We Get Knocked Down, But We Get Up Again

When I signed up for this writing gig, almost eight years ago (and by signed up, I refer to a conversation with myself saying, ‘I WILL be a writer!’), I was determined to be in it for the long haul. I’d spent my life dabbling in creative pursuits; music, performance, writing, but this time, this READ MORE

Reinventing the Look Illustrator Competition Winner

We were absolutely ecstatic with all the unique entries that came in for our Reinventing the Look Illustrator Competition! And extremely appreciative of the time and energy, and of course bundles of talent, put towards making our first competition a success!  Heartfelt thanks to guest judges, who took their role very seriously, objectively and carefully READ MORE

Reinventing the Look: Our First Illustrator Competition!

Just Write For Kids is very excited to announce the very first illustrator competition; Reinventing the Look! We know just how lucky and blessed we are to be in the presence of so many amazingly talented Australian children’s book illustrators. And with Just Write For Kids now in its fifth year, it’s time to call READ MORE

#InterviewByBook with Renee Price

Title: Digby and the Yodelayhee Who? Author: Renee Price Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Create It Kids Genre: Picture book Age Group: 2-7 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Digby Fixit and his friends follow their second adventure, in an attempt to solve the mystery of a noisy noise. Could READ MORE

Reflecting on 2016 with the JWFK Team

2016 has been a tremendously eventful year on the blog, with establishing the Directory, a cascade of amazing interviewees and guest posters, and invaluable tips and news updates made available. And I couldn’t have done it all without the support and dedication of my wonderful team of bloggers and the Australian kidlit community. So, thank READ MORE

You Call Yourself a Writer?

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 READ MORE

This message will self-destruct …

Ever had an awful, sinking feeling, that you’re just not good enough? That everyone else is doing this writing gig, so much better than you? Best-selling story ideas, publishing deals, book releases, fancy awards, more publishing deals, book relea … you get the picture. Everywhere you turn, there’s someone awesome. Doing their awesome thing of READ MORE

The Power

How do you write through personal hardship? How do you stay motivated? Focused? Hopeful? Passionate? Creative? If there’s one thing I’ve discovered as a writer, it’s the ‘power-through’ attitude. From the personal and professional goals of daily writing and coming up with new and inventive story ideas, to editing, meeting deadlines, marketing and promotion, and READ MORE

Crowdfunding PART TWO: Tips for campaign set-up and success

Please click here to revisit Crowdfunding PART ONE: What is it and why should creatives consider it? Now that I had decided to crowdfund my first picture book, I had to make some important assessments and decisions. Which platform should I utilise and why? How likely am I to succeed in raising the funds required? READ MORE

Crowdfunding PART ONE: What is it and why should creatives consider it?

Last month, I wrote about finding the ‘one’; an illustrator who brings your words to life. You can read it, here. The next step in my journey was confirming finance of book production and how to create awareness of my work and its impending release. I’d recalled several colleagues over the years, utilising crowdfunding for READ MORE