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The Matilda Children’s Literature Prize and the Magic of Storytelling with Publisher, Lisa Berryman

Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do at HarperCollins Children’s Books, be it creating beautiful picture books for very young children, books with more accessible text for those who are learning how to read, or page-turning books for children who are more confident readers, we know the power of a good story. And in a world where kids are surrounded by the temptations of the digital world, we know that the very best books will attract the attention of our young audience. READ MORE

Why the first page of a manuscript is so important

Woman writing on paper

Unsurprisingly, first impressions are important when convincing publishers to take a chance on a manuscript. But there's a fine art to a good opening, and even the best story can be let down by a bad first page. Anna Valdinger, our Commercial Fiction Publisher, reads a lot of submission letters. So she knows a thing or two about what makes a manuscript stand out. We asked her to share a few top tips for writers to consider when submitting their work for The Banjo Prize. READ MORE

Catherine Milne on Getting a Job in Book Publishing

Words: Catherine Milne I can still vividly remember the moment when I knew I wanted to work in publishing.  It was after my first and only visit to my university careers service.  I’d finished my arts degree and was desperate for a job, any job. I spotted an ad for something called a National Education Representative at Penguin Books.  Right, I thought. I can do that. Whatever that is. READ MORE