Star Wars and Spreadsheets: What it’s like to work for WriteMentor

My WriteMentor journey starts with Spider-Man: Far From Home at the ODEON Metrocentre in Gateshead. I’d gone to the cinema to distract myself from the announcements of the WriteMentor mentor/mentee pairings. With the witchy power of predictions the women in my family swear to have, I thought I hadn’t got in for a second time. But when […]

Writementor success story: gina gonzales

What made you apply for the WriteMentor programme? I had seen some WriteMentor posts on Facebook, and it looked like a welcoming community that really cared about the mental health of its members so I made a note to apply when the program came around. I had been messing around with my first novel for years and […]

WriteMentor Success Story: Anushi Mehta

WriteMentor Spark is a monthly, online one-to-one mentoring service. Working with a children’s author, writers receive ongoing developmental editing, writing advice, publishing insights, and direct feedback on their manuscript to help them elevate their writing craft to the next level. Anushi Mehta took part in Spark and was mentored by A.J. Sass, author of Ana on […]

WriteMentor success story: Lorraine Hawley

When Lorraine Hawley’s critique partner Dani Camarena joined WriteMentor and loved the summer mentoring program, Lorraine decided to follow along with her journey – and found the community camaraderie so inviting that she wanted to be part of it herself. With the support of WriteMentor mentor Caroline Murphy, in 2019 Lorraine worked on her Middle […]

Interview with Christabel McKinley

Q1: Christabel, thanks for joining us: could you tell us a little more about you and how you became an agent? Thanks for the intro Stuart! As you mentioned briefly, I work at David Higham Associates where I’ve been for about 2.5 years now. I’ve always liked books for children – don’t think I could […]

WriteMentor 2020: A YEAR IN REVIEW

2020 has the been a YEAR, right? As you all know very well by know, I am a person who is hugely self-critical and takes every possible opportunity to review, analyse, self-evaluate and try to improve WriteMentor, and how we can help the most important person in this organisation: YOU! With that in mind, and […]


Jess Birch was a 2020 WriteMentor mentee, who worked with author Louisa Reid on her Young Adult retelling of Macbeth, Lady Em. Originally written in 154 sonnets, Louisa helped Jess rewrite her novel in free verse.   She shares the catalysts that led her to writing Lady Em, her experience developing the novel with her mentor, […]

Interview with 2021 Novel Award Judge: Lauren Gardner

Can you tell us a little more about you and your role as a literary agent, and how you came to be one?  Oh yikes, well In terms of me, I’m 32, I’ve been an agent for nearly 7 years, I am obsessed with my cocker spaniel (and co-agent) Arnie, and I don’t drink proper tea […]

writementor success story: Ravena Guron

Ravena Guron was born in London, went to school in London, went to university in London and now works in London. She has a degree in Biochemistry but soon realised life in a lab was not for her, and is now a trainee lawyer turned author. She writes Middle Grade and Young Adult, and loves […]

Interview with 2021 Picture Book Award Judges Justine Smith and Paul Moreton

Can you tell us a little more about both of you and the agency?  Paul: I am the Managing Director of Bell Lomax Moreton. I joined the agency in 2000 from Penguin books, where I was Head of Children’s Book Sales – over the last 20 years we’ve grown to represent children’s authors and illustrators across […]

4 reasons to enter a novel competition (even if you’re not planning to win)

Louise Cook was a runner-up in the 2020 WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award and a 2020 WriteMentor mentee. After a degree in Art History turned out to be even less useful than predicted, Louise Cook fell into the charity sector and has stayed there for over a decade. She’s worked across issues such as local communities, women’s […]

free Spark Mentoring opportunity for an author of colour

Aisha Bushby will be mentoring one author of colour for free, on a rolling basis. To apply to this round please send the following by Monday 30th November 2020.  – A sample of writing (up to 3,000 words). – A summary of the story you want help with.  – A brief explanation of where you […]

WriteMentor success story: Tess James-Mackey

Tess James-Mackey spent years mucking out horses, getting trampled on by horses, and finally realising she might prefer a less precarious office job. Between analysing insurance risk, she writes teens into terrifying situations inspired by her lived experiences, from softplay in an abandoned prison, camping in the wilds of the Black Mountains, and living with […]

