EVER wanted to Create and Publish a KIDS Picture Book??
Join me, pro-active Brisbane author-teacher Karen Tyrrell as I share my pro-active steps in creating and publishing a successful children’s picture book.
ALL participants will receive my step-by-step guides …
• How to Create a Picture book
• How to Get Published
My KIDS picture book Bailey Beats the Blah received ★★★★★ Reviews from teachers, school counselors and psychologists, supported by Education Queensland. READ HERE
A Review from the Teacher-Librarian network zoomed out to **thousands** of schools across Australia READ HERE
I’ll share ALL my secrets into Writing a Publishable picture book
I, Karen Tyrrell have presented creative writing workshops and story telling to schools; and writing workshops to libraries, hospitals and writing conferences.
“Excellent presentation! Very informative and highly credible – you were obviously speaking from experience. Thank you for not only encouraging your fellow writers but giving great practical and realistic advice as to what steps are required to get published. If I were you, I’d now add ‘Writing Coach’ to your title”–Wendy Millgate: Editor
“Karen is a vibrant presenter with an inspirational story to tell. She speaks with great authority, having learned through hard-won experience. Her topic is interesting and her enthusiasm is contagious.” – Ali Stegert: School Counsellor
Come Join my FREE Picture Book workshop
WHERE: TLC Lounge Hyperdome Library
Mandew St, Shailer Park BRISBANE
WHEN: Tuesday 11th March 6-7.30 pm
A light supper will be provided from 5.30pm.
Seats LIMITED to 30: Ring 3412 4120
PS I’ll personally sign copies of Bailey Beats the Blah
Download FREE Teacher Notes FREE Kids Activities HERE
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BLAST OFF! Bailey Beats the Blah *5 Star REVIEW zoomed out to schools across Australia via the Teacher Librarian network.
A Teacher Librarian reviewed my empowering Mental Health picture book, Bailey Beats the Blah on The Bottom Shelf website with an incredible rap. She emailed the entire review to thousands of schools via the OZTL NET and NSW TL Network.
I’m bursting with pride, knowing Bailey Beats the Blah will be boosting KIDS self-esteem, coping skills and self-reliance.
I’ve dedicated my life as a passionate mental health advocate since my recovery from long term parent-teacher abuse triggering bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I published my Award winning resilience MEMOIRS …
Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness …My journey into and out of Madness
Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery My Journey Back from INSANITY … and His from Depression.
Check out Bailey’s REVIEW…
‘Bailey has moved to a new school and he HATES it. He drags himself around the house … feeling worse and worse as the time to leave gets closer. He has a real dose of the BLAHs. Even his dog can’t cheer him up. But this isn’t just a case of Monday-it is
– Bailey is lonely and isolated and he thinks all the other kids are laughing at him and whispering about him. How can Bailey change his blah to ha-ha-ha?’
‘Author Karen Tyrrell has taken a very common situation and turned it into a story that will resonate with Baileys (and Barbara’s) across the nation …’
‘Many children in new schools are trying to find their feet in a new environment and create new friendship groups amongst kids… For many, there is no hope they will ever break the code of friendship …they beat themselves up and drive themselves down into what can develop into childhood depression. ‘
‘A strong message in this book … scope for discussion about how we can make newcomers welcome particularly in situations like school where there is no choice about attending … Opportunity to help students develop empathy and compassion and the skills to reach out warmly to newcomers, embracing them rather than isolating them.
Opportunity to help students look within themselves for their own strengths and how they might use these to build their self-worth and help others. ‘
‘A visit to her website shows she’s a strong advocate for kids’ mental health and in Bailey Beats the Blah. Having travelled her own personal path of a psychiatric illness after being so harassed by parents Karen could take it no longer, she is now making mental health a focus through her writing. A percentage of the profits of the book are going to Kids Helpline
‘A real sense that this character could be Any Child at Any School.’
‘Very timely purchase for a school collection … so they can touch base with all their new students and see how they’re settling in, and, like Miss Darling, intervene if necessary.
For those in Australia it is aligned to the Kids Matter program but it should have a place in every health program.”
FREE Teacher Notes and FREE Kids activities HERE
Read the FULL Review HERE
Please come back here to COMMENT. What do think of Bailey’s School Review?
