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Elizabeth Mary Cummings Author and Presenter
Name:
Elizabeth Mary Cummings Author and Presenter
Workshop /Course / Presentation
Description:

Elizabeth Mary Cummings is a British author and poet based in Sydney, Australia. She is a member of the American Psychology Association and studied psychology and business studies at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland before training to be a Primary School teacher (with a Masters of Education) and travelling around the world with her family. Her work has taken her to many schools across the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Elizabeth’s stories often take a child’s perspective to explain the world and reflect on important life experiences. Her picture books and junior fiction titles include themes on resilience, grief, empowerment, anti-bullying, and she writes, advocates and speaks on storytelling and health matters for families and youth.

The topics within Elizabeth’s books are of both local and global significance. She travels globally to talk about family and mental health matters as well as creative writing.

Her first book ‘The Disappearing Sister’ has gained attention for its simple explanation of eating disorders aimed at siblings and families of sufferers. Elizabeth also enjoys writing poetry and won the HARP Writers’ Prize in 2015 for a poem about gender and identity.

Enterprising Words Manuscript Assessment & Editing
Name:
Enterprising Words Manuscript Assessment & Editing
Editing / Assessment Service
Summary:
Di reads and edits your text and provides a written assessment for picture books, junior novels and non-fiction books.
Description:

Three kinds of assessments are offered, as below. Your story will be read and thoroughly edited online and you will also receive a written report outlining the strengths of your manuscript and suggestions for ways in which you can improve it. If Di believes your story is publishable, she will suggest a number of Australian publishers to whom you can submit the manuscript.

When you have made payment (and informed Di), you can submit your story as a Word document and editing will be undertaken online. It usually takes fewer than five days for Di to read, edit and assess your manuscript from the date of submission. You are also welcome to ask any questions before, during and after assessment.

Di’s email address is dibates@outlook.com; she responds as soon as possible to all emails.

Picture Book Assessment
For books under 500 words, the assessment will cost you $100. For books between 500 and 1,000 words, the cost will be $150.

Junior Novel
Your novel, for children aged 8 to 12 years, should be about 25,000 words and no longer than 45,000. The cost is $10 per 1,000 words.

Children’s Non-Fiction Book
As for junior novel. Testimonials are available on request.

Payment

Apply to Di at dibates@outlook.com for how to pay.

About your assessor
Dianne (Di) Bates has published over 130 books for young readers in her 35 year writing career. Some of these books have been published overseas and won national and state book awards, including two children's choice book awards. Di has also worked as a newspaper and children's magazines editor. In 2006 she founded Buzz Words, an online magazine for people in the Australian children's book industry. Di has received grants and fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. She also received the Lady Cutler Award from the Children's Book Council of Australia for distinguished services to children's literature.
Di offers online writing courses for adults writing for children; (she will send full details, if you are interested), and since 2006 had produced the twice monthly children's book industry newsletter Buzz Words.
Di is married to prize-winning YA author Bill Condon; they live in Wollongong, NSW, and share a website: http://www.enterprisingwords.com.au.

Address:
Creekrun
Cordeaux Heights,
NSW
Phone Number:
02 4271 6168
Ethicool Books
Name:
Ethicool Books Children's Publisher
Book Store
Summary:
Want your kids to love reading and grow up to change the world? Ethicool creates kids' books that educate, entertain and encourage children to take action on the world's big issues.
Description:

Ethicool Books is a children's book publisher with a big mission. We want to create a generation of little superheroes who understand the world's big issues and go out there and do something about them.

Our beautifully-illustrated, heartfelt stories will help your littles ones (or getting-big-ones) understand issues such as sustainability, climate change, ocean care, poverty, gender equality, and much more. All topics are explored in a moving and relatable way, and help start important conversations in bedrooms and loungerooms, world-wide. If you want your children to not only love and learn language, but love the world they're in and want to make it a better place, they'll be a story for them at Ethicool.

Our books are primarily for children aged 0-8, but they also make a great addition to your coffee table collection. They're also a memorable gift for that special little someone in your life who you know is going to grow up and make a difference.

As a children's book publisher, we also welcome submissions from authors and illustrators.

Website Address:
Address:
42-44 Ennismore Crescent Park Orchards VIC 3114
Phone Number:
0408834426
Ginnie & Pinney “Learn and Grow”
Name:
Ginnie & Pinney by Penny Harris
Author Profile
Summary:
Ginnie & Pinney is an 8 book series with animated videos based on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework and written to encourage ethical thinking, empathy and EQ.
The series was selected by the Finnish Educational Org., HundrED as one of a hundred most innovative educational programs across 37 countries for 2019.

