Lara Hancock - Egmont
Egmont publishes fiction, picture books and 2Heads series books. They want to find and nurture the talent of the future.
In fiction, Lara is looking for books for 7-9 year olds with an original voice that reaches out and speaks to you and makes the character hit you. Want great characters with instant child appeal and a universal theme. Lara said try and think visually.
They only publish 8-12 picture books a year. Very tough at the moment. Increasingly difficult to get books to backlist. Most of their picture books are 700-900 words but, recommends aim for about 1000 words, as they like to cut. Lara likes to receive a dummy book in submissions.
You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! by Andy Stanton
Cat Royale series by Julia Golding
Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks
The Night Pirates by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright (was conceived as pictures and the words were slowly added)
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure by Kristina Stephenson