Deborah Kelly – Star Ascending Part 2
Top Take-home messages from the Kids and YA Festival 2016
In Part 1 of this interview with Deb Kelly, we found out how she got started on the road to writing books for children. This week we focus more on how the books came to be picked up for publication and the setbacks and encouragements along the way: Deb, can you tell us the path […]
The value of festivals cannot be underestimated when it comes to both networking and nourishing our writing craft and career. So here are my top take home messages from the NSW Writer’s Centre Kids and YA Festival in June: 1 The Process of writing – hints from picture book authors: Don’t delete your rubbish ideas. ‘You have to […]
How to get your work read by publishers.
One of the elements in my Writer’s Action Matrix earlier in the year was to attend a conference or festival. Well, it seems like festival season at the moment for Kid’s Lit. There’s heaps to choose from – check out the events section of this website! I was fortunate enough to secure tickets to the […]
Lesley Gibbes – To Infinity and Beyond Part 3
On Halloween 2015 I attended an “Inside the publishing House” event at Hachette, Australia, organised through the Emerging Writers Festival. It was incredibly insightful and interesting. Although not specifically for children’s books (Hachette has only one children’s publisher compared with five other publishers) most of the messages I gleaned for the panel discussions hold true […]
Practice Makes Perfect
We take off into the New year with the third and final interview with the wonderful Lesley Gibbes. Thank you, Lesley, for being such a generous interviewee and providing us with information to help us all on our writing pathways. See part 1 here and part 2 here Lesley, what do you see as the […]
The rise and rise of Shelly Unwin – newly signed author – Part 1
In my last post interview with Shelly Unwin, she said: If I’d had the same idea three years earlier though, my execution wouldn’t have been anywhere near where it was when this idea formed. I had taken time to learn the craft and really understand how to structure a picture book and really speak to […]
You have the right to see your words in print!
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 […]
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! […]