What's New at CKT

Welcome to the May 2017 edition of CKT

How was your Easter? Did you survive? Can't stand the sight of any more chocolate?

As we bid farewell to the long eared one for another year, let’s see what’s happening this May? 

This month we are off to the KidLit – Meet the Publishers Festival in Melbourne. The organisers have revamped this year’s program to include workshops intertwined with panel sessions and for those who were lucky enough to secure a critique with one of the many publishers who will be attending.

It’s a doubly exciting month as I will finally get to meet our CKT Assistant, Eileen. Although Eileen has been assisting our members and been an integral part of the CKT team for almost two years, our different locations and personal commitments have made getting together virtually impossible. That is until now!  Look out Melbourne, here we come! We’ll be sure to bring you all the juicy bits from our time in Melbourne.

The Sydney Writers Festival gets underway from the 22-28 May. There are a variety of not only local but overseas guests to tempt your creative appetite no matter what your genre. There are loads of free events and don’t forget Family Day on Sunday 28 May at Walsh Bay.  For more information visit www.swf.org.au  

One of the stars who will be shining at this year’s Sydney Writers Festival is Kate DiCamillo.  I’ll be chatting with Kate this month on the CKT Blog. To coincide with our interview, our friends at Walker Books have generously donated ten copies of Kate’s new book, Raymie Nightingale to giveaway. For your chance to win a copy for you and your bestie, pop over to our Facebook page and on the Kate DiCamillo giveaway post, tell us in 25 words or less - What is the craziest thing you and your best friend have done together? We’ll randomly select five winners who will receive one copy for them and one for a friend.

Did you know that the CKT Blog is now our most visited page! We covered a variety of subjects on our blog including Author Etiquette, Independent Publishing, Writing with Abandonment, Writing – work life balance, Building your Author Platform and we also chatted with a few International Authors – Jeff Kinney, Lucy Cousins and Stephan Pastis.  This month, I chat with New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo. Kate has sold over 22 million books. Her work has been beautifully adapted for the big screen. I can’t wait to bring you this special interview via our International Author series. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Would you like to blog for CKT? Our website receives over 200,000 hits per month from local and overseas readers. That’s potentially a huge audience that could be very interested in what you have to say. For more information drop me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, this month readers from all walks of life will come together at various places around the country to participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime on 24 May.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year thousands of littlies will enjoy The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood and published by Scholastic.

 The Cow Tripped Over the Moon

Hey diddle diddle

You all know the riddle A cow jumps over the moon... But the moon is very high in the sky.

How many attempts will it take before Cow makes her famous high-flying leap?

You can find out more about the National Simultaneous Storytime here www.alia.org.au/nss

Our Magic, Mystery and Skateboards competition is now closed. We’ll announce the winners in the July edition of Creative Kids Tales. Good luck to all who entered.

Update: Expressions of interest for the CKT Story Collection have now closed! The CKT Story Collection, our first publication will be an assortment of stories and eye-catching black and white illustrations from some of our delightfully talented emerging authors and illustrators.

ILLUSTRATORS: There is still a window of opportunity for you to participate. If you are interested in taking part, please contact me ASAP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Don’t delay!

That’s all from me this month. See you in June. Almost half way through the year already! Can you believe it?


 

Tours at the Tales

Do you have a children's or YA book due for release?

Will you be taking your new book on tour?

If you answered 'yes' to either of these questions, we'd love to have you join us on Tours at the Tales.

Included on your blog tour will be information about you and your book.

If you would like to include us on your upcoming blog tour, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure a spot.

Please ensure your request is submitted at least 2 weeks prior to your nominated tour date.


Who visits Creative Kids Tales - May 2017

This month we welcome R.A. Spratt as our featured guest.

R.A. Spratt is a best-selling author and television writer. She is known for the Nanny Piggins and Friday Barnes series of books. R.A. has written for dozens of different television shows including Guess How Much I Love You, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, Sydney Sailboat, Skinner Boys, Lah-Lah’s Adventures and many other well loved children’s favourites.

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern introduces R.A. Spratt.

Our emerging author this month is, Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern.

We thought it was only fitting you get to know the latest member of the Creative Kids Tales team. Jacqueline is an Australian author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her love of travel started at age three on moving from Sri Lanka to Australia with her parents. 

If you miss an interview, don’t worry you can view our full list of Featured/Emerging Authors/Illustrators.


Are you an Emerging Author or Illustrator?

We continue to welcome new emerging authors and illustrators to our family.

  • What writing goals have you set yourself this year?
  • Do you want to build your author platform and promote your name in the children's writing community?
  • Do you want your profile and work to be potentially viewed by thousands each month?
  • Are you looking for resources, tips, tools and opportunities to assist you on your journey to publication?
  • Do you want to network with other emerging authors and illustrators through our exclusive members forum?
  • Do you have a manuscript that needs some TLC? Perhaps you have an idea you’ve been itching to share? Membership with Creative Kids Tales includes access to our exclusive Writer’s Workshop.

  You can tick all the above with a Creative Kids Tales membership.