WHERE: Can schools purchase a copy of Bailey Beats the Blah?
1. Direct from the Author at $17 a signed copy incl postage anywhere in Australia. Ready for immediate delivery.
Please leave a comment on my contact page.
2. From Amazon in ebook or print
3. From Library suppliers
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Announcing the WINNER of Almost Dead Book Giveaway … by author Kaz Delaney.
Almost Dead is the sequel to Kaz Delaney book Dead Actually, paranormal chick-lit, winner of the Aurealis Award and Romance Writers award.
I’m proud Kaz Delaney chose me, Karen Tyrrell to open her Blog Tour with a Book Giveaway celebrating her NEW release.
The Winner is … Cheryse Durrant … I’ll be in contact with you to find out your postal address to send it to you ASAP.
Thanks everyone for entering in the competition. The Entries were extremely high.
Check out Kaz’s tips on how to Write and publish YA Books
You can buy Almost Dead at every good book store and online.
PLEASE tell your friends about ALMOST DEAD … Like , Google, Tweet
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YAY! I’m a Guest presenter at the Gala opening of TLC Lounge.
Come along to celebrate Library Lover’s Day & discover the new TLC Lounge.
Tech. Learn. Create.
Entertainment, Special guests and Refreshments.
Enjoy the sweet sounds of the 3D printed ukulele and ukulele choir! Discover SCRATCH animation. Create a SASSY Mocktail. Program robots. Visit the eBook bar. Play a retro arcade game.
Meet local writers and illustrators including myself Karen Tyrrell, Cameron Stelzer and Helen Ross. Get creative with guest artists. It’s all happening at the TLC Lounge!
Look out for Me and my Book Banners!
I’ll be manning an interactive stand sharing all my TIPS on Writing and Publishing a book … And signing my award winning mental health books
Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness,
Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery,
and KIDS picture book: Bailey Beats the BLAH.
I’ll be giving out invitations to my FREE workshop on HOW to Create and Publish a Picture Book.
How does the Evening work?
Attendees circulate around the ‘stands’ to try their hand at a new tech or creative skill.
WHEN: Friday 14th Feb
TIME: 5.30pm to 7.00pm
WHERE: TLC Lounge Hyperdome library, 66-70 Mandew St Shailer Park
BOOK: Ph 3412 4472
I would LOVE to meet you … Will you be going?
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Welcome Kaz Delaney award-winning author of Dead Actually, paranormal chick-lit, winner of the Aurealis Award and Romance Writers award … to Karen’s Blog …
Kaz is launching Almost Dead, the sequel to Dead Actually.
About my battle with parent-Teacher Bullying, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Kaz’s blurb adorns ME & HER’s book cover …
‘I was totally hooked—it was instant!’ Kaz Delaney: Dead Actually.
I too, am writing a Young Adult book and I’d LOVE to learn some winning tips from Kaz.
Congratulations Kaz, on the launch of Almost Dead. I’d like to ask HOW you created Almost Dead…
Q. Did you map out Almost Dead while you were writing Dead Actually? … What was the planning process?
A. Hi Karen! Thanks you for letting me hang out on your blog today. In answer to your first question, no, they were completely different projects. In fact, when my publishers asked for Macey’s story, I was the one dragging my feet because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make her sympathetic enough. Macey’s a wonderful character – she takes no prisoners and she says the things we sometimes wish we could say – but while those traits are those that make us smile, I was worried about her connecting with audiences.
It was a lot of work, but I’m so glad now I took up the challenge –she’s one of the strongest characters I’ve ever created. The planning process was the same ad hoc method I always use. I toss scenarios around and around in my head questioning their plausibility. I badger my writing group buddies and we brainstorm. All I knew at the beginning was I had to really put Macey through the wringer because that would be the only way to reach her core, to find her vulnerabilities. After I have the key story elements I write a synopsis. I suspect the story veered far away from the original synopsis but that’s okay.
The first ideas you (collectively speaking) have are usually a springboard – for me anyway. Then as I write myself further into the story, things become apparent that weren’t so obvious before I was so deeply enmeshed.
Q. KAZ, Where did you get your characters from? Are they based on people you know?
A: Well, for Almost Dead, of course I had Macey from Dead, Actually – who was amazing fun to write in that story. Every person has their own story to tell and Willow and Macey were no different, just as you and I, though sharing certain similarities, have such different stories to tell. Those individual stories are greatly influenced by many things – but especially by the people around us and the experiences we share with them, good and bad. Macey is a product of those people and those experiences, and because she is so strong, there had to be strong people around her.
The first step in creating Macey’s world, was to populate it with people who were strong in their own right. Are they based on people I know? No, I’m not consciously aware of basing these people on particular persons I know. I do believe that all characters are born out of a hodge podge of people we either know, have read about, observed or heard about, so there are most certainly traits there I’ve no doubt subconsciously ‘lifted’.
Q. How do you make sure the behaviour and dialogue is age appropriate for the characters?
A. This is a hard question to answer. After so many books for children and teenagers, it’s kind of second nature. I happen to love teenagers; I always have and my home and life have always been littered with them. I listen to the way they talk, to their passion and their pain. But probably the best research is to read. My TBR pile is always teetering with the latest YA books. I read that genre more than any other, and I think that helps.
Q: How did you keep up the suspense and pace in Almost Dead?
A: A lot of people have commented (favourably, thank goodness on the pacing of Almost Dead.The comment that I have had most often put to me in the past couple of weeks is “I wish I could read faster!” The first person to verbalise that thought was a reader on the younger end of my readership, and I can’t tell you how chuffed I was to hear it. Since then, I’ve had it put to me a few times, along with ‘I couldn’t put it down!’ These are comments I’ve held close to my heart, and yes, they’ve made me, also, think back and examine that pacing to see where they’re coming from.
I have to answer honestly and say at the time I wasn’t aware that it had such a cracking pace, but after more careful consideration, my objective response is that the answer lies in ‘story and brevity’. For starters, there is a lot happening in this story: the stalker/mystery storyline, the ghost element, the family upheaval and Finn – the guy she falls for. So, for my own sanity and that of the reader, I had to keep the story moving and keep it as clear and concise as I could so as not to confuse or overburden the reader.
Reading a story is supposed to be a relaxing, fun experience. Certainly we like to be challenged, and I hope that happens with the mystery storyline which takes up a big chunk of the plot, but there also has to be a fair playing field. Meaning, of course that the story needs to be easy to read and follow as well.
Q: Describe Almost Dead in one word …
A: Wow – I’m so not a one-word gal. Any of the superlatives that are running around in my head right now will only come across as incredibly conceited. :-) Let’s go with ‘satisfying’.
Q: What’s your TOP 3 tips for writing a YA novel?
1. Ask yourself if you really like and respect teenagers. If the answer is ‘no’ then find another genre.
2. Read as much YA and as widely within that genre as you can. See what’s out there, see what you’re competing against, familiarise yourself with the types of stories they like to read.
3. Never underestimate your reader. They’re clever, witty and educated. Don’t write down to them. YA readers are the most honest of the bunch – they’ll follow you passionately but they’ll also be the quickest to call you out if they’re not happy.
Book Giveaway: WIN a FREE COPY of Almost Dead
I’m giving away a copy of Kaz Delaney’s book, Almost Dead. Please leave a comment below on WHY you’d like to win.
I’ll announce the winner here on Feb 3rd. (Aus Only)
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Bailey Beats the Blah received ★★★★★ REVIEWS from a CHILD psychologist, a Mental Health CEO, a school counselor, a journalist, and many teachers and MUMS, rating Bailey Beats the Blah a top empowering book for KIDS.
Bailey Beats the Blah boosts EVERY Child’s, self-esteem and coping skills to deal with WORRY thoughts and SAD days.
BAILEY is aligned with National Education mental health program Kids Matter. (I’m an Education Queensland teacher taking Bailey into schools and pre-schools.)
