Welcome to the February 2018 edition of CKT
Happy New Year!
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.
Every year we plan on slowing down and taking time to smell the roses. Then we get another creative idea, and well that’s the end of that. It looks as if this year won’t be any different.
So what do we have planned?
We are kicking off 2018 with a festival! That’s right next month we will hold the first Creative Kids Tales festival.
It has always been our ambition to hold a Creative Kids Tales festival and in March we will do just that. The Creative Kids Tales Writers' Festival will be held at The Tradies, Gymea on Saturday 17 March. www.trybooking.com/book/event
The festival is designed for you! Whether you are emerging or established our presenters will inspire and motivate you. They will address your many questions and even those you didn’t know you had. Get ready to network, learn and to take your writing to the next level.
Presenters include Susanne Gervay, Sue Whiting, Tristan Bancks, Sarah Davis, Wai Chim and Georgie Donaghey.
A variety of topics will be covered on the day including:
- A Beginner’s Roadmap to the Children’s Writing Industry.
- How to give your manuscript the best chance of a contract.
- What happens once your manuscript hits an editor/publisher’s desk?
- How to write a successful series.
- The marriage of author and illustrator to produce a successful picture book.
- Writing about what you know.
- Making a difference with your stories.
- Rejection – Why it isn’t a bad thing.
- Marketing yourself and your work.
- And more, more, more.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to pitch their story to a panel of experts. The winner of the pitch session will receive a Manuscript Assessment with Creative Kids Tales valued at $100.
Manuscript Assessments with either Sue Whiting or Susanne Gervay are available at $70 per session and not included as part of the entry fee. Those wishing to book a manuscript assessment must also be attending the festival. Please note you can only book one manuscript assessment.
Plus there will be a few other little surprises for attendees.
Seats are limited so avoid disappointment and book early.
Keep an eye on our Creative Kids Tales Facebook page for updates and festival information. Whether you are a member of Creative Kids Tales or a regular visitor to our site, this is one event you won’t want to miss.
Also new this year is 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. If you hope to get over that finish line, consider personal training with those who have the knowledge and experience to help you. Be warned though, as we coach you to build the skills you need, we will hold no punches.
Want to know more? Pop over to our Author Personal Training page to read all about this exciting new resource.
Still bursting with pride for our first publication, The Creative Kids Tales Story Collection which sold 1000 copies in just three weeks. If you weren’t able to pick up a copy from our initial print run, please drop us a line as we are planning a second print run and will be happy to accommodate you. The Creative Kids Tales Story Collection is an eclectic mix of tales and verse that are funny or serious, crazy or adventurous, thought-provoking or mysterious.
Don’t forget we offer other services such as our Manuscript Assessment Service. Here are some of the comments we’ve received:
"Thank you so much for this feedback it was extremely thorough and gives me a lot of direction for refining this story. I will definitely be using your service again."
"Georgie and her team provided an insightful assessment, confirming some suspected issues, outlining others we weren't aware of. We feel more confident now."
- Raewyn and Sheryll
"Thanks Georgie and team. You've provided much thought provoking feedback and good ideas to think and work through. It was what I needed to know, and I'm glad I had the chance to submit to your team before submitting to a publisher."
"Many thanks Georgie. I’m just so appreciative of the comprehensive feedback I’ve received. There are just so many ways that I can now improve on, not only this little story, but on others I’ve also written. Feedback is fantastic!"
"Many thanks indeed for this in-depth feedback. I have a lot to work on and intend to do so!"
"I really appreciate it the thought and care that went into these reports and will be back again another day with a different manuscript."
Coming later in 2018 - Growing with and nurturing our readers existing talents is what we are all about but what about the ones we write for – the kids? Well, we have that covered too. This year we will be offering CKT workshops for kids. We have already secured a few bookings and are looking forward to sharing more with you later in the year. If you know someone aged 9-13 who might be interested stay tuned.
We look forward to sharing in your creative journey and hope 2018 brings you joy and lots to celebrate.