Five tips for winning the Write Mentor Children’s Novel Award 2021

By Sue Cunningham, 2020 winner How do you win a writing competition? In my case, it was probably a fun concept that gave me the incentive to keep going, lots of editing and a huge amount of luck. Writing is such an imprecise science, one reader will enjoy a story another person might easily dismiss. […]

WriteMentor success story: Dana Faletti

Dana Faletti has always been a writer. Growing up in Pittsburgh, she wrote poetry endlessly and wrote her first novel – a romance – while in high school. In 2010, she wrote what would later become book one of The Whisper Trilogy. She often visits area schools with this trilogy and talks to kids about […]


As most of you know, we believe in complete transparency in everything we do, and I am always very honest and open about, well, everything. For the last 2 years, we’ve featured multiple reader feedback on EVERY entry for our novel award, including on all our free entries (which we fund ourselves). And I have […]

PB AWARD Winner SOPHIA PAYNE: my WMCNA experience

We asked 2020 Picture Book Award Winner, Sophia Payne, to reflect on her experience with the award, and what has happened since… It was a friend in my critique group who told me about the WriteMentor novel award, and I very nearly didn’t enter. I hadn’t long switched from writing MG to picture books, and […]

Writementor success story: Piu Das Gupta

Piu Das Gupta is a British Indian writer currently living in Paris. She was born in Kolkata and grew up in Croydon, spending time in London and Oxford along the way. She hopes to reflect the diversity of these worlds in her work.  When she’s not writing (which is most of the time), she likes to sit […]

WriteMentor Community Learning Hub: Meet our new (Virtual) Writers-In-Residence for 2021

We have exciting news for all of you! I’ve been thinking a lot this year about community and continuity. I’ve been thinking about loyalty and long-term learning and friendship. And it’s been nagging me that so often, when we help writers via our ace courses or mentoring, that there’s so little author after-care. I know […]

writementor success story: amy borg

After being long listed for the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award, Amy Borg took part in the WriteMentor 2019 summer mentoring programme where she worked on her Young Adult fantasy manuscript with the help of author Amy McCaw. Since then, she has received representation from Sara O’ Keeffe of Aevitas Creative Management. Amy shares her writing […]

WriteMentor guide to using Slack

All our courses, events and conference use the Slack platform for communication and delivery. We use this because: (a) it’s free for most functions (b) it’s fairly easy and intuitive to use (c) it can be use in an asynchronous way, so easier to access for those who can’t be live or are in different […]


Read about his WriteMentor journey, from programme application to literary representation. What made you apply for the WriteMentor programme? Last year, Words and Pictures magazine announced their January ’21 Slush Pile competition. The ask was for a book that, in its heart, had the relationship between a child and an animal. I instantly imagined a […]

Industry Insider series – Ain Bensenouci

Ain is the Events Programme Manager for Penguin Connect, part of Penguin Random House. Here she works within the Audiences and Audio division to connect authors with new readers through B2B events. Prior to this role, she was Senior Academic Partnerships Manager at Oxford University Press, where she was responsible for managing the inside sales […]

WriteMentor – The Future – An Open Letter

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last 4 months about how far we’ve come as an organisation, since I started a small, voluntary mentoring programme in late 2017. It was done without much ambition, but with a lot of heart, well-meaning and positivity. We’ve grown since and while I’ve made a whole ton of mistakes […]


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WriteMentor success story: Dale Hannah

Author Dale Hannah was a mentee on WriteMentor’s summer mentoring programme who worked his Middle Grade novel with the help of mentor Emily Critchley. Dale is now represented by Lynnette Novak, literary agent at The Seymour Agency, with his novel currently on submission in the United States. Dale chats to WriteMentor about his experience of the programme, […]

From ‘a certain point of view…’

  Never put off a task because of the time it will take…because the time will pass anyway and the task just won’t be done. I feel this way about my writing all the time – sometimes I don’t write because what I need to do next will involve quite a bit of time to […]


Can you tell us about your role and what it entails? I’m a UK Sales Executive at Egmont Books. It’s quite a varied role, so day to day you can be doing anything from processing customer orders, to feeding back on manuscripts and covers to pitching new titles to customers. As with any junior level […]

WMCNA winner 2020 – Interview with Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham, winner of our 2020 WMCNA, spoke with us last week about her win and her overall experience. How did you feel when you watched Alice announce you as the winner? I’d spent the morning doing telephone consults (I work for the NHS as a physio practitioner) but arranged my break to see the […]

WriteMentor success story: Carrie Beamer

Based in the United States, Carrie Beamer was a mentee on WriteMentor’s summer mentoring programme who worked on her historical Young Adult novel with the help of author Sarah Barkoff Palma. Carrie’s debut novel, Keep What Remains, is now published by Evernight Teen. What made you apply for the WriteMentor programme? I was browsing through Twitter looking […]

WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award 2021: meet the judges.

