Writing Picture Books

Curious to see what it takes to write a children’s picture book manuscript? Wondered what an editor will be looking for?

Join Emma Layfield, Hachette’s Picture Book Development Director, North, with Nik Perring, for a talk and Q&A, and then stretch your own writing muscle with picture books in mind. Find out about the picture book market today in the UK and internationally, including hot themes and latest trends. Emma will explain how to create and format a picture book and discuss what she’s looking for, and talk about Hachette’s picture book open days for unpublished writers. You’ll get to ask her questions too.

You don’t have to be an illustrator (or a visual person) to write a picture book, but many writers get to work with great illustrators as part of the process of turning their story into art!

FREE | on Crowdcast online [no video/audio needed] | open to young writers (14 to 30)
When: 6th July 2020 | 6-7pm | placed limited
To book email: info@hivesouthyorkshire.com with your name, age & writing interests

These amazing cover images are all Hachette books. You can find them here: www.hachettechildrens.co.uk

Emma Layfield
(Picture Book Development Director, North, Hachette UK)
After twenty years of working with Hachette Children’s Group in London, Emma Layfield recently took on a new role as Picture Book Development Director, North, based in Manchester. She is responsible for networking, building relationships and looking for business opportunities in the north of England and Scotland, and focuses on acquiring picture book talent living in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Scotland to publish onto the Hachette Children’s Group list.

Hachette Children’s Group
Hachette Children’s Group is one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK, with an excellent track record in creating bestselling and award-winning books for children.  The Group aims to cater for every child, with baby and pre-school books, picture books, gift, fiction, non-fiction, series fiction, books for the school and library market and licensed publishing and comprises the imprints Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Orion Children’s Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Quercus Children’s Books, Pat-a-Cake, Wren & Rook, Franklin Watts and Wayland Books.