How to Write a Children's Book and Publish itWhat is the best way to write and publish a children's book?
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The course is now over - but we are constantly updating our program. If you are already working on a novel for young adults or looking for an encouragement to get started with the children's book you always wanted to write, this inspiring discussion with some of the UK's top writers and editors will show you how to entertain a young public with your storyline.
The curator of the tag is children's book designer Laura Dockrill and contains expertise from former children's prize winner and award-winning designer Malorie Blackman, Sarah Odedina, Puschkin Press children's and YA lists journalist, multiple award-winning YA playwright Juno Dawson and picture-book designer and graphic artist Alex T. Smith. They will give you hints on various useful subjects such as the development of your voices, authoring for different ages and publishing.
He is the award-winning writer of 10 young adult books, among them Margot & Me and the bestselling book This Book is Gay. In the past year, Juno also wrote one of the World Book Day books, Spot the Difference. Puschkin Press journalist Sarah Odedina commissions books for the Kids and YA-lists.
She' s also editor-in-chief of Scoop, a journal for kids. She is a regular speaker at authors' meetings around the globe and the head of the children's program at the FlipSide Literature Festivals in Suffolk, England. For 14 years she worked for Bloomsbury Publishing and supervised the publishing of the Harry Potter range as well as many other award-winning fiction and illustrated work.
Blackman has authored over 60 works for kids and young grown-ups, among them the award-winning novel line Noughts & Crosses, Cloud Busting, Thi! and Hacker. Their latest book is a sci-fi mystery story, entitled The Stars. A scriptwriter for the National Film and Television School, Malorie's work has been featured on television, with the Carnegie Medal translated into a Bafta-crowned six-part film.
Málorie was also a frequent contributor to CBBC's Byker Grove. Malorie was awarded the Eleanor Farjeon Prize in 2005 and an OBE in 2008 for her merits in children's work. From 2013 to 2015, she won the Children's Prize. There are nine storybooks that Alex T. Smith has authored and illustrate. It was the offical illuminator of the World Book Day 2014.
Recent honours have included the UKLA Picture Book Award 2016 for Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, and the Best Children's Book Award at the 2016 World Illustration Award for the illustration of Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians. She is a novelist, graphic artist and playwright. Among her works are Roman Lorali, who has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, and the Darcy Burdock for younger readership which has also been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014.
As well as working as a novelist and lecturer in the field of graphic design, she was a journalist for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and performed with Blue Peter and CBeebies. The course is now over - but we are constantly updating our program.