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Annie Eaton disputes the label ‘legend’ – but she is one. Annie started her editorial career at Puffin in 1984. Since then she has worked as an editor and senior publisher at Transworld, Random House, PRH and Faber, and worked with authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Siobhan Dowd and Helen Cooper.

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Show Notes

Annie talks to Sophia about what an editor is looking for in a great story, what it was like to work with authors like Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman, and why chemistry with an author is important. It's great to get Annie's insight into the marketing process and what a publisher is thinking when it comes to launching your book.

Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.

Links to resources:

Before I Die by Jenny Downham:
Tales on Moon Lane:
West End Lane Books:
Muswell Hill Bookshop:

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.

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