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Episode Info:   Writing for children and young adults is what Diane Zahler does best. She’s the writer behind The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess and Princess of the Wild Swans, Bakers Magic . When she’s not writing fiction for children, she’s writing textbooks for them or indulging her love of history. Diane lives in New York, with her husband and dog, Gulliver. There is no one journey. The important thing is to write and to read.  Diane talks to us about:Her writing journeyHow she got her agent and the benefits of having oneWhat publishers look for in manuscriptsHow to be noticed in the slush pile (she used to read the slush pile!)The nuances of writing for childrenHer writing style, and how she’s stayed true to it throughout the years, even when she received criticism for her “quiet” style.Her writing process and what inspires her for every bookHer only piece of writing advice that she would give to writers Her submission process once the manuscript is writtenHow she works through her editorial lettersThe value of a copyeditorWhy she prefers smaller publishing housesWhy she chose fairy tale retellingsHer favourite writers:Erin EntradaLaura SnyderKate MessnerRebecca Stead You can find Diane Zahler and all about her book here:www.DianeZahler.comIf you’d like to listen to other authors, then check out these fantastic podcast interviews:David Ashby - Pushkin children’s authorJodi Lynn Anderson - award winning teenage fiction (traditionally published)Joanne MacGregor - young adult and adult fiction (hybrid author)Lisa Reinicke - award winning children’s books (self-published)Fiona Ingram - award winning children’s books (self published)...
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