Book Bound


Do you want to take your novel to the next level?

Here you’ll find:

  • A writers’ retreat in beautiful surroundings
  • Access to four industry professionals
  • Expert advice on your children’s or YA manuscript
  • Day courses to keep your pencil sharp

Book Bound is a team of authors as well as editors with extensive commissioning experience.

The four Book Bound Retreat tutors

September 2017, we put on two exclusive SCBWI-British Isles events in preparation for the SCBWI BI Agent’s Party, one in person and one free webinar over Facebook Live.
In July 2017, we hosted Ruthless Revision, including one-to-ones, with Karen Ball and Sara Grant.
All the details on our Day Events page.

BOOK BOUND 2016 is a wrap!
A glimpse of how it went is on this blog post and here is the amazing line up of agents we had attending this year’s retreat. The weekend was filled with revision workshops, insider information, the low down on what they and the industry are looking for and opportunities to join a community of writers in a similar place in their writing journeys. The retreat was once again be held at the stunning Oxon Hoath manor house in Kent and we hope to welcome you to the next one!

The primary Book Bound event is a weekend getaway, the first of which was held in 2014, the second in 2016. The first sold out retreat was a huge success for the 24 children’s book writers at the stunning Oxon Hoath manor house in Kent. The second was too!

Each attendee applies and is accepted based on the strength of their writing and they come together to enjoy a weekend of workshops, one-on-one assessments, professional guidance and development tips. The weekend culminates in the opportunity to meet influential literary agents from the children’s publishing industry such as: Julia Churchill from AM Heath, Zoe King from the Blair Partnership, Polly Nolan from the Greenhouse Agency, Hannah Sheppard from DHH Literary Agency, Amber Caraveo from Skylark Literary, Penny Holroyde from Holroyde Cartey, Jenny Savill from Andrew Nurnberg Associates Ltd, Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates, and Felicity Trew, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.

Front of Oxon Hoath country estateBook Bound offers writers the tools and advice to help rework their manuscript, improve their writing, and, ultimately, we hope, find an agent and publisher. In addition to intensive writing workshops, the retreat offered the full picture of the publication process, an honest sense of what acquiring editors are looking for and the know-how to make the right first impression, both in person and in submissions to publishers.


  • has collaborated on more than 1,000 books, which have won awards and sold millions of copies around the world.
  • has written nearly 40 published children’s books.
  • has more than 30 years’ combined editorial experience.
  • is a group of leading professionals in the children’s book industry.
  • has extensive industry contacts.

Why else should you chose a Book Bound course? Read our first blog.

bbc_radio_kentWe were interviewed on BBC Radio Kent!