Hi I'm not sure if this is the right thread, but looking for some help for a friend.. She's a retired primary school teacher who has always been brilliant at making up stories but has recently started writing in earnest. She's now written a set of short stories for small children about a dog called Baggage, and a book for I suppose slightly older children about a 'house sprite' called Mossy. Obviously I'm biased as I know her personally, but I think they're great, sort of in the same spirit as Five Children and It and all those stories, but modern and not so quaint.
ANYWAY - does anyone have any ideas as to getting published? I know these things take forever, and she has been sending the manuscript out, but it crossed my mind that with the wealth of users on MN someone might have a better idea than me, as I'm nothing to do with the book world and am currently pregnant with our first DC, so really have little idea about current children's publishers etc.,
Hope no one minds the rather random post, but if you have any ideas, do let me know!!
Tell her to Google writers advice services, for a critique. Writers workshop offer them, as do some other companies and independents. You have to pay a few hundred pounds, but if she can afford it will get a lot of support with improving her stories, plus - if they think them good enough- introductions to agents.
If she hasn't already done so, I would advise her to invest in a copy of the 'Children's Writers and Artists Year Book.' It gives details of all the publishing companies, the types of books they look for and also whether or not they accept manuscripts direct or through an agent.