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Securing that Grant! By Georgie Donaghey

Let's face it how much easier would your writing life be if you were able to secure a grant? Whether it be for attending a writing conference, festival or allowing you to engage the services of a mentor. Perhaps you are looking to study your craft abroad or visit that magical city your story centres around. One thing is for sure; if you are the luc...
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​The Trouble with Female Super Heroes and Other Musings by Zoe Gaetjens

Last year for a period of time American McDonalds gave out DC Comics super heroes as the Happy Meal toy. They were pretty cool and the best thing was that there were male superheroes and female superheroes. Having a son and two daughters, this was fantastic. No one missed out, no one went home disappointed. McDonald's was getting it right. Gender e...
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Gretchen Bernet-Ward
A well-balanced children’s book is always a joy to read. Basically I believe it’s only the first step for a writer, Zoe, because ... Read More
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:28
Zoe Gaetjens
Thank you Gretchen for your comment and encouragement. I absolutely agree with you. I do love that books evoke conversation and di... Read More
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:25
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Mentor or Superhero? by Georgie Donaghey

During your writing career you will have many questions, be confronted with many obstacles and let's face it sometimes you will be pulling your hair out and wondering why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. It happens to all of us, even those who have been writing for many years. What is a mentor? A mentor is a person who guides a less ex...
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Georgie chats with Kit Carstairs from The Manuscript Agency - Part 2

In Part 2 of our chat with Kit Carstairs from The Manuscript Agency, we pick up with How do you choose the right publisher?    The Manuscript Agency is an author-focussed organisation, working with writers and authors seeking manuscript development with the view to publishing. They are industry professionals using their expertise to help ...
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Karen Hendriks
Spot on and relevant advice. Worth the read.
Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:36
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Georgie chats with Kit Carstairs from The Manuscript Agency - Part 1

​The Manuscript Agency is an author-focussed organisation, working with writers and authors seeking manuscript development with the view to publishing. They are industry professionals using their expertise to help authors navigate the overwhelming world of publishing. Kit Carstairs, director of The Manuscript Agency, sat down with us for a chat and...
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Sonia Hardie
Great post!! thank you!
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:18
David Lewis
Very useful and interesting. Thank you. Back to writing for now...... Read More
Monday, 27 March 2017 15:27
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​Peeking through the windows of success. Top Tips from some of our favourite Authors from around the Globe by Georgie Donaghey

How many times have you wanted to ask your favourite author what is the secret to their success? What magic recipe do they follow? What's the one tip they live by? You know you've always wanted to know. What would you do for that information? Well, no need to promise your first born or bribe us with a truckload of chocolate, however, we wouldn't tu...
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How Improvised Comedy Helped my Writing by guest blogger, Adam Wallace

You're a children's author!!!! Awesome, well done! Seriously, this is the best job in the entire world, so welcome to the club. So does becoming a better writer simply mean writing more, or reading books about writing for children, or going to writing workshops? Yes, it means all those things, but don't lock yourself in. My writing actually improve...
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​Guest blogger, Dianne Bates chats about BuzzWords and About Kids Books

Buzz Words (All the Buzz about Children's Books) In 2006 I started a subscriber-based twice-monthly online magazine exclusively for people in the Australian children's book industry, such as writers, illustrators, librarians, publishers – in fact, anyone interested in children's books. As editor and compiler, I gather material from many sources and...
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Gretchen Bernet-Ward
Eileen, I was the other way around, but all good!
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:04
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Sit Down…Stand Up by Eileen Magee

Another Word or two from Eileen Magee— still practising to be a Famous Author (!) Queen , the band from the 70's has a song titled " Fat Bottomed Girls." A line in the lyrics goes… " Fat bottomed girls you make the rocking world go round." I always think this can be easily translated to " Fat bottomed girls (and boys), you make the writing world go...
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Write the book that only you can write by guest blogger, Wendy Orr

​ I always worry when I hear an aspiring writer say, 'My aim is to be a famous author.' Don't get me wrong: thinking positive is great. Visualising success is great. And if what you want most from your career is fame, that's great too, though I'm not sure writing is the easiest way to attain it. But if what you want most is to become a great writer...
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​Take a Course, You'll Thank Me by Zoe Gaetjens

