the client reading, contract negotiation and putting out fires, we have to squeeze time in to read your sample…