Hello and welcome to my website!
I’m Pauline Tait, a novelist and children’s author, writing mentor and Submissions Manager for online magazine, Writers’ Narrative.
Living and writing in Perthshire, Scotland. I write both romantic suspense and children’s picture books and, although both genres could not be more different, both are a pleasure to write. My books are available worldwide in both paperback and Kindle versions. Purchasing links can be found here.
I am also a mentor to fellow children’s authors. Ensuring their manuscripts and production processes are meeting the accepted and expected standards in children’s publishing, standing them in better stead when they submit to agents and publishers. Or, if self-publishing, ensuring their books stand out from the crowd. More information can be found here.
When I’m not writing or mentoring, I am out and about holding author events in schools, libraries, book shops, and festivals. Please feel free to contact me via my contact page if you are interested in holding an event.
Romantic Suspense, Second Chances
My most recent novel, Abigail Returns, was published in May this year.
It is the first book in The Maren Bay series and is set on the stunning Isle of Skye. It has been enjoying several high # rankings on Amazon’s Hot New Releases lists, holding the #1 slot for some time. More information can be found here.
Book two in the series, Anna’s Promise, is due out in March 2024, but the Kindle version is available to pre-order now on Amazon here. The paperback version will be available to pre-order soon.
Illustrated Picture Books
The Fairy in the Kettle picture book trilogy has become a favourite around the world and I am delighted that it is still reaching new readers. More information on this beautifully illustrated trilogy can be found here.
Using my experiences and knowledge from working in Primary Literacy Support, and my knowledge of children’s publishing, to help ensure manuscripts are as appealing and marketable as possible when authors reach the stage of looking for an agent or publisher. Or, if self-publishing, ensuring their books stand out from the crowd.
There is much more to writing a children’s book than simply writing the story. There are many factors to take into consideration to ensure a book is marketable and the productions processes are meeting the accepted and expected standards.
Ensuring you are following these standards will stand your book in better stead when it comes to getting your book on to the book shelves of major retailers such as Waterstones and Barnes & Noble as well as independent book shops who are limited for space.
These are all elements I can help authors with, whether just starting out on their author journey or a seasoned author in need of a check-up. More information on the various sessions available and testimonials from authors who have attended one of my masterclasses or signed up for my 1:1 online Power Chats or Mentoring Sessions can be found here.
I have been fortunate in that my writing has allowed me to reach out and encourage children through my school & library visits and bookshop & festival events. Having previously worked in primary literacy support, I am passionate about our children’s futures and welcome these opportunities to encourage children in their own reading and writing; after all, both are essential to their future learning. More details on events can be found here.
If you feel your child needs a little encouragement with their writing, my ‘Becoming an Author’ article might be for you. It answers the questions children ask me during my school visits and follows the curriculum. They will, of course, need a skeleton! 😉
Free Online Monthly Magazine for Writers
I am delighted to be Submissions Manager working alongside a brilliant editorial team.
Writer’s Narrative, the brainchild of Wendy H Jones, Editor in Chief, is a free monthly online magazine for writers. Full of invaluable information, hints, tips, articles and interviews, this is a magazine you won’t want to miss, no matter where you are on your writing journey.
If you would like a copy of Writer’s Narrative to drop into your inbox each month, you can sign up using the link below…
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