I’m thrilled and honoured to be the Ambassador for education charity Ardoch Youth Foundation’s School Readiness Book Drive, which is in full swing this month of October! To read more about my passion for supporting early childhood literacy campaigns like this, please click here.
Ardoch has pledged to support 1,000 children from local disadvantaged communities who are starting school in 2017 by providing them with School Readiness Packs. Each pack contains 5 books and 5 activities to enhance their fine motor skills.
This means we need to source 5,000 children’s books for the packs before the end of the year!
My sincere thanks to the two amazing schools of Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak and St Joan of Arc Brighton, for coordinating book collections, as well as all four Melbourne Bayside Libraries(Brighton, Beaumaris, Hampton and Sandringham).
Book Donations can also be made directly to Ardoch via online purchases from Robinsons Bookshop – who will not only deliver the books but ALSO give a 25% discount to all Book Drive books.
Congratulations 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
I’ve just bought myself the best Easter treat: a word. Yes, a word! How exciting for an author to own a word. All in support of one of my favourite children’s literacy charities: Melbourne’s Ardoch Youth Foundation. But just like chocolate…how can I possibly be expected to stop at one word!