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Change in editors for Wombat Books at BSAB

Rochelle Manners is pleased to be joining Book Links StoryArts Brisbane (BSAB) in 2019. She will be providing her insights into the industry on the publishing panel as well as the first pages session at the conference. Rochelle will be replacing Emily Lighezzolo from Wombat Books on panels and in feedbacks.

Rochelle Manners is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. She is trained as a teacher, counsellor and has a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing. Rochelle has also been an author in the educational market, and enjoys writing for a change to publishing.

Having worked in traditional publishing, editing, distribution and working with self-published authors, Rochelle has experience from all angles.

Rochelle will be looking at: Wombat Books: Picture books, middle grade books and illustration portfolios. Rhiza Edge – for edgy, relatable teen fiction for today’s youth.

Bookings for manuscript feedback have reopened for Rochelle.

StoryArts Brisbane is fast approaching

StoryArts Brisbane Conference

Book Links is proud to present StoryArts Brisbane.
The program will be held at the State Library of Qld 19-20 October, 2019.

The two day conference for writers, illustrators, tertiary students, teachers and librarians promotes excellence in children’s literature.

Participants will gain an insight into the stories behind some of our best book creators with ties to how literature supports aspects of the Australian Curriculum.

The conference aims to offer quality, affordable workshops and master classes. There will be key panel sessions with editors, agents, authors and illustrators and focused sessions with book creators.

Key presenters are Mark Greenwood, author of the 2019 CBCA Honour Book The Happiness Box, Frané Lessac, Sarah Davis, Lisa Shanahan, Heath McKenzie plus editors from Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Wombat Books and Yellow Brick Books, and literary agents Alex Adsett and Justine Barker.

Saturday 19 October, 9:00 – 4:30 panels and breakout session
Cost: $95 (Book Links and CBCA members) $125 (non-members) includes morning tea and  lunch. Book here:  https://www.trybooking.com/BCDGU

Sunday 20 October, 10:00 – 4:00 – Masterclass with either Sarah Davis or Lisa Shanahan
Cost: $60 (Book Links and CBCA members) $90 (non-members). Meals not provided.
Book here for Sarah Davis
Book here for Lisa Shanahan

More information about the program and presenters

IBBY AGM

At the conclusion of the Saturday StoryArts program, Book Links are hosting an afternoon tea and the IBBY AGM where Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac will be giving an address called Books Without Borders.   This is an add-on to StoryArts Brisbane so please book in if you wish to attend.

Cost for Address & Drinks: IBBY Members $5 Non-members $10
Eventbrite Bookings Payment at the door will also be accepted.
IBBY AGM 2019 final flyer (PDF)

Children’s Story Art: an exhibition of local children’s book illustrators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The works of three prominent artists in the field of children’s literature will be on view and for sale at the Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha from Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 October from 10am – 3pm daily.

Join us for the opening event of the Book Links Children’s Story Art Exhibition  on Wednesday evening 9 October from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This is a free event.
Books and artwork for sale. Book here 

Lucia Masciullo is an award-winning artist from Italy who has collaborated with several Australian and English publishers to illustrate fifteen books. Paul O’Sullivan lives on the Sunshine Coast and is best known for his collaboration with the writer Gary Crew. Helene Magisson started her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris where she was trained in the art of medieval illumination. All three artists are distinguished for the beauty of their work and their individuality of expression.

For more information call Mia Macrossan on 0412 803 172.

Rebecca Johnson Workshop and AGM

Get prepared for StoryArts Brisbane!

Rebecca Johnson will speak about how she became a writer and what inspired it, her very different writing style from many other authors and how this has allowed her to be able to find the balance between working part-time and writing. She will also talk about verbal pitching in the very early stages and the challenge of marketing your books once you are published.

Rebecca Johnson is an award-winning Australian author and primary-school science teacher who has written more than 100 children’s books. Her works include the Steve Parish story Book collection, the Juliet – Nearly a Vet series, the Vet Cadet series, the Insect Series, and the Steve Parish Reptiles & Amphibians Story Book range.

This is a free event and we hope you can join us.

Stay on for the AGM prior to Write Links.

When:  Rebecca Johnson 12:30pm | AGM 2:15 pm | Write Links 3:00 pm
Saturday 5 October, 2019

Book Here

Venue
Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Book Week Events

Reminder

The short story writing competition for children closes 31 August, 2019. Don’t forget to tell your young writers to get their stories in to have a chance to win $100.
More information here

Book Week Events

 

 

 

Josie Montano and ‘The Secret Science Society’
24 August 2019 1:00 PM

Welcome to a full hour of spectacular literary fun as award-winning author Josie Montano, will be representing the dynamic duo, (Kathy Hoopmann) to introduce their new novel, ‘The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment’. Learn how they co-wrote together and meet their zany bunch of diverse characters. Conduct your own writing experiment and… well, we could tell you more, but shhhh, it’s a secret!

