KidLitVic2017 Reflections

I'm still buzzing after a day of encouragement, empowerment and energy. A day filled with camaraderie, connections and reverence. KidLitVic Meet the Publishers Conference 2017 in Melbourne on May 20th certainly achieved its goals for attendees to network, showcase talents, and “kick-start, build, reinvigorate and strengthen” our creative journeys. Conference organisers, Alison Reynolds, Coral Vass, Jaquelyn Muller and Nicky Johnston once again did a stellar job in putting it all together. Eve...
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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 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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#InterviewByTheme with Julie Anne Grasso

It's no mystery that Julie Anne Grasso is a phenomenon when it comes to transmitting positive vibes through her writing. And it is no different in our 'Sci-Fi' themed interview today! Thanks, Julie! 😎🔍 What is the most imaginative book you've ever read? Definitely the Harry Potter Series. I don’t think anything has captured my attention with all its details as much as J.K Rowling’s writing. Which particular book passage or illustration do you find to be out of this world...
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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 business administration. In a field where so much of your soul is required to function professionally, how do you overcome or ‘power-...
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Writers Action Matrix

I thought the beginning of the year was an apt time to put together a visual writer's action matrix for those who want to progress on their writing path this year. These are all actions that have progressed my writing, my understanding of the industry and my sense of belonging to a supportive community of writers, which in turn has enhanced both my writing and understanding! Try to get through all the actions by the end of the year - you might even manage several of some actions. I'd love to ...
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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 their creative projects (and with great success!). The concept was still new to me, but intriguing nonetheless, so I spent months thoroughly researching the history of cr...
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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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