What's New at CKT

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.

CKT Writers Festival 2018 with Logo

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.

With 40 authors and over 50 stories, this publication is sure to entertain the young and young at heart. Copies are only $15 plus postage. If you would like to know more, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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."
- Karen


"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."
- Hayley


"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!"
- Robyn


"Many thanks indeed for this in-depth feedback. I have a lot to work on and intend to do so!"
- Carole


"I really appreciate it the thought and care that went into these reports and will be back again another day with a different manuscript."
- Jennifer


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.


 

Who visits Creative Kids Tales - February 2018

This month we welcome Peter Carnavas.

The exquisite, highly entertaining and meaningful stories of Peter Carnavas have captured the hearts of many. Growing up in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Peter started creating books before he even went to school. His fist ever creation being inspired by his pet turtle Pokey and appropriately titled “My Turtle Bites My Finger.”

Our first featured emerging author of the month (for 2018) is, Elizabeth Cummings.

Formally a primary school teacher from UK, Elizabeth now lives in Sydney writing for children and adults alike.

Grab a coffee kick back and enjoy reading about our first featured guest for 2018 as introduced by Jacqueline de Rose Ahern.


 

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 & 2017)

You can download all of our free Creative Kids Tales Anthologies from Smashwords.

Be sure to download our NEW 2017 Creative Kids Tales Anthology; Wings, Superheroes and Determination from Smashwords.

Look out for more competition opportunities next 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 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

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

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

    George Ivanoff
  • 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
  • 'CKT is like the friendly and helpful colleague I could have done with when I started out. Back then I didn’t know anyone who was a writer or illustrator of books.'

    - www.tohby.com

    Tohby Riddle

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

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • '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
  • 'The details available on this site, for emerging writers (or those emerged) is incredibly helpful. From creating stories- plotting, dialogue and character building- to the support writers can seek for their work, be it mentoring or seeking a publisher, it’s all there. An excellent easy-to-access writers’ site!'

    - libbyhathorn.com

    Libby Hathorn

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

    R.A. Spratt
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • 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
  • '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
  • '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 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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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 ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'What a great site! We all tend to work in isolation in our own little caves. It’s great to see all the other cave dwellers out there and realise we are not alone. What a great resource!'

    - brucewhatley.com

    Bruce Whatley

  • 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
  • '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 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
  • '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
  • 'CKT is such a valuable site for anybody wanting to learn a bit more about making children’s books. When time travelling becomes possible, I’ll steal all the info from this site and deliver it to my younger, aspiring self.'

    - petercarnavas.com

    Peter Carnavas

  • '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
  • '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