Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author: Hazel Edwards Part 2

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In Part 1 of my interview with Hazel Edwards last week she provided some important pieces of advice on understanding the ins and outs of the publishing industry, as well as tips on developing oneself as an 'authorpreneur'. In this post Hazel talks more personally on her inspirations, achievements and highlights of some of her latest work. Your memoir, Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author, is a brilliant insight into managing the lifestyle of a busy writer, parent and mentor, with inspiri...
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The Perplexing Process of Writing

The Perplexing Process of Writing
So you’ve gotten an understanding of the actual craft of writing, but where to from here? I don’t know about you, but I question everything. So then I have to search for answers. How do you develop your ideas? How do write your novel? How do you get your head around book genres, categories of children’s books, formats and word counts? I don’t know about you, but it can be a perplexing, puzzling and confusing time. (Yeah! I know I just said the same thing three times, but that is how bad ...
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Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author: Hazel Edwards

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Hazel Edwards, best known for her much-loved and cherished 'Hippo' books, is also one of Australia's leading and most passionate authors with over 200 books to her name. Just incredible! Writing across a range of genres for a diverse population, from picture books to chapter books and adult non-fiction, Hazel brings with her a fortune of experience that she is more than willing to bestow upon an extremely captive audience. We are so lucky that Hazel has agreed to share all her top tips for becom...
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Our Country, Our Stories – Reviews and Activities

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It's that glorious time again where teachers, parents, children, literacy creatives and advocates raid the bookshelves (and craft cupboards) in honour of the annual Book Week celebrations! Hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia and running from August 20th to 26th, this year's theme is inspiring; it's 'Australia! Story Country'. Last year I wrote the articles Books Light Up Our World and More Books to Light Up Our World posts. In accordance, this year I will provide a summary of b...
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Deborah Kelly – Star Ascending Part 1

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Deborah Kelly’s publishing career is really taking off! Since the publication of her delightful picture book The Bouncing Ball (Random House) in 2013 Deborah has had 7 books published, across a variety of genres. Deborah’s second picture book, Jam for Nana (Random House, Illustrated by Lisa Stewart) was published in 2014, the same time as my When I See Grandma, yet it took a while for Deborah to appear on my radar. She made a strong impression on me when I reviewed her fabulous picture book Din...
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#InterviewByTheme with Pauline Hosking

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We are ecstatic to welcome author and presenter Pauline Hosking to answer our Comedy themed questions! Thanks, Pauline! 😄 🎉 What is it about writing for children that makes you happy? It’s said that children’s writers never totally grow up. They always retain a childlike sense of wonder and excitement about the world. I’m sure that’s true. I had a very happy childhood in New Zealand. Lots of sun, sea and sand. Lots of laughter with the family, especially my father who never...
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Top Take-home messages from the Kids and YA Festival 2016

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The value of festivals cannot be underestimated when it comes to both networking and nourishing our writing craft and career. So here are my top take home messages from the NSW Writer's Centre Kids and YA Festival in June:  1 The Process of writing - hints from picture book authors: Don't delete your rubbish ideas. ‘You have to go through the stupid stuff to get to something worthwhile,’ said Andrew Daddo, whose first picture book submission was described as ‘rubbish’ by a publisher. K...
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6 Tips on the Art of Writing – With Links

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As an emerging author, I have often gotten stuck in my writing. My writing feels bland, the words are flat, the dialogue is going nowhere, the story slumps in the middle, the ending is too abrupt, or my writing is just not ‘sparkling.’ If you are like me, you spend hours trawling websites, or reading ‘How to write’ books - time that I would rather be spending on the craft of writing. I have found myself at the bottom of the proverbial 'mountain of information', and no path forward. So here a...
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#InterviewByTheme with Jess Black

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We are just tickled pink to have Jess Black here with us today answering our Comedy questions! Thanks, Jess! 😜 🐲 What is the funniest book you've ever read? The Bum trilogy by Andy Griffiths. Pure genius. What is it about writing for children that makes you happy? It’s possible that I am still and forever eight years old. I have really wonderful memories of this age and it’s my favouite age to write for. Now that my oldest daughter is seven I can see why! I enjoy c...
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You Call Yourself a Writer?

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I was at a party recently, chatting with a man about his career and how he came to be where he’s at now. For years, he’d had an office job, travelling throughout New South Wales, training newbies in his field. He hated it. In his spare time, he took photos, and a photographer-friend had asked him to assist with a wedding he was shooting. After this experience, and knowing this is where he found happiness, he said goodbye to the office and started his own photography business, which he still oper...
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