Ever thought of taking a course to improve your writing skills? Last year I thought about doing this. I thought and I thought and I thought. I researched and read about different options. I got excited. And then the excuses began and I did nothing. "I just had a baby, I don't have time," I wearily reminded myself, every night, particularly in the w...
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The Benefits and Pitfalls of Writers' Groups by Megan Higginson

It's true. Writing can be a lonely profession. But, it doesn't have to be. From face-to-face writer's groups, and critique groups online, you can be part of a thriving and encouraging community of fellow creatives. I call it, The Wonderful Writer's Group. Sounds good, doesn't it? Is this even possible? If you are an author sitting at home and writi...
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​Stop Faffing About! by Eileen Magee

Another Word or two from Eileen Magee— still practicing to be a Famous Author (!) I don't know about you, but I can't remember my parents being as busy as we are these days.They were busy— just in different ways (that didn't include all the technology that's 'made our life easier'!).Maybe too, they were very good at concealing the real 'busy-ness' ...
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Writers' Groups. Why be in One? How do You Start One? by Megan Higginson

What is a writers' group? Is it necessary to be part of one? How do you find one? Can you set one up yourself? What does it take to set up and run a great writers' group? I love my Writers' Group. We are a group of friends who discovered each other in the last two to four years. We found out that we loved writing, and each of us had at least one W....
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Carole Lander
Thanks for this great post Megan. I would love to be part of a writers' group for children's authors. If anyone knows of one in th... Read More
Thursday, 02 February 2017 14:25
Gretchen Bernet-Ward
You could contact your State library or local library for details of writers groups, some of whom may use library meeting rooms. ... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:50
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​How do you stay positive when the world around you sucks? by Georgie Donaghey

2016 is now history, but for many her impact cut deep and the wounds are still raw. Every year the world loses a multitude of talented people. Last year was no different. However for me, so many of them had touched my life in some way growing up. I was mesmerised by Muhammad Ali both in and out of the ring. Not only was (and still is) he my favouri...
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Expert in Imposter Syndrome by Eileen Magee


It's said, that you should smile—for you never know who's watching.It's true.You never know who's watching.Not just for your smile. A few years ago, my darling emailed me this article (below).He thought it would interest me.He'd been watching.Me—the Writer—the Imposter . "Not to be confused with false modesty, impostor syndrome is a psychological p...
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Publishing An Independent Middle Grade Book in 22 Easy Steps Part 3 by Julie Anne Grasso

Here is part 3 of Julie Anne Grasso's article - Publishing An Independent Middle Grade Book in 22 Easy Steps. Step Fourteen: Book Launch Preparation: Uploading to Amazon and Createspace can take anything from a couple hours to appear in store, to several days, so be sure to set your release date with this in mind. Having print versions for a releas...
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Publishing An Independent Middle Grade Book in 22 Easy Steps Part 2 by Julie Anne Grasso

Here is part 2 of Julie Anne Grasso's article - Publishing An Independent Middle Grade Book in 22 Easy Steps. Step Eight: Cover conjuring and interior decorating: Produce a cover brief to give the artist an idea of what you would like, the themes used, the colours and style. Keep it simple, because your book will be reduced to thumbnail size on mos...
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​Publishing An Independent Middle Grade Book in 22 Easy Steps Part 1 by Julie Anne Grasso

Hi I'm Julie Anne Grasso, an emerging author with Creative Kids Tales. I have independently published seven middle grade books in science fiction and mystery, for ages 8-12. I'm often asked what is in involved in independent publication. The short answer is with blood, sweat, tears, time, money and determination, but who am I kidding? 22 Easy Steps...
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​Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 2 by Georgie Donaghey

Here is part 2 of our Author Etiquette article. Critiquing Critique groups are a vital step in a writer's development. If you have the opportunity to join one you should jump at the chance. Groups are made up of like-minded people who are at different stages of their creative journey. Always read and adhere to the critique guidelines set out by the...
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David Lewis
Lovely to discover good practical advice on this blog. Thank you. I have far to go....
Monday, 28 November 2016 13:09
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