Finding the Right Editor for You.

What makes a good Editor? I currently work with youth with special needs. My role is to teach these students literacy in their homes in the hope to re-engage them into school life and learning. When I sit with them I tick lots and as yet have never used a cross. I tick if they put a space between words, full stop at the end of their sentence and if they write a correct letter or sound in a word. My aim is to give confidence to these children, show them they are capable of writing and improvi...
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My best, worst feedback.

I am a writer. I love writing. Am I any good? I don’t know. When I began writing I craved feedback. I wanted to find out whether my writing was good enough to go the next step or an enjoyable past time. I attended a Writer’s Workshop in Port Hedland hoping no-one I knew attended.  The presenter, the lovely, talented Marlish Glorie, (author of Sea Dog Hotel and The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street), saw potential. It was the confidence I needed to continue my writing for others. I submitted my fi...
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CBCA Statistics

Book Week is amongst us and there are schools around Australia enthralled with the Children's Book Council of Australia awards books. Last Friday while we were  congratulating the winners, some Australian authors, illustrators and publishers were planning their book for the next year's awards. After attending Jane Parsons' presentation and writing the article, 'Judging the Judges' I was left with some fascinating statistics which I thought I would share. The Books                   Entries fo...
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CBCA Judging the Judges.

  I attended a presentation at my local library by Children’s Book Council of Australia judge, Jane Parsons. I went with the intention of writing about the presentation. I had pen and notepad ready, however what I didn’t have was a focus. I could write about the shortlisted books, the process, the awards, the statistics, the themes, the illustrations, the list could go on. Within minutes I was mesmerised by Jane’s descriptive language for each of the shortlisted books and the notables. I could...
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Celebrate the small steps.

Celebrate the small steps. There are many quotes about celebrating the small steps. There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps. (Peter A Cohen) While working to attain your goal, don’t forget to pause and celebrate the little victories along the way. (Unknown) Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goal. (Unknown)   My first celebration was the first time I saw my name in print. I poppe...
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