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  Advice to young authors and illustrators

 Claire Rosemary Jane |  Joan Aiken |  Philip Ardagh |  Val Biro |
 Malorie Blackman | Quentin Blake | Mark Burgess | David Clayton |
 Helen Cresswell | Peter Dickinson | Berlie Doherty | Anne Fine | Kes Gray |
 Pat Hutchins | Robert Leeson | Jonathon Long | Jan Mark | Alan Macdonald |
 Roger McGough | Barbara Mitchelhill | Tony Mitton | Miriam Moss | Hiawyn Oram  Philip Pullman | Hilary Robinson | Ragnhild Scamell | Nick Sharratt |
 Jeremy Strong | Rhian Tracey |  Chris White |  Gwyneth Williamson | Jacqueline Wilson

(Please note that the authors have contributed their comments but are not able to answer questions from readers unless they specifically say so below.)

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Tony Mitton

Read, read, and read - especially when you're young.

Read - get loads of ideas about how poems and stories can work.

Read - get lots of ideas about different styles of writing.

Read - find out what you really like reading and have a go at writing that sort of thing yourself. Don't worry about being a copycat. Most writers start by copying a style they like.

Then write, write and write... and it never gets easy, even if you're a successful author, you don't write perfect text each time.

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Tony Mitton's Big 3 Rap on Kids on the Net

Try our interactive instant Big 3 Rap based on Tony Mitton's successful Rap series of books.

For Orchard, Tony has written the hilarious Raps series — "Royal Raps" (winner of the Nottinghamshire Children's Book Award in 1997), "Big Bad Raps" (also available as a big book), "Fangtastic Raps" (winner of the Experian Big 3 Book Award in 1999) and "Monster Raps". 2000 saw the publication of two more titles in the series, "Scary Raps" (now in paperback) and "Robin Hood Raps".

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