You’ve got seconds to hook your reader. Will they read on or not? Here's your chance to strut your stuff in front of Amber Caravéo of Skylark Literary.

Our Opening Lines series gives you a chance to get some professional feedback so you can apply a bit of spit and polish to your words.This time, it’s Amber Caravéo of Skylark Literary. Three submissions will be chosen at random for feedback. If yours is selected, it will be published anonymously here in September with Amber’s response. (That way, we all get to learn from her and from each other.)

Amber Caravéo is the co-founder of Skylark Literary, a boutique literary agency that seeks and supports the very best in children’s and YA fiction. Prior to founding Skylark, Amber was  Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books, where she was privileged to work with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors such as Caroline Lawrence, Liz Kessler, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. Before that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books after many happy years at Working Partners, where, among other things, she edited and developed the million-copy-selling series phenomenon, Rainbow Magic, she realised that working creatively with authors to produce fantastic books for children was all she ever wanted to do!

How to enter

Please email your name, title, elevator pitch and first few opening lines to by 12th August with Opening Lines entry in your subject line. Remember, Opening Lines isn’t a competition, so you are free to submit your story elsewhere.

Credit for headshot of Amber: Amber Caravéo


Credit: Liz MacWhirter

Liz MacWhirter is a features writer for Words & Pictures and belongs to the SCBWI Southeast Scotland network. Her first YA novel, Black Snow Falling, is currently out on submission through Lindsey Fraser of Fraser Ross Associates. The Fairy Pools was published by Scholastic in an anthology in 2008. She writes award-winning copy for clients and ad agencies, as Liz Holt.
Follow: @LizMacWhirter

Louisa Glancy is a features editor for Words & Pictures.
Twitter: @Louisa Glancy

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