About this blog

Welcome to my blog. This is the story of how I became a children’s book author. Well, it's the story of how I came to get my first book published. I'm not sure I can call myself a children's author until I have one or two more books under my belt.

Anyway, I hope to share my experiences here, from the early stages of trying to get my manuscript noticed by agents and publishers, through to developing the book and finally having it published and released to the world.

On the way, I hope I can pass on some useful advice, or at least shed light on what’s involved in the process of getting a debut book published.

This sort of information was something I desperately wanted to find when I was busy trying to get my book published. Therefore, I hope this blog is of some use to anyone in the same situation.

As I write this first entry, I’m still in the early stages of developing my book with my publisher.  We’ve chosen an illustrator and the initial sketches are coming through – which is intensely exciting.

But I’ll talk more about all that in future entries.

The point is, I don’t know the end of this story yet. If everything goes to plan, my first book, Hocus Pocus Diplodocus will be published in mid-2014 by Maverick Books.

But I won’t be popping open the champagne until I have the final printed book in my hands!


  1. Good luck with your book writing, I Have been writing a childrens book for two years on and off now and I have yet to send off a manuscript. FEAR!!! I have also written the next three in the series, (When I say written I actually mean I have the bones and have written the funny bits). I Have illustrated the first book and painted three pages. the 3rd page I didn't like so I haven't touched it since February 2014, at this rate I will have completed it by 2050 so I have hope. Tracie.

    1. Thanks Tracie - and good luck with your own writing project. If your first manuscript is at a stage you're happy with, my advice would be to start sending it to publishers. They can take a long time to respond, so you can be working on your other stories while you're waiting for a reply. Best of luck! Steve