Author Personal Training

More Than Mentorship

Just because someone likes to run, doesn’t mean they can enter a marathon. To ensure they are capable of getting across the line, marathon entrants train long and hard. Competition in the writing industry is fierce. To stand the best chance of getting over that finish line, you need to train too.

Though you may have devoted time to learning about the craft, it’s likely there are still gaps in your knowledge. These are hard to identify on your own.  Why not consider personal training with those who have the knowledge and experience to guide you?  Our training will help you flex your creative muscles and build skills to ensure you grow as a writer. We’ll address your many questions and even those you didn’t know you had.

No-one can guarantee you publication. Being accepted for publication depends on many factors, including the quality of your work. This is where we can help you.

What we can do is upskill you so you can produce work that is truly worthy of presenting for publication. With writing that proves you have what it takes. Something that genuinely puts you ahead of the pack.

Be warned that this program is not for the faint-hearted. It’s designed to assist those who seek publication. As we coach you to improve your writing we will hold no punches.

First up, by analyzing your manuscripts, we’ll ascertain where you are at in your learning. From here, we’ll guide you to fill in the gaps. The learning you gain from us will help ensure a solid foundation in the skills of the craft. A foundation that will be with you for life.

Introducing our Personal Trainers

Georgie Donaghey
Georgie Donaghey
Georgie Donaghey, founder of Creative Kids Tales and former host of The Author’s Shelf, is committed to helping others on their writing journey. She is the author of the picture books Lulu, released by Wombat Books, Clover’s Big Ideas, published by Little Pink Dog Books, and In the Shadow of an Elephant, due for release in 2018. Besides publication in the Heat Anthology (for adults) she is also the publisher of The Creative Kids Tales Short Story Collection.
Emma Cameron
Emma Cameron
Emma Cameron, an author and editor since 2004, is passionate about helping others on their writing journey. She’s run multiple writing courses and her work is published in novels, anthologies, school education resources and magazines. Both Cinnamon Rain and View From the 32nd Floor (Walker Books Australia) received CBCA Notable listing, the second being shortlisted in the 2015 Sakura Medal. Her US title, Out of This Place (Candlewick Press), was a finalist in the 2015 Global Read Aloud.

So Much to Gain

  • Honest and objective feedback that identifies your strengths and weaknesses.
  • A sturdier knowledge about what constitutes good writing.
  • Tools to help you improve your skills and refine your writing.
  • A greater understanding of the writing industry and market trends.
  • Ability to prepare synopsis, pitches and cover letters.
  • Skills to review your own work so you know where to make changes.
  • Strength and confidence to take your writing all the way.

Cost of Services

At just $99 per hour, we recommend you buy a block of at least 3 hours to get you started.

After your initial three hours we will reassess your needs and advise on the next step in your training.

As every writer is different, personal training offers the best service on a case by case basis.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or well on your way to publication, we can help you.

What We Focus On

  • Story building, story structure, plot analysis and plotting.
  • The role of setting and characterisation, including motivation, conflict and character development.
  • Use of dialogue.
  • How to adjust pacing to finetune the rhythm and speed of your story.
  • Voice, viewpoint and style.
  • Analyzing language to make every word earn its place.

*Note that basic grammar and spelling will be covered but as this uses up valuable training time it is recommended you check grammar and spelling before submitting any work.

After your initial submission you will receive detailed written feedback, including notes on your manuscript. This kicks off your training. Time to roll up your sleeves.

At first, Georgie and Emma will work with you via email. As your skill set progresses this may switch to telephone or Skype.

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Terms & Conditions

Manuscripts must be submitted by email only, as separate Word documents.

This service is designed for those who write for the children’s market. Please specify your target audience in the body of your submission email.

Following submission guidelines below, submit three pieces of writing. These may be in the form of short stories of up to 1000 words, picture book texts up to 600 words each, 1000 word excerpts from chapter books or novels, or a combination of these, e.g. one short story and two picture book texts.

Formatting Guidelines

The cover page must contain the author's name, contact information, the manuscript title and word count.

The author’s name and manuscript title must appear in the header of each page, top right.

Page x of y must appear in the page footer, bottom right.

The manuscript must be in 12 point Times New Roman font with left justification, double-spaced with an indent to indicate new paragraphs.

Use 3cm margins at the top, bottom, left and right of each page.

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