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Your Kid’s Next Read podcast celebrates 150 episodes

Your Kid’s Next Read podcast celebrates 150 episodes

As usual, I’m late to my own party because the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast celebrated 150 episodes on March 27th and here I am sharing the news right before episode 152 drops tomorrow.

You can listen to episode 150 here.

I’m sure you’ll be unsurprised by this situation – after all, I’m a known under-celebrator from way back – but I’m feeling bad about this one.

The truth is, I’m really proud of this podcast.

 

Your Kid's Next Read podcast

 

My co-host Megan Daley and I began the podcast as a natural extension of the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, which we founded in 2017, along with author Allison Rushby.

We thought the podcast would give a voice to the conversations and engagement from our thriving group – and it turns out we were right.

At the time the podcast began, I was still co-hosting the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast with Valerie Khoo, and I loved doing both, but I’d been with SYWTBAW for seven years and I was, frankly, tired.

My first love is children’s literature and I was watching the spaces given over to the discussion and promotion of Australia’s children’s literature shrinking.

I was also watching our literacy rates and results dropping, and an increasing number of desperate parents/carers/educators/other interested parties flocking to the Your Kid’s Next Read community to try to find ways (and books) to keep their kids interested in reading.

So I decided to focus on the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and I truly believe that Megan and I have created something special.

Yes, we discuss children’s books (from board books to YA), reading, and writing, but our conversations (the Quality Waffle) take us upwards, downwards and sideways into parenting, teacher-librarian life and advocacy, education, honey, cooking, gardening, the joys (and challenges) of teens, our wonderful author interviews and so much more.

If you haven’t yet had a listen, it’s a great time to jump on board.

And if you are a part of our community of listeners, thank you SO much for being part of our conversations.

We love that we go walking with you, and fold the washing with you, and ferry the kids around with you.

We love it when you talk back to us via reviews and via the Facebook community.

We love making Australian children’s literature a part of your week.

Even if we do forget to celebrate that sometimes…


 

a l tait profileAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and sign up for the Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

The inside story of ‘The First Summer Of Callie McGee’

The inside story of ‘The First Summer Of Callie McGee’

My new book, The First Summer of Callie McGee, is out now in bookshops everywhere – and I’m at home in that strange netherworld that is post-launch day.

Pre-publication day, the anticipation builds and builds, like those epic summer thunderstorms that press the very air down on you for hours before they finally burst into a light- and sound-show followed by furious drenching rain.

Unfortunately, publication day brings less of the light and sound and fury, and more the sound of boxes of books being opened in bookshops across the country and the slight rusting of pages as the books are placed upon the shelves.

The day after is just… business as usual. Except that I’m typing with my fingers crossed, hoping that readers will love Callie as much as I do.

 

The inside story of Callie McGee

In the headline, I’ve promised you the inside story on the book, but I think the best way to get that is to listen to me talk about it.

I’m the special guest on a veritable bonanza of podcasts this week, and each of them will bring you a slightly different perspective on this story and how it came about.

 

So You Want To Be A Writer

A. L. Tait talks about writing The First Summer of Callie McGeeFor a deep dive into the process of writing the book, from that first glimmer of inspiration to working through the complexity of creating the procedure of the mystery element, don’t miss my conversation with Valerie Khoo on So You Want To Be A Writer.

It was so nice to be back chatting to Val about all things writing and publishing. I spent seven years as co-host of this podcast, so sliding back into this space is like coming home.

But it’s a home where your Mum does not hold back on asking the hard questions, and I can always count on Val to keep asking ‘why?’ until I manage to articulate some part of my writing process that seems impossible to explain.

So we talk about the writing, we talk about wading into uncertainty and the memories of being 12, and we talk about re-drafting manuscript themes downwards. But we also talk about the very real challenges of establishing and maintaining a longterm author career.

You know you can count on us to be honest and get to the very crux of this stuff, so it’s worth a listen.

Find it here, or where you get your podcasts.

 

Words and Nerds

A L Tait talks about The First Summer of Callie McGeeThe thing I love about chatting with author and podcaster Dani Vee on the Words and Nerds podcast is knowing that the conversation will ramble its way into unexpected places and interesting revelations. And so it proved yet again.

