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Writers' & Artists' Guide to Writing for Children and YA

Ms Linda Strachan



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01 December 2019
The W&A Guide to Writing for Children and YA provides informed, practical advice from a successful and experienced writer of children's books across all ages. Its coverage includes picture books through middle grade and young adult; fiction and non-fiction; books for reluctant readers and books for the education market. It is one author's lifetime of experience distilled into an engaging guide on how to manage, kickstart or begin your writing career.

This is a heavily revised and expanded edition of Linda's Writing for Children (2008). Much has happened in both Linda's writing life and in the world of children's books since then. Staying true to the essence of the original, the new edition includes more advice and experience to reflect changes in digital publishing, self-publishing, and the explosion of YA and children's writing more broadly.
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
Weight:   344g
ISBN:   9781472970053
ISBN 10:   1472970055
Series:   Writers' and Artists'
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Linda Strachan is the author of over 60 books. She writes for a wide range of ages from picture books to Young Adult novels. These include the bestselling Hamish McHaggis series and award-winning Spider (Strident, 2008), Dead Boy Talking (Strident, 2010) and Don't Judge Me (Strident, 2012). Her educational books are used in schools worldwide. Linda is a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and an experienced creative writing tutor. Her website is

Reviews for Writers' & Artists' Guide to Writing for Children and YA

An essential read for everyone interested in the art, craft and business of writing. * Malorie Blackman * Linda Strachan is one of those authors who not only nails it on the page, but is also a master at explaining how and why she writes what she writes. * Philip Ardagh * This book contains everything you need to know. -- (review of the previous edition) * Celia Rees, former Chair of the Children's Writers & Illustrators Group of the Society of Authors * The advice in this book is utterly invaluable. -- (review of the previous edition) * Nicola Morgan, current Chair of the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group committee of the Society of Authors, a former chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, and an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland *

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