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.

Here are just a few of the tips I’ve picked up along the way: [Read more…]

Crowdfunding a picture book

Crowdfunding with Julie Hedlund

While writing my various manuscripts, I’ve also been investigating different publishing options. When I first started writing & submitting to publishers back in 1995 or so, there was really only one option as self publishing was way too expensive. Recently, self publishing is becoming more realistic with crowdfunding. [Read more…]

Book sales…

Books for sale…

In case you haven’t been on my Facebook page lately, you may have missed the news that printed copies of Teapot Tales will be arriving in my hot little hands any day now. (If you’re in Australia, you can get copies from me in my new online shop.)

This has got me thinking – how will I increase sales of this book and others that will be published? (I’m contributing to a Christmas anthology that will be out in time for Christmas!) [Read more…]

Word count – does it matter?

Does word count matter?

Earlier this year, I wrote a chapter book that was around 12,000 words. The main character in the story is 11, meaning the story is more for older primary school children than younger ones. For that age group, publishers are looking for stories that are twice as long.

Word count is something I’ve been looking at and wondering whether or not I need to make the story longer to appeal to publishers. A number of people have told me that it’s not important, especially if I decide to self publish. I’m not so sure about this. [Read more…]

Get to know your local librarian

Get to know your local librarian

My first published stories are coming out this week. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I have three stories in the Chapter Book Challenge anthology and I can’t wait to see my name in a book.

Today at lunchtime I was sitting in a cafe and a couple of the librarians from our council library came in and we started talking. I go to the library quite a bit and chat with the librarians about what I’m working on, especially when I’m asking for their help finding books on weird topics to help me with my research. [Read more…]

Flash Fiction Fairy Tales – done

Flash fiction pieces done

I’m a bit excited right now. I have submitted my flash fiction fractured fairy tales for the Chapter Book Challenge anthology. I have made the May 1 deadline with a few days to spare.

The fact that I’ve finished the pieces and submitted the drafts before the cut off is amazing right now as life has been busy with work, kids and editing my chapter book.

I suppose that when this book is published, I’ll no longer be able to consider myself a pre-published author and will have to update my website and bio.

Biting the Bullet

Biting the bullet and submitting my manuscript

Last year, I won a flash fiction competition for my story My Princess Wears a Superman Cape and I’ve been editing it to turn it in to a picture book manuscript. It’s been through professional critiques as well as through my critique partners and beta readers. This was one of the pieces I was thinking about when I wrote my last post.

After the comments on the post as well as on my Facebook page, I’ve decided to bit the bullet and get it ready for submission. [Read more…]

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