June Perkins talks to the tune of Magic

Guest Post by June Perkins It is with great pleasure to welcome June Perkins to share about her gorgeous and intriguing new anthology of poems representing the magic of a little piece of tropical paradise. Together, June and illustrator Helene Magisson have worked wonders in creating the delightful Magic Fish Dreaming, and turning this ‘dream’ […]

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Cream Rising – Marian McGuinness Part 2

All about competitions. As mentioned in my introduction to Marian in Part 1, Marian McGuinness has won, placed and shortlisted in many writing competitions and awards and received several prestigious mentorships. In today’s post the focus is on entering competitions – what’s the secret to her success? Marian, your website has a long list of […]

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International Read to Me! Day March 19th

Guest Post by Jill Borgiss and Emma Mactaggart Jill Borgiss from Inside Change spoke to Emma Mactaggart from Boogie Books about her important new initiative in supporting our children’s levels of literacy. Here’s what they had to say. ‘It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village’ […]

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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? […]

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Psst… Have you heard about Nuzzel?

Have you ever felt left behind when it comes to industry based news? Have you wondered how everyone else seems to know but  somehow you remained unaware? The solution is Nuzzel. Do you struggle to find the time to source relevant content for your blog? Or items to share and start conversations on social media? […]

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Cream Rising – Marian McGuinness Part 1

In terms of cream rising to the top Marian McGuinness is certainly someone to watch. Marian has won, placed and shortlisted in many writing competitions and awards, received several prestigious mentorships including the 2014 CBCA Charlotte Waring Barton Award and Mentorship with Random House; the 2014 ASA Emerging Writers and Illustrators Mentorship; and most recently […]

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KidLitVic2016 Meet the Publishers Day by Alison Reynolds

Guest Post by Alison Reynolds Just Write For Kids is delighted to welcome Alison Reynolds to share about her exciting upcoming event – KidLitVic2016 in Melbourne this May. Alison and Dee White together have organised this prodigious occasion in support of emerging and accomplished authors and illustrators seeking tips and feedback from expert publishing professionals. […]

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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 […]

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Sometimes you just need to take a break!

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been posting here! The lead up to Christmas was frantic. I had a 12 year old birthday, Grade 6 graduation, and everything else that comes with being a parent. My brain was also getting fried. I was working on a book that was starting to go off […]

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More Top Picks from 2015  

Last month I ended the year with a Top 15 of ’15 with books carefully selected by my six year old. Choosing only a small number of favourites out of the many, many fabulous children’s books out there is always a tricky task, so we’re making another list! This time, I’m basing these on my […]

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