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The Quest Diaries of Max Crack - Q&A with Jules Faber


Jules Faber is a cartoonist and illustrator, most well-known for illustrating the WeirDo series by comedian Anh Do, for which they've won multiple awards, including Book of the Year for Older Children at the Australian Book Industry Awards.  He's also illustrated David Warner's 'Kaboom Kid' series, Michael Pryor's 'Leo Da Vinci' series, Alex R...
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Dear Grandpa - Q&A Kate Simpson


Kate Simpson is a children's author and podcast host. Her first picture book, Finding Granny , was shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. When she's not writing, Kate is one third of children's book podcast One More Page, which is a fortnightly foray into all things kids' books. One More Page features guest interviews, b...
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So You Want To Be A Writer - Q&A Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait.


Valerie Khoo is CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. With campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Online, the centre has enrolled more than 50,000 students across Australia and internationally.  A former journalist, Valerie is also co-author of the book So You Want To Be A Writer: ...
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Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire - Q&A with Nat Amoore


Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer whose first middle grade novel 'Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire' is out now with Penguin Random House, with a second novel expected in 2020. She will also appear in Total Quack Up Again!, due out in October 2019. Nat co-hosts kid lit podcast One More Page, which has had over 30k downloads and was a final...
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The Christmas Garden - Q&A with Caroline Tuohey


Caroline Tuohey is an award-winning children's writer and poet whose main interest is picture books.She has four published picture books in print with two more (one with Larrikin House and the other Ford Street Publishing) due for release in 2020.She has also been published in children's literature magazines in Australia and Ireland as well as in a...
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Just Bad Writing by Emma Cameron


What constitutes good or bad writing is subjective because, from a reader's viewpoint, what we like and dislike varies greatly. Despite this, there are ways of writing that will usually be considered poor. To demonstrate this, I'm delighted to share the words of my grandson, aged five, when forced to endure 'take home readers'. Though not particula...
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Final Storm - Q&A with Deborah Abela


The exciting third book in the Grimsdon trilogy by Deborah Abela will be released on  August 6, 2019 through Random House. Check out the trailer link below. What is Final Storm about? This is the third book in my cranky climate change trilogy. After surviving for three years in the flooded city of Grimsdon, Isabella an...
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So, You Want to be a Writer reviewed by Georgie Donaghey


Writing is a solitary act. Rewards can be few and far between. Dedication and hard work need to be unwavering. Writers often search for that thread that connects them with other writers. When I began reading So, You Want to be a Writer , I immediately felt that connection. Imagine a gospel choir singing Hallelujah. This new resource has evolved fro...
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The Plodding, Bumbling Writer by Deborah Abela


'Writing is an act of faith not a trick of grammar.' EB White. I'm a plodding, bumbling writer. Even though recently a friend looked at me sternly and said, 'You're methodical'. A methodical plodder, perhaps? I recently finished the third book in the Grimsdon trilogy, Final Storm and writing it felt hard, wonderful and brilliantly intoxicating, in ...
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Toffle Towers - Q&A with Tim Harris


Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids, including Toffle Towers , Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables and Exploding Endings .  His first ever book, Exploding Endings: Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes , was awarded Honour Book at the 2017 KOALAs. Tim's second series, M r Bambuckle's Remarkables , con tains his tradem...
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Baby Business reviewed by Georgie Donaghey


​The birth of a baby is a time of celebration, a time of family coming together. In Indigenous cultures, the rituals that surround these welcoming ceremonies are connected with the land, their ancestors and the traditions of their people. Jasmine Seymour's beautiful book, Baby Business, is inviting from the cover to the last page. Greeted by an ope...
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Bad Crab - Q&A with Amelia McInerney


Amelia lives just outside Sydney in the lower Blue Mountains. She spends her days writing kids' books, staring out the window thinking up stories for kids' books, and occasionally just plain staring out the window. When she's not writing, thinking or staring, Amelia enjoys doing yoga and snorkeling, but not at the same time because that's really ha...
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Mind Kind - Q&A with Dr Joanna North


​ What is Mind Kind about? In Mind Kind you will not find parenting techniques, but rather a parenting philosophy. Recognizing that there are no absolute answers, distinguished psychotherapist, mother and grandmother Dr Joanna North instead aims to help you become aware of the types of emotional support your child may need. Through following this p...
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The Big Old Rambutan Tree - Q&A with Kathy Creamer


What is The Big Old Rambutan Tree about? It is about love, trust, loyalty and the struggle of survival. Ginger is a young and endangered orangutan living in the threatened Indonesian rainforest. When feeding on the fruits of the big old rambutan tree with all the other orangutans in the forest, she hears a strange noise and goes to investigate. At ...
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Baby Business - Q&A with Jasmine Seymour.


  What is Baby Business about? Baby business is about an Aboriginal baby smoking ceremony. The book is contemporary look at what a baby smoking ceremony might look like on Darug Country. A baby smoking ceremony is a baby's first welcome to country. The smoke helps the baby to belong to Country by infusing its whole being with the smell of Coun...
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Editing – Getting Your Head Around the Process by Emma Cameron


If you've worked and reworked your stories until they are as good as can be, and now think they are ready to edit, there are a number of questions to consider. Do you know what type of edit your work needs? Are you even aware that editing is a multifaceted process? If you answered 'no' to either of these questions and think all that's left to do is...
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There is a new super hero in town - Q&A with Susanne Gervay.


What is The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses about? A boy. A super hero. A brave pirate leads his crew of girls and boys. Until the day Sammy feels different. He gets glasses. His parents, teacher, family are happy for Sammy, because life is no longer blurry. So, the great miscommunication begins. The super hero is still heroic, funny, determined as he ...
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First Impressions Count – Manuscript Format Matters


When presenting manuscripts to publishers, editors, competition judges or critique partners, the manner in which we format them speaks volumes. If your work's formatting indicates you don't care to follow publishing industry expectations, ask yourself why you should expect your work to be read. If you care to know what the general expectations are,...
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Susan Hili
Well needed advise! Thanks Georgie!
Monday, 01 July 2019 16:59
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The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses reviewed by Georgie Donaghey


The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses by Susanne Gervay and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. I was fortunate to see this story at various stages of the publication process, so, you can imagine my excitement when I received the printed copy on my doorstep. Susanne has created an emotionally charged story that will resonate with many children and adults. For those...
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The Joy of Reading by Emma Cameron


Everyone enjoys reading for different reasons. At some level, I think many of us enjoy observing and listening to others as they travel through life. Reading fiction is a fantastic way to do this. Stories are magical treasures that give us permission to check out what others are doing, listen in to what they are saying, and hear what's going on in ...
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