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    Why don’t you #askHAU

    Recently a new Twitter hashtag has started called #askHAU. This is a great opportunity for children’s writers of all levels to ask editors/publishers at Hachette Australia questions about the writing trade, how to get published, what the editors are looking for, etc…. This is too good an opportunity to miss and yesterday I participated because it was Suzanne O’Sullivan’s turn to answer the questions from 3pm to 4pm. Suzanne is the Associate Publisher of children’s books at Hachette Australia and replied to a whole variety of useful questions with enthusiasm and great wisdom. Here are my questions:             I hope this has been useful for…

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    #illo52weeks – Week 2: Italy

    Every week I panic and think I won’t be able to come up with an illustration for the 52 week Illustration Challenge – it really does make me feel nervous. I almost feel like giving up but I don’t because the joy I feel when I do manage to create a new piece of artwork is wonderful. Week 2: Italy Pencil, copic marker, coloured pencils, Artline pen. I was so stuck with this theme and then I realised that the book I am reading is based in Italy. Masquerade is written by my writing buddy Kylie Fornasier, and I am thoroughly enjoying all the drama and intrigue that went with…

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    Writing Processes Blog Tour

    Thank you to Penny Morrison for inviting me to be part of the ‘Writing Processes Blog Tour.’ Penny is the author of the Hey! series and is currently having her debut picture book illustrated  (to be published by Walker Books Au). How exciting is that! Have a look at Penny’s post for the ‘Writing Processes Tour. So here are the following questions to explain my processes: What am I working on? Everything at the moment, which feels a bit hectic. But I am working for 3 deadlines/closing dates which are happening in the following week: I have to submit manuscripts for appraisals at this years SCBWI Conference submit a manuscript to CYA…

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    The perfect postable Christmas gift

      I can’t believe it’s that time of the year already! Yes, it is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts as there are only 12 weeks left until Christmas Day. So why not plan ahead and buy the perfect gift. My little Christmas book fits in an A5 envelope which makes it a great gift to send to family, friends and loved ones abroad. It is suitable for children of all ages. Book Synopsis:  Sing or read the traditional Christmas rhyme with a Jersey twist (as in old Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK). Find out what else ‘my true love brings to me’ including: 3 ormer shells, 2…

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    World Read Aloud Day 2012

    Today is ‘World Read Aloud Day’. To fing out more about this event click here. So tonight I am reading a new book that arrived in the postbox today – Miss Brooks Loves Books by Barbara Bottner and brilliant illustrations by Michael Emberley.  Thank you Mr. Postman, such great timing! This isn’t a book I have just chosen out of the blue, oh no, there was a perfectly good reason. Sometimes (and apparently more frequently) when you are submitting a manuscript, you can be asked to compare your story/concept to other books already out there. Mary Lindsey from QueryTracker.net also mentions this in her post: Query Letters: Constants and Not so…