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

My publishing journey has begun…

February 23, 2015


I am so happy to tell you that a picture book I submitted to Maverick Books has made its way up through the slush pile and has been accepted for publication!  You will know that this is a dream come true for me and I am still afraid I will suddenly walk into an exam […]

Interview with Penguin Ireland’s Claire Hennessy

December 2, 2014


Thank you to everyone who suggested questions for Claire Hennessy, children’s author, writing teacher and Penguin Ireland children’s editor.  And thank you Claire for sparing the time to talk to us in between your many commitments!  (Where appropriate I have removed specifics in the questions to make the answers relevant to everyone rather than just […]

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

October 26, 2014


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 […]

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‘Autumn days when the grass is jewelled…’

September 10, 2014


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


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


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


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 […]


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