Q&A Session: Publishing Children’s Books with Sally Polson from Floris Books – 14th June 2023

We’re delighted to offer a free Q&A session on Publishing Children’s Books with Sally Polson from Floris Books. 


Please be mindful when booking. This is a session for Black writers & writers of colour* based in Scotland (or who, pre-COVID, would normally be resident in Scotland).



Q&A Session on Publishing Children’s Books: 14th June 2023, 6pm

Sally Polson, from independent Scottish publishers Floris Books, has partnered up with the Scottish BPOC Writers Network to host a Q&A session for writers of children’s books. She will discuss an overview of the publishing process and will be available to answer your questions. Potential topics include:

  • What to include in a synopsis & cover letter
  • What makes a children’s book manuscript stand out
  • What happens during the pitching stages
  • What working with an editor looks like
  • What can you expect from an independent publisher’s marketing department
  • Any other questions you have about the journey of your book… 

About Sally Polson

Sally Polson is the Editorial Director at Floris Books, an indie publisher based in Edinburgh and the largest children’s publisher in Scotland. Before moving to Scotland thirteen years ago, she worked in the children’s fiction team at HarperCollins in London, and has been editing children’s books for nearly twenty years. During that time, she has worked across many genres and age groups, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, teen and YA novels, as well as children’s non-fiction. Explore Floris Books’ website.

The Event

  • This session is free and will be approximately 45min long, beginning promptly at 6pm.
  • There are a maximum of 30 spaces, open to Black writers and writers of colour.
  • This event is for people interested in writing or currently working on children’s books
  • Questions will mostly be submitted beforehand by 5pm on 9th June, with some time for additional Q&As at the end.
  • Questions can be added during registration or sent via email to scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Floris Books Q&A‘ by 5pm, 9th June.
  • Q&A will be recorded for SBWN members who cannot make the event live – you can register for the recording on Eventbrite, or please email scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com to request access
  • This session will be hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the workshop date).

Tickets are free, but there is also an option to make a donation to SBWN.



Before participating in this online event, please note the following:

  • Tickets are free or Pay What You Can.
  • All events are suitable for people 18+ years.
  • Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
  • You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.
  • Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via Otter.ai. Please add your access requirements during registration (for example BSL/in-person captioner) and we’ll do our best to provide.
  • For participants on low incomes, we have some bursaries for data (£7) and caregiver/childcare (£30) for online events; plus travel (within Scotland) for in-person events.


Register for Q&A: Publishing Children’s Books with Sally Polson (Floris Books) on Eventbrite

BPOC stands for ‘Black people, People of Colour’ and is a self-identifying term. While we use the term BPOC, we acknowledge the limitations of this terminology. Please refer to our Mission and Values page for more detail.

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