We are delighted to announce our judges for the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award for 2021. Pictures Books Judge(s): Justine Smith and Paul Moreton Entry: £5 Prize: £250 plus a text review and 1-2-1 call with Justine and Paul. Justine joins Bell Lomax Moreton from Pan Macmillan, where she has been commissioning and acquiring picture books. She […]

WriteMentor Success Story: Natasha Holmes

Natasha Holmes was a mentee on WriteMentor’s summer mentoring programme. During the programme, she edited her upper Middle Grade novel THE CHANGELING with the help of author Emma Finlayson-Palmer, and since then has received representation from literary agent Megan Carroll at Watson, Little Ltd. Natasha shares her experience of WriteMentor’s mentoring programme and why she believes […]

WMCNA 2020 – Winner’s Announcement

After 5 months of reading, scoring and judging, we have finally arrived at the day where we announce the 2020 WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award winner! This year we received 447 entries for the award. And to our readers, our adult ones listed below and our 100 or so kid readers, thank you for reading the […]

#WriteMentor 2020 Mentor-Mentee Pairings

Below are the 2020 #WriteMentor programme pairings. If your name is on this list, your mentor will contact you with further instructions of what they are offering you and how your mentoring is going to work. One thing to please note, and all the mentors agreed, that being picked for the programme doesn’t mean those […]


Date: Thursday 24th September
Where: Twitter
Who: all writers of Children’s Fiction from PB to YA
How: simply post your tweet length pitch using the hashtag #WMPitch and if an agent likes your pitch, go to their profile and follow their submission instructions (full details/rules below)

2020 Agent Showcase – Participating Agents

This is an evolving list and as agents complete the form, we will add them to the list. Name Agency Name Link to bio/wishlist Twitter Handle Alice Sutherland-Hawes Madeleine Milburn Ltd @alibelle Alice Williams Alice Williams Literary  @alicelovesbooks Amber Caraveo Skylark Literary @AmberCaraveo Ann Rose Prospect Agency @annmrose Analieze Cervantes The […]

2020 #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award – THE SHORTLIST

Well what a month! About as disruptive as it could have been for both the writers waiting and readers (attempting) to read! But we’ve got here, and honestly, the standard is MASSIVE. I genuinely cannot believe how good some of the books are that are NOT on this list. They will get signed by agents […]

Self-isolation tips from a chronically-ill writer by Julie Farrell

PART 1 – Life in Isolation Lock-down. We’re finally here. This is my twelfth day of self-imposed isolation (I’m asthmatic, so my husband and I weren’t taking any chances) and things are pretty normal for me. Okay, so, food shortages aren’t normal, but we’ve managed fine with our local farm shop taking online deliveries. Everything […]

Bouncing back by Stuart White

  We spoke about this last week, but disappointment is tough… Receiving feedback can be even tougher, especially when it says things you didn’t want to hear… Things that were ruminating in your own head – the same doubts that you’ve been pushing away for months. And there it is…in black and white, from an anonymous […]

2020 WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award – THE LONGLIST

Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s WMCNA. We are very proud and honoured that so many of you chose to enter. Indeed, we were slightly overwhelmed with the final number of 447 entries that we received, which is more than 200 more than last year! As a result, this announcement has been slightly delighted […]

Receiving Feedback by Stuart White

Today’s post is most definitely inspired by a great thread by Lindsay Galvin on Twitter on this topic. We announce the long list for the 2020 WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award at midday. Shortly after this, I will begin distributing feedback to everyone who entered. That’s 447 of you. Many of you chose to receive all […]

WriteMentor 2020 By Stuart White

Well, we have arrived at that exciting time of the year again where preparations have begun for this years edition of our flagship programme (voluntary mentoring which is free in an attempt to make it accessible to writers from all backgrounds). We do a lot at WriteMentor now (I say ‘we’ because while I’m running things, […]

