Mayfair Literary Agency

Hints and tips

Read, read, read heaps of current children’s books, especially in the genre you are writing!

Make sure there isn’t a published book that is too similar to your plot.

Unique, interesting and memorable characters are great.

Include plenty of hooks in your story.

Conferences are a great place to network, be inspired and receive professional development e.g. Shire Writers Festival, CYA conference, KidLitVic, SCBWI, Creative Kids Tales etc.

SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is fantastic.

Join a critique group with a local writing group or with SCBWI.

The ASA's Style File is great if you are an illustrator.

There are quite a few Facebook writing groups that are awesome, like, So You want to be a Writer (also a great podcast) etc.

Pass It On by Jackie Hosking and Buzz Words Magazine are helpful.

Learn the art of ‘Show not Tell’ (Google it).

Read what you love, write what you love.

Write as often as possible.

Good writing comes from the heart.

Find ‘your voice’ – this can take time.

Don’t submit your work until it is ready!