Author Expo

0478 Author Expo - A3 poster V2 (2)1Congratulations to Lynda and the team at Bayside Library Service for holding their inaugural Author Expo at Beaumaris Library on the weekend. I had no idea there were so many writers, illustrators and book lovers in my local community!

A great atmosphere prevailed, where books and ideas were traded with enthusiasm. I look forward to this event growing each year!

An interesting programme, lead by speakers of both published and self-published books included: writing and marketing children’s literature; developing a non-fiction book; challenges in writing and publishing fiction; publish or self-publish?; promotion and the art of marketing; and Baysider writers in residence.

I particularly enjoyed the panel discussion: Promotion is not a dirty word! The art of marketing your book, with authors Lorraine Campbell, Jane Sullivan, Olga Lorenzo and Jenny Ackland.  Here are my take-homes from it:

  • Be authentic and true to yourself
  • Start social media early – well before your book is published – and keep at it!
  • Say ‘yes’ to everything!
  • Engage with people and find ‘your community’
  • You are the expert on your book
  • It can be useful to have a ‘hook’ or ‘story’ for your book
  • Have your 30 second pitch (what’s sometimes called the ‘elevator pitch’) well-rehearsed at all times!
  • Be positive, polite and helpful to others in your industry

Welcome

 

Hello and welcome to my website – the hub of my creative world. From here you can find all you need to know about my work as an author and children’s Literacy Ambassador for the leading education charity Ardoch. For more about my work as a designer and maker of planet-friendly bags which also support Ardoch, please head over to DEED bags.

I love to connect with people on Instagram too. It’s my favourite social media platform where I share the many things which interest and inspire me, and invariably end up in my writing. I really like discovering amazing projects in all corners of the globe. My wanderlust for looking beyond my home base of Melbourne is probably due to the fact that since six weeks of age I’ve lived in a gazillion different places in Australia and Asia, as well as spending eleven wonderful years working in London – a true nomad!

My internationally published books to date include both non-fiction (RPS, UK and US) and commercial fiction titles for adults (Bloomsbury, UK). These books are my absolute treasures, and stemmed from my simple, life-long passion for those pretty things we wear on our feet each day; and by being literally knocked off my feet by the extraordinary experience of first-time motherhood. You’ve probably guessed by now, that my writing career has no strategic plan, other to write about what I love!

I very much enjoy writing for both adults and children. Recently, I’ve been focusing all of my writing energy on children’s book projects – having spent the past 13 years championing children’s literacy as a classroom story-writing facilitator, hospital literacy volunteer and Ambassador for Ardoch. I have several picture book and middle grade fiction works in progress, and am pleased to announce that my debut picture book will be published by Windy Hollow Books in early 2021.

For more about my journey to publication and general background information, please visit my ‘About Me Q&A’ page. And while I don’t profess to being a prolific blogger, I’ll share articles on this website as well as keep you up-to-date with my various author activities over on my Facebook Page too.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or general bookish chat, via the comments box, or: author@emmabowd.com

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