At the London Book Fair! In case you’re not familiar, the Book Fair is a global marketplace for rights negotiations and the sale and distribution of content. My new publisher Sweet Cherry Publishing are exhibiting there, and they’ll be celebrating the upcoming launch of our new junior fiction series Gormless Gods and Hapless Heroes with some yummy Greek snacks. I’ll talk …

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It was a humbling experience and – to be honest – a slightly embarrassing one. On Friday night a great honour was bestowed upon me. In the grand foyer of the Australian Museum, I received the Whitley Award for Best Children’s Series. So why did I feel embarrassed? It was something to do with the …

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The Writers Unleashed Festival is an annual celebration of writing, publishing and all things bookish. Now in it’s sixth year, it’s on this Saturday at the Tradies Club Gymea (in Sydney’s South). The festival is run by the Sutherland branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. I’ve attended the festival several times, and each time …

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It’s over – the launch of my first junior novel. Mike the Spike has now been officially introduced to the world. And what a send off! All that build up. The plans … the nerves … the lice … I had a great time and, I’m delighted to say, so did everyone else. I did …

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How many times have I attended writers’ conferences, watching authors share their wisdom and wishing I were among them? Don’t worry, it’s a rhetorical question. Even I don’t know the answer … suffice it to say, many. So when I discovered I’d finally be up there, on a panel, rubbing shoulders with other children and …

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Gotta love fellow writers! Author and blogger, Evelyne Holingue, has tagged me on the ‘Meet My Main Character Blog Tour’. Thanks, Eveylne, I’m honoured to take part. Evelyne is a Frenchwoman now living in the United States. She writes in both languages and is a very talented lady. She’s the author of Trapped in Paris, …

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Brisbane’s CYA Conference is well-known for its writing and illustrating competitions. There is a large range of categories to enter, from picture books right up to young adult. The feedback sheets are well-thought out and very detailed. I was lucky enough to win first prize in the chapter books (younger readers) category for my entry …

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It’s the moment all writers dream about. The letter/email from a publisher saying they actually want to [dramatic drum roll] publish your novel! Ta dah! All writers have experienced the other kind of letter, too many times. The one that goes, ‘Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, it does not suit our list. We wish …

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Like all good things in life, the writers’ conference started with the smell of coffee. I felt excited, and a bit nervous, walking into the CYA Conference rooms at Southbank, Brisbane. The heady smells and the sound of excited chatter were the perfect greeting. I didn’t know anyone, but I knew I’d be surrounded by …

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