How long should my children’s book be? We wish there was a simple, one-size-fits-all answer to this! There are no set rules for how long a children’s novel should be, and the lack of clear guidance can be frustrating. That’s why we often get asked questions like this.
Sure, we all start out emulating our heroes, but the world already has Harry Potter, The Cat in the Hat and Pooh – oh, how I love him – so we don’t need (let’s face it, probably inferior) replicas. Why try to write something you don’t REALLY want to write?
The query letter is a tough thing to get right – it needs to be informative, but not boring; warm, but not over-familiar. But please, before writing your query letter, make sure you don’t write one like this…
We sat down with the delightful Zoe Griffiths, Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Kids, to ask her some questions about finding brilliant children’s fiction.
A really brilliant opening line, followed by a brilliant opening paragraph, is crucial. It gets your prospective agent or editor’s attention and makes them more inclined to like the rest of your writing.
Exciting times at The Lighthouse! Cat Clarke’s new book, The Lost and the Found, is out in July (and it’s stunning – buy a copy!). In same month, my very first children’s novel, Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs, hits the shelves. All this writing has got me thinking.