Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: February 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tweets on Writing

I'm blogging once a week at the moment but I tweet most days - links to writing resources, 'future of the book' stuff, new directions in education and an ongoing documentary of the travails of the writing process.

Below is a selection of my recent tweets on writing and publishing that I hope are useful. May you be well and happy.


  • On my dentist's wall: 'We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.'

  • 'Read like a wolf eats.' - Gary Paulsen (from Karen Benke's cool creative writing book, Rip the Page.)

  • RT @gregpincus If you write/edit middle grade, this post from 5th grade trenches (by @LeslieSulliRose) is interesting

  • Fascinating piece by Peter Broderick, film distribution guru, on grass roots marketing success of doco, 'Food Matters': a book? How @robinsloan built an Army of Angels and self-published his first novella:

  • Cool 'future of publishing' tweeter: @SWInvestigators . Links to some excellent articles.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New York

I'm booking accom for my trip to NY in April for the launch and tour of Mac Slater Versus the City. I can't wait.

I am slightly obsessed with New York. I have lots of books on the city. That's why I wrote the book, to live in NYC for a while, in my mind at least.

But I wrote it from 16,000 kilometres or 10,000 miles away in my home on Australia's east coast. My best friends in the writing of that book were Google Maps Street View, the Times Square Web Cam and my own notes, photos and video from a trip to NYC years earlier.

When I went to NYC I had no idea that I would ever write a book, let alone one set in New York City. And now, somehow, by writing the book and that book being picked up by an American Publisher, S & S, I am going back to that city on a tour.

This synchronicity blows me away. I think I'll write a story set in Paris next. Or maybe The Bahamas.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

TV Week Piece

I'm going to attempt to blog more regularly. Short, sharp bursts that are too big for a tweet, documenting the coming year of book releases, writing and touring.

Here's a little piece that turned up in TV Week in recent weeks, featuring me and two of my good friends, Laura Vazquez and Tempany Deckert. Just click for a larger version.

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