Writer’s Reveal – Halloween

Halloween – scary

It’s Writer’s Reveal time again. This month the topic comes from Ashley Howland:

It’s almost Halloween…
Do you like scary stories? What characters scare you the most? How do you create a villain???
Pretty much anything scary for this month.

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Why hot chocolate?

Why hot chocolate?

I’ve had a couple of people ask me why hot chocolate features in some of the rewards in my crowdfunding campaign.

The answer is simple. In Swallow Me, NOW! Sam often comes home from school and talks about her day over a mug of hot chocolate, usually in her favourite, slightly chipped, mug. Each time she has hot chocolate, they have marshmallows and Sam likes to lick the remnants of melted marshmallow out of her mug with her fingers. [Read more...]

Writing “Swallow Me, NOW!”

Chapter Book Challenge 2013

Back in 2012, I joined the first Chapter Book Challenge, and have been an active participant ever since. The first draft for Swallow Me, NOW! was written during the 2013 challenge, with the working title of Sam’s Solution.

I’m not entirely sure where the idea for Sam came from, but it was something that just flew. Using the site 750words.com, most of the draft came together during my lunch break, one chapter a day for 2 weeks. The first draft was around 10,000 words and it was very rough, but it had good bones. [Read more...]

My first book is coming…

Swallow Me, NOW!

I’m a little bit excited. Today is a special day – I’m launching the crowdfunding campaign for my first book: Swallow Me, NOW!

I’ve been working with Julieann Wallace from Lilly Pilly Press for the last year to get it edited and ready for publication and it’s nearly ready to go. We’re aiming for an October launch date so that I can celebrate my birthday with a book launch.

In order to fund publication, I’ve created a crowdfunding campaign through Pozible. If you don’t know what crowdfunding is, it’s a way of raising money for different projects. I see it as pre-selling books. If you want to learn a bit more about crowdfunding and publishing, my friend Julie Hedlund has a great series of blog posts starting at http://www.juliehedlund.com/why-i-am-crowdfunding-my-next-picture-book-part-i/

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What I’ve learned… Crowdfunding

What I’ve learned – Crowdfunding

I’m researching crowdfunding as a way to fund publishing and have watched both Julie Hedlund and Johanna Baker-Dowell on their journeys. (I’ve linked to posts & Facebook pages related directly to their journeys). I have also supported a number of books with their crowdfunding campaigns.

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