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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

You're Published! And now for the hard part ... marketing your book


Are you a Writers Centre member? I've been a member of the ACT Writers Centre for four or five years now, and it's truly the most valuable (and inexpensive!) investment. Writers centres not only offer fantastic networking and sharing opportunities, they are there to offer advice, support, information and priceless tips and resources on your writing journey.

This month's ACTWrite features one of my articles in tandem with my upcoming workshop Book Marketing and Self-Promotion, which is great for people wanting to get a hold on the ins and outs of book promotion. Even if you're not yet published, the tips and ideas I offer in this workshop will build your skills base for later use.

This is the fourth time I've run this workshop--it's very popular--so if you're in Canberra or surrounds, do come along!

And if you're not part of your local writers centre, do consider joining--it's an investment that's worth its weight in words!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Picture Book Faves: Carnaval Animal and Cherche et Trouve

One of the delights of travel is the ability to explore, first hand, the rare delights of other places. And for me - no delight could bring more joy that picture books.

Alas, picture books are heavy! especially en masse, and so, on a recent trip with my family to Europe, I had to seriously limit myself with the PB acquisitions (many of which I plan to share with you right here in Tania's Picks).

In Paris, we visited one of my favourite stores - FNAC - and entered a floor of children's book heaven. There were not only local French finds, but loads of foreign titles (translated into French). Such a delight to see Freya Blackwood and Oliver Jeffers books, in particular.

So that my kids could enjoy some foreign language books, I snaffled some picture books with minimal text. I have a thing for long-format books (I know librarians hate them in terms of shelving ability!) - and I'll share two of them with you now.

The first is a pop-up picture book by Iris de Vericourt, entitled Carnaval Animal. The internal pages are split into three sections (head, body, tail) and feature a fox (renard), monkey (signe), rooster (coq), lobster (écrevisse), bear (ours) and cameleon (caméléon).

Not only are the paper pop-ups truly divine, they can, of course, be mixed up into all manner of brilliant animal creations. A bear head, lobster body and rooster tail, anyone? Just try to keep little hands away from this one.

(Carnaval Animal, Hélium, ISBN: 9782358510615)

The second book is entitled Cherche et Trouve sur les 5 continents (Seek and Find  the five continents) by Thierry Laval. Another long-format book, this fabulous creation has Richard Scarry written all over it.

Beginning with Amérique du Nord (North America), we open to a double page spread of delightful, labelled, characters and scenes. Both these pages then open out to a full four-page spread and eye-boggling scene, combining all items from the previous page and much, much more.

And here is a peek at Australia . . .

(Cherche et Trouve sur les 5 continents, Seuil, ISBN: 9782021028935)

If you can't find these titles on Australian online stores or have them ordered in by your local bookstore (always a KBR preference), you can find them on the Book Depository.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

#illo52weeks - week 38: GIRAFFE

Picasso giraffe; copic markers on grey cardstock.

Watercolour and pen

Watercolour and graphite pencil

Watercolour and pen

Friday, 26 September 2014

#illo52weeks - week 37: BALLOON

Watercolour, Adobe Illustrator balloons using my own gell-printed backgrounds

Watercolour and pencil

Watercolour, pencil, fine liner, white pen, digital

Fine liner and copic markers on grey cardstock

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

#illo52weeks - week 36: HOUSE

Watercolour, fine liner and white pen

Graphite pencil and watercolour

Watercolour and fineliner

Watercolour, fineliner and white pen

Adobe Illustrator

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Floriade Loveliness

You can never get tired of Floriade. Each year is so beautiful. The sunshine is always en force, and the flowers--in their carefully-planned layers--always so showy, from start to finish.

We had my mother-in-law here this weekend and it was a joy to take her for a wander in the blooms. The kids, as they do every year, painted a Rotary gnome, and we ate fairy floss and rode on the Ferris wheel and soaked in the sunshine and stunning vistas.

I particularly loved the amazing grotto of inflatable white flowers in the trees this year, the inflatable white balls on the lawns near the stage, and the array of superb cubby houses which are being auctioned and raffled for charity. Mid-century modern cubby, anyone? Only for the chicest of tots.

Only 'complaint'? Floriade, please bring back the poppies!!!

Do get there for a wander, if you can.

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