Finally I can announce my exciting news!
I have been offered and accepted a publishing contract for a five book picture book series with Allen & Unwin. It is a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier and I couldn’t have found a more passionate, consultative or engaged publisher for this series. I am beyond excited. I can’t say much about the series, other than that it is aimed at 1-5 year olds and at this stage we are hoping to release all five books at the same time. I will be able to give you more details closer to the release date.
But for now I have taken down the affirmation poster that has been on the door of my tea cupboard for the last two years!
Because I have indeed just signed A Great Publishing Deal! I’m still pinching myself. I wanted to share my news with all of the friends, old and new, that have supported me along the way. And I wanted to say a huge thank you, particularly to my critique group, Picture This, for your invaluable help and insight, to my family for your belief and support and to my agent Alex Adsett for helping to pull everything together and coach me through a nerve wracking decision process. Yippeee!!!
Published by Shelly Unwin
Children's Author. Born in the UK in 1977 I grew up and was educated in the small country side town of Ashbourne in the Midlands, my childhood was spent surrounded by animals and children. I was one of three children but my wonderful parents also fostered 11 little children whilst I was young. Riding horses and reading books were my main two loves. Upon leaving high school I studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham and left with a first class honors degree.
My teaching degree re-ignited my passion for beautifully written and illustrated children’s literature.
I moved to Australia in 2002 where I forged a career in sales. In 2006 I married my Australian husband in 2006 and we now have two young children. Given my teaching background I had always wanted to write children’s stories that truly engage the reader, and reading to my children has again brought children’s literature to the forefront of my life. Most of my stories are aimed at children between 0-6 yrs, but they will also appeal to the reader through their beautiful rhythm and ability to take your imagination on a wonderful journey.
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9 thoughts on “Signed, Sealed and so excited!”
Congratulations Shelly!!!! I remember when we met at the writer’s event a couple of years ago and you became my very first twitter friend. I’m so happy for you. My daughter is too old for your target audience, but I’ll be cheering you on and if you have a launch I’ll be there with bells on.
Congratulations Shelly. That’s so exciting, I look forward to finding out more as you can reveal the details.
Well done Shelly! Best wishes from Sarah at Faber Writing Academy
Good for you, Shelly!
Great things come to those who wait, work and charge after them with both hands! Way to go girl.
So true Dimity! Although, boy, I’ve struggled with the waiting 😉 I’m better at the working and charging!
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Congratulations. I’ve got 18month old twins and a 4 year old who will soon be your customers. 🙂
That’s such an exciting thought. You will have to let me know what they think once they have had them read to them 🙂
Congratulations Shelly!! That’s such an amazing thought.