How to run a novel award by Stuart White

In an attempt to demystify the behind the scenes goings-ons, as I always aim to do, during a novel award, herein follows the honest account of what we do, and how we try to help outstanding writers be showcased and launch careers. First, an origin story… As a child, Stuart was not actually know as […]

Under Pressure by Stuart White

Press play as you read:   Love it or loathe it…pressure is almost always essential. Pressure and heat converts graphite into diamond. Pressure gives you that urgency to finally finish that edit or first draft or first chapter. Or your breakfast for that matter, because with the pressure of getting to work on time, why […]

The Breakthrough Writers’ Conference by Kate Brauning

I’m thrilled to announce the first Breakthrough Writers’ Conference is now open for registrations! I’ve partnered with Tessera Editorial, which was founded on the idea that publishing can & should be accessible to all people, to bring you a line-up of brilliant events, completely online.  It’s the start of a new year, and so many […]

Agent Q&A – Lucy Irvine of PFD, interviewed by Aisha Bushby

To start the new year, we’re chatting to Lucy Irvine at PFD. Lucy was kind enough to join me in November for a Q&A as part of my Preparing for Submission online course. She will be back in 2020, when the course runs again for 6 weeks, starting January. If you’re interested in signing up, […]

On synopses and openings

In advance of the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award closing next month, I thought I’d post up a few thoughts of mine, which I’ve learned both from writing myself but also, more importantly, from reading 1000s of synopses and openings via our mentoring programme and novel award. It’s important to point out at the outset, that […]

The Dark Side of being a writer

Writing can be lonely…but it doesn’t have to be. I say it a lot. Because it’s true…all of it… So, what is this Dark Side I speak of? Well, in the beginning, we all start this journey alone and unlearned…marooned on Jakku, no parental figures to guide us, no peers (as yet) to encourage and […]

EDITING: How do you know when a story is finished? by Clare Helen Welsh

EDITING: How do you know when a story is finished? I knew I wanted my final Write Mentorpost of 2019 to be about editing, unpicking the question; How do you know when your story is finished? But it isn’t an easy one to answer. Storytelling is a naturally organic process. When we tell stories aloud, […]

#WriteMentor Success Stories – Camilla Chester

What made you want to get involved in the WriteMentor Spark programme? My SCBWI critique group was no longer meeting to review work regularly, but one of the members had become a Write Mentor. Through her, and other SCBWI members, I heard a lot of good things about WM. After 3 self-published books, 2 shortlisting […]

AGENT Q&A with Sam Copeland By AISHA BUSHBY

For our second agent Q&A of the series, we’re speaking to agent-author extraordinaire, Sam Copeland. Sam’s first job in publishing was at Curtis Brown Literary Agency, where he started in 2001. He joined Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2006 and was made a director in 2016. He has an extremely diverse list of award-winning and […]

CONGRATULATIONS! You’re published…now what? by Emma Read

Congratulations! You’re Published …  When I was pregnant with my first child (bear with, this will be about writing eventually, I promise) I attended a series of pre-natal classes with my OH and five other expectant and enthusiastic couples. We learned a lot (sometimes too much) about labour and the birth, but it was only […]


Okay, first up – an apology. You’re stuck with me for this weeks newsletter blog post – and yes it will involve Star Wars and yes it will involve GIFs (see above!) of Obi-Wan! Some days you feel like you could take on Mace Windu and Master Yoda at the same time, in a lightsaber duel, […]

Halloween themed contest winners

Flash Fiction General Feedback Thank you again to everyone who entered! We had some fabulous entries and it was really hard to choose a winner. We wanted to provide some general feedback which we hope will be of some use: – There were a couple of poems entered. Whilst these were great, we were unfortunately unable […]

PICTURE BOOKS: Plot Like a Pro by Clare Helen Welsh

Following my last #WriteMentor post about finding original and marketable ideas, (If you missed the post, you can read it here) I thought it might be useful to take a look at plotting. What’s the best way to get your picture book down on the page, in a sequence that your reader will find satisfying […]

SCBWI Conference 2019

I wanted to write this whole the experience was still fresh in my mind, so excuse my ever present over-enthusiasm! Off the back of a 7.5 hour drive (much improved on my 9 hour drive down there) I am still strangely alert and buzzing with excitement for my writing and joy at meeting so many […]

