Writers Group Convention Book Marketing

Writers Group ConventionWriters Group Convention held their inspiring network meeting with writers and writing groups from all over Brisbane.

I was thrilled to be a guest speaker, sharing my Super Power marketing tips for authors.

Dressed as my superhero book character, Song Bird Superhero, I shared my WHY – my personal motivation to write, to over 100 writers.

Writers Group Convention

‘When I was a school teacher I was bullied by my student and the parents of my student to breaking point.

These bullies tormented me:  making threatening phone calls, even stalking me. Each night, horrific nightmares haunted me. I became stressed, anxious and depressed. I totally broke down. I spent time in hospital, recovered and developed powerful coping skills.

I published my first book, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness.

As a survivor of bullying and mental illness, I wrote 10 books to empower kids to live strong.’

I shared my personal WHY for each of books sharing how I won awards, grants and sponsorships.

Who organized the Writers Group Convention?

Gillian Lloyd organized the convention held at Enogerra Bowls Club.

Which groups attended Writers Group Convention?

I met inspiring writers from so many groups: Michelle Beesley, Ruth M Greening, Rachel Amphlett, Tania Joyce, Lauren Elise Daniels,  Gene Flynn, Noelle Clark, Di Hill, Mocco Wollert, Edwina Shaw, Lynne Lumsden Green, Carleton Chinner, Bernadette Rowley … and many more.

Groups included Society of Women Writers, Brisbane Writers Workshop, Brisbane Active Writers group, Writers Room Ashgrove, Chermside Writers Group, Redcliffe Writers and NightWriters writing Group.

I was thrilled four members of my writers group Write Links attended: Maria Parenti-Baldey, Lyn Blanch, Renee Hills, Jenny Woolsey … and moi (Karen Tyrrell).

Writers Group Convention

Write Links members: Lyn Blanch, Jenny Woolsey, Karen Tyrrell, Renee Hills, Maria Parenti-Baldey

What marketing tips did I share with the Writers Group Convention?

Below is a summary of my 40-minute talk on author promotion and book marketing.

A. What is your WHY? … Why do you write?

Connect with your reader on an emotional level.

  • ASK yourself: Why did YOU start writing? Why do YOU write?
  • Every blog on your website must overflow with intrigue and your WHY.
  • Where do you share your WHY? Public speaking, your website and social media.                    What is your brand? … What is your niche?
  • Join online and face to face groups

B. Pro-active Marketing Plan

WHO is your target audience? WHO will benefit from your book?

  • Where will you find your target audience? Face-to-face or online groups, book launches, meetings and in the community. Form strong friendships.
  • Plan your book launch and book events at libraries, bookshops, groups, clubs, conferences, festivals.
  • Create NEW markets for your books: library services (ALS, Peter Pal) conferences, expos, online bookshops, schools, via a distributor.
  • Create a powerful Press release: send to newspapers, magazines and radio.

C. Social Proof

Most POWERFUL marketing tactic to ease the minds of worried customers and increase book sales. Give customers proof your books are worth buying through group influence.

  • Win grants, awards, endorsements, reviews, sponsorships, partnerships, funding, mentorships and support.
  • Ensure your book is created with the highest publishing standard with an intriguing, well-written, well-structured story, professional editing, professional formatting, breathtaking/intriguing book cover/ illustrations, PLUS an intriguing blurb.

I sub-contract a team of professionals to create my books published by Digital Future Press.

“Best way to predict the future… is to Create it!”

Each year, I present a 4-hour detailed Book Marketing Masterclass. … plus I speak at Writers Festivals and conferences.

Karen Tyrrell creates empowering books to help you live STRONG.

I’m an experienced teacher, speaker, storyteller & workshop presenter. I’m a winner Of an Arts Queensland grant. My acclaimed books include Song Bird Superhero series, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Super Space Kids series, Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery.

I won 3 awards, 4 literary grants, 2 sponsorships & a mentorship with the Society of Editors (QLD).

Please CONNECT with me, Karen Tyrrell Author on Facebook and Instagram.

