INTERVIEW: How to Publish a Picture Book +Bookgiveaway

BLAST Off! Claire Chadwick’s innovative picture book, So Many Sounds EXPLODES with a multitude of noises to delight young children {4yrs plus}.

WELCOME: Claire Chadwick, an Australian author, teacher and MUM to two young children.

So Many Sounds delivers an interactive experience, teaching children sound awareness through reading, listening, singing So Many Sounds Song […]

Winners of the CYA Writers Conference

I celebrated the ultimate event in my writer’s year!!

The Australian CYA children’s and Young Adult writer’s Conference at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane.

It’s a one-day action adventure holiday for writers. Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating. I shared this amazing day with my writing buddies and colleagues, participating in writing courses, scribbling down blueprints for my next writing […]

How to Get Published, Alison Reynolds Reveals ALL.

Please welcome prolific children’s author Alison Reynolds to Karen’s Blog.

Alison Reynolds is one of Australia’s most successful authors of children’s picture books, adventure books and books for grown-ups, publishing 30 books. Alison is here today to launch her latest picture book, A Year with Marmalade. The story of Marmalade, the ginger cat and her […]

Introducing Robin Adolphs, Children’s Author eXtraordinaire

Robin Adolphs, children’s author eXtraordinaire launched her two latest books, The Pile Up and Yesterday, I played in the Rain to a sell-out crowd in Brisbane last week.

I watched mesmerized as Robin and her animated cast dressed in colourful costumes, captured the attention of her enthusiastic young audience.

Robin Adolphs is an experienced primary […]

*BRILLIANT* Book Review- ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness

SQUEE! I’ve received the most incredible book review for ME & HER! And I’m busting to share my appraisal with you.

Who reviewed my thought provoking Memoir?

Cecilia Jansink (Cels)

Cecilia Jansink (Cels) is a respected Australian reviewer, […]

Sally Murphy:How to Get Published+ FREE Book Give-Way

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! […]

The SECRET of Submitting your Manuscript to Publishers

IMAGINE! You have slaved over your beloved story, completing your manuscript to perfection! What’s your next step in getting your story published? How do you develop a kick-ass submission package that will eXcite and ignite a Publisher?

**I wrote this blog to unblock my paralyzing FEAR of submitting to Publishers. For too long I’ve allowed […]

How to Maximize Constructive Writing Feedback

WOOHOO! Yesterday I received positive feedback from the Children & YA (CYA) writing competition for one of my children’s stories. ALANA TO THE RESCUE, Book 1 of my picture book series, obtained a perfect score from one judge and a near perfect score from the other, with an overall score of 95% … Both […]

Secret Writing Habits of Productive Writers

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My Writing Mantra: Each day I create brand new stories or expand on existing writing projects. I keep the creative juices gurgling and flowing so they don’t dry up. Every day I generate opportunities in my writing career by taking calculated risks and build on successes. Creative writing […]

Winners of the CYA Writers Conference

Today I celebrated the ultimate event in my writer’s year. The Australian CYA children’s and young adult writer’s conference at St Laurence College, Brisbane. Its a one-day action adventure retreat for writers. Refreshing. Exhilarating. Exhausting.

I shared this stimulating day with my real & online writing buddies and colleagues, participating in writing courses, scribbling down […]