What's New at CKT

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of CKT

Happy Spring 2017!

On Thursday 14 September we are being encouraged to Make a Date with a Book for The Reading Hour.

In 2015 I was honoured to have my book, Lulu, as the featured book for the Sutherland Shire Library. You can hear Melinda McNaughton, from the children’s services, reading Lulu here  www.creativekidstales.com.au/about-ckt/lulu/1220-the-reading-hour-lulu

I think I only just survived August, with Book Week activities and the finalisation of the Creative Kids Tales Story Collection being published later this year. Phew!

I had so much fun during Book Week and got to share my stories with over 900 children. It was wonderful to see lots of posts from authors filling Facebook with tales and memories from Book Week. Great work authors and illustrators from around the country.

While juggling my Book Week commitments, I hit the ‘send’ button on the first Creative Kids Tales paperback publication. It was an amazing experience getting to wear the publishers hat and seeing all the behind the scenes work that goes into bringing a manuscript, or in this case, 62 manuscripts, to publication. I’ve prepared a post for the CKT blog about this publishing experience and I can’t wait to share it, along with our publication, with you soon.

I was also able to catch up with some writer friends and CKT family at the Sutherland Shire Writers’ Unleashed Festival. It was an informative day filled with speakers from all genres.

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 – Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Kinney, Lucy Cousins and Stephan Pastis.  Why not keep up to date with all our posts, simply pop over to our blog page and subscribe! 

If you are looking for ways to enhance your presentation or perhaps you are just starting out with school visits, the posts I shared on the CKT Blog last month for presenting to Kindergarten up to year 6 may assist you: www.creativekidstales.com.au/whats-new/blog/spreading-my-author-wings-through-school-visits-by-georgie-donaghey

If you would like to write a blog for us about your Book Week experience or have another topic that may be of interest to our readers, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did you know; adding that you have participated in a writing competition is great for your writing CV, especially if you receive a place or win. Our annual anthology competition is on again! Wings, Superheroes and Determination are the themes for this year’s competition. 15 winners will be chosen with 12 being published! Yes, that’s right 12 winners along with one illustration will be chosen to be published in the Smashwords anthology.

All other entrants will receive a certificate of participation with the winners being displayed on our website including our yearly snapshot with the National Library. Multiple entries accepted.

For more information, check out our competitions pages: 

P.S. If you would like to blog for us, please email Georgie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

That’s all from me for this month. See you in October.


 

Who visits Creative Kids Tales - September 2017

This month we welcome the multi-talented Gus Gordon as our featured guest.

Gus Gordon has written and illustrated tonnes of books, over 70 of them to be exact.

His award winning book Herman and Rosie has entertained children both locally and overseas and Gus is half of the successful team behind the, My Life books with author, Tristan Bancks.

Want to know more about Gus Gordon? Read our interview here.

Read all about Gus as introduced by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern.

Our emerging author this month is Ashley Howland.

Ashley is inspired by her girls to write children’s books. Stitch, Chewie and her previous dog - Obi often provide the material.

When not writing Ashley works as a primary school teacher, specializing in Physical Education and Science.

We are excited to feature Ashley this month as our emerging author.

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

www.creativekidstales.com.au/authors-illustrators/featured-and-emerging-authors


 

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.


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!

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

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

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

    R.A. Spratt
  • "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
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • '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 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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 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 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
  • '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
  • '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 will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

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

    Paul Collins
  • 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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