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Ready Set Discover Logan now available at Bookshops

Ready Set Discover Logan Now AvailableReady Set Discover Logan now available

I’m thrilled to pieces Ready Set Discover Logan received *5 STAR Reviews and is now available at Bookshops in Brisbane, surrounds and online.

Ready Set Discover Logan is a FUN guide for families on what to do in Logan.

Follow Yana, a newly arrived girl and Bunji an aboriginal boy as they discover friendship, acceptance and 14 incredible places in Logan.

Supported by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Sponsored by Logan City Council

*5 STAR Reviews in Magazines …

★★★★★ Buzz Words Review

‘The essence of this book is about community, and the underlying message is one of friendship, acceptance, and merging of cultures…It recognises the First People of Australia and invites readers, particularly newcomers, to discover a new land, a new home, to enable them the feeling of belonging. Karen Tyrrell has created an avenue to help children adjust to what can be a difficult time.’ … By Wendy Haynes.

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★★★★★ Just Write for Kids Review

Ready. Set. Discover Logan is a unique concept combining the excitement of a children’s story, with an informative tour guide of the Southeast Queensland city of Logan… Author Karen Tyrrell covers a diverse range of themes within the story, including environment, friendship, technology, innovation, diversity, resilience and health…She’s also very cleverly turned, what is essentially a travel guide of Logan City, into an interesting and fun story of friendship and togetherness. A lovely and clever book!’…  By Nicole Madigan

Read HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

Dami Im at Logan Commonwealth Games Baton Relay

★★★★★ Goodreads Reviews

Jacqui Halpin Author rated it ★★★★★

‘An exciting, engaging, and informative guide for children, that celebrates the cultural diversity of Logan, and the many natural and man-made wonders it has to explore.’

Read 5 ★★★★★ Reviews HERE

★★★★★ Amazon Reviews …

‘Join two kids as they spend a day discovering the wonders and fun of Logan, Queensland. Ready, Set, Discover is not only about all the activities of Logan, it’s about making friends and including others. Bravo to Karen Tyrrell for creating an engaging story for kids of all ages.’

… By Alison Stegert Author

Read 5 ★★★★★ Reviews HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan now available at State Library Bookshop

Stanley Place, South Bank Brisbane HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

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Cnr Jacaranda Ave & Wembley Rd, Logan Central

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Ready Set Discover Logan now available The Really Good Book Shop

Shop 4/1-3 Central St, Hillcrest … Order HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

Ready Set Discover Logan now available Canungra Books & Arts

6 Kidson Ave, Canungra.

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

FREE Teacher Notes & Kids Activities

Download puppets, jigsaws, dot-to-dot, word search, STEM, Maths, science HERE

 What did you like the MOST?

A: The Reviews

B: The Bookshops

C: The FREE Activities

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Ready Set Discover Logan Events for Kids

Ready Set Discover Logan Events are coming soon!!

I’m presenting over 25 FUN events for children and families in Logan, as part of my Arts Queensland grant promise.

I’m well on the way! So far, I’ve organized 15 events in the coming weeks and more to announce soon. Here’s a sneak peek…

What is Ready. Set. Discover Logan about?

A refugee girl. An aboriginal boy.

How did they find friendship, acceptance, and 14 unique places in Logan?

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Libraries

I’m presenting FREE Ready. Set. Discover Logan storytelling events with LIVE performances with my puppet, KT Koala. There’ll be kid’s activities, surprises and FREE gift bags!

KT Koala, me and Cienna Plant.

Prizes for the BEST Spirit of Logan outfit.

  • Jimboomba Library: Wed 4 Apr –30pm
  • Logan West Library: Thu 5 Apr – 10am
  • Logan Central Library: Sat 14 Apr – 11am
  • Hyperdome Library: Sat 7 July –30 pm
  • Marsden Library: Sat 12 May – 11am
  • Beenleigh Library: Tue 15 May – 3pm

Harmony Day

I wrote Ready Set Discover Logan expressly to launch on Harmony Day.

