How do I find a children’s book Literary agent?

The process of writing and publishing a Children’s book can be incredibly daunting. The work that is involved with producing a pristine manuscript from written to final draft stage is incredibly overwhelming. Next then comes the commercial publishing process. As writers we may not be fully aware of the literary landscape, and how our work fits in. We may not be accustomed to business negotiations or the more practical sales part of novel production. Therefore, manyreputable authors suggest that

Trends in Children’s Books

The landscape of Children’s books trends is forever evolving to accommodate contemporary societal issues. Despite the growth of modern technology Children’s books remainincredibly popular. Most of our fondest childhood memories originate from pouring over story books with loved ones.Young children/ Infants are captivated by Communication and language and consequentially take a keen interest in the spoken word. Similarly, as well invigorating children’s imaginations, reading also helps to strengt

What is a children’s book submission package?

The submissions process is often viewed as the most daunting part of a writer’s literary career! It is highly likely as a newbie author you will have spent months, or years laboring over your manuscript for it to be potentially critically reviewed and or rejected. Unfortunately, rejection often forms a large part of the literary submission process. That is why it could be viewed as fundamentally important to have a buffer/ safety net to rely on throughout this process! This is where the notion o

Can you write and illustrate your own children’s book?

Are you an aspiring novelist with a quirky creative flair? Do you wish to relive the magic of your own childhood and express yourself creatively with words and imagery? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, writing a children’s book may be the right option for you. If you have not published work before, writing and illustrating a children’s book may seem like a daunting prospect. However luckily creating your first picture book can now be an incredibly accessible process, and with a

Tapping for Anxiety: Top 6 Benefits of EFT...

In a hectic, stress-filled society, we often search for healthy and convenient ways to reduce anxiety and manage stress. Therapy can be costly/time-consuming, and medications often have unwanted side effects. EFT/Tapping is often viewed as an easy way to effectively manage some of the difficulties we face in life, with a solution that is readily available at your fingertips. Many are familiar with Acupuncture, and other forms of treatment that focus on specific points of the body to release ener

How much does it cost to hire a children’s book illustrator?

As a self-published author it is fundamentally important that you hire the correct children’s book illustrator to meet your specific needs. You want to find an illustrator whose illustrations encapsulate your narrative, and professionally showcase your work. Children are highly visual beings, so you should aim for your accompanying illustrations to be lively, colourful, and accessible. There are numerous options available for those seeking to source the appropriate illustrator to promote their w

How much does it cost to hire a children’s book illustrator?

As a self-published author it is fundamentally important that you hire the correct children’s book illustrator to meet your specific needs. You want to find an illustrator whose illustrations encapsulate your narrative, and professionally showcase your work. Children are highly visual beings, so you should aim for your accompanying illustrations to be lively, colourful, and accessible. There are numerous options available for those seeking to source the appropriate illustrator to promote their w

Competitions for Children's Book Illustrators

Nowadays there are numerous opportunities for children’s book illustrators to showcase their skills and be handsomely rewarded for it! We have listed a selection of the top renowned children’s book competitions available for illustrators, to give you the best chance to achieve the recognition and success you deserve. We have categorized our competition between those that are free, those that have fees, and finally some general competitions for illustrators. Without further ado, let us explore a

Self-publishing platforms for Children’s books

Nowadays it is easier than ever for Newbie Children’s book authors to self-publish their newly formulated work on a variety of different exciting platforms! However, there are numerous steps involved in transforming your manuscript from a simplistic PDF form to a profitable book, that is both of merchantable quality and appealing to your target market! The production process can be incredibly daunting for first-time authors, which is why I have provided some general self-publishing advice, along

Can Children’s books be used to talk about Serious Issues?