Agent Q&A – Ludo Cinelli – interviewed by Aisha Bushby

Welcome to the first in our series of agent Q&As! Every few weeks we’ll be speaking to a different agent about their job, giving an insight into what it’s like on the other side of the computer screen. If you have any questions, please get in touch by DMing @aishabushby on Twitter, and we’ll do […]

Things I have learned about writing and ‘success’ by Anna Mainwaring

It’s three years since my first novel, ‘Rebel with a Cupcake’, was published and my new book, ‘Tulip Taylor’ has been out six months. So what have I learned about writing in this time…. Writing is not something you do alone Well, it is. The rather well-worn seat of my chair in the study is […]

Writing Rules and Other Annoying Truths by Marie Basting

I’m not really one for rules. In fact, my debut novel, Princess BMX, is all about breaking them. But the reality is, if we want to write for children, and get published, there are some fundamentals we need to consider. Not rules exactly – didn’t I tell you, I hate rules – but industry truths […]

The Anxious Author Part 2 – The First Draft by Lindsay Galvin

This is the follow up post – the second in a #writementor series exploring mental health, particularly anxiety, in the context a writing career or creative life. In the first post I described my experiences as I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Depression (capitals deliberate) just weeks after my debut book was released. […]

How to win the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award by Alexandra Page

Alexandra Page was the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award winner for 2019. We chatted to her after winning here. Below, she gives her best advice to those hoping to enter this year and become the 2020 winner. Full details of the 2020 award here. Things to do Focus on formatting your story so it looks as […]

How to almost win a novel competition by Kathryn FOXFIELD

How to almost win a novel competition I can’t tell you how to win the WMCNA, partly because I was a runner-up but also because there’s no magic formula and what works for one writer is useless to the next. But my book, WHISPER PIER, did land me an agent through the competition, and it’s […]

An insider’s perspective on literary agents by Aisha Bushby (Part 1)

Let’s talk about Literary Agents. I remember interning at a literary agency for the first time and being in awe of the seemingly super-human agents who floated around the office as if on air. I attended meetings where they discussed rights, and territories – and fought passionately for their authors – while I sat on […]

The Anxious Author by Lindsay Galvin

Apologies this doesn’t have quite the lighthearted tone of my other posts. It’s also too long. But I’m not anxious about that. This is important to share. I am an anxious author. Big deal, a lot of us are. What with the cycle of hope, rejection, waiting — oh the agony of waiting…we are creative […]

NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Caroline Murphy

Northern Exposure Publishing is a very London-centric business, and writers far from the buzz of book launches, agent events and conferences can feel isolated and overlooked. So what can writers ‘up north’ do make sure they’re not left out in the cold? Caroline Murphy grew up in the north-east of England, spent sixteen years in […]

How Gentle Yoga Can Help you as a Writer By Maisie Chan

Yoga for Writers Yoga can be used to alleviate tight muscles, sore backs and as a preventative practice for writers. It can also be used to foster creativity and allow space for our writing and inherent creativity to unfold. Maisie Chan is a children’s writer, mentor and trained yoga teacher for adults and children. She […]

Overcoming Obstacles – How To Write When Everything Is Wrong by Sophie Cleverly

Overcoming Obstacles – How To Write When Everything Is Wrong Summary: Many of us face obstacles that get in the way of writing – whether it’s due to physical or mental health problems, raising children, working other jobs, or just struggling with motivation. In this talk I will discuss my own experiences, and give my […]

The submissions process from a housebound perspective by Sally Doherty

The submissions process from a housebound perspective Sally describes her personal experience of writing and submitting whilst living with M.E. and explains what a virtual writing conference means for her. Sally lives in leafy Surrey with her two-legged husband, three-legged Labrador and four-legged Jack Russell Terror. She writes middle grade novels, flash fiction and articles […]

Welcome to WOWCON

Hello everyone, First of all – WELCOME to the first (and hopefully not last!) WriteMentor Online Writing Conference! I am delighted to be opening this online, accessible conference which has been designed especially for those unable to access in-person conferences due to financial/health/geographic reasons. As a writer who lives in Glasgow and suffers from chronic, […]

