Writers Advice Centre

Advice and Training for Children’s Writers

The Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books is a literary consultancy service offering advice and training to children’s writers…

Manuscript Appraisal

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete beginner or a published author. We will look at all types of writing, including picture books, early readers, short stories, novels for older children, non-fiction and poetry.


This service is suitable for authors who prefer a more personal approach and want to have a one-to-one general discussion, a tutorial, or to look at a specific piece of work. We offer phone and face to face consultations.

Home Study

This is a highly individual and personalized tuition service based on Louise Jordan’s book How to Write for Children and Get Published. The course is run and tutored by Louise herself, assisted by senior editors.

The Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books is a literary consultancy service offering advice and training to children’s writers. Since 1994, we have been providing new and published children’s writers with expert advice and encouragement which can hugely increase chances of publication.

We work with of all types of children’s books, including picture books, fiction, non-fiction & poetry. We offer detailed manuscript assessments – by email or post, via our dedicated telephone advice line, or at face-to-face editorial meetings. We also offer a home study course and writers’ workshops.

There is no other advice service offering such a solid sounding board from professionals who successfully write and publish children’s books. It has always been this inside knowledge of the children’s publishing world which gives the Writers’ Advice Centre its edge.

Our new imprint, Wacky Bee, is currently looking for exciting new titles to publish. We prefer that authors use one of our manuscript appraisal services first but we are also open to unsolicited submissions. Visit the Wacky Bee website.

Wacky Bee Books

Success Stories

Over the past 20 years we have been instrumental in helping writers find their place with publishers, whether directly or indirectly. The following is just a handful of our success stories…

"Thank you for turning this around so quickly for me. The feedback is invaluable and will allow me to make a number of really worthwhile amends before approaching publishers. As I go through the report in more detail I may have the odd question, so thank you for being open to further assistance."

R Myles (Manuscript Appraisal Service)

"I’d like to thank you for your words of encouragement. My wife said to my children after the phone call, ‘That’ll be it now, you won’t see your dad for months as he’ll be busy writing.’ How true!"

Neil Swinney (Telephone Appraisal Service)

"Sharing our book with Louise Jordan at the Writers’ Advice Centre was one of our most important steps on the road to publication of our book My Mum’s a Bug-Eyed Monster. Without Louise’s advice about story pacing and which publishers to target, our monster mum may still be languishing in the slush swamp!"

Andy Rigden & Jim Landen (Face to Face Meeting)

"I am finding this writing course very enjoyable and feel inspired by the assignments. I find your feedback particularly motivating and believe that signing up to this course has not only developed my writing confidence, but is one of the best things I did for my writing career"

Kim White (Home Study Course)

"Thank you for facilitating such an excellent workshop yesterday. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to write for children. Experienced writers would definitely benefit from it as well. Pure gold!"

A Chisambo (Writing Workshop)