For only $30 per year for a standard profile or $40 if you want a combined author/illustrator profile, you can promote yourself on an industry recognised Australian website that is viewed by Australian and International audiences.

Take that next step and make this year, YOUR year.

For information about becoming a Creative Kids Tales emerging author or illustrator, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Festivals and Events

If you have wondered about what goes on at writer’s conferences that’s classified! Only joking! They are loads of fun and essential networking opportunities for both emerging and published authors. It was at a NSW Writers’ Kids & YA Festival where my writing life took an extraordinary turn that led me on the path that I am on today.

My advice would be to research the one best suited to your writing and try and attend at least one a year. You will find the benefits far out way the ticket price.

For festivals, writing workshops and opportunities to network with other writerly folk around Australia visit our Upcoming Events page.

Don’t forget you can read about my various conference experiences on our Conference Wrap Up page.


Tools of the Trade

Have you had a chance to check out our new Tools of the Trade page?

This page will be a continual work in progress adding useful resources such as software tools, tutorials and E-Workshops that will help you on your writing or illustrating journey.

If you have found or know of a tool that has helped with your writing or illustrating we would love to hear about it. We might just add it to our Tools of the Trade page.


Member Forum

Our interactive members forum is another benefit of being a Creative Kids Tales member. This section is for the exclusive use of our emerging authors and illustrators. Here you can network with colleagues and peers, discuss your WIP, find out answers to industry questions and learn about others experiences on their journey to publication. Our members forum is a secure environment and is only for CKT members. What a great way to connect! If you have a burning question for your favourite children’s author, who knows, we might just ask them to stop by to chat with our members.

If you have been thinking about joining Creative Kids Tales, this is just one more reason to do so.

You will only be able to login to this section if you are a member and have been allocated login details.

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

FREE eBooks - Creative Kids Tales Anthology (2014, 2015 & 2016)

You can download our free 2014 Creative Kids Tales Anthology on Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/493785.

If you already have our 2014 Anthology, you won’t want to miss our 2015 Creative Kids Tales Anthology; 'Deep within the Forest' on Smashwords.

Don’t forget to check out our 2016 Anthology - Aliens, Animals and Amazing Places on Smashwords.

Stay tuned for information about our 2017 Anthology Competition later in the year.


 

 Tips from the Experts 

We are adding tips from the experts to our ‘Top Tips’ page all the time.

Did you ever want to know what advice your favourite Australian author lives by?

Here you will find Top Tips from the cream of Australian children’s literature.

Enjoy!


 

The Author’s Shelf podcasts

In 2015 we launched the Creative Kids Tales YouTube channel. Included are audio interviews with authors and illustrators from my time on The Author’s Shelf, plus an interview with Wendy Orr that never made it to air. While my Creative Kids Tales and writing commitments no longer allow me the time to bring you a fortnightly radio show, I will bring you special interviews from time to time on our YouTube channel. We’ve added three more interviews with Morris Gleitzman, Mem Fox and Tristan Bancks.

Each audio interview has been matched with a slideshow of photos and book covers of the corresponding author/illustrator. The great thing about having an audio file/podcast, is you can listen to our interviews anywhere like on the bus, the train, while gardening, or even relaxing in the bath. However you choose to listen, we thank you and hope you find them informative and inspiring.


Listen to podcasts 


 

For information about becoming a Creative Kids Tales emerging author or illustrator, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We always love to hear what you think about our website. After all, we are here to help you on your  journey to publication.

We’ll accept all forms of feedback. Don’t be afraid to tell us what you think.

If you have any suggestions for the website, we’ll listen to them too.

Email any comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

That’s all from us this month. Enjoy!

Goodbye-Smiley

Happy writing!

  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.
    ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com

    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'
    www.meredithcostain.com

    Meredith Costain
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015
    www.jackiefrench.com

    Jackie French
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' - www.deborahabela.com

    Deborah Abela
  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'
    www.sgervay.com

    Susanne Gervay
  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'
    www.paulcollins.com.au

    Paul Collins
  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" - tashibooks.com

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'
    dcgreenyarns.blogspot.com.au

    DC Green
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' - www.maisyfun.com

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! - www.suewhiting.com

    Sue Whiting
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'A brilliant site jam-packed with info. Whether you’re an emerging or a submerging creator, CKT is a life raft!
    Thanks, Georgie!' - jenstorer.com

    Jen Storer
  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

    Tania McCartney
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' - www.shauntan.net

    Shaun Tan
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! - sallymurphy.com.au

    Sally Murphy
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • 'CKT is a great resource for both established and emerging authors. I like the way you're always coming up with new and exciting initiatives at your site. And I love reading the fascinating journeys and achievements of the writers you profile here.' - www.deescribe.com.au

    Dee White
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'
    www.sallyrippin.com

    Sally Rippin
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is an awesome resource you should totally check it out.' - raspratt.com

    R.A. Spratt
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'
    www.tristanbancks.com

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs
  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). - www.terrydenton.com

    Terry Denton
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger: www.creativekidstales.com.au
    Well done, CKT team!' - janeenbrian.com

    Janeen Brian
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'
    georgeivanoff.com.au

    George Ivanoff
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell