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The children's writer Sophia Bennett explains her long journey to publication, and why she wanted to make this podcast. She introduces some of the guests, who'll be talking about their experiences and sharing their favourite tips for making you and your writing stand out.

Show Notes

It took Sophia ten years to get her first contract. If you’re writing your own stories, these conversations are designed to help you avoid all the mistakes she made. We look at themes such as plotting, creating compelling characters and what a publisher is thinking when they come to consider your book. You can hear our favourite tips, learn from our writing gurus, and listen to us disagree about what works as we explore the highs and lows of writing a book.

This series focuses on the world of children’s books, but almost all the ideas we discuss apply to writing fiction generally. So whatever you’re working on, settle in to listen to some serious talk about writing.

Sophia is the author of ten books for teens, including 'Threads', which won the Times/Chicken House Fiction Competition in 2009, and 'Love Song', which won the RoNA Romantic Novel of the Year in 2017. She’s a visiting lecturer in Writing for Children, a Patron of Reading, and a Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. Her latest book, written for Tate Publishing, is 'The Bigger Picture: Women Who Changed the Art World'. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram  and her very own website

Follow us on Twitter @prepubpodcast, let us know what works, and tell us who you'd like to hear from in future episodes.

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