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Welcome to my blog – a place where I will share my journey; the things I learn along the way and the people and places that inspire me.

When Illustrator Meets Manuscript by Sandra Severgnini.

In my last blog post, I shared the story behind my latest picture book, In the Shadow of an Elephant . Now I would like to share with you Sandra's creative process as the illustrator of our book.   I also recommend visiting Sandra's website to view more of her fantastic work. www.severgnini.com .   Over to Sandra. Anyone that knows m...
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The Story Behind the Story - In the Shadow of an Elephant by Georgie Donaghey

In the Shadow of an Elephant is my grief story.  At the 2016 SCBWI conference I was approached by a publisher wishing to express her condolences on the recent passing of my mother. We chatted for a bit and she asked me if I had written anything since my mother passed. After watching my mother deteriorate over nine years to Lewy Bodies Dem...
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Memories of my time with Kate DiCamillo by Georgie Donaghey

After reading Kate DiCamillo's latest book, Louisiana's Way Home I reminisced about the beautiful autumn morning in June 2017 I spent chatting over coffee with the two-time Newberry Medallist. The sun was beaming through the taxi window as I made my way to meet an author whom I had admired for many years. I attempted to steady my nerves, but there ...
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Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo reviewed by Georgie Donaghey

Just like a surprise left under the Christmas tree, a copy of Kate DiCamillo's latest offering, Louisiana's Way Home arrived on my doorstep.  Louisiana Elefante captured hearts in Kate's 2016 story, Raymie Nightingale. Her latest creation tantalises readers by sharing more of this thought-provoking character's story.  'I'm going to write ...
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Bigger Than Yesterday, Smaller Than Tomorrow reviewed by Georgie Donaghey

​ Bigger Than Yesterday, Smaller Than Tomorrow by Robert Vescio and Kathy Creamer This family fun story begins with Hannah and her Dad busily making plans for a father-daughter adventure while Mum stays home to care for baby Connor.  'I'm BIGGER than yesterday!' Hannah proudly announces eager to flex her independence. After one last warm hug f...
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RESPECT - Come out, Come Out, Wherever You Are by Georgie Donaghey

At the risk of sounding cliché, this past week I have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. I don't usually blog in a diary format, but there's a couple of things that happened in my world this week I wanted to share with you, and I figured, it's my blog, so I can make my own rules! ? I finally met the fantastic Little Pink Dog Books team (Peter...
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Beware the Deep Dark Forest by Sue Whiting reviewed by Georgie Donaghey

In Sue Whiting's new picture book, Beware the Deep Dark Forest published by Walker Books we are introduced to spunky young Rosie. Rosie like her dog, Tinky are two very independent and determined personalities. The story begins. ​ 'You must beware the deep, dark forest,' Rosie told Tinky. 'Never, ever go in there.' But Tinky was just a tiny pup. He...
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Creative Kids Tales Writers' Festival 2019

​ It's on again! I know I said there would be only one but seriously look at the amazing line-up for next year's festival. How could I not? Our next theme is INVEST. When you INVEST, you put time/money/effort (usually a combination of these) into something, looking for a return that will be greater than the input. For some, important returns might ...
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The Forever Kid by Elizabeth Mary Cummings reviewed by Georgie Donaghey.

There's no doubt, The Forever Kid tugs at the heartstrings and it tugs hard. I was moved by Elizabeth Mary Cummings' latest picture book, The Forever Kids published by Big Sky Publishing. 'Johnny is not in that photo, but we know he is with us. Johnny is our Forever Kid.' This line just melts your heart. To lose a child is a parent's worst nightmar...
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Little Spiral by Pat Simmons - Book Review.

'In a pearl-like egg, hidden in the rainforest, Little Spiral grows.' It was this magical beginning from Pat Simmons delicious new book, Little Spiral that dragged me from my book review hiatus. Nature can be one of the harshest environments to navigate. Little Spiral must not only survive his early day's but must also learn to thrive and continue ...
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Book Week 2018 – thanks for the memories.

In summary, a whirlwind week of smiles, smells, hair raising excitement and sheer panic. Authors spend countless hours preparing for Book Week. Making sure presentations are polished, giveaways are packed, costumes are pristine, and of course our cars loaded with plenty of stock. This year I enjoyed my first fully booked Book Week. I was fortunate ...
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7 seconds to impress.

I've been an avid reader of picture books for as long as I can remember, devouring their rich text and mouth-watering illustrations. I had assumed my knowledge of them to be extensive and together we had developed a healthy relationship. It wasn't until a recent visit to Jackie French's scenic part of the world, Araluen to be exact, did I find my k...
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Never too old by Georgie Donaghey

I recently found myself deep in thought, with three kids and a busy life, time to reflect doesn't happen too often. While washing the dishes I'd drifted back in time to my youth, as I said time to reflect doesn't happen often and washing the dishes is usually when the rest of the household scatters, so I am guaranteed time to myself. My reflection ...
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Music and Writing by Georgie Donaghey

I've heard this talked about a lot lately and never really paid it much thought, as it goes hand in hand when I am writing. It wasn't until I attended a recent course at my local writers' centre and the presenter talked about the importance of playing music when he writes. The surprised reaction from his attentive audience got me thinking; how many...
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​Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 3 by Georgie Donaghey

Here is part 3 of my Author Etiquette article. Competitions Always read the guidelines. Never tell the organisers of that competition they are wrong unless you legitimately find an error within their guidelines. Never request to make a change to your submission after the competition date has closed. If it is a paid competition, always ensure y...
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Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 2 by Georgie Donaghey.

Here is part 2 of my Author Etiquette article. Reviewing Reviewing books is a great way to enhance your skills as an author and build your name within the community. It also helps bring your name to the attention of publishers. Some key points to remember when putting up your hand to review: Don't commit to review unless you have the time to do so....
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Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 1 by Georgie Donaghey.

Dear Ms Lawyer, I have a pending legal matter that needs urgent attention.I know you are no doubt busy with other cases but I believe reading through my 20,000 word complaint, providing detailed feedback as to what action I need to take should take you no more than a day or two. As you have undoubtedly dealt with dozens of these cases providing the...
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R E J E C T I O N – Not a four letter word but just as bad by Georgie Donaghey

I was recently asked by a writer friend how do I handle rejection? After so many of them I guess you could call me a rejection pro. I realised long ago being accepted by a publisher straight away wasn't going to happen. I had to earn my stripes. What I did know was I would be published. You've heard the phrase 'believe it and it will happen' well, ...
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Building Your Author Platform by Georgie Donaghey

We always endeavour to answer as many questions as we can and to provide you with the necessary tools and services to assist you on your journey to publication. After all, publication is what it is all about right? You work hard writing, editing, re-writing and editing your submissions until your brain is reduced to marshmallow. Is it a waste if yo...
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Mentor or Superhero? by Georgie Donaghey

During your writing career you will have many questions, be confronted with many obstacles and let's face it sometimes you will be pulling your hair out and wondering why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. It happens to all of us, even those who have been writing for many years. What is a mentor? A mentor is a person who guides a less ex...
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