Here at CWLA, our staff and contributors have a shared goal to create engaging Picture & Early Chapter books for young readers.
Early Chapter Books: I have genuine empathy with parents of children that are reluctant readers, as a mum of two boys myself, it can be incredibly hard to engage some children with reading. I believe there is a real need in the industry to create stimulating children’s content as a key stepping-stone into independent reading with Early Chapter books. This reading age group are very loyal to a ‘good’ series, which is often overlooked by writers and illustrators who either target at a higher age level with more detailed chapter books, or a much younger age group with picture books. Our aim here is to bring a wider selection into the market by ensuring the storylines are engaging, relevant and by offering different formats, easier reading text and just by creating great stories!
Picture Books: As co-founder of one of the leading illustration agencies, I have over 20 years of experience in Children’s Publishing. I understand how important it is to match artwork and text to present an obvious choice to publishers. The enormous goodwill I have built up with 100’s of illustrators, and my reputation for having a high conversion rate, means that we can often produce speculative samples for publishers the same day. Clients benefit from how that translates into a smooth commissioning process.
I also understand the author’s side of the business. As a writer myself, I appreciate the fine balance of creative input with the pressure of deadlines. I really enjoy working with our like-minded authors who share the same passion of bringing immersive and imaginative content to market through young literature.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Caroline over the past 5 years and have benefited hugely from her knowledge and experience of the industry as well as her perceptiveness and skills as a writer/editor. Together we have been able to fulfil my dream of writing and illustrating my own stories with the prospect of even more publications in the future. Always an encouraging voice at the end of the phone who is both warm and approachable along with the upmost, professional integrity.”Sally Anne Garland, Author
“Caroline is very professional and easy to work with. She has a genuine passion for every project and her warmth and humour make her incredibly approachable. I have worked with Caroline for many years now and it has always been a pleasure – I’m delighted to have her as my agent!”Lucy Barnard, Author