Should children’s books be used to deal with controversial issues? Nowadays we are fortunate enough to have an incredibly diverse array of children's books available to cater to each child’s individual preference. If one was to peruse the local library or review the selection of books on a prereaders shelf, you would come across a variety of different genres, ranging from magical worlds, factual anthropomorphic narratives, and books based on real-life scenarios. It is widely known that exposing

Landlord Life Hacks For Newly Formed Adults

On March the 11th 2020, I was forcibly expelled into adulthood. I stepped out of my Company Law exam feeling frazzled, defeated, and disappointed (the norm). My phone rang to the tune of 50 Cent’s Candy Shop, as I walked out of the Law Society riddled with shame. “IL TAKE YOU TO THE CANDY SHOP, IL LET YOU LICK THE LOLLIPOP”, and Caller ID notified me it was Gran. My gran, the person that housed me, clothed me, fed me and provided me with a safe space in her basement. “OH JESS I’M SORRY NOW, BUT

Jessica McCarthy

Jessica is a recovering Law graduate, and a current Master of Literature student. (AKA a walking quarter life crisis) As a legal secretary by day, she ensures the administration of justice takes place, slowly, one letter at a time. By night she’s an aspiring writer cooking up blogs, articles and other treasures. Three years ago, I lost my dad suddenly. It had been just your average day. I had been cramming for exams, and was as unprepared as usual, mixing up case names, and stumbling on princip

Pandemic Perfectionism | How to Survive COVID Isolation Like a Pro

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, I lived my life like most other young gobshites. Thinking I was invincible. I wore gloves, and social distanced etc but still laboured under the mistaken belief that the coronavirus could only be caught by rambunctious schmucks, or those with a weakened immune system. Now my life resembles the COVID-19 version of Emma Donoghue’s Room (luckily minus the abusive captor). It started with just a tickly throat, and a slightly dry cough. A mere sniffle in thi

The Honorary Hunzo | The Battle of the Bosoms

I stood awkwardly in the lingerie section of Penneys, and felt oddly out of place, mirroring Father Ted et al amongst ladies underwear. It was hopeless even endeavouring to source a bra here. This lingerie catered for the presumably “hangry women”, who hadn’t seen a sliced pan since they were prepubescent. I on the other hand, was on the other side of the scale, more of a CARBie than a Barbie. I would need reliable underwear that suited my disposition, Iron enforced, bullet proof, the works. I

The Honorary Hunzo | Chow Mein & Table Manners

Yesterday I planned to enjoy one of my favourite hobbies, eating out alone.. I entered the all you can eat buffet, with the satisfied knowledge that I could consume copious amounts, and would most certainly get my monies worth. All ten euro of it! Naturally of course, I had also brought small lunch boxes to meal prep for the rest of the week. I picked a seat and table as far away as possible from the general public, looking forward to luxuriate in the silence, and munch morosely on my chow mein

The Honorary Hunzo | Clutching at Straws

Minister for the environment, Richard Bruton expressed dissatisfaction about the implementation by Starbucks, of a new recyclable straw policy. He recently addressed the press, regarding the grave environmental concerns he had, in relation to the removal of plastic straws from the market. “I recently visited Starbucks, and to my dismay ended up with a mound of soggy straw pulp in my Chia seed frapp. However, it is not solely the potential effect of consumer dissatisfaction on Irish trading that

Learning the art of letting go

Whilst clearing out my wardrobe yesterday I unearthed a dusty yellow box. It was bursting to the brim with childhood paraphernalia. Signed journals, musty diaries lined with teenage angst, letters from pen pals overseas. These were the tattered remnants of a carefree youth. Relationships that I believed were indissoluble, and circumstances that I thought would never change. I felt an acute sense of sadness and loss. What had happened to that smiling child with the furry caterpillar brows, and un

The Impact Of Brexit Upon The Eurovision Song Contest

The Impact Of Brexit Upon The Eurovision Song Contest: We are all anticipating the potentially disastrous outcomes of Brexit on the Irish economy; on Anglo-Irish relations and on the European Union generally. However, what all the experts have neglected to address is the impact the triggering of Article 50 will have on the greatest intra-European competition of all time! The cement that glues “The ever-closer union” in place, the Eurovision song competition. In this article, I will briefly disc