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Children's editor Karen Ball unwittingly gives Sophia the name for this podcast … and talks about her 25-year career, from launching the multi-million selling 'Beast Quest' series with Working Partners, to setting up her own consultancy with Speckled Pen.

Full show notes available here:

Show Notes

Sophia and Karen talk about how to hook reluctant readers with pacy plots and catch phrases, working with unpublished writers (pre-published writers) and why voice is so important. Karen also brilliantly describes the essential boost for your self-esteem that having another creative pursuit, such as sewing, can give you.

Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.

Links to resources:

Karen’s website:
Karen’s blog about sewing:
Unbound (for crowd-funded books):
Wool and the Gang: 
Deep Work by Cal Newport:
Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin:
Art School, Smart School:

What is Prepublished?

What does it take to get your brilliant story published? The children’s writer Sophia Bennett and her guests explore the techniques authors use to get writing and create something that agents and editors can get excited about.

It can be a lonely place, working on your manuscript and never being sure if anyone will like it. If you want to hear successful writers and editors talking about how they got started, which writing tips they recommend, and what today's publishers are looking for, this podcast is for you.

Don't forget, 'writing is rewriting' - but sometimes it is also listening. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

You can follow us on Twitter at @prepubpodcast