My story tells the story of two multi-cultural kids Yana and Bunji who’s families finally unite on Harmony Day.

Bunji & Yana on Harmony Day

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Bridging Cultures Festival

Celebrate Harmony Day at the Bridging Cultures Festival.

I’m presenting a*LIVE* storytelling performance of Ready Set Discover Logan. My show includes a puppet show with KT Koala, story time, prizes, surprises and kid’s activities. I will sign a copy of my book  especially to you.

Bridging Cultures Festival features:
– FREE Entry
– $5 UNLIMITED Rides
– FREE Petting Zoo
– Live Music & Performances
– FREE Kids’ Activities – Face Painting, Sports and more
– PRIZES up for grabs
– A Festival for Families!

WHEN: Friday, 21 March 2-8 PM
WHERE: Mabel Park High School, Paradise Road Mabel Park.

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Neighbour Day

I’m celebrating Neighbour Day with Ready Set Discover Logan with two special events.

One, I’ll be storytelling to a children’s playgroup with my puppet KT Koala.

At another event, I will share the creation of Ready Set Discover Logan with the Islam Women’s Association. (IWA) via power point slides.

Ready Set Discover Logan Events

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Groups and Clubs

I will present Ready Set Discover Logan throughout the City of Logan at clubs. Some events will be closed, other events are open to the public. I’ll keep you posted…

Last Thursday, I spoke to Junior Chamber of Commerce on my Career Pathways culminating with my 10th book, Ready Set Discover Logan. This event was held at Beenleigh High School.

Ready Set Discover Logan Events

My Career Pathway by Karen Tyrrell

I speak to Marvellous Mature Women on resilience, self-care and my #10 books at Logan Central Library community room on 1st May, 2018. Inquiries:  Norma Kawak on Facebook.

 COMING SOON … Ready Set Discover Logan Events Schools

Currently, I’m taking school bookings for Author Talks on my Book Ready Set Discover Logan. Schools can choose storytelling sessions with my puppet KT Koala, a power point presentation of the creation on Ready Set Discover Logan, story writing workshops, children’s activities or any combination of the above.

Please leave a message on my contact page for more information HERE

Download FREE Kids Stuff and teacher notes HERE

Print or download: puppets, jigsaws, dot-to-dot, word search, grid search, comprehension, koala activities, teacher notes and MORE.

Where are my books available?

  1. Ready Set Discover Logan is available directly from me HERE
  2. From Amazon HERE
  3. Coming to Bookshops very soon. Please Stay tuned …

Love to see you at my events .. Which events do you like BEST?

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Ready Set Discover Logan Media BookGiveaway

Ready Set Discover Logan MediaReady Set Discover Logan Media Stories are Published!

I’m proud to announce the media published three News stories about my upcoming children’s book. Ready Set Discover Logan is written by Karen Tyrrell, illustrated by Aaron Pocock. I can’t wait to launch it at Logan North Library on 17th March 2pm

What’s Ready Set Discover Logan about?

A newly arrived girl in meets an aboriginal boy at the local library.

How can they discover friendship, acceptance and 14 unique places in Logan?

Ready Set Discover Logan Media in Albert & Logan News

Albert & Logan News published a story titled How to have FUN in Logan.

The story highlights 14 incredible places to play and explore. At the launch, there’ll be prizes for BEST Spirit of Logan outfit as well as storytelling, kids activities and FREE gift bags.

I will sign copies of my book.

Check out the photo of me with aboriginal elder, Uncle Barry Watson, cultural adviser to Ready Set Discover Logan . He’ll present Acknowledgement to Country at my book launch.

Read the FULL story on page 37, in the Lifestyle section.

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

Ready Set Discover Logan Media in Our Logan magazine

Our Logan Magazine featured a story on my Ready Set Discover Logan Launch in the March edition. Go to the Kid’s Corner section on Page 13. The feature highlights the Logan attractions and how two characters used a virtual reality headset to tour Logan.

