Pub­lish­ing your chil­dren’s book

Matamata Chronicle - - News - For more in­for­ma­tion go to smore.com/b3de-the-new-writer-sjour­ney or email sharon@tere­osin­ga­long.co.nz.

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.

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