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Alison felt a bit weary as she sat down at the computer to work on the next chapter of her children’s novel. It had been a hard day at school and it was weeks yet before the holidays offered her the chance to sit down and spend some uninterrupted time on her manuscript – not to mention catching up on her sleep. When she first had the idea for her book, she was dying to get to work on it, but now that she was slogging away it seemed an endless chore. Would children really like a story about magic unicorns, or was it just old hat, and how could she go about getting it published?

Had she got the age group right, or were her characters and story too sophisticated for eight to ten year-olds, or not sophisticated enough, come to that? When she started writing she thought she knew enough about that age group, through teaching in a primary school and also through reading to her own two children, now off and away, with Becky at university and Tom working in London. In fact it was the quiet of her Lincolnshire home, now that her own children had outgrown both home and their teenage years, that had encouraged her to start writing in the first place, to do something she wanted to do at last.

Alison sighed as she came to the end of the chapter she was revising and thought she’d take a short break to look around the internet for any advice for children’s writers before getting a late supper for Dan and herself. That was when she found and realised that she could get some advice on her work, a report which would help her move forward. Instead of flailing around in the dark she could get an expert opinion on her children’s manuscript and see whether all this work was leading anywhere. She knew the market was crowded, but did that mean she didn’t stand a chance? Look at J K Rowling, she’d had plenty of rejections before Bloomsbury took her on.

She decided to take the plunge and sent a tentative email off to the website. And Alison’s report, when it arrived, really was a help. She was told she needed to adjust the age range she was writing for and was given general advice about restructuring her novel and specifics about characters and plot turns which wouldn’t work for that age group. It took another couple of drafts, which went back to the same editor for further reports, before her manuscript was judged ready for submission.

She still needed to find an agent and then a publisher, but at least Alison felt confident about her manuscript and knew that, after all her work, she now had a real chance of realising her dream of getting published.

WritersServices Children’s Services can help you in the same way. Writing for children is actually quite difficult and not the easy option that many people think. Children’s publishers are very clear about what they want. It’s vital for authors aiming at the children’s market to have the very latest intelligence about what publishers are looking for, as well as professional guidance on writing for different age groups. Our expert editors have experience working for children’s publishers and they can help you get it right, so that your submissions stand the best chance.

If you are intending to self-publish, it's all the more important to get your children's book into good shape.

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