Here you will find outbound links to resources and information both as a children’s novelist and indie author


Parents and Teachers

The BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. They support almost 4 million children with book and resources to help get children reading.

The Literacy Shed is an outstanding visual resource especially for teachers wanting to engage children who are reluctant readers.

If your child struggles with their literacy and oracy skills, then The Literacy Trust can help. Full of age-related and role-related resources to help your children developing their reading, written and speaking skills to build a happier, more confident child.

Whether you’re from Yorkshire or not, when it comes to superb guided reading teaching ideas with superb resources, Philip Webb is one of the best out there. A hugely experienced practitioner who helps schools turn children into readers, even bookworms! I have had the pleasure of enjoying his training a few times throughout my teaching career!


Indie Authors

If you’re in need of an illustrator and book cover designer then Darran Holmes is one of the best in the business. He has undertaken all my illustrative work and, simply, I would trust no other. His quality, advice, vision and keen eye speak for themselves. And if Peter Jackson thought he a was damn fine illustrator to work with on The Lord of the Rings trilogy along with Weta Workshop of Avatar fame for years, then he’s good enough for me! You can find his FB page here or on ArtStation.

Want to write but not sure how to get started? Or looking for a writing retreat in Yorkshire? Maria Stephenson is a master of art of teaching creative writing. You can discover her and her superb resources here. Or her North Yorkshire writing holidays here.

Need an editor? One part of being an indie-author can be working with other superb independents and freelancers. After a recommendation, I approached Carly Corlett of Peahen Publishing in order to secure her editorial services and then book building services. She has helped me create both Hannah and the Hollow Tree and Gaia’s Revenge – to the highest standards of print.

Want to take your writing to a new level? Then visit Leeds Trinity University for all the details about the MA in Creative Writing, which I graduated from in 2018!

Joanna Penn and her Creative Penn Podcast are game-changers for indie authors. Every podcast, webinar, book and resource is time well spent. If you’re serious about becoming an indie, then get serious about this leading light in the independent publishing world. She is always ahead of the times!

Having stumbled across a FB ad for Mark Dawson’s The Self-Publishing Formula podcast and courses, he proved that authors should be advertising and taking their book covers seriously because I was hooked. Indies, ignore his advice at your peril!

The Society of Authors – I wouldn’t be without their support.

ALLi – The Alliance of Independent Authors – tonnes of free advice, questions answered and different levels of membership offered. By creating ALLi, Orna Ross has become a guardian angel for all indie author creatives.

This company are an absolute gem of a find. I use The Tiny Box Company for all my beautiful, quality stickers and the kids love them! Even the big kids!

I get my postcards and leaflets from VistaPrint. There are often many offers and discounts if you sign up to their mailing list. I never pay full price.

Eventbrite – a superb ticket-distribution and advertising platform for your author events!