The Magazine was delivered to over 100,000 letterboxes.
EEK! What if 100,000 people come to the book launch?? … Lol

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

Ready Set Discover Logan Media in Communities for Children

Communities for Children sent out a newsletter featuring their very own Aboriginal elder in residence, Barry Watson. He works as a community leader.  They promoted my upcoming book launch and storytelling sessions at Logan libraries. They mentioned 7 of the incredible attractions featured in Ready Set Discover Logan.

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

RADIO NEWSFLASH

Radio Logan 101 FM will interview me on Tuesday 6th March 9.40 am.

Tune in to find out Why I wrote Ready Set Discover Logan AND for a chance to win a FREE copy of my book.

After the interview, please ring through the answer to my radio question on 07 3808 8101.

Please put Tuesday 6th March 9.40 am in your diary. Good luck with the competition!

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

Who’s listening to my Radio interview on Tuesday?

Please let me know.

WHO’s coming to my Book Launch on 17th March 2pm? … RSVP … HERE

What did you think of Ready Set Discover Logan Media stories?

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The Alien Chronicles Series Book Giveaway

The Alien ChroniclesThe Alien Chronicles Book Giveaway

MEET Robin Thomas, author of ‘The Alien Chronicles’ series.

Robin wrote a teenage coming-of-age book series with an extra-terrestrial twist.

Since the dawn of time, man has gazed into space asking: Is there anyone out there?

What if aliens were closer than you think? … Much closer?

The Alien Chronicles

Book 1 Th Alien Chronicles Series: My Alien

Zoe’s perfect life is about to be ruined by Rion, an extremely annoying alien who insists they are connected for life.

What’s Zoe going to do about the Alien?

The Alien Chronicles

Book 2 The Alien Chronicles Series: The Alien Within

The Alien tells the secret of Orion, an alien boy who desperately wants to be human.

Zoe can’t remember the secret that Rion, the alien boy is hiding. And Rion sure doesn’t want to tell her he’s a 4000-year-old alien. High school romances go haywire after Rion’s Uncle Archimedes comes to school.

THINK: Close Encounters meets Mork & Mindy!

The Alien Chronicles

Interview Questions for Robin on The Alien Chronicles

  1. What motivated you to write The Alien Chronicles series?

One night, I scribbled down 3,000 words of what I thought was a short story. The strong voice wouldn’t go away. A few months later, I finished the story and before I knew it, I had written ‘My Alien’!

  1. How did you get into the mind / point of view of a teenage alien boy?

When I was writing about the alien, Orion (or Rion, as Zoe called him), I wanted a character that caused humorous situations and who was a complete contrast to Zoe. He was really smart in some ways, but clueless about how to interact with people. Yet, he tried so hard to fit in – like many teens do. To say I ‘created him’ isn’t quite right – I think he created himself!

  1. What positive messages for teenagers are woven into The Alien Within story?

In both the first book, ‘My Alien’, and the second, ‘The Alien Within’, I showed how it was okay to be different. The underlying theme of the series is the alienation that occurs in a lot of children and teens who don’t quite fit the mold. Empathy is vital to understanding that. At times, many of us, particularly teens, feel like aliens in the world.

  1.     What are three tips for writing a cohesive book series for children?

A: I wanted characters that could develop and grow over the course of the books.

B: It’s essential to have a theme that links the books. The concept of an alien trying to become human and the problems it created.

C: The voice needs to be consistent and the book covers too – for brand identification.

I, Karen Tyrrell agree with all of Robin’s tips on writing a book series. I did this for my Song Bird Series  for children.

The Alien Chronicles

Amazon Links for The Alien Chronicles

My Alien  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N97WMN6

The Alien Within https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077WPYZ5Y

Book Giveaway The Alien Chronicles

Robin is giving away a twin pack of The Alien Chronicles. If you’d like to win My Alien AND The Alien Within, please leave a comment below. Australian Readers ONLY.

** WINNER announced on March 9th

The winner is Ruth Garlick. Congratulations!

I will be sending your two books out to you soon!

Why do you want to win My Alien AND The Alien Within?

