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STILL TIME... Competition Closing Sunday 16th November!
As we prepare this newsletter, last year's winner, 12 year old Kate is celebrating huge sales for her book 'The Lost Calf' in Queensland and her illustrator, Charlotte. is organising her book launch in Sydney.  Grace and Veronica are about to receive their books and all the Child Writes books have been printed by Stuck on You in Victoria.  Happy days indeed. 

We have no intention of resting on our laurels! It is so awesome to be the biggest publisher on Amazon of children's picture books written by children for children, and we having been doing this for ten years, so we feel as though we are just warming up!  Awards are rolling in (see below about the 'Finnley's Great Escape' authors) and this years book launches are all in the pipeline...

We are still looking for primary school aged writers and illustrators as entrants for this years Child Writes Competition.  We are NOT looking for PERFECTION, we are looking for POTENTIAL!  The prize for this competition is a year of mentoring, supporting a writer and and illustrator in a collaborative project, with the intention of publishing the book in November, 2015.   Promise, this is a wonderful opportunity... Please, see the link below for more information...

Slow Down Sarah...
imagine...
It is beyond description to share how excited Ainsley is... Slow Down Sarah is on its way and will be released soon.  Ainsley's first blog about the book is a wonderful insight into the journey which is creating a picture book...  


What is amazing about being in the classroom with primary school aged children when they ask, 'what is your latest book' they expect an answer in seconds... I am with Ainsley - so excited I have a book published this year as well...   

Finnley... 
is an award winner!
Happy days - an unexpected treasure...
2014 Winner Kate is loving the process...
Last year, we started planning a custom workshop with the Condamine Alliance to plan a book, dealing with the pest fish Tilapia. In the summer holidays, 13 children put up their hands to help write and illustrate what became 'Finnley's Great Escape'.  Children's Laureate Jackie French endorsed the book and it has been incredibly well received. The news just keeps getting better... The author / illustrators have just won the Chairman's Award at the Condamine Awards for their contribution to the environment. 

It wasn't the plan! The idea of the competition last year was to award one writer and one illustrator with the main prize - a year mentoring to create their own picture book.  We did that - but we couldn't help ourselves when we discovered found another treasure - Grace's submitted story actually 'matched' Veronica's drawings! Given the girls are in Victoria and Queensland, and had never met, we found this extraordinary!  We put the two together and  in our minds, over-delivered on the competition! 

Kate McCullough is home schooled on a remote property in the Charters Towers area in central Queensland - and boy, can she write! She was the winner of last years competition.  Her illustrator, Charlotte De Laine is from the northern beaches in Sydney!  Together, they created 'The Lost Calf'. Kate was super motivated and created a flyer and asked all and sundry for 'preorders' as she waited for the books to be delivered... And the sales are still rolling in! She reckons it is better earning money earning money from selling her book than fencing!


































































Stuck on You... 
Child Writes is 10 years old this year and we have always enjoyed the most incredible support from anyone who falls in love with the program... This year, we have had the incredible support from the team at Stuck on You.  Specialists in personalised labels and gifts, it was a simple leap to short print run titles for all 50 Child Writes graduates / author / illustrators this year.  They extend their generosity to you, with a super deal for free shipping on all orders if you use the promo code... Christmas is just around the corner - so if you are not ordering a Child Writes book - then how about a special something for those gorgeous children in your world?

Last call - any one interested...
Plotting and planning is well underway for workshops for adults next year.  We offer the 'Write it Write Now!" as a 'must do' for our potential tutors, as well as any aspiring writer or illustrator who wants to explore the opportunities which come from creating your own picture book.  The grand plan is to offer workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Northern New South Wales, Goondiwindi and Toowoomba.  Interested?  (BTW - teaming this segue way with photo of Emma - she will be delivering the workshop!) 

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