The books were also selected as a recommended resource by the Victorian Dept. of Education and Training for 2020.

Description:

Series Overview: 

A delightful series featuring Ginnie & Pinney and their friends. Their daily social interactions, concerns and decisions pose dilemmas that model positive self-identity and behaviours: selflessness, persistence, sharing, inclusiveness, responsibility, accepting difference and learning to say sorry.

Ginnie & Pinney ‘Learn & Grow’ is an innovative, award winning series helping young children develop social and emotional wellbeing, empathy and ethical thinking. It includes eight animated videos and a teacher resource. Questions online assist in stimulating dialectic reading and lively discussion between adult and child.
'We will be donating 5% of our 2020 net sales at the end of the year, December 2020 to Animals Australia and WIRES. We feel strongly that supporting organisations in time of extraordinary need demonstrates that we put into practice empathy and ethical behaviour. We will post the receipts on our social media at the time we make the donations.'

With their delightful characters, engaging stories and whimsical approach, the Ginnie & Pinney Learn & Grow series of books and videos will encourage ethical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence in young children.

 

Ginnie & Pinney is:

An engaging and award-winning series comprising an 8-book set, free animated videos accessible by QR Code, and an extensive teacher resource. Each title is also available separately.

Designed to stimulate lively discussion & deep thinking about social and emotional themes suitable for all levels of readiness.

Developed by an award-winning writer and animator, in consultation with Australian experts in education, linguistics and psychology. Trialled in schools.

Awarded as a HundrED 2019 innovator. Selected from across 39 countries by HundrED’s international panel of educators, academics and young people as one in 100 innovative educational programs.

Features nine characters whose ethical dilemmas replicate those daily decisions children face across the world and will stimulate lively discussion, ethical thinking and emotional development between adult and child.

Based on learning outcomes from Australian Government Frameworks aligning with Social and Emotional Learning (which are relevant across the globe).

Developed to support the Australian Curriculum – Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social Capabilities including Health and Wellbeing and Being Healthy, Safe and Active (F-2).

Developed within the Principles of, and to support the Learning Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Simulates dialectic reading.

About the Author:

Penny Harris is a multi-national and international award-winning animator, author and multi-media developer. She has worked with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Film Victoria as well as a number of Australian universities and institutions.

About the Illustrator and digital media designer:

Winnie Zhou has a Masters of Multimedia Design from Monash University and is a talented illustrator and multimedia developer. Winnie lives in Melbourne and has worked closely with Penny to develop the series.

Reviews:
FYI, Volume 22 Number 1 Summer 2018; JPS No. 5 Vol. 2
Address:
PO Box 398, Camberwell, Victoria, 3124
Phone Number:
0418998777
Grace Nolan Author
Name:
Grace Nolan Author
Category:
Author Profile
Description:

Grace Nolan holds a Graduate Diploma of Education in Children’s Literature and a Master of Philosophy. She is an experienced Primary and Secondary teacher and winner of numerous poetry competitions including the Dante Aligheiri Italian Poetry Competition and the Italian-Australian Writers’ Literary Association for original poem. She was also awarded first prize in the International Festival of Italian Song for an original composition. Grace was also a script writer, composer and performer as well as being a reviewer for the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Grace’s love of nature and Australian wildlife have provided the inspiration for the One to Ten and Back Again series. Drawing on her extensive educational background and her enthusiasm for children’s literature, Grace is now dedicating her time to writing.

 

Please follow Grace at her website:

www.gracenolanauthor.com 

In The Book
Name:
In The Book
Category:
Publishing House
Summary:
"Adventure on every page" is our promise at In The Book, and with a range of personalised children's books (including an exclusive Disney license) as well as newspaper books and sports books, we like to think we deliver on that promise!
Description:

"Adventure on every page" is our promise at In The Book, and with a range of personalised children's books (including an exclusive Disney license) as well as newspaper books and sports books, we like to think we deliver on that promise!

As well as our products, designed to encourage children to get into reading, we are genuinely passionate about encouraging reading from an early age, and we have an impressive stable of educational books to help kids learn, to go alongside our popular adventure books.

We have plenty of choice for adults too, from team-specific sports newspaper books, to personalised classic novels and lots more in between.

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern Author
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Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern Author
None
Description:

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an Australian author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her love of travel started at age three on moving from Sri Lanka to Australia with her parents. Having family sprinkled around the world; she has lived, worked and been on many adventures overseas. She currently resides in Canberra with her Irish-South African husband (who she met on an escapade in America) her adorable daughter and beagle puppy.

Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii is her first Children’s book, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards and chosen as a finalist in the 2017 American Best Book Awards. She is also the recipient of the ACT Writers Centre 2017 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. Her second book in the Charlie’s Adventure series, Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa, was recently released.