We talked about The First Summer of Callie McGee, solving the puzzle of who we are and writing books outside our comfort zones.

But we also talk about publicity for authors from a journalist’s perspective, and how to find different ways to draw attention to your book – by thinking outside the box of your book, guest posting on blogs, making connections, getting your byline in the article, understanding the importance of booksellers and hand selling and the awesomeness of librarians.

If you’re a children’s author or would like to be one day, don’t miss this one!

Find it here, or where you get your podcasts.

 

KidLit Classics

If you haven’t discovered this podcast gem, you’re in for a treat! Hosted by author Samantha-Ellen Bound, KidLit Classics podcast invites contemporary children’s authors to discuss one book from their own childhood that made them a writer today.

I had the most wonderful time chatting to Samantha-Ellen about Callie’s Castle by Ruth Park. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or listening to my various podcasts over the years, you’ll have heard this book come up before, but here we take a long, hard look at the beginning of my turret fixation.

To discuss the book, I had to read the book again and remain in awe of Park’s ability to create broad brushstrokes of a world, emotions and characters with a few fine details.

And yes, our characters share a name, but I swear this revealed itself to me only when Samantha-Ellen asked me to choose a book for this podcast episode. Until that moment, I hadn’t thought about Callie and her castle for years – but deep down in the part of the brain where fond memory lives, there she was.

I hope she’d like Callie McGee.

Find the episode here, or where you get your podcasts.

 

And an opportunity to ask your own questions

Writer’s Bookclub Podcast

The Writer's Bookclub A. L. TaitAuthor Michelle Barraclough’s Writers’ Bookclub Podcast has its own special twist on the author interview format – you get to ask the questions!

Michelle has chosen The First Summer of Callie McGee as her first middle-grade book to explore and dissect, and you can play along by reading the book and then posting any questions you might have for me about any aspect of writing the book to the group Facebook page before 15th August. (See How It Works here)

Michelle and I have a date later this month to interview an episode for the podcast where she asks me all your questions.

All the details on how to join in here.


 

A. L. Tait The First Summer of Callie McGeeAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries, and my latest novel ‘The First Summer of Callie McGee’. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!

 

[News] Festivals, podcasts, and a longlist

[News] Festivals, podcasts, and a longlist

It’s always easy to tell when I’m super-busy – I stop blogging. So I’m thrilled to be back in a small window of peace for a quick news update.

 

Festivals: dates for your diary

•All going well, I’m heading to Queensland next week for the Capricorn Coast Writers’ Festival (11-13 June) and I can’t wait to hit Yeppoon in June.

I’ve got a very busy program, including a two-hour workshop called ‘So You Want To Be A Children’s Author?‘ (see what I did there?), a panel discussing Crafting Stories for Children with Dr Anita Heiss and Kat Apel, moderated by Nicky Way (good luck with the wrangling, Nicky!), and a one-hour workshop for kids called ‘Unlocking the Story Code: The 10 keys to writing a great story‘.

 

Writers Unleashed (21 August) has announced it’s program for 2021, and I’m excited to be part of a great line-up. I’ll be sharing the secrets of Getting The Words Written – a one-hour presentation on how to make time to write.

Stand by for more dates soon!

 

Podcasts

•The Your Kid’s Next Read podcast is proving to be a hit! Megan and I were chuffed to see it in Apple’s Top Books podcasts several times in its first few weeks, and there’s a new episode out right now!

Your Kids Next Read podcast episode 6

You’ll find the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or on our website here.

 

•There are now 400+ episodes of So You Want To Be A Writer podcast and Valerie and I love the fact that we continue to get five star reviews even after all this time! Particularly when they’re as creative as this one on Apple podcass:

So You Want To Be A Writer review

Reviews and ratings really help with a podcast’s visibility, so if you’re enjoying either of mine, please consider leaving one!

 

Sisters In Crime Davitt Awards Longlist

It was a real thrill this week to see THE FIRE STAR (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) on the longlist for the Children’s Crime Novel section of the 2021 Sisters In Crime Davitt Awards, in a very strong field.

