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Meet the Children’s and YA Book Publishers in Melbourne

For some time now my crit buddy, Alison Reynolds and I have been talking about how great it would be to have a Meet the Children’s and YA Publishers Day in Melbourne so that new, emerging and established writers and illustrators would have a chance to network, find out what publishers are looking for, and get their work seen.

It’s now a reality!

KidLitVic 2016  Meet the Publishers is a not for profit event to be held on 7th May next year and we already have some fabulous publishers confirmed for this event including:

  • Black Dog Books/Walker
  • Hardie Grant
  • Harper Collins
  • Penguin
  • Scholastic
  • The Five Mile Press

There will be publisher panels for various genre, and an illustrator panel. You will also have the opportunity for 15 minute one-one-one manuscript and illustration consultations with publishers.

We are so lucky to have the very talented Nicky Johnston on board and she has provided the stunning illustrations for our website and is our Illustrator representative.

If you want to know more about this event, please check out our website.

We are putting our panels together so if there is something you’ve been dying to ask a publisher, but have never had the chance, please feel free to include your questions in the comments section of this post.

Please also feel free to share this post with writers or illustrators you think could benefit from this event.

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Writing an Illustrated Novel with Karen Tyrrell

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high res close upKaren Tyrrell’s new illustrated novel, Jo-Kin Battles the IT has just been released.

Today Karen shares some great tips about writing an illustrated novel. These tips are for writers of any age who are interested in writing for kids.

9780994302106How to Write an Illustrated Novel by Karen Tyrrell

  1. Write an action-packed adventure story that kids will love. Consider using humour, as kids love the funny, the quirky and the ridiculous. Add some delicious food scenes as kids really love food and eating. Make the story as exciting and adventurous as you can.
  2.  Create a main character the reader really cares about.  A loveable hero that has some flaws and faults.  Make us care about this character and what happens to him.
  3. Give your hero a side-kick so they can work on their mission together.
  4. Write your story in intriguing scenes from the main character’s point of view. Sequence these scenes into chapters that hook in the reader from the beginning to the end.
  5. Choose the most exciting parts of the scenes to illustrate, preferably where the main character is doing something exciting, funny or scary. Make sure the pictures depict a wide variety of different characters, scenes that makes us ask a question. What’s going to happen next?
  6. Describe these exciting scenes in detail (a brief) so that the illustrator can understand, visualize and illustrate the characters and the scene. Work co-operatively with the illustrator, listen to his suggestions giving him some creative freedom to create the most enticing pictures possible. The  pictures will be completed in stages from rough sketch to ready to publish.
School of Rock back cover

School of Rock back cover

Max 909 robot scene shows intrigue and tension

Max 909 robot scene shows intrigue and tension

Jo-Kin Battles the It is available on Amazon, LSI, library services and selected stores including some Dymocks and Angus & Robertson.

Karen’s touring cyberspace with her book and she’s visiting lots of other great blogs. Find out more about her book and her writing by following the blog tour:

Jo-Kin Battles the It Blog Tour

19 Oct Dee White http://writingclassesforkids.com Blog

20 Oct Di Bates http://diannedibates.blogspot.com.au Review

21 Oct Alison Stegert http://ali-stegert.com/ Interview

Jackie Hosking https://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/ Blog

22 Oct Georgie Donaghey www.creativekidstales.com.au Review & Interview

23 Oct Robyn Opie http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com.au/ Review

25 Oct Rebecca Sheraton http://www.rebeccasheraton.com/blog Interview

26 Oct Sandy Fussell http://www.sandyfussell.com Interview

27 Oct Jill Smith https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/ Review

Melissa Wray http://melissawray.blogspot.com.au Blog

28 Oct June Perkins http://gumbootspearlz.org Interview

29 Oct Sally Odgers http://promotemeplease.blogspot.com.au Interview

30 Oct Kate Foster http://www.katejfoster.com/blog Interview


Book Giveaway

Win a signed copy of Jo-Kin Battles the It OR one of four eBooks of Jo-Kin Battles the It OR signed artwork from the illustrator, Trevor Salter.

To WIN please LIKE Karen’s Super Space Kids book series page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/SuperSpaceKids and

Leave a comment on any of the above Blog stops 19-31 Oct to win. Good luck.


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