Signed, Sealed and so excited!

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 […]

Scallywags

I Just spent the most delightful morning at East Lindfield Community Pre-School. Armed with a Pirate ship and a pirate manuscript I hit the classroom for some Jolly Roger fun.                                     The kids walked the plank, scrubbed the decks and […]

Maurice Saxby Lecture

Last night I navigated my way through the maze of Sydney University campus to attend the Maurice Saxby Lecture. This year’s lecture was delivered by the very accomplished Libby Gleeson. After a moment to reflect on the life, work and achievement of the wonderful Maurice Saxby, Libby went on to discuss the topic of STORY. […]

An Announcement Here Soon!!

Apologies for my silence. I am swan-like at the moment, with everything happening like crazy under the surface. I look forward to sharing my news with you soon! But whilst I’m here, I’ll do a couple of quick recommendations. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. Whilst I haven’t quite finished this fabulous Young Adult novel I […]

How I Got My Agent

Firstly woohoo!! I have an agent! Now that’s out of the way, here is the story behind my signing with Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. It all started three years ago, when I decided that I was going to be a writer. I threw myself into this decision whole heartedly, signing up for […]

The beginning of the Christmas festivities already!?

We had a wonderful evening at the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Northern Sub Branch Christmas Dinner last night. It was great to listen to the incredibly talented Peter Carnarvas as he told us about his writing journey. He also played a couple of little songs on his ukulele and drew a quick picture of […]

Bringing Characters to Life

On Saturday I attended the 8th annual Shire Writers’ Festival. It was a great event with some truly inspiring speakers. PM Newton spoke on ‘Writing is Re-writing’. The two take aways for me from this session were: Make sure any extra characters in the book have a ‘real’ place and know them well. They shouldn’t […]

Sculpture by the Sea

A little off topic, but I wondered into the world of art, and more specifically sculptures last night when I attended the preview of the Sculptue by the Sea exhibition in Bondi. We were blessed with a beautiful evening and the company of some incredibly talented sculptors. Stephen King, winner of last years Sculpture Prize […]

Pitch Perfect

It’s been a busy couple of weeks – months actually. Last weekend I attended a course on pitch writing with Claire Craig from Pan McMillan. The take away message: The simpler the better. Using the best words in the best order. Deconstruct, delayer and get to the core of the story, then write a pitch […]

An Amazing two weeks

On Monday 16th September I attended the Sydney SCBWI meeting. It was a fantastic evening and the passionate and successful children’s author Aleesah Darlison, spoke about the business of writing and marketing yourself as a children’s author. She shared her experience of how to secure book reviews, press opportunities and school visits, and talked about […]