If so, we can help. We have two main picture book editors. Victoria Lee, was a senior manager at one of Britain's largest picture book publishers and Pippa Goodhart, a bestselling picture book author. Pippa and Victoria now also work for the Writers' Workshop, passing on their mighty know-how to first-timers. Read on to learn more about what we offer.
The market for picture books is - like everything in the publishing world - a very tough one. Publishers receive thousands of manuscripts, and will only accept a small handful.
Although writing children's picture books may seem easy, remember that each book must:
If you think that sounds easy, then we promise you it isn't. Indeed, writing children's picture books is probably the closest thing to writing poetry of anything we know.
One helpful thing to know is that you do not need to provide your own illustrations or find your own illustrator. If you are a professional illustrator already, then that's great. But if not, all pubishers have access to large numbers of pro illustrators and they will want to make the final choice (though you will of course be consulted.)
We offer everything you need to get started:
Our editorial service will:
Victoria has had a long career in children's publishing. At Reed Children's Books, she was Publishing Manager for Picture Books & Fiction, then Picture Books Editor.
She has herself written a fair few picture books for titles conceived and produced in-house - so she knows the challenge involved in writing such things.
Victoria lives in a tiny sixteenth century terraced house in Warwickshire and, in her spare time, enjoys tending her cottage garden.
Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller and advisor to publishers before beginning to write books herself. She’s had over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning. They range from picture books such as million-plus selling and Mumsnet and York Libraries award-winning ‘You Choose’, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, through early readers such as the ‘Winnie the Witch’ storybooks (written under the fake name of Laura Owen) to historical novels for 8-12 year olds such as Northern Book Award shortlisted ‘Raven Boy’.
As well as teaching a course on writing for young children via the Writers’ Website, Pippa also teaches at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continued Education. She also does lots of school visits.
When not doing book-related things, Pippa is busy with family and village life … including appearing as an extra in the ITV murder mystery series ‘Grantchester’!
Pippa’s website can be found here.
We would be delighted to work with you. The fees for our service are:
£145 - for 1 or 2 picture books
£165 - for 3 or 4 picture books
If you would like to go ahead, then please email your work to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can post your work to us at: The Writers' Workshop, The Studio, Sheep St, Charlbury, OX7 3RR
We can take payment online, by cheque (payable to the Writers' Workshop) or over the phone on 0845 459 9560.