Pitch It Competition

Just Write For Kids Competition – Pitch It! Just Write For Kids is very excited to announce the very first writing competition; Pitch It! If you’re like most writers, you’re probably itching for the chance to skip the slush pile and get your manuscript directly on the desk a publishing editor. I’ll bet you also READ MORE

Catherine Pelosi – The Perfect Formula Part 2

In part 1 of my interview with children’s mid-grade and picture book author, Catherine Pelosi, we heard about what got Catherine writing and how she developed her skills, so that her work was picked up for publication.  There was so much to learn from the steps she took to refine her work and get feedback. In part READ MORE

Catherine Pelosi – The Perfect Formula Part 1

Today I welcome Catherine Pelosi to the JWFK blog. Catherine’s mid-grade novel about science and inventions, Quark’s Academy, was released earlier this year and she was invited to speak about it recently at an international festival in the United Arab Emirates! Her picture book, Something For Fleur is released next month (check out the invitation READ MORE

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places Part 3

So far in my interview with the fearless Katrina McKelvey, we’ve seen how Katrina started pursuing her interest in writing for kids, developed networks and honed her skills in Part One, then a nuts and bolts look at how her books were picked up for publication in Part Two. In Part Three, we cover a 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

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places Part 2

This is the second instalment of my interview with go-getter Katrina McKelvey about the path to publication of her picture book, Dandelions, and the three more picture books on the way. To review how Katrina started pursuing her interest in writing for kids, developing networks  and honing her skills, read part one here – it READ MORE

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places

Katrina  McKelvey is going places because she has gone places – in a fearless way that makes me awestruck. Doing this interview with Katrina made me laugh at the way she throws herself in, boots and all, and makes me jealous for even a little bit of her fearlessness. The great thing is, it’s all READ MORE

Behind the scenes of The Children’s Bookshop

Paul MacDonald, owner of The Children’s Bookshop, Beecoft, NSW addressed The Northern Sydney Sub branch of the CBCA recently, sharing his knowledge and experience of the Children’s Literature industry from a bookseller’s perspective. The following is a summary of the information I took home from the event. Thanks also to my ‘brains trust’  Brydie Wright, Paula READ MORE

Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings PART 2

In part two of this interview, author/illustrator Aura Parker speaks about her upcoming books, her agent, engaging kids with books and her top tips for those wanting to squeeze into the industry. Read or refresh you memory of Part 1 here. Cocoon is coming out this November, what can you tell us about this book? 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