Top 20 books for writers

Another gem to share from my Women Writers, Women’s books group on Facebook. Someone asked for book recommendations for budding authors, the responses piled in, as you would expect, but one awesome member compiled the responses into an easy reference list (thanks Wendy): The top 20 books for would-be authors (you can find them all…

Booktoberfest

I’ve been having much fun this week on Instagram, Jenny Bravo of @blotsandplots is hosting #booktoberfest, an event that runs for the full 31 days of my favourite month. The rules are simple, follow the daily prompts, add the #booktoberfest and any other relevant tags, then post it to your Instagram feed, easy as. I’ve made…

Inner Critic

I recently posted a plea for help to the Women Writers, Women’s Books writing group on Facebook. I had completed the ground work for a new YA novel idea. After I’d put all the pieces together I realised that I really, really liked my idea. I liked the themes I was coming up with, I…

The power of words

As writers, we make a career out of words. We understand that a combination of certain words can transport our readers from their lounge room to a habitat on Mars. The right words can make us feel the emotions our characters are feeling. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve escaped into a novel…

35th IBBY International Congress

Auckland will host the 35th IBBY International Congress in August 2015. The IBBY congress explores the excitement and challenges of literature and literacy education in a rapidly changing world.   Calls for Presentations will be available from 1 May 2015 and will close on 30 September 2015. Key dates EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:  1 September 2015 –…

Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators

Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators  22-30 August 2015 “The [annual Storylines Festival] concept was adopted adopted in 1993 by the Children’s Book Foundation… now the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, and has been developed through subsequent annual festivals. The first Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators was held in Auckland….

Notable Books Awards 2015

“Storylines Notable Books are selected by an expert panel from the Storylines community as books that are worthy of being recognised as ‘Notable’ in each year. The panel includes librarians, authors, teachers, teacher educators and academics; several members have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor…

Writing with a disability – an open letter.

Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), it’s a disease with almost as many names as it has symptoms (recently reclassified as SEID). About a year ago they added Fibromyalgia to my list and six months ago I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and a labral tear in my right hip that…

Pitch mad

Think you can pitch your compleated manuscript in 140 characters or less? That’s the premise of #pitmad a quarterly event that starts again on Thursday 4th June. For those of us in the Southern hemisphere, that’s tomorrow. I’m not sure if that means we get a jump on other authors or we’ll be lost in the…

GoodReads Best Books of 2014

With 3,317,504 votes cast by readers, this list is sure to have a few undiscovered delights. Many of my own favorites of 2014 are well represented including the Science Fiction winner, The Martian, written by Andy Weir, tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people to walk on Mars and certain he he’ll be the…

Ever wanted to write for children? Joy Cowley shares her top tips

Over the years, I’ve seen literally thousands of stories for children written by aspiring writers. While many showed promise, most had the same weakness: the authors didn’t know their audience. The stories had been written for a range of subjective reasons: the authors had values messages they wanted children to read; the authors liked a…

An Image is Worth . . . A LOT – The Fictorians

Ever wondered if it was ok to use an image you found on Google for your blog? I like to use images for writing prompts and I’ve posted a few here in the past as image prompts, I’m now wondering how ethical that was. Give this article a read and judge for yourself. Source: An…