Please comment below …

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Ready. Set. Discover Logan Book Launch

Ready. Set. Discover Logan book is launching soon!

YIPEE! Ready. Set. Discover Logan book launch promises to be a spectacular event for children, families and Queenslanders.

 What’s Ready. Set. Discover Logan about?

 My picture book reveals the close bond between an aboriginal boy, Bunji and a newly arrived girl, Yana. Together, they discover friendship, acceptance and 14 incredible places to explore in the City of Logan.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

Aaron Pocock created over 20 breathtaking illustrations of Yana and Bunji interacting with Logan’s urban green environment and innovative technologies.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan is dedicated to our new arrivals and the original people of Australia, the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What Awards did Ready. Set. Discover Logan receive?

Karen Tyrrell, Logan award-winning author (that’s me) won an Arts Queensland grant.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

“This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.”

Logan City Council  & Mayor Luke Smith sponsored Ready. Set. Discover Logan

I met Mayor Luke Smith twice before:

1.When I judged a children’s writing Competition for Logan City Council

2. When I attended the Logan Eco LEAF Festival in 2017.

3.  Today I had an official photo shoot with Mayor Luke Smith, holding a display copy.  Photos will be sent to magazines, newspapers and media.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

Mayor Luke Smith & I in his Mayoral Office

 My Logan book promotes pride, awareness and recognition of of the City of Logan.  My picture book is a MUST for every Logan family … Here’s the City of Logan logo proudly displayed on my book.

Who’ll be the guest speakers at my Logan book launch?

Uncle Barry Watson, aboriginal elder and children’s author, fully supports Ready. Set. Discover Logan. He’ll present ‘Welcome to Country’ at the launch.

Barry co-created an aboriginal painting featured in my book. His daughter’s painting featured in my book too.

Uncle Barry Watson supports Ready Set Discover Logan

A special delegate from Logan City Council will be the guest speaker. TBA

What’s the FUN-filled program for Ready. Set. Discover Logan book launch?

Join me, Karen Tyrrell (author) and Aaron Pocock (illustrator) to celebrate a fun-filled program of storytelling, surprises, prizes, kid’s activities and book signing.

I’ll share Kev Webb’s incredible wildlife photos and innovative scenes that inspired Ready. Set. Discover Logan and I’ll reveal how the book was created.

Prizes for BEST Spirit of Logan outfit

Adults and children will win prizes for dressing up in a Spirit of Logan outfit. Start putting together an outfit and a sign today.

For example:  I’m a Logan Explorer …

OR come dressed as a Logan koala, a hiker, a cyclist, a golfer or anyone or anything positive you’ve spotted in Logan.

 OR just come with an I LOVE Logan sign.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan Launch

When: Saturday 17 March 2.00 pm

Where:  Logan North Library

2-6 Sports Drive, Underwood

Light refreshments are provided.

Please RSVP for catering purposes
Call: 3412 4140 to reserve your seat

Ready Set Discover Logan

RSVP to the Facebook Book Launch Event HERE

What do you like about my book, Ready. Set. Discover Logan?

Are you joining the FUN at the book launch?

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Arts Queensland Book Cover Revealed

Arts Queensland book is revealed … Finally.

Arts Queensland Book

In 2017, Karen Tyrrell (that’s me) won an Arts Queensland grant for a children’s picture book.

“This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.”

Logan City Council generously sponsored and supported my picture book too!

Incredibly, the CEO of Queensland Writers Centre, principals of schools and a wide array of community leaders support my children’s book.

What’s this Arts Queensland book about?

What’s the cover look like?

Taa-daa!

With much excitement, I’m thrilled to announce my brand-new Arts Queensland book.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

Ready. Set. Discover Logan by Karen Tyrrell is coming soon!

Ready. Set. Discover Logan tells the friendship between Yana, a newly-arrived girl and an aboriginal boy, Bunji.

Together, they explore 14 sensational destinations in the thriving  green City of Logan.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan is published by Digital Future Press.

Dedication

Ready. Set. Discover Logan is dedicated to our new arrivals and the original people of Australia, the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Who’s the team behind the Arts Queensland Book?

