Editing at footy training… and doctors waiting rooms…

Cold night in Melbourne…

It was a freezing night in Melbourne, and I had the task of taking 12 year old Mr N to his footy training. I went armed with only a print out of the manuscript I wrote in March and a pencil, ready for my task.

I had been editing this manuscript in bits and pieces over the last month or so. As it was printed out, I could take it with me everywhere. While not the ideal environment for editing, this manuscript has been shaped in the waiting rooms at doctors, physios and various specialists. I also sat in the car last night with the heater running with my print out and trusty pencil. [Read more…]

Word Counts for manuscripts

Counting words?

Quite some time ago, I was musing about word counts for children’s books. Different publishers have different guidelines and I was wondering if my manuscript was long enough.

The first draft, which I completed in the 2013 Chapter Book Challenge, was just shy of 9,000 words and is aimed at the 8-12 age range. The different publishers I was looking at ranged from 15,000 words to 50,000 words! To be honest, I was getting quite depressed about the whole thing.

Then I started working with an editor… [Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge – Week 2 #ChaBooCha

Week 2 – ChaBooCha

It’s the end of week 2 of the Chapter Book Challenge – this means we’re at the half way point and things are still going well for my book.

On the challenge blog, there have been some more amazing blog posts and prizes. I still haven’t won a prize, but my wish list of craft books is growing with every post! One of the posts was by Julie Anne Grasso about Creating Convincing Villains. This was one of the sessions at the workshop we had on March 1.

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Something I never thought I’d never be researching…

Never thought I’d be researching this…

There’s only two weeks until the 2014 Chapter Book Challenge starts, and I’m ready. This is a great feeling as the last two years, I didn’t get an idea until after the challenge officially started.

In preparation, I’ve been researching as part of this story is something I have little knowledge about – Aussie Rules Football! More specifically about umpiring.

I have contacted the AFL with questions. I must say that they have been amazingly helpful with answering my questions. I have also been to the library to borrow other chapter books that involve Aussie Rules Football. These have been pinched by my 12 year old who is footy mad… but I will get them back so I can read them. [Read more…]

Why I write Chapter Books for kids

Chapter books for kids

I love books for kids – picture books and novels. That is probably one of the reasons I like writing them. It was quite a shock when I had my kids, and I couldn’t find books for them to read. This is in a house full of books.

Let me explain.

My younger son, Mr Z, decided he could read half way through term 1 of Prep. He wasn’t even five and a half and he was already reading fluently. He would read the back of a cereal packet – and did! He found his school readers boring and doing his reading every night was a battle. I can see his point – there are only so many times you can read Cat Sat on the Mat, or similar. [Read more…]

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