The New Writer's Journey

With The Waikato Children's Literature Association

At Southwell School - two days to inspire you. Come to one or both!


Exciting new authors for young adults will talk

about their writing journeys.


Learn about editing, illustrating, publishing and marketing books for children and young adults in the exciting new world of publishing.

Waikato Children's Literature Association Seminar - New Children's Writers

Saturday, Nov. 2nd 2013 at 9:30am-2:30pm

200 Peachgrove Rd

Hamilton, Waikato

Saturday Agenda

9.30 am Registration and Refreshments

View the Books for Kids children's bookshop display

10.00 am Rachel Stedman - A Necklace of Souls

11.00 am Hugh Brown talks with Alison Robertson - Reach

12.00 pm Lunch

Book signing opportunities

1.00 pm Rachael King - Red Rocks

2.00 pm Tessa Duder - Storylines Writing Awards

Tessa Duder

The latest Storylines Award for a new Young Adult writer is fittingly named for Tessa. She is the author of so many wonderful children’s stories from Night Race to Kawau in 1982, Jellybean, The Alex and Tiggie Thompson series, through to The Story of Sir Peter Blake in 2012.

The New Writer's Journey

Sunday, Nov. 3rd 2013 at 9:30am-3:30pm

200 Peachgrove Rd

Hamilton, Waikato

Sunday Agenda

9.30 am Registrations

10.00 am Margaret Cahill – From the Editor’s Desk – As an editor at Learning Media for 11 years, and now working freelance from her home in Kerikeri, Margaret has a wealth of experience to share with those who’ve always wondered how to get their manuscript to the top of the “slush pile”. Margaret will talk about how editors work, what they look for in submissions and how to avoid rubbing an editor up the wrong way.

11.00 am Morning Tea

11.30 am Break out groups (choose one):

  1. Picture books – How words and pictures work together

Deb Hinde, picture book illustrator, will give an insight into the role of the illustrator in the creation of a picture book. Learn how picture books are created and the important connection between words and pictures. Deborah has illustrated 18 picture books to date, including 10 Kooky Kiwis which featured in the Booksellers Weekly Bestsellers List for more than four months. She also illustrated Kyle Mewburn’s Three Cheers for No Ears, Yvonne Morrison’s Kiwi Night Before Christmas and Cow Power by Kim Riley.

2. Spit and Polish!

A first draft is seldom, if ever, your best draft. There are ways to improve your writing that help bring it to life; through your narrative, plot, voice, sentence structure, or dialogue. Publishers these days expect manuscripts to be as near ‘complete’ as possible so the more you can do to refine your work before sending it off, the better chance of acceptance. Join award-winning author Alison Robertson to learn ways to add sparkle to your text.

3. Getting the nuts and bolts right

From punctuation to grammar, Margaret Cahill and Louise Clark will answer questions about the nuts and bolts of proof reading and editing your manuscript to give it the best chance of being published. Louise has taught university papers including children’s literature, creative writing and the practical aspects of writing. Margaret Cahill worked as a teacher before becoming an editor at Learning Media.

12.30 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Publishing Panel discusses aspects of publishing, self-publishing, e-book publishing, marketing and distribution. Four panelists will each speak for 30 minutes including questions.

1. Julie Thomas, from Cambridge, sold more than 45,000 copies of her e-book for adults, The Keeper of Secrets, via Amazon and Kindle. The online book caught the eye of a senior editor at HarperCollins New York and it is now available in paperback. Julie received an advance and was contracted to write a second novel. She will explain how she achieved success through Amazon and Smashwords and give tips on how children’s authors can do the same.

2. Karolyn Timarkos, self-published author, posted the first four chapters of her novel Keeper of the Atlas online. Gaining 200 "likes" on Facebook as well as positive feedback gave her the confidence to self-publish her novel. To find out more about self-publishing, she googled the phrase and came up with more than 156 million hits. Karolyn will filter those results down to “A Distilled Guide to Self-Publishing”, advising on who can best help you achieve your goal.

3. Sharon Holt started publishing her Te Reo Singalong series nearly two years ago. She has now sold more than 9,000 copies and has just published the fifth book in the series. Sharon will focus on the “other” side of self-publishing – how to market and sell the boxes of books sitting in your garage.

4. Liza Raybould, works at South Pacific Books, which is a leading independent book distributor in New Zealand. Liza will explain how book distribution companies can work with publishers and self-published authors to get their books to the public.

Cost of Registration

Saturday: New Children's Writers with Tessa Duder

$30 WCLA members $40 non members $20 adult students

Sunday: The New Writer's Journey - a professional development day


Lunch is included both days

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