Writing Picture Books | Australian Writers' Centre coursesIf you would like your manuscript for children or young adults to be considered, please take a couple of minutes to read our important guidelines. If your manuscript will engage and excite young readers, we'd love to see it. Picture book submissions are open from 1 April to 30 November. All other submissions are open from 1 February to 30 November. Please attach the complete manuscript to the email.
Picture Books for Beginners - How to Make a Childrens Book
Getting Published for Authors and Illustrators
Don't worry if you don't yet have a story idea — it's likely you'll be inspired as you complete the course! What is it that makes popular picture books so magical? How do you really know what appeals to children? Writing a picture book that publishers want is an art. But there are clear guidelines you can follow. You'll unlock a module full of lessons each week and complete a small assignment due each Sunday night — plus receive direct feedback from your online tutor — an expert in the world of picture books. Understanding the format will help you understand the kinds of topics children are interested in, the word length and the pace of your story.
Writing Picture Books
When I was nine, for the briefest of moments, Australian author Jackie French was my pen pal. The first letter was sent off with low expectations; at best I was hoping for a signed mass printout response. So when a few weeks later a small envelope containing a handwritten letter arrived at my house — complete with a drawing of a wombat — I was first surprised, then happy, then got out my notepad to write back. It turned out that authors were real people, with real lives after all. A couple of weeks later another small envelope arrived in the mail. The books that children read become part of them in the way that books they read as adults are very, very rarely going to do.
How exciting! Hinkler is an innovative book publisher and packager - creating and producing books for publishers and consumers around the world. To submit your work for consideration, please send a short submission to our Editor using the form below. All submissions must include this basic information to be considered for inclusion in our program. Hinkler will only consider email submissions that adhere to these guidelines. We will email acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If we do not contact you within two weeks of the email acknowledgement, we have decided not to pursue your title.