A useful Q&A, esp. for those writing for children.
Thank you to everyone who suggested questions for Claire Hennessy, children’s author, writing teacher and Penguin Ireland children’s editor. And thank you Claire for sparing the time to talk to us in between your many commitments! (Where appropriate I have removed specifics in the questions to make the answers relevant to everyone rather than just the individual concerned.)
Is Penguin Ireland is open to submissions from across the UK or does it just focus on the Irish market? How about overseas authors, eg Australia?
We get submissions from all over the place but as Penguin (now Penguin Random House!) is international it’s probably best to approach the division closest/most relevant to where you live.
It is unusual for a big publisher to have an open submission policy. What are your reasons for this – and are you swamped?!
A little swamped! But in a great way. The publishing scene in…
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