• Publishers,  Submissions,  Uncategorized

    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…

  • Manuscripts,  Submissions,  Writing competitions

    Competition Feedback

      As some of you know, I like to enter writing competitions to develop my ability at the craft of writing. I have talked about what I feel you can get out of entering competitions before here. Over the weekend many aspiring and published writers received the results and feedback from the CYA Conference  – Children’s and Young Adult Writers And Illustrators Conference. This is the third year I have entered and over the 3 years I have submitted 8 manuscripts. 7 of which were picture books and 1 a junior chapter book. With your chapter book you only enter the first 1000 words so you have to grab the readers…

  • Submissions,  Uncategorized

    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…