I, Karen Tyrrell created an endearing story of friendship, diversity and acceptance …  jam-packed with FUN and surprises. I’m an award-winning author, writing books to empower kids to live strong.

My two picture books include

Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Junior novels below … STOP the Bully

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Jo-Kin Battles the It

Song Bird Superhero, The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)

Aaron Pocock illustrated over 20 breathtaking illustrations of Yana and Bunji interacting with Logan’s urban green environment and innovative technologies. Aaron has illustrated over 250 children’s books, created fine art and even designed a set of mythical creature stamps for Australia Post.

Anthony Puttee from Book Cover Café designed this inventive book and the front cover based on Aaron’s illustrations.

Kev Webb, wildlife photographer, shot incredible photos to inspire Aaron’s artwork.

Arts Queensland Book

Anthony Puttee, Aaron Pocock & Karen Tyrrell

What’s next for this Arts Queensland Book?

Soon, I will announce the book launch with FUN prizes and surprises!

FREE teacher notes and kid’s activities … coming soon!

YES, I’m taking bookings from schools for author talks and presentations now. HERE

 WHO wants to PRE-Order a signed copy from the author?

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

I will post you a signed copy as soon as books arrive.

RRP $15 … plus $3 postage in Australia … Please Order your signed copy HERE

What do you like about Ready. Set. Discover Logan?

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Problems with Story Plot? Writing Tips

Problems with Story Plot almost destroyed my self-confidence in writing my upcoming children’s novel, Song Bird 3.

How did I solve my Problems with Story Plot?

I was stuck on how to write the climax of my story. Like ground hog day, I replayed the thrilling adventure scenes leading up to the high point. But I couldn’t decide on what to write for the actual battle scene. The confrontation between Song Bird Superhero and Destructo, my evil antagonist.

So, I avoided writing the climax scene altogether! Instead I worked on other projects.

The problem was …   I didn’t know how to reveal Destructo, the evil environmental bully behind Song Bird 1 and Song Bird 2. I knew both my superhero character Song Bird AKA Rosella Ava Bird and her disabled genius sidekick, Amy, intimately.

Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird 1) + The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)

Problems with Story Plot and Harry Potter

My mind focused on the Harry Potter series and how the evil Voldemort was finally revealed.

Great for JK Rowling but what was I to do?

My head ached with the pressure to finish Song Bird 3.

I forced myself to take a nano nap to amp my creative juices. I woke up with an incredible idea.

Scene summaries!!

That’s what I’ll do.

So, I Karen Tyrrell created scene summaries for every chapter of Song Bird 3.  Just like I did at my Queensland Writers Centre course, Year of the Edit with Kim Wilkins.

For two days, I spent writing three sentence summaries for each chapter. I placed these key plot points alongside my hero’s journey plan.

Then I asked myself: What’s the story behind Destructo?  How was Song Bird connected to him

story plot

Now, it was so clear what I had to write. FEAR had stalled my writing.

Problems with Story Plot … SOLVED!

I fleshed out the villain to write the climax scene in cinematic detail.

Finally, I typed up the climax scene and now I’m busy creating the final chapters.

I can’t wait to show you my antagonist, Destructo in all his EVIL glory. Mmmmmwwwwahahahahahaha!

Destructo takes over Song Bird 3 in a Good way! PS  Above  Snow White & The Huntress

