Writers on Writing is our regular conversation with a writer or industry professional about the writing craft, industry insights, and their own practice. This week, we spoke to internationally published and awarded author Deborah Abela about the industry of writing for children, ahead of her workshop An Essential Guide to Being a Kids’ Author on 14 October at Writing NSW.
What’s your top tip for writers new to the children’s publishing industry?
Who makes a better children’s book beta reader: a child or a writer?
How much say does a children’s author have in the cover/illustration?
What are books you still remember and love from when you were a kid?
What children’s books by Australian authors do you recommend to parents?
Deborah Abela trained as a teacher before becoming writer/producer of a national children’s TV show. Since then, she’s become an internationally published and awarded author of 28 books about WW2, pesky wolves, bears in space, spelling bees and kids living in a climate-changed world. Her latest novel, The Book of Wondrous Possibilities, is a 2023 CBCA Notable and was shortlisted for the 2023 YABBA, KROC and KOALA Awards.
Join An Essential Guide to Being a Kids’ Author with Deborah Abela, Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
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