I’ve been quiet. I know. I’ve been travelling with my family and now I’m knee-deep in the copy edit of my new novel (read right to the end of this post to discover the title and publication date…).
But I’m back on deck in a big way, with a huge schedule in front of me, and a year that is going to be so very exciting (and, yes, a little bit daunting).
Anyway, I have some exciting news, particularly if you’re based on the south coast of NSW, in the Illawarra or in the Southern Highlands (or further afield if you like to travel… just saying).
As regular readers of this blog would know, one of my sideline (?) gigs is as the children’s program director for the Shoalhaven Reader’ & Writers’ Festival, which is now in its third year (save the date: 24 + 25 July, 2020).
To ensure we can deliver a wonderful event, including a fantastic schools program, this year, and in 2021, we’re planning a series of fundraisers, the first of which is on Saturday 7 March.
So You Want To Be A Writer: a fundraising event
The blurb goes something like this…
So You Want To Be A Writer?
But you don’t know where to start? Or how to get published? Or what to do next?
Then join internationally published bestselling children’s author Allison Tait, co-host of the top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, for this exciting fundraising seminar for the Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival.
In two hours, Allison will share the secrets of a 30-year writing career that spans everything from freelance writing and copywriting to writing six published novels (and counting), plus four non-fiction books:
- How to decide what kind of writer you want to be
- How to pitch an article to a publisher
- How to get a novel written
- How to get a book published
What’s more, she’s invited Walkley-Award winning journalist and non-fiction author Mark Whittaker and bestselling novelist Pamela Cook to come along and share their wisdom too.
If you want to be a writer, don’t miss this very special event.
Valerie Khoo, my co-host on the top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, will be there in spirit (though I can’t promise a Word Of The Week!), and I’ll do my best to pack as much useful information in as I can. All proceeds will go to the Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival.
Oh, yes, and there will also be scones to eat, and books to buy.
Speaking of books…
Oh yes, and I promised you a title and a date, didn’t I?
The Fire Star (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) will be published by Penguin Random House Australia on 1 September, 2020.
I love this book and its two main characters. I love that it brings together all of the things I’m passionate about in kids’ books – action, adventure, (almost) history and mystery – and draws on my own quirky interests, current preoccupations and past obsessions.
I hope that readers 11-15 will love it, too.
I have seen the cover and it is amazing. I cannot wait to share it with you soon.