Do you have a problem with your story?…

Problems with Story Plot?  … 7 ways to Fix your story

  1. Boost your daily creativity quotient with daily journal writing to unblock any emotional baggage that’s zapping your self-confidence and problem-solving strategies.
  2. Visualize and rehearse the sequence of your story in your head, in pictures, or act it out to spark your imagination.
  3. Plan your story using a writing structure like: hero’s journey, snowflake method or the story grid.
  4. Summarize each chapter in three sentences, written in actions from the POV character. This gives you a bird’s eye view of the big picture of your story.
  5. Change your scenery: Take your notebook, laptop or tablet everywhere you go. Watch your characters go by at train stations and cafes. Charge your 5 senses at art galleries, theatres and concerts. Go on a writer’s retreat. Attend writing workshops and conferences. Expand your mind and your writing skills
  6. Find ways to solve Plot Problems. Break your problem down into bite size pieces. Interview yourself. Write down pros and cons. Walk briskly mulling over writing problems that need solving. Meditate. Ask yourself: What if? Then follow the ideas to logical conclusions.
  7. Submit your chapter to a critique group like Write Links for critique. Or send to Beta Readers so they can give you feedback and suggestions. In return, you critique stories for these readers. It’s a wonderful two-way street.Begin today … and writing inspiration WILL find you!

Where is the Song Bird Series available?

Song Bird Superhero and The Battle of Bug World won many *5 STAR reviews on Goodreads. Its available from Amazon, Booktopia, good book shops and via Karen Tyrrell with a special offer, OR leave a message on my contact page.

How’s your Writing going?

Do you have problems with your story plot?

How will you fix your story?

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Writing Workshops for Children

Writing workshops for children create superhero authors of the future!

KAPOW! Today, I was thrilled to present my 4th Superhero Writing Workshop for Brisbane City Libraries in the Summer Reading program.

Kids, supercharged with story writing powers, created original Superhero stories, jam-packed with SUPER powers, SUPER action and SUPER villains!

Kids created their own incredible Superhero story in just one hour.

Photo: Maria Parenti-Baldey

In 2017, I presented two 90-minute workshops for ALEA Meanjin Writing Camps at the University of Queensland, Springfield. Kids dressed up, role playing characters from Song Bird book series. They wrote longer, more detailed stories.

What are my credentials to present Writing Workshops for children?

My name is Karen Tyrrell, SUPERHERO children’s author.  HERE

Karen Tyrrell author of Song Bird Series .              Photo: Maria Parenti-Baldey

I created 4 SUPERHERO books. Song Bird Superhero and Song Bird the Battle of Bug World from the Song Bird series. I generated Jo-Kin Battles the It and Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra from the Super Space Kids series.

I’m an experienced school teacher, Gifted and Talented teacher and workshop presenter.

I present writing workshops for children at libraries, schools, festivals and writing camps.

Recently, I won an Arts Queensland grant for a NEW children’s book … out SOON!

10 Tips to Present Writing Workshops for children

  1. Wear a FUN costume of your book character and role play.
  2. Create a FUN power point presentation, igniting kid’s creativity with visuals, questioning, role play, humour and games.
  3. Create a planning sheet for your writing activity that is simple to follow for any child 6 to 12.
  4. Enlist a friend or a family member to help kids receive one-on-one assistance with their writing.
  5. Practice your author spiel and role play at home until its smooth and FUN.
  6. Bring appealing props, posters, prizes, bookmarks, rewards that encourage kids to participate.
  7. Guide kids with simple steps on how to create their story.
  8. Model how to write an action-packed story on the whiteboard, using the kid’s suggestions, sentence by sentence.
  9. Ensure presenter and assistant both have current Blue Cards.
  10. Set up a book display table for cash and Pay Pal sales. Smile, take photos of your event. 😊
Writing Workshops for Children

Photo: Maria Parenti-Baldey

Superhero Writing Workshops? How?

I, Karen Tyrrell sported my Song Bird Superhero costume and author Steve Tyrrell wore his Super Bee costume. As I explained each writing step, Steve buzzed around to ensure kids were on task.

Karen & Steve Tyrrell Publishers Digital Future Press Photo: Maria Parenti-Baldey

I created a superhero PowerPoint presentation, introducing myself as a superhero author. I included slides on characters, powers, villains and how to write your story.

Each child received a story starter kit and a double-sided book mark featuring Song Bird Superhero and Song Bird the Battle of Bug World.

All Kids received a story starter kit, a bookmark and a Song Bird stamp. PHOTO: Maria Parenti-Baldey

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Maria Parenti-Baldey, Danielle Freeland and Vivian McDermott for coming along to support my workshop.

