Friday Five – Blogging during a challenge #ChaBooCha #NaNoWriMo

Friday Five

Friday Five – Blogging during a challenge

I’m currently doing ChaBooChaLite, which means I’m in the middle of editing/writing a new book. There are many other challenges around, including NaNoWriMo, to help authors get those drafts written.

If you have a blog too, how do you keep it going while you’re in the middle of a challenge? Here are five tips to help you. These tips also apply if you’re taking some time away to finish a draft or get your book ready for publication. [Read more…]

What has Dr Who got to do with editing? #ChaBooCha



Yesterday was the start of ChaBooCha Lite. For those who are new to my blog, ChaBooCha stands for Chapter Book Challenge, a challenge in March where we write the first draft of a children’s novel in a month. ChaBooCha Lite is held in September and is a cut down version, though we still try to write or edit a draft in a month.

My goal is to edit two manuscripts and possibly write a new story. I’m aiming to have a crowdfunding campaign for the two manuscripts I’m editing in October, so I have to get my editing hat on, and this challenge is a great way to make sure it gets done. [Read more…]

In other news… Teapot Tales 2 is now available

Teapot Tales 2 – now available

I know most of my posts lately have been to do with Swallow Me, NOW! and my crowdfunding campaign. That is not the only thing that’s been going on lately.

If you’re new to reading my blog, about this time last year, I had my first stories published in an anthology called Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales. As you can see, I was a little bit excited. Since then, I’ve had stories published in two more anthologies, and you can see all the details here. [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

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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…]

Stupid O’Clock…

Awake really early…

This morning I was wide awake at Stupid O’Clock… OK, so it was more like 5am, but it was way too early.

It all started with an idea for a picture book manuscript that just had to be written down. I snuck out of bed while it was still dark and wrote it down with the light from our blue-tongue lizards terrarium on the back of some notes I had printed out for another project. It’s a miracle I can actually read this! When it was written down, I slipped back in to bed. [Read more…]

Back at school – not quite, but sort of…

Guidance from a teacher… sort of

Back in October 2011, I wrote a post about how I wished I was back at school. This had nothing to do with actual school, but more to do with having the guidance of my English teachers in developing my writing.

I have some good news. I have been working with an editor on the chapter book I wrote during the 2013 Chapter Book Challenge and, in many ways, it’s been like working with my old English teachers. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. [Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge – the final chapter #ChaBooCha

ChaBooCha – the final chapter

It’s April 1, which means the Chapter Book Challenge for 2014 is now over. If you’ve read my previous updates, you’d have seen that the first draft for my story was completed last week. I’ve been letting it sit – part of me is itching to get editing, the other part of me knows it needs to rest a bit longer before I pick up the red pen.

I’m also a bit excited that I’ve won a prize! I’ve won You Can Write Children’s Books second edition by Writer’s Digest. I won a Writer’s Digest prize earlier in the year, and if this book is anything like the last prize, it will be amazing. [Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge – Week 3 #ChaBooCha

Week 3 – ChaBooCha

I’ve done it! Last week, I not only completed the first draft for my chapter book, I have also typed it up as a first run through edit.

On Friday, I took a leap and sent it to a few people to read it and give me their first impression feedback, including my editor who has been working with me on my chapter book from last year.

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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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