A Happy Place

What brought you to writing? Has it been a life-long dream to see your stories in print? Is it a fresh career change? A creative path you’ve been encouraged to follow? Since a young age, I’ve had the desire to create. From stories to songs, poems to plays, writing was my escape; my ‘happy place’. […]

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Boring but Important

Did you know that being an author, especially an indie author, has many similarities to running a small business? Our main industry is writing and publishing. For most of us, the second thing would be speaking and running workshops. We love nothing more than dreaming up new stories and creating books that children can read. […]

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Hashtags For Writers

What is a #hashtag? A hashtag is any word preceded by a # (hash symbol). Hashtags are widely used across all social media but first appeared on Twitter in August 2007. I love that the hashtag was invented by a Twitter user (@ChrisMessina) and that Twitter’s initial response was disinterest because the concept was ‘too nerdy’. The people thought otherwise […]

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You have the right to see your words in print! STEP TWO

2. Make a booking for a venue for the books launch. You think I am going mad – but you have now given yourself a deadline for this project! And I need a deadline! The latest book I have created languished in a bottom drawer for years and I would put off the project at […]

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The rise and rise of Shelly Unwin – newly signed author – Part 1

I first met Shelly Unwin at a CBCA event a few years ago, and gradually got to know her as we bumped into each other at regular meetings and events.  She is warm, open and encouraging with an English accent I could listen to all day. I’ve heard Shelly talk about a manuscript that came […]

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You have the right to see your words in print! STEP ONE

Tell EVERYBODY And I mean, EVERYBODY you plan to create a picture book. As soon as you offer your thoughts to the universe, your family and the lady next door, even the milkman, well, all of a sudden you are held accountable. Years ago, I mentioned I was passionate about the idea of creating a […]

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Celebrate the small steps.

Celebrate the small steps. There are many quotes about celebrating the small steps. There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps. (Peter A Cohen) While working to attain your goal, don’t forget to pause and celebrate the little victories along the way. (Unknown) Don’t wait until you’ve reached […]

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You have the right to see your words in print!

There has never been a better time to be you, an aspiring writer happily pursuing the ultimate goal – a published book! It rolls off the tongue (or rather, rolls off the keyboard) yet it is, in reality, true. The world is yours – now go and get it. 10 steps to publication – guaranteed! […]

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Welcome from the Founder of Just Write For Kids

Welcome   The Just Write For Kids (JWFK) community of emerging and established Australian writers and illustrators are thrilled to present our new blog for bringing participants in the children’s literature world up-to-date information, writing and publishing tips, education, news, reviews and interviews. JWFK has a strong commitment to engaging and supporting others in the Australian […]

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