You’ll find the full longlist here.

 

Signed books

One of the reasons I’ve been quiet lately is that I’ve been decluttering my house. Even those words are exhausting, aren’t they? In my case, that means culling bookshelves, and I’ve discovered a couple of boxes of the US editions of THE MAPMAKER CHRONICLES and THE ATEBAN CIPHER novels.

If you live in Australia and would like to purchase a signed copy of The Mapmaker Chronicles #1, #2 and/or #3, or The Book of Secrets and/or The Book Of Answers, for $10 each (plus postage), drop me an email via the form on this website and we can work out the details.

Note, the covers of The Ateban Cipher novels are different to the Australian editions – you can see them here.

Offer available until they’re gone.

 

A L Tait The Fire StarAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, and a new ‘almost history’ detective series called the Maven & Reeve Mysteries (you’ll find book #1 THE FIRE STAR here).

You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

 

So I have this new podcast

So I have this new podcast

I have a new podcast!

The Your Kid’s Next Read podcast, co-hosted with Megan Daley of Children’s Books Daily, launched this week and, as with so many things I do, has quickly fallen into the ‘why didn’t I do this sooner?’ category.

Regular readers will know that Megan and I founded the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community about three years ago, and quickly brought in the third member of our admin team, author Allison Rushby. The group has grown from strength to strength and now boast 17,000+ members all interested in one thing: finding the next great book for a young reader in their lives.

 

And now, the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast

Megan and I are bringing the group to life with a weekly half-hour (or thereabouts) podcast, in which we talk about the new books we have, what’s on the To Be Read pile, regular questions and requests that bubble up in the group, quick tips about lots of different aspects of kids and reading and writing.

 

This is the official description:

Author Allison Tait and teacher-librarian-author Megan Daley, co-founders of the Your Kid’s Next Read community, talk books and reading for children of all ages. From board books and picture books, to junior fiction, middle-grade novels and YA blockbusters, they’ll help you find the perfect next book for the young readers in your life. Plus, practical tips on getting (and keeping) kids reading and writing, a whole lot of fun and … YKNR book question bingo.

 

Here we are, chatting at the launch:


 

We have five episodes ready for you to binge, and a lot more to come, so subscribe on your fave podcasting platform so you don’t miss a thing!

Find us on the website here.

On Apple here.

And on Spotify here. 

 

If you like what you hear, please leave us a rating or review if the platform allows! It really helps us to spread the word.

Hope you love it!

 

PS: If you’re a writer, don’t miss my other podcast So You Want To Be A Writer

 

A L Tait The Fire StarAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, and a new ‘almost history’ detective series called the Maven & Reeve Mysteries (you’ll find book #1 THE FIRE STAR here).

You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

 

[News] So You Want To Be A Writer podcast hits 400 episodes!

[News] So You Want To Be A Writer podcast hits 400 episodes!

This week, Valerie Khoo and I recorded the 400th episode of the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast and sent it out into the ether.

It’s a big milestone for a project that began a few years ago with the following exchange*:

 

Val: ‘Maybe we should make a podcast for people who want to be writers?’

Al: ‘Do you reckon anyone would listen?”

Val: ‘Not sure, but it might be fun.’

Al: ‘Okay, let’s give it a crack. What will we call it?’

Val: ‘Er, so you want to be a writer?’

Al: ‘Straightforward. I like it.’

Val: ‘Great, I’ve designed some cover artwork, let’s start right now.’

 

Since then the podcast has spawned a book, live events and an incredibly loyal listener community, and Val and I feel blessed that we decided to give it a go. It’s a labour of love, but one that has afforded us so many lessons and brilliant experiences along the way.

So thanks for listening, thanks for being part of it, and here’s to the next big milestone!

 

*May not be word-for-word accurate, but more or less the gist

 

So You Want To Be a Writer bookAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait and you can find out more about me here and more about my online writing courses here.

 Subscribe to So You Want To Be A Writer podcast for more amazing writing advice.

 Or check out So You Want To Be A Writer (the book), where my co-author Valerie Khoo and I have distilled the best tips from hundreds of author and industry expert interviews. Find out more and buy it here.

 

 

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