Take Flight Hub | Demystifying Children’s Publishing


In this talk, award-winning writer Chitra Soundar introduces the ages and stages of children’s publishing, explaining how a book is commissioned, what happens after and the roles of sales, marketing, publicity and distribution. In addition, Chitra touches upon the basics of advances, royalties and other contractual terms that writers should know about.

Take Flight Hub is a new professional and creative development programme for emerging Black and Asian writers. It is a collaboration between University College London (UCL), Spread the Word and Words of Colour. Some of the country’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights, literary agents and publishers of colour will be sharing their expertise in a series of free talks, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and presentations over five weeks, made possible by a grant from the UCL Knowledge and Innovation Rapid Response fund.

The Take Flight Hub was inspired by BookTrust Represents research conducted by Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Associate Professor in Publishing and Book Cultures at UCL, which found that emerging writers of colour needed support, advice and access as part of an industry focused network to help sustain their careers.

Chaired by Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold.