I’d like to introduce Sally Murphy, prolific children’s author.
She’s launching her brand new picture book, Do Not Forget Australia.
It’s a powerful and moving story set in war torn France in 1918. About the special bond that’s forged between two young boys, one French one Australian. And how the village of Villers-Bretonneux was saved!
I’m interviewing Sally to discover her publishing secrets, to share with you.
And how she got started as an author.
1. Sally, how did you get your first children’s book published?
I’d already had some educational titles published, but my first trade title Doggy Duo came about because a new publisher (Banana Books) was looking for books for its series. I got their guidelines and studied them closely, and then I read all of the existing books in the series, until I hoped I knew the type of book they were looking for. I then wrote and polished and revised and, eventually, submitted two manuscripts. One of them was accepted.
2. What was the process of getting ‘Do Not Forget Australia’ published?
First came the idea. Then, after about a year of researching, writing and polishing, I submitted the manuscript to Walker Books. They requested two rewrites before they eventually accepted it. The key was that, although I didn’t get it right first time, I persisted until it was what the publisher wanted.
3. What are your top #5 Secrets for new writers to get their books published?
• Read every day – more than you write.
• Know the market – if you can’t name 10 Australian publishers then you probably need to study the market more
• Understand that no writing is wasted, even though your first story probably won’t be published. Every time you write your writing improves.
• Also understand that there is no dastardly plot. Being rejected is not personal. Publishers want to sell books just as much as you do.
• Get to know other writers. Writing is a lonely business unless you make friends who ‘get’ what it is you are trying to do.
4. What do you see in the future for children’s book publishing?
I know there is a lot of doom and gloom about how hard it is to get published, but the reality is it has always been hard to get published. It took me ten years to get my first acceptance. I think the industry is in a state of change at the moment because of the rise of digital formats and the globalization of book selling. But there will always be books and readers and, of course, wonderful voices telling those stories. I hope to be part of the industry for a long time to come.
Thank you Sally for answering my questions so honestly and so openly.
Please check out Sally’s blog tour dates.
1st March 2012 Let’s Have Words http://letshavewords.blogspot.com.au/
2nd March 2012 Kids Book Capers http://content.boomerangbooks.com.au/kids-book-capers-blog/
3rd March 2012 Running With Pens http://kerrilane.wordpress.com/
6th March 2012 Writing for Children http://writing-for-children.blogspot.com.au/
7th March 2012 Spinning Pearls http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com.au/
8th March 2012 Katwhiskers http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/
12th March 2012 Pass It On http://www.pass-it-on-blog.blogspot.com.au/
12th March 2012 Kids Book Review http://www.kids-bookreview.com/
13th March 2012 Under the Apple Tree http://angelasunde.blogspot.com.au/
14th March 2012 Lorraine Marwood. Words into Writing http://lorrainemarwoodwordsintowriting.blogspot.com.au/
**What did you think of Sally’s publishing advice and her book?
** Please ask Sally a question on publishing or about her powerful book of HOPE.
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Every Aussie who asks a question about Sally’s book or about her publishing advice OR comments here on this website goes into the lucky draw to WIN a copy of Do Not Forget Australia.
Good luck! Competition closes on the 7th of March
ANNOUNCEMENT ... The winner of Do Not forget Australia is … Drumroll ... Stephanie Laverie! … Congratulations. You’re book will be posted to you