Publishing Talk Magazine issue 6 – Children’s Publishing

Publishing Talk Magazine issue 6 - Children's BooksRead Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s exclusive interview in issue 6.

Issue 6 is available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud, and a text-only Kindle edition from and

Many of the articles are also available as blog posts on this site.

In this issue:

  • Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman speaks to Lucy Coats
  • How Kit Berry build a community of fans around her self-published YA books
  • Kate Wilson on making digital products for children
  • Lucy Coats takes the pulse of the children’s book publishing industry
  • Steven Lenton‘s top tips for becoming a children’s book illustrator
  • Lucy Coats on the way to write for children
  • 10 ways to market your books with Pinterest
  • Children’s agent Hilary Delamare on what an agent actually does
  • Tom Evans on finding your inner child with your writing
  • How to manage your WordPress comments
  • How to use LinkedIn to find your next publishing job
  • Nicola Morgan‘s writing shed.

The author of the Noughts and Crosses series speaks to our contributing editor Lucy Coats about her path to publication, top writing tips – and the need for greater diversity in children’s books. Malorie is a great champion for diversity in children’s literature – yet, astonishingly (and dismayingly), this is a view for which she recently faced criticism and even racist abuse.

When I read Lucy’s insightful interview, it hadn’t even occurred to me that this was controversial. Surely children should see themselves reflected in the books they read? The good news is that children’s books in general are booming: the market is up 10% this year in the UK. Lucy Coats also looks at the state of the children’s book business, and has some great advice on writing for children.

The opportunities in this market are increasingly digital, and Kate Wilson shares some valuable lessons she has learned while developing apps for children at award-winning independent children’s publisher Nosy Crow. If you want to break into children’s publishing, children’s agent Hilary Delamere explains how an agent can help; Steven Lenton offers his tips for succeeding as an illustrator; and Suzanne Collier has advice on using LinkedIn to get your next publishing job.

If you’re thinking of going it alone, Kit Berry reveals how she built a community around her self-published Young Adult books, the Stonewylde series. There’s also a writing workshop from Tom Evans, who invites us to awaken our inner child with our writing; and award-winning author Nicola Morgan gives us an insight into her writing.

Social media is key to success, and there’s another WordPress tutorial, this time on managing your blog comments; plus advice on marketing your books with Pinterest.

Hope you enjoy this issue!

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Jon Reed

Jon Reed is the founder of Publishing Talk, which helps new and emerging authors write, publish and sell books. Advice is available via the blog and our masterclasses and membership programme. Jon has worked in the publishing industry for 25 years: 10 as a publisher, and 15 as a social media consultant working with publishers. He is also an author and screenwriter. His books include Get Up to Speed With Online Marketing (2e, Pearson Business, 2013). Jon lectures on social media at Birkbeck, University of London, and offers social media training to publishers and others. He is also director of social media strategy for digital agency Pilao Labs. More...

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