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Publishing Children's Books



Michael Earp




So, you’ve written a book (or books!) for kids or young adults, but need to get your head around the industry? This workshop will provide an overview of all the parts that aren’t writing or illustrating. You'll learn how to research and approach publishers or agents, what to include in your pitch to show you’re knowledgeable, what to expect from publishers, the roles that booksellers play (along with how you can work with them) and more!
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • Best practice for researching and pitching.
  • The mechanisms of your book from creating through to reader.
  • The relationship between publishers and booksellers; booksellers and you.
  • What you can do to give your book the best chance.
  • What is in your control, and what you’ll need to relinquish.

About the Tutor:

Michael Earp is a non-binary writer living in Naarm, editor of the anthologies Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and Everything Under The Moon: Fairy Tales in a Queerer Light (October 2023). With a teaching degree and a Masters in Children’s Literature, they have worked between bookselling and publishing for twenty years and were named ABA Bookseller of the Year in 2021. Their writing has appeared in Archer, The Age, PopMatters, The Victorian Writer and Aurealis.

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Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 26 April 2024 - 4:00
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