Are you ready to be a writer? by Clare Helen Welsh

It is widely considered that almost everyone, at some point in their life, will want to write a book. For me that happened in 2013. With no experience, no obvious talent, no clue what I was doing (!) …I began my writing journey after putting it on a ‘bucket list’ of things to try that […]

#WriteMentor Success Stories – Kari Veenstra

Recently, we spoke with 2018 mentee, Kari Veenstra, about her latest announcement of a publication deal and what’s happened before and since. Tell us a little about you and your writing journey to date. My mother homeschooled me in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. I took to reading like a duck to water. The […]

The Art of the Arc by A.J. Sass

The Art of the Arc An effective, engaging novel has several moving parts. Most people are familiar with plot. It’s usually the external circumstances you describe when someone asks, “What’s your book about?” But even the most exciting plot can fall flat without well-developed characters who impact it in ways uniquely their own. The journey […]

YA (39) THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST by Annette Caseley

I would like to submit my 60,000 word teen novel, THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST, for your consideration. I have had requests for the full manuscript from some of you already. THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST is the humorous diary of politics junkie, Martin. It’s an uplit book: Adrian Molemeets the Fault in Our Stars. When Dad agrees with […]

YA (41) SILVER SANDS by Caroline Icke

It is Midsummer, and the harvest is almost here. Nestled among the dying citrus trees of Halla Valley, Nahla’s plants grow tall and strong, their leaves ripe with veins of silver magic: the first grains of magic the Magus Mountains have seen in a hundred years. Fifteen-year-old Nahla vows to use that magic to burn […]


Before seventh-grader Ben Jefferson can generate enough belief to save John Henry and the other fading American tall tale legends from eradication, he must first learn to believe in himself. LEGENDS OF CLAY FALLS is a 57,000-word middle-grade contemporary fantasy that will interest readers of THE LOST GIRL by Anne Ursu, THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS […]

YA (53) THE DISTANCE THAT REMAINS by Laura Creighton McFadden

Because of your interest in YA contemporary that deals with complicated family relationships and emotional coming-of-age, THE DISTANCE THAT REMAINS, complete at 70,000 words, might be a good fit for your list. Sixteen-year-old Tesla, mediocre cross-country runner, accidentally qualifies for varsity. Unless a blister counts as a career-ending injury, Tess is stuck trying to prove […]

PB (6) A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER by Kaylen Wade

I’m seeking representation for my 450-word picture book, A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER. When a newly-founded town chooses as mayor a man whose biggest assets are a loud voice, a tall hat, and an impressive moustache, bad decisions are bound to be made. It’s not enough for the town’s shops to sell regular old provisions […]

MG (19) AMONG THE COSMOS by Kate Anderson

When thirteen year old Nova Allan discovers a photograph taken by her grandfather is drifting through interstellar space on the Voyager Golden Record, she realizes there are things she never knew about him or the secrets he kept. As she delves deeper into her family’s past, her grandmother trails after Nova like the tail of […]

YA (57) ISLE OF AWAKENING by Noelle Kelly-Trindles

Fifteen-year old Grace Hamilton is used to the big city lights and noise of London, but Spike Island, a former prison and windswept piece of land off the coast of Ireland, is a world apart. And with a haunting past and dark secrets, the island is a breeding ground for lonely Grace’s blossoming magical powers, and the […]

YA (52) INDOOR GIRL by Krystle Brantzeg

Fifteen-year-old Prayer Perrault lives in a bubble where YouTube videos are her teachers and secondhand books are her friends. Her only human interaction comes from her agoraphobic mom, whose fears bar Prayer from leaving the house except to take out the garbage or check the mail. But when termites chew their way into Prayer’s bedroom, […]

PB (5) I AM NOT A THIEF by Kailei Pew

Everyone assumes that Ronald is a thief. No one will trust a raccoon. They can’t see past his mask. All Ronald wants is to make one new friend, but on the first day of school, things are worse than he feared. He wonders if he’ll ever meet a friend who can see beyond his appearance. […]

YA (45) THE SPIRIT THIEF by George Jreije

Please consider THE SPIRIT THIEF, an 84,000 word #ownvoices Young Adult fantasy with Lebanese-Arab themes. This novel will appeal to fans of Tochi Onyebuchi’s Beasts Made of Night and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. Sixteen-year-old Musa has trained his entire life to become a Hunter, only to be rejected when he refuses to […]