Logan City Council bought a significant number of copies of Bailey Beats the Blah for Early Literacy programs for LOGAN schools. HERE
Check out Bailey’s ★★★★★ REVIEWS…
‘The power of friendship achieves remarkable things even when you’re feeling blah. A MUST have story for your library shelf, even if you don’t have kids.’ Richard Nelson: CEO Queensland Alliance Mental Health
‘Does a great job of pinpointing what mood disturbance in young children look like. And best of all, there is a happy ending with practical ways parents and schools can help. Simple is best.’ … Karen Li: Psychologist
‘Bailey Beats the Blah is a gorgeous book for everyone, but especially for young children who struggle with anxiety. I will use Bailey Beats the Blah in my work as a school counsellor, knowing the children will enjoy the pictures and be encouraged by Bailey’s story.’ Alison Stegert: School Counsellor
5% sales of Bailey goes to Kids Help Line
‘Very approachable and digestible, the story still highlights the importance of monitoring moods for signs of depression and finding ways to work your way through negative emotions, even if you’re a kid.
I recommend this as a thought-provoking read for kids and as a valuable resource for the classroom.’ Charmaine Clancy: Author: Teacher.
‘LOVED IT! This is a terrific teaching resource for primary/elementary school aged kids. A great way to begin the new school year.’ Belladonna Took: Journalist: Her Canberra magazine
Download FREE Kids Activities and FREE Teacher Notes to use with Bailey Beats the Blah. HERE
5% sales go to Kids Help Line KIDS 24 hour Counseling service
You can order a copy from Amazon as an eBook OR in Print. HERE
Please spread the word: Bailey Beats the Blah Boosts KIDS self-esteem and coping skills.
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I’m launching Bailey Beats the Blah book Trailer to the world!!
If you think …Creating your own book trailer is TOO Hard! Think again! If I can do it… anybody can!
A book trailer can be: acted out, in full production, flash video or animations. Or like mine, created using photos set to audio narration, sound effects, visual effects, transitions and music.
Today I launch Bailey Beats the Blah picture book trailer to the world. I created my own book trailer to help kids who suffer from anxiety and depression.
To empower kids with coping skills to fight sad days and worry thoughts, building self-esteem.
Check out Bailey Beats the BLAH book trailer …
Did it convey a positive message to kids and families? Please LEAVE a comment on You-Tube
Book trailers are the fastest growing, powerful trend in promoting books via the Internet. AND the cheapest, easiest way to reach your target audience and generate sales via video-sharing sites, websites, blogs, social networking sites and book related sites.
#7 Sizzling Secrets to Create a Book Trailer
1. Watch book trailers on You Tube to learn different trailer styles and techniques, concentrating on your genre and theme … How much do you want to spend?
2. Decide on what software you will use to create your book trailer…Windows Movie Maker, DVD Slideshows GUI, PhotoStory, Stupeflix, PhotoShow or Adobe Premier Elements #12 like me. Read the instructions, play with it, practice it … Now you’re ready to start!
3. Write the script of your book trailer, creating the MOST intriguing message you can.
4. Decide on what images you’ll Download from royalty free stock images: Try Dreamstime, Fotolia, Microsoft OfficePhotobucket, ,Clker, Morgue File, Shutterstockm and Wikimedia Commons … Save them to your pictures folder on your Hard Drive.
5. Add visual effects and page transitions you want to use from the movie maker program
6. Add music and sound…Make sure the music you choose is not copyrighted. Check out: Soundsnap, Find Sounds, Partners in Rhyme, Brainy Betty, Open Music Archive, Opsound, ccMixter, Neo Sounds …Save these to your music folder.
7. Promote to wide range of distribution channels. Upload on your own website, blog, video sharing sites, social networking sites, and even in your email signature … Set a goal to submit your trailer to at least one distribution outlet a day: YouTube, Daily Motion, Revver, Veoh, MySpaceTV, Godtube, MetaCafe, Yahoo Video, Google Video Book Trailers, Digg, AuthorsDen, TubeMogul … Don’t forget to add the link where readers can buy your book . Add VIP tags.
Congratulations in following the above steps to create your own book trailer.
You now have a toolbox to create your own, saving yourself anywhere from $200 to thousands of dollars.
Did Bailey Beats the Blah transmit a positive message of hope to KIDS ?
Do you want to read MORE of Bailey Beats the Blah?
PLEASE comment below or leave your You-Tube trailer link
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