Unlock Your Path to Success in KidLit

Learn how to beat the slush pile with publishing insider Dani Vee

Kids' Book Author, Podcast Host & Picture Book Acquisitions Manager 

Have you been sending out manuscripts and not hearing back or getting rejections?
Want to give your current picture book manuscript or your book for young readers the best chance of success with a publisher?  
Just not sure how to put your best foot forward? 

In this course, Dani Vee delves deep into the intricacies of the publishing industry, equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the competitive landscape and rise above the approximately 99% of manuscripts that never make it out of the slush pile.

Each module is carefully crafted to address the unique hurdles faced by aspiring children's authors, offering practical techniques and expert insights to help you unlock your true writing and publishing potential.

'The publishing industry has never been more competitive.'
This course gives you actionable information to make your children's book manuscript irresistible to publishers.

Benefit immediately from actionable tips:

This 2.5 hour course (organised into easily digestible modules) is more like having a heart-to-heart chat with author, podcaster, acquisitions manager, mentor and literary festival host, Dani Vee.

Dani tells it like it is, giving the perspectives of author AND acquisitions editor - a combination of warm encouragement, tough love, insider tips and the vital knowledge and actions you need to take to pave your way to a successful manuscript submission.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the publishing industry's needs.  
  • Identify your ideal publisher and ideal reader.  
  • Master the elevator pitch.  
  • Take measures to edit and refine your children's book or picture book manuscript.  
  • Improve your understanding of rhyme mastery.  
  • Infuse humour into children's and picture books.  
  • Embrace feedback to elevate your picture book or children's book manuscript.  
  • Discover the power of being an active member of the writing community.  
  • Unveil other paths to publishing success that don't include submitting to the slush pile.

How to Stand Out from the KidLit Slush Pile

with author, podcaster and acquisitions editor Dani Vee

What can you do to get your children's book or picture book manuscript scooped out of the slush pile?

You 'need to know what you don't know' about the KidLit & publishing world.

This course will fully equip you with everything you need, offering insider advice, tough love and actionable learnings from children's author, podcaster, writing festival host and kidlit acquisitions manager, Dani Vee.

For just $49, tap into Dani's insights and save yourself a load of time and creative heartache.

What does it take to get a traditional publishing deal for a children's book or picture book these days? So, so much!

In this course for Bold Authors, publishing insider and writing community advocate Dani Vee spills the beans to give you plenty of advice about the key steps you can take to move closer to your publishing dreams.  

Dani walks the talk as a children's author, acquisitions manager, literary festival host and with all the knowledge she's accumulated after interviewing more than 600 authors, publishers, editors and publishing industry insiders through the popular Words and Nerds Podcast.
When you understand and act on the commercial and creative realities of the slush pile, you gain an advantage in the competitive world of Kidlit.

Join children's book author, podcaster, acquisitions editor and writers festival host Dani Vee for this course that will show you what you need to do to break through as an author on the kid lit scene.

In this presentation, you will:

  • learn what publishers are looking for in manuscripts (and authors!) and how you can best give it to them.
  • benefit from writing craft insights relating to rhymes, humour, feedback and editing.
  • discover alternative routes to a book deal.

This course feels like a one-on-one advice session with Dani Vee

"Learn from an author who is actively writing, pitching, promoting and acquiring children's book and picture book manuscripts."

"Don't just cross your fingers and send your manuscript off. Do the work. Do the course. Give yourself the best shot at publishing success."

"Author your own success by being up to date on what publishers are looking for. "

What is Included in the Course...

Module 1

Introduction & welcome to course

Module 2

Know Your Audience: Publisher & Reader

Module 3

What To Do To Get Your Manuscript Ready for Submission 

Module 4

Rhyme Crimes
How to avoid them when writing your Children's Picture Book.

Module 5

This is Not a Joke: How to add humour and be naturally funny in picture books and children's books

Module 6

Submit for KidLit Success

Module 7

Say Goodbye to the Slush Pile:
Alternative Routes for Your Picture Book or Children's Book Manuscript

Dani Vee

✑ Author of My Extraordinary Mum and the My Epic Dad picture book series
✑ Host of the popular literary podcast Words and Nerds
✑ Acquisitions Manager for Australian publisher Larrikin House
✑ Publicity for Australian publisher Larrikin House
✑ Literary panellist, writing festival host and presenter

This course is so new there aren't any testimonials yet, but you could be the first! Let us know what you think.

"What I loved about this course is it's like a one-on-one advice session with kid lit author and publishing insider Dani Vee. Dani is such a warm and wise host and has plenty to share from both sides of the publisher's desk. It's great to have her so generously helping other authors on Bold Authors. Thanks Dani! " - Anna Featherstone.

Course Pricing


$49 AUD

6 video modules that will help you discover the key elements to KidLit success and significantly improve your chances of receiving a publishing deal in the KidLit/Picture Book/Children's Book space.
Course is available for a minimum of 1 year or the lifetime of the course/business (whichever is longer).  RETURNS: As this is a digital product, fairly priced and available for immediate consumption there are no returns or refunds on this product.