March, Where did you go?

Dear Fellow Children’s Writers and friends,

It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of March, but not so hard to believe this blog post is a little late, okay, a lot more than a little late. What have I been up to? Well, as you’d hope, writing. Writing and taking advantage of the ever increasing opportunities and learning experiences open to Children’s Writers and other KidLit enthusiasts. I have been submitting manuscripts, listening to Podcasts, applying for a mentorship and a fellowship, attending launches and a new Writers’ Group run by the ever generous and knowledgeable Paul and Beth MacDonald of The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft (https://www.facebook.com/The-Childrens-Bookshop-239327069453946/) and all in a month! Some of these events, I will admit I have been doing for more than a month, however, I thought I’d share a couple of highlights from this month.

In January, I rejoined the Creative Kids Tales Critique Group and this month I posted a PB of mine and received valuable insight into its strengths and weaknesses. As well as this, I’m once again sharpening my own critiquing skills, as I critiqued three of my five fellow group members PBs and chapter extracts.

I’ve polished and sent off six manuscripts; four for assessment at the Creative Kids Tales Festival (https://www.creativekidstales.com.au/whats-new/ckt-writers-festival) this week, one for the ASA mentorship (https://www.asauthors.org/services/mentorships) and one for the Write It Fellowship (https://www.penguin.com.au/win/entryform.aspx?id=33) run by Penguin Random House Australia. Quite a process as was applying for a position at The School Magazine, something else I did early this month, but that’s something for another post.

I’ve discussed and sought help regarding these submissions from the wonderful Duck Pond Facebook group, which I also moderate with five other amazing members of our own ‘Mod Squad’. Here, advice, support, comfort, news and celebration are freely shared by any and all members.

I have also been enjoying https://www.onemorepagepodcast.com/ and https://www.middlegradepodcast.com/ Podcasts by Liz Ledden, Kate Simpson and Nat Amore and by Julie Grasso and Pamela Uekemann respectively. And just to mix it up a little David Tennant’s, https://open.spotify.com/show/4NaOYpBHF5WhPvoyRRTkxr has been easy, often humorous, listening for Wednesdays after work.

That’s it for me, I hope to post a lot earlier next month and more than likely about the upcoming Creative Kids Tales Festival.

Until next time, fellow travellers,

Savour the quest,

Journeygirl

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Happy Valentine’s/ Library Lover’s/ International Book Giving Day

Hello fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

Well here we are, first post since the holidays and it’s a day early! But it seemed the perfect day for this post,

so whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, or Library Lovers Day, or even International Book Giving Day, you might be interested to know why I love the KidLit industry. Here’s my top 5!

1. I know I’ve said this before but, the KidLit community is such a friendly, supportive group of people who are all striving for success, but at the same time, revel in every little success I have.

2. It is a group where incredibly creative people willingly share their knowledge and experience in interviews, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, websites and on You Tube and social media.

3. A plethora of opportunities to meet with publishers, editors and other writers and illustrators exist, and at a range of prices with something to suit every budget.

4. The sheer joy of writing for children of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be here amongst these wonderful people in the first place.

5. Amazing organisations like CBCA SCBWI CKT and the children’s bookshops and libraries, which often host them making them more affordable and accessible. These are truly special places, with a generous sprinkling of fairy dust where knowledgeable and passionate people share all of the above abundantly.

And a bonus or two? OK

1.The books themselves are delightful, poignant, joyful, playful, clever and often (especially in the case of Picture Books) truly beautiful.

2. Book Launches by these wonderfully creative, friendly supportive people at the aforementioned fairy dust- sprinkled children’s bookshops and libraries are a lot of fun.

As I wrote this, ideas were shooting around my brain and becoming a tangled mess, so I found myself asking some other writers for their favourites and before I knew it, I had another idea and so I plan to research some more, sort and then record all of these ideas in an article. This as it turns out is one final bonus about writing (probably not just for children) for me to share; that once the ideas start coming, these sparkly magical gems bounce off each other and multiply, shining all the more brightly, like fireflies in dark, old railway tunnels.

I hope you’ve had a very happy day, no matter which commemoration of love you’re celebrating,

Farewell for now fellow travellers,

Savour the quest,

Journeygirl

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