Writing, reading, and generally getting over-excited about words

Send me your questions for Claire Hennessy, children’s editor at Penguin Ireland

October 26, 2014

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I’m delighted to say I will be interviewing the children’s editor at Penguin Ireland, Claire Hennessy, in the next couple of weeks.   As some of you may have read on my Twitter feed, Penguin Ireland are accepting unsolicited children’s and YA manuscripts.  With that in mind I thought it would be nice to get […]

Posted in: interviews, publishers

‘Autumn days when the grass is jewelled…’

September 10, 2014

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The summer holidays are over and it’s back to work.  For some of us this means more lovely writing time, for others less – depending on whether you have children in the house!  I love this time of year as it always feels like a fresh start.  New pens, writing pads, writing courses, new ambitions […]

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Children’s short story market – The Caterpillar Magazine

July 5, 2014

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It can be difficult to find places to submit children’s short stories, so I was pleased to see this market in August’s Writing Magazine. Launched a year ago, The Caterpillar is a quarterly children’s magazine featuring fiction, poetry and artwork for children aged 7-11.  Read the poem and story on their site to get an […]

Factual feast!

June 9, 2014

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Hello fellow subbers.  This bulletin brings news of some non-fiction successes. I have a chapter on Social Media for Writers included in the second edition of The Handbook of Creative Writing, just published by Edinburgh University Press.  I can honestly say it’s the most comprehensive and thorough guide to creative writing I have ever read!  […]

How to submit a children’s book

April 29, 2014

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If you’ve just finished writing a children’s book and are ready to get it out into the big wide world, this post is for you.  I’m a serial submitter, and these are my steps to getting your manuscript seen. Finish the book. Edit, re-edit, re-draft, polish and shine to a glittering finish. Prepare the submission […]

Hope is out there!

March 27, 2014

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I’ve received a nice email from Cris at Pants on Fire Press which I’d like to share.  Pants on Fire are an American publisher but they are open to submissions from the UK, and have just signed their second UK author (hurrah!). The book is The Vampire Cat by Antony Bowers Smith from Manchester.  Bernard […]

Posted in: publishers, Submissions

March madness!

March 14, 2014

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It’s an exciting month for me, fellow scribes.  My short play The Voices is being performed as part of Ghost Dog Productions‘ new writing night at the Horse Bar, London, while previous play Love in the Time of Magicka is currently ‘on tour’ at the Little Black Box Theatre in Bristol and then next month […]

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