A 60-minute Skype brainstorm around your YA or children’s story with Speckled Pen, followed up by consultation on a three-page maximum concept document.

Karen Ball has 25 years’ experience in the children’s publishing industry, and has commissioned bestselling series including Beast Quest and Frankie’s Magic Football, and Carnegie long-listed titles from Joanna Nadin’s Joe All Alone to Alex Wheatle’s Liccle Bit. She is a co-founder of the Book Bound writing retreat and now runs her own publishing consultancy, Speckled Pen.