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 sometimes commission material. Buzz Words' aim is to keep readers abreast of what's currently happening in the children's book industry and to give them as many opportunities to get informed and possibly published.
Every issue contains industry news, publisher profiles, profiles of people in the industry, an interview (editors, publishers, designers, etc), opportunities, markets, competitions and awards, recommended books and websites/blogs, festivals and conferences, workshops, article/s, subscribers' achievements, letters to the editor and children's book reviews. Links are frequently provided to help readers.
Buzz Words is as subscriber-friendly as possible. Preference for interviews, articles, profiles, etc is always given to subscribers. Subscribers are also given the opportunity to advertise for free if they have a product and/or service.
The magazine also has a children's book review blog http://buzzwordsmagazine.com where a new children's book review appears every day. Reviews are also linked through the magazine to the blog. Buzz Words has 20 reviewers; we review for most children's publishers in Australia.
I am happy to send anyone the latest issue of the magazine to see if they would like to subscribe. Contact .Cost is $48 per year (24 issues). The magazine is distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month.
Dianne (Di) Bates has been in the industry for decades! She has published over 130 books for children, some of which have won state and national awards, including two children's choice book awards (WAYRBA and KOALA). She is married to award-winning children's author Bill Condon; they share a website.
For more information about Dianne Bates, Bill Condon or BuzzWords visit http://enterprisingwords.com.au
About Kids Books
Although I had been writing books (over 130+) for thirty five years, I had never published a book until I started up my children's book imprint, About Kids Books.
It took over 150 submitted manuscripts and seven months before I was ready to publish my first book. All of Us Together by multi-award-winning Bill Condon is novel for readers aged 8 to 12 years about a struggling family in the 1930's Australia Depression. Accepting the manuscript is when my real education as a publisher began! Since then I've been on an enormous learning curve as I've investigated designers, illustrators, printers, distributors, book clubs, library suppliers and more.
About Kids Books is a boutique publishing imprint, devoted to putting out quality fiction basically for children aged 8 to 12 years. The author Maya Angelou says of writing books: 'The idea is to write it as if people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.' This is the kind of book I am looking for. Not a small order, but Condon's 30,000 word book, suitable for 8 to 12 year olds, is an uplifting story told with great poignancy and humour.
Any author wanting to submit a manuscript to About Kids Books should do so via the website, sending two chapters and a synopsis. Submissions are acknowledged straight away and a decision whether or not to read the rest of the book made within a few weeks.
For more information on About Kids Books visit their website http://www.aboutkidsbooks.com