My first writing workshop

Teen Writers Workshop

Yesterday, I ran my first ever writing workshop for teens. It was hosted by the Monash Library in Oakleigh, and was an amazing opportunity.

On Monday night, I was freaking out a bit – I had ideas of what to present, but hadn’t actually written anything down yet! After a chat with my amazing librarian, I calmed down and got writing. (The fact that the workshop was booked out with a waiting list hadn’t helped either!) [Read more…]

Looking to 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2014? I can’t.

When I was writing my reflections of 2013 post a couple of days ago, I went looking for a post at the start of the year with goals, but couldn’t find one. I was sure there was one… do I’m making sure there is one for this year.

As always, I have signed up for a few challenges:

  • Start the year off write – this is the first challenge for 2014. There will be 21 days of challenges to get those creative juices flowing, and it looks like some amazing prizes and opportunities just for taking part.
  • Chapter Book Challenge – In March this year I will be participating in the third year of the Chapter Book Challenge. I’m looking at a few different ideas and am yet to settle on the right one. [Read more…]

Reflecting on 2013

Reflecting on 2013

Reflecting on 2013

I know it’s not quite New Year’s Eve, but it’s close enough. I have a few minutes to sit down and reflect on 2o13 and what I have achieved. When I sat down to write this post, I thought I’d written a post with goals for the year, but I hadn’t.

A few things happened this year, I’ll try and go through them as much as I can. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas – 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas

I would like to take a minute to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a relaxing and refreshing holiday. Thank you to all my readers for your support this year, it’s been amazing, with eight stories published in three anthologies.

I’m looking forward to sharing more writing tips and stops on my journey in 2014, including more writing published.

Jingle Bells – now available

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells: now available

Something exciting happened over night. The Kindle version of Jingle Bells: Tales of Holiday Spirit from Around the World went live on Amazon!

To say I’m a little bit excited is an understatement.

I have three stories in this anthology:

  • Where are the bells – what happens when the bells for the reindeer can’t be found?
  • Aussie Jingle Bells – a little boy rewrites the words of a classic Christmas song to better match his experiences
  • A Little Bit of Peace – a girl copes with a busy Christmas day

These stories are among 33 stories and 5 poems from authors around the World.

The print version isn’t far away either. I’m looking forward to getting them ready to give as Christmas presents.

You can get your Kindle books at:

If you’re in Australia, pre-order your print copy from my shop.

Teapot Tales: the printed book

Teapot Tales: a collection of unique fairy tales

Printed book is now live

I’ve just heard the news – the printed version of Teapot Tales: a unique collection of fairy tales is now live on Amazon! If you want to get a copy, follow the links below.

I am ordering a box of books, so I can sign them (something I’m really excited about doing). If you would like a signed copy, you can order them here. The price is slightly different as I’m taking in to account exchange rates and postage.

Of course, you could buy a book from Amazon and then corner me at some point to sign it for you.

As I write this post, I haven’t seen a print copy, but all reports say that it looks amazing.

To buy a copy from Amazon:

I have an author page

Feeling like a “real” author

This may not be anything ground breaking or earth shattering, but I have my very own author page on Amazon! There isn’t much there at the moment as I still need to work on my profile a bit more, but I have filled in the basics.

There is also one book linked to it.

We had quite a saga getting it all set up, but the amazing Becky kept on at Amazon so that all the contributors to our anthology could be listed and we could get our pages.

I’m looking forward to seeing more books listed there, but for now, I feel like a “real” author. I have an author page with a book listed. It’s a bit exciting.

You can see my Amazon.com page here, and my Amazon.co.uk page here.

I’m now a published author!!!

Teapot Tales - an anthology of fairy tales

Teapot Tales is now live!!

I’m so excited. The fairy tale anthology went live this morning – see the image to see the gorgeous cover.

I have three stories in it – The Princess and the Pea, The Frog Prince and Rapunzel. I couldn’t decide only two of them, and neither could Becky or the editors. So I was lucky to get three stories.

All up there are just over 30 stories in the anthology and the print version will be out really soon. You can be sure there’s a blog post to announce it.

I am also in the process of setting up a site for my children’s books. If you want to know when it’s live, go to www.melissagijsbers.com and sign up to the email list. I won’t send many newsletters, it will mostly be announcements for when books are published.

You can also get your hands on your very own kindle copy of Teapot Tales by clicking the links below:

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