Useful Resources

Find out more about writing and illustration and the publishing industry


Almond Press

A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers

Betsy Lerner, Published by Riverhead Books

Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach

The Bookseller

The trade magazine – reviews, previews, opinion, news coverage – available in some libraries and by subscription

House of Illustration

This is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts, founded by Sir Quentin Blake

Google It!

The internet is full of fascinating information – blogs, author websites, agency websites, publisher websites, Twitter, Instagram… Don’t believe everything you read – but you’ll find the answer to many of your questions online.


An on-line news service for the trade – updated daily, articles largely accessible only to subscribers

Books for Keeps

A long-established on-line children’s book magazine with reviews and articles

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

Anybody who’s interested in the world of publishing, let alone looking for ways to be published, should get hold of a copy of this remarkable resource, published by Bloomsbury. There are contact details for publishers and agents, essays by published writers on all kinds of publishing-related subjects and sections on all kinds of writing.

Reading this book will save you a great deal of time and trouble.

Updated annually, copies should be available through your local library services, but given the range of information it offers, it could be the best investment you ever make.

There’s also an on-line resource.

Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

A companion to the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, published by Bloomsbury, but tailored for writers and illustrators for children.

Updated annually, highly recommended.

Books for Keeps

A long-established on-line children’s book magazine with reviews and articles

Into the Woods – How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them

John Yorke, Published by Penguin

An inspiring and practical read for writers of all kinds

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King, Published by New English Library

Yes – the Stephen King. This is full of practical, down to earth guidance from one of the industry’s most successful writers.

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