Critique and mentoring with first 2 chapters of your YA/children’s novel (the ones you need to nail if you want to grab an agent or publisher’s attention!) Lu says: ‘Having done the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa Uni, I’m very used to critiquing other people’s work – and I help my agent sift through submissions from time to time, so have a good idea of what will grab their attention. I also won the last Mslexia children’s novel writing competition, so know how important those first chapters can be!’
Lu Hersey worked as an advertising copywriter until she escaped to become a librarian and write children’s books instead. Deep Water is her award winning debut novel, published by Usborne in 2015, and singled out in the Guardian and the New Statesman as one of the Children’s books of the year. Lu currently lives in Bristol, sharing her house with a surfeit of young adults who won’t leave home and keep calling her “Mum” – although, surprisingly she finds their dialogue, strangely disturbing habits and erratic sleeping patterns a constant source of inspiration.