Recommended for 8 – 12 years
Saturday 24 August – 1:00pm -2.00pm. | Free event | BOOK HERE

Venue
Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

 

 

 

Meet the author Pip Harry out from Singapore on her May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship. Find out about her new verse novel The Little Wave and try your hand at writing a verse poem.

Have you ever written to a penfriend? Pip’s characters tell each other about their favourite and least favourite things. You may be asked to tell yours, but shhh, it’s a secret.

Recommended for 8 – 13 years
Date: Sat 24 August  2:15-3:15pm. | Free event | BOOK HERE

Venue
Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

StoryArts Brisbane Feedback Sessions

 

 

 

 

Pitch Before you Send Your Manuscript for Feedback

Are you coming to StoryArts Brisbane and need to get feedback on your work?
Then read on…

We are doing things a little differently at StoryArts Brisbane.

In addition to submitting your manuscripts for feedback, we are giving you the option to query first. This option to query before you submit will mean your chosen editor or agent can choose which manuscript they are most interested in reviewing for your feedback appointment. This is an optional process. You will not be disadvantaged in any way if you don’t take part in this additional step.

If you wish to book an individual session with an editor or agent with one completed manuscript or picture book(s) in mind, please skip the Query First Process and submit your manuscript and accompanying information as per the ‘Submission’ instructions on the website. https://booklinks.org.au/what-you-need-to-know/

Query First Process.

If you have more than one completed manuscript, or more than two picture books, you have the option to let your agent or editor choose which manuscript(s) they would like to give feedback on. You can submit query pitches for up to five different manuscripts and/or picture books. These are in the style of a twitter pitch. The choices you provide your editor or agent can be in the same or multiple genres. For example, you may wish to put forward one chapter book and two picture books. The editor or agent can then either select your chapter book or your two picture books.

We strongly suggest that your query pitches are from completed manuscripts. Once the editor or agent receives your queries, they will choose which one or ones of most interest. You will then send your manuscript, query letter and synopsis for the manuscript that was chosen by your booked agent or editor.

Query pitches due 24 August, 2019 

Booked out – Saturday

Marisa Pintado – Hardie Grant Egmont – middle-grade,YA and non-fiction

Susannah Chambers – Allen & Unwin – Picture Books, Early Readers and Middle grades as well as portfolios

 

Available – Saturday

Sarah Davis – Walker Books – Picture Books, Early Readers and Middle grades as well as portfolios

Rowena Beresford – Yellow Brick Books – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and portfolios

Justine Barker – Mayfair Literary Agency – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and YA

Emily Leghezzolo – Wombat Books and Rhiza Edge – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and YA

 

Available – Sunday

Marisa Pintado – Hardie Grant Egmont – middle-grade,YA and non-fiction

Susannah Chambers – Allen & Unwin – Picture Books, Early Readers and Middle grades as well as portfolios

Rowena Beresford – Yellow Brick Books – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and portfolios

Justine Barker – Mayfair Literary Agency – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and YA

Upcoming Events

There are a number of Book Links events coming up in July for both young people and the general public.

Young Writers Workshop

This is a workshop on writing short stories which can later be entered into the
Story Links short story competition for young writers.
It will be delivered by author Dimity Powell.
Book here!

Dimity Powell loves filling every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews exclusively for children and is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Dimity has published over 28 stories but believes picture books are food for the soul, consuming them regularly and relishes creating her own including The Fix-It Man, (2017), At the End of Holyrood Lane, (2018) both with illustrator, Nicky Johnston and, Pippa, due July 2019. Dimity is also a tutor for the Write Like and Author Program.

Find out more about Dimity Powell

Recommended for 9 – 13 years.
Saturday 13 July – 10:00 am -1.00 pm.
Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

Venue

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101


 

 

 

 

Young Illustrators Workshop

Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. Pie in the Sky is her debut middle-grade novel and comes out in June 2019. This is a graphic novel so if you want to learn more about comic style illustration, this is the workshop for you.
Book here.

Find out more about Remy.

The Workshop

Do you love drawing?  Would you like to learn what an illustrator does? If you have booked in to the short story writing workshop in the morning, bring your story with you to illustrate.   Get ready to draw lots and learn!

What you need to bring:

– a story that you would like to illustrate
– drawing materials : pencils, black felt-tip marker, eraser, sharpener
– drawing paper/photocopy paper (We’ll have some of this as back up)

Date: Sat 13 July  2:00-3:30 pm,
Cost: $5 Book Links members | $10 non-members

Venue

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101


 

 

 

 

 

Join Mia Macrossan in conversation with WA based author A J Betts, author of Zac and Mia, Hive and Rogue coming out June 2019.

Date: Saturday 20 July, 2019
Time: 1.30 – 2:30 pm followed by afternoon tea
Cost: Entry by donation.
Book here

A.J. Betts is an author, speaker, teacher and cyclist. Her latest novel HIVE (Pan Macmillan Australia, July 2