Now, over to you…

 Do these writing tips resonate with you?

What writing tips would you like to share?

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2018 Make it Your Year Writing Goals

2018 Make it Your Year … 2018 is going to be MY year too!

I’m setting Achievable Goals for 2018: Guaranteed for success!

As an award winning empowerment author, writing workshop presenter and speaker (Karen Tyrrell) I’m aiming HIGH determined to attain my goals and dreams! My passions for writing, speaking and empowerment will drive me in 2018.

I’m creating my own luck and capitalizing on every opportunity presented to me.
With determination, I’m planning ahead every step of the way, setting realistic, achievable goals.

No Pie in the Sky dreams for me

I’m focusing on my achievable goals and what I can accomplish and the practical steps to reach there. It’s time to reset my targets, as the New Year comes hurtling towards me.
My wish is to make 2018 my MOST memorable year yet, one to be proud of.

ASK Yourself: What’s your Main Goal in 2018 Make it Your Year?

Squeeze your eyes shut and visualize your Big Picture for 2018.
Which goal drives you the most?

What do you want to achieve ABOVE everything else?

Concentrate on your main goal FIRST…

Now set practical mini-goals you can complete in three months or less.
Your brain will react to genuine personal goals that are S.M.A.R.T.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Display your goals at eye level as a constant reminder and incentive … on a whiteboard or vision board above your computer … and/or on your fridge.

Aim High in 2018 Make it Your Year

3 MONTH GOALS for Writing Success

  1. Write every single day with passion and conviction and everything else will follow.
  1. Tick off daily attainable goals in your diary (visual reminders) and congratulate myself on every SUCCESS along the way.
  1. Rewrite & Redraft every writing project you’ve created to the HIGHEST publishing standard possible.
  2. Send away completed projects to writing competitions, writing buddies for feedback, Beta readers or to editors.
  3. Follow up on VIP emails … Take advantage of every constructive opportunity presented to you.
  4. Extend your writers platform, reaching out to your community: face-to-face and via social media.
  5. RESEARCH … RESEARCH … RESEARCH every writing project, every opportunity that ignites your interest. Understand how the publishing industry works from the inside out.
  6. Join a pro-active writing group or sign up to a writing course that will assist you to achieve your goals.
  7. Network and Critique with writers who have a similar passion to you. Create pro-active partnerships.
  8. Be creative … envisage a brand new project that excites you.

So, I’m setting those positive goals in motion RIGHT now.

And remembering how far I’ve come …

Once I was a bullied school teacher… Parents at my school harassed me to breaking point, triggering mental illness within me. Now I’m an award winning author of #9 books. I’ve won #3 awards, #4 grants, #2 sponsorships and a mentorship from the Society of Editors … More Here

ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness, Me & HIM: A Guide to Recovery

STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Jo-Kin Battles the It

Song Bird Superhero, The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)

Steve & Karen Tyrrell … BOOKS: Digital Future Press

My Personal Goals for 2018 Make it Your Year

  1. Announce a children’s picture book, which won an Arts Queensland grant and a sponsorship from Logan City Council. COMING SOON.
  2. Publish an action-packed sequel in my Song Bird superhero series for children with themes of  empowerment, mystery and the environment.
  3. Announce a new anthology book concept via Digital Future Press, myself and Steve Tyrrell … COMING SOON.
  4. Share my books to a wider audience including MORE events, MORE schools, MORE libraries, MORE bookshops and MORE networks.
  5. Maintain my OPTIMUM happiness, health and life balance. This MUST be my over-riding #1 PRIORITY
  6. Mentor writers to achieve their writing and publishing goals through my Book Marketing Masterclass with a FREE Booklet on 20 Jan. BOOK HERE

2018 make it your yearFacebook Event HERE

Wishing you all a VERY happy, healthy and SUCCESSFUL 2018!
Thanks for your AMAZING friendship, support and encouragement in 2017.

 What are your plans for 2018, YOUR year of success?

What are your S.M.A.R.T Goals for 2018?

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