A walk through Walker Books

I first heard Linsay Knight at a CBCA conference speaking about poetry, before she became the publisher at Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Then, earlier this year, I had the good fortune to pitch a manuscript to her at a literary speed dating event where I found her to be engaging and responsive. Recently, I heard her speak about Walker Books at the recent SCBWI Christmas Party. I wasn’t quick enough to secure one of the manuscript assessments that Linsay was giving that day, but I heard...
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The Wildly Intrepid Jan Latta – Part 1

Today’s interview is a break from my usual focus on up-and-coming children’s book creators, to look at someone who has forged her own way into a niche market in children's publishing, and from whom much can be leant. Jan Latta is the only woman in the world who is the author, wildlife photographer and publisher of books on endangered animals. Each of her books is self published and distributed widely in schools and she is a sought after international speaker. On the publication of her 17th b...
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The Remarkable Tim Harris Part 2

In part 2 of my interview with Tim Harris, I ask him about his move to traditional publishing and how he goes about promoting his books - what he has to say is remarkable! Catch up on part 1 here. So Tim, having had great success self-publishing Exploding Endings, what made you then consider traditional publishing? I knew there would be some sort of limit in what I could achieve on my own. I had heard stories of self-published books going gangbusters (eg. ‘Wool’ by Hugh Howie) but I had t...
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Robert Vescio – Soaring

Robert’s interest in writing seems to be lifelong, showing up as a school student, but like me, when he had kids he fell in love with children’s books, especially picture books. He’s been writing now for over 5 years and in that time has published several short stories in various anthologies and four picture books , with more on the way. He's totally soaring! He's excited that his latest release, Jack and Mia with Wombat Books has just been placed on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and he ha...
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Penny Morrison – Riding the Wave

Penny’s wonderful picture book Captain Sneer the Buccaneer (illustrated by Gabriel Evans and published by Walker Books) was released in September to great fanfare and Penny has been riding the wave of swashbuckling book launches and appearances around the Sydney area since. Penny also has a series of board books for preschoolers (The ‘Hey’ books, recently shortlisted for the CALEB award) and other Christian resources published by Christian Education Publications (CEP) over the last few years. He...
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Katrina Roe – author and presenter extraordinaire Part 3

Today we continue and conclude the interview with Katrina Roe, awesome author and radio presenter. To catch up, you can find part 2 here and part 1 here. Katrina, what have been the discouragements for you in the writing/publishing process? How did you deal with these? I’ve been fortunate that so far I’ve been totally happy with the finished product of all my books.  I do sometimes feel frustrated that my books haven’t reached a wider audience.  With Same especially, because the book is so...
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#InterviewByTheme with Jen Storer

We are more than delighted to have the vivacious Jen Storer here today tickling our funny bones with her cracking 'Comedy' themed answers! Thanks, Jen! 😜 🎭 What is the funniest book you've ever read? Unreliable Memoirs, by Clive James. Side splitting! What is it about writing for children that makes you happy? The freedom to stretch my imagination in all sorts of weird directions. Also the visuals: the illustrations, covers, standees, branding. It’s a visual feast ...
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#InterviewByTheme with Megan Higginson

We are exploding with excitement to welcome Megan Higginson to our 'Sci Fi and Fantasy' themed interview today! You're a gem! 🔮 🎇 What are the most imaginative books you've ever read? So many books. So little time. Hmmm. Unless I had a time machine. Ok. I’m breaking the rules. I love Sci-Fi and fantasy. Anne McCaffrey is my all time favourite author. I love her Dragon Riders of Pern series. She effortlessly combined Sci-Fi and fantasy. Ooo. Then there is Tony Diterlizzi’s W...
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#InterviewByTheme with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

It is truly lovely to welcome Teena Raffa-Mulligan to our 'Romance' themed interview on the blog today! You're very sweet! 😘 💕 If you could receive any gift from any children's author or illustrator, what would it be and who would it be from? I was finding it really tricky to come up with an answer to this one until I realised all the authors and illustrators whose books I’ve read and enjoyed over so many years have already given me the most wonderful gift of all: their sto...
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#InterviewByTheme with Susan Day

Get set for a zany, laugh-out-loud experience as Susan Day joins Just Write For Kids for a fun, 'Comedy' themed interview! Thanks, Susan! 😂 What is the funniest book you've ever read? Last year, I read “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson and I laughed so much I snorted and nearly fell out of bed! However, I just purchased “Gutsy Girl” by Caroline Paul. What an amazing, funny, warm book. Every ‘gutsy girl’ should get a copy; it’s inspirational. What is it about w...
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