Jacqueline hopes that the Charlie’s Adventures series will encourage children to learn more about the world and journey far and wide discovering, appreciating and understanding. She endeavours to encourage her readers to learn more about the world, supporting an empathetic and inclusive community.

Jane Smith Author and Editor
Name:
Jane Smith Author and Editor
Author Profile
Summary:
Jane Smith is an award-winning author, who has children’s books shortlisted by the ABIA and longlisted by CBCA. Her Australian Bushranger non-fiction series, and the contemporary and original Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy fiction series, have delighted young readers, parents and educators. Jane is a talented author, librarian, editor and historical researcher with a passion for bringing history to young readers in an easily accessible way.
Description:

Jane Smith is a Queensland librarian, author and freelance editor with a particular interest in history. Her books include the non-fiction ‘Australian Bushrangers’ series, the ‘Tommy Bell: Bushranger Boy’ and 'Carly Mills, Pioneer Girl' historical fiction series for children, as well as two books for adults: the biography Captain Starlight: The Strange but True Story of a Bushranger, Impostor and Murderer and Ship of Death. Three of Jane’s children’s books have been listed for significant Australian literature awards.

In her spare time, Jane enjoys reading, singing in a community choir, and having coffee and cake with friends at what they loosely call ‘Book Club’.

Website Address:
SHOP:
Julie Anne Grasso Author
Name:
Julie Anne Grasso Author
Category:
None
Description:

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A self-confessed science fiction nerd, (she even owns a T.A.R.D.I.S) and cupcake enthusiast, Julie is a middle grade author of The Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy and Frankie Dupont Mysteries, independently published through Amazon and Createspace.

Julie is represented by Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary for her unpublished Middle Grade and Picture Book manuscripts. http://www.goldenwheatliterary.net/

Her independent books have won various awards including: 2015 Bronze Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Boo Award: Frankie Dupont And The Lemon Festival Fiasco.

2015 Bronze Medal for Teen Mystery in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award: Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor.

2014 Silver Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award : Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor.

2013 Gold Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award : Escape From The Forbidden Planet.

For more information about Julie, including Australian Curriculum based activities for her books and Youtube trailers, please visit her website at http://www.julieannegrassobooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Anne-Grasso-books/287496411357122

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jujuberry37

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jujuberry37/

YouTube: http://youtu.be/NGlsriYtqHw

Address:
PO Box 279
Altona North
VIC
Phone Number:
0413 496 393
June Perkins Author & Presenter
Name:
June Perkins Author & Presenter
Workshop /Course / Presentation
Summary:
Dr June Perkins is a published writer, poet, multiplatform storyteller, blogger and independent publisher.
Description:

June was born in PNG to an Australian Dad and Bush Mekeo mother. Her early years were spent in Tasmania and after some nomadic university years lived mostly in Queensland. She now lives in Brisbane with her three older children (university and senior school), dear science genius hubby, two guinea pigs, a pet bird and several pet fish, as well as several guitars, a drum, two digeridoos and keyboard.
Books

June is the editor and contributor to two books, Under One Sky (2010) the anthology of the Licuala Writer’s Group and After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within (2013), a compilation of photographs and stories about using the creative arts to recover from cyclone Yasi. She had a collection of her photographs and poems for family included in an online book by the late Nell Arnold, called Discovering (2011).

In 2016 June successfully crowd funded $10,000 to publish Magic Fish Dreaming as well as winning as ASA emerging writers mentorship for picture book writing.
June’s latest book is Magic Fish Dreaming, a collection of poems written for five to eleven year olds. It takes readers on a poetry quest through Far North Queensland and encourages them to write their own poetry based on their environment and imagination.

Education

June has a PhD from the University of Sydney in writing empowerments and extensive experience as a ‘writer in community’ workshopping, dramaturging and performing. When she isn’t writing she is tutoring creative writers at QUT in the keystones program at the Oodgeroo unit, working on creative collaborations, walking in nature or reading. She maintains blogs on writing and life in Queensland.

Awards

June was honoured to receive an Australia Day Award in 2011 for five years of service to writing and youth empowerment in the Cassowary Coast, including mentoring young and community writers from all walks of life in writing their own poetry. She’s received a number of RADF and Australian council grants to facilitate a diverse range of writing projects.

Themes

The main themes of June’s picture books and YA novels in development are; discovery, migration, respect for nature, people and diversity, dreaming, creativity, compassion, and poetry.

Upcoming

June is booked on a panel at the Sandcliffe Festival in April 2017, sharing her ‘unique story’ and is currently designing library workshop, events and festival submissions to further the cause of poetry for children and children’s poets.

Phone Number:
0448682314

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