Publishing your children’s book
It’s one thing to write the great New Zealand novel, it’s another matter getting published.
The Waikato Children’s Literature Association is bringing three awardwinning authors to the Waikato to talk about their recent writing success.
Budding writers from Matamata are being encouraged to attend.
Hugh Brown’s first novel Reach won the Tessa Duder Award for young writers and was a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards.
Rachael King was also a finalist in the book awards and won the Esther Glen medal this year for her book Red Rocks.
Rachel Steadman’s book A Necklace of Souls won the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for first-time children’s fiction writers.
Long-time writer Tessa Duder will also talk about trends in children’s fiction.
The authors’ talks are part of a two-day event taking place at South- well School in Hamilton on November 2 and 3.
Participants can register for one day or both. The second day will feature editors and publishers, who will talk about getting work ready for publication and the various publishing options available in the digital age.
There will also be workshops on editing and illustrating.
Speakers will include Sharon Holt, who is a finalist in this year’s Maori Language Awards with her Te Reo Singalong books, Cambridge author Julie Thomas who first published Keeper of Secrets online only to have it picked up by international publisher HarperCollins, former Learning Media editor Margaret Cahill and local children’s book illustrator Deb Hinde.