Be interviewed on YouTube

YouTube InterviewsI’m in the process of planning the launch of my next book, as well as about to start the Chapter Book Challenge, so the next few marketing ideas will be ones I am booking in ready for launch in May.

One thing I’ve just booked is to be interviewed on the Nat Cubes YouTube channel. Quite apart from the fact he’s my son and he inspired the book, it’s also a channel that reaches a lot of people who are in to cubing, and it’s steadily growing. He is also active in the cubing community, so it’s a great way to reach potential readers who would like to read a book about a kid who solves the Rubik’s cube.

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Setting a goal – and a deadline!

My 13 year old at Melbourne Cube Days 2015

My 13 year old at Melbourne Cube Days 2015

Earlier this year, my 13 year old attended the Australian Nationals 2015 run by Speedcubing Australia. He had an amazing weekend, and a few weeks later, took part in the Melbourne Cube Days 2015.

Following these, we were talking about books and whether there were any books that featured kids who cubed. We went looking, but couldn’t find anything! So, my 13 year old has set me a challenge – write some!

I have written one book so far. Cubing for Chronic Fatigue is about a boy called Tony who uses his cube to raise money for the Chronic Fatigue Association after his little brother is diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue. It’s part of my Green Oaks Primary School series and we’re hoping to release it early in 2016.

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Cubing for CFS – Crowdfunding update

Cubing for CFS - update

Cubing for CFS – update

Welcome to the first Crowdfunding update for Cubing for CFS. The campaign has been going for just over a week, and is off to a slow start. There are still 20 days to go, so we can still get there.

To date we have 9 amazing supporters. A huge thank you to Julie, Leisl, Filbert, Karin, Nola, James, Damian, Greg, and Edbert for their support.

If you missed it, you can read the story that inspired Cubing for CFS here. Remember, that 10% of all money raised goes to Emerge Australia to help continue their work with ME/CFS.

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The Story Behind the Story… #crowdfunding

The story behind Cubing for CFS

The story behind Cubing for CFS

You may have noticed that I’ve launched the crowdfunding campaign for my next book, Cubing for CFS. You can see the campaign and support it here. This is the next story coming from Green Oaks Primary School, and is inspired by a true story.

The story that inspired this book began two years ago when my then nine year old came down with glandular fever. Initially, I thought it was a bad cold and he was just being melodramatic, but it got much worse and we were recommended to take him to hospital where they diagnosed glandular fever.

We were told that because he was nine, he would bounce back in a couple of weeks. It was three weeks before the school holidays, so we thought that with five weeks off school he would be back to normal…. we were wrong!

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Kids need diverse books….

Need for diverse books

Need for diverse books

There’s a campaign called We Need Diverse Books. I hadn’t thought much about it until recently when I read a post by Michelle Worthington. You can read her post here. You see, when I thought about this campaign, I thought of picture books and, as I don’t write picture books, I didn’t pay too much attention… I’m sad to say.

The thing that struck me with Michelle’s post was her talking about making sure there were books that reflected modern kids in all their weird and wonderful interests and quirks.

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ABC – Day 33 – What’s Next?

My next book

My next book

What is/will be the subject of your next book?

My next book has the working title of Cubing for CFS. It’s based on a true story.

My 11 year old son has myalgic encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He was diagnosed on February this year. My 13 year old loves solving a Rubik’s cube and organised a fundraiser at his school to raise funds and awareness of CFS at his school. He raised over $200 for Emerge Australia.

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