YA (37) UNCHARTED STARS by Allison Friebertshauser

In UNCHARTED STARS, a stand-alone YA science fiction, complete at 91,000 words, the all-girl crew of Natalie Parker’s SEAFIRE meets the far-flung exploration and team dynamics of MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA in an Indiana Jones-in-space adventure. Eighteen-year-old Iris Moreno is one of the slickest grifters in the Drake Cluster. Following her mother’s assassination years ago, she […]


THE IMPROBABLE GOALS OF SOFIA HERNANDEZ is a 38K Middle Grade contemporary novel reminiscent of Bend it like Beckham with themes and tone similar to Takedown. An eleven-year old, recent immigrant from Mexico, Sofia’s only goal in life after moving to the States is to make a friend. But now she wants more, she wants what […]

YA (43) EXPENSIVE SECRETS by Emma Derwent

Thank you for reading the first 500 words of my crossover YA thriller, EXPENSIVE SECRETS. Shannon French hates her job as a teenage secret agent. The only thing that could make it worse would be if she was posted to the one place where she is not her best – a school – doing the […]

MG (32) EDIE, DAN AND LAURA by Tess James-Mackey

EDIE, DAN AND LAURA is an Upper Middle Grade contemporary novel at 64,000 words, written in diary format. Since her mum died, all that fifteen-year-old Edie “Mouse” Jones wants is to keep her fragile family unit together. But when her older brother can’t take the pressure of parental responsibility and seeks solace in the arms […]


DAUGHTER OF A SPIRIT EATER is a young adult contemporary fantasy set on a mystical island off the coast of Shanghai. It’s told from two points of view and is complete at 74,000 words. The magic in DAUGHTER OF A SPIRIT EATER is comparable to Cardcaptor Sakuraand the overall style resembles To Kill a Kingdom. […]


I am seeking representation forScruffball and Grumpy Face: The Curry Catastrophe – a feline comedy for 7-9s, complete at 14,000 words. When a chicken curry robbery goes wrong, alley cat criminals Scruffball and Grumpy Face are sent to ‘prison’ (ie. the cat rescue centre). They meet the Long-timers – cats which nobody wants to adopt […]

MG (14) INVISIBLE ME by Clare Bunting

Invisible Me is about a boy who has panic attacks that turn him invisible. At 40,000 words, it’s a Middle Grade novel which would appeal to the readers of The Light Jarby Lisa Thompson and Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin. All twelve-year-old Isaac wants is a normal life, playing his guitar in his band, Broken […]

YA (56) UNREALITY by Loretta Chefchaouni

Seventeen-year-old Addy Arrowood should have died when her father’s store was robbed three years ago. Instead, her dad shielded her, taking the fatal bullet himself. Addy still has PTSD from the shooting, but one day she comes home from school to find her dad alive and well—like it never happened. Altered family photos, missing keepsakes, […]

MG (18) TRASH OR TREASURE by Helen Clark Jones

Thank you for considering the first 500 words of ‘Trash or Treasure?’ – a humorous middle grade adventure, complete at 45,000 words. My story follows eleven-year old Freddie, who stages a Roman hoax to save the local park from closure and win the attention of her absent dad.But when Freddie invites Dame Gilda Goldfink, popular […]

MG (33) FAKING IT by Thompson McLeod

When plus-size eleven-year old Kyle enters a recipe in an online contest, he wins a coveted spot on the wildly successful junior chef show, Kids in the Kitchen. The winner will take home $100,000 and a summer internship with a celebrity chef. Kyle knows exactly which chef he’ll choose: his own father. His dad may […]

MG (22) THE DANDY LION by Lorraine Hawley

A sensory-sensitive girl struggles to make friends in an impossible fifth-grade world filled with fantastical creatures only she can see. In a small Indiana town, ten-year-old Meredith Smart sees the whimsical in the mundane. Fireflies dance inside lampposts, flowers wave in greeting, and a troublesome beetle named Flossie plots to ruin her life. No one […]

YA (55) BLUE SHADOWS FALL by Lenore Stutznegger

BLUE SHADOWS FALL is a 106k word YA Fantasy that mixes the close-knit family and post-apocalyptic world of A Quiet Place with the superpowers of Red Queen and quirky wit of A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. My story was inspired by my personal experience with autistic family members who made me wonder if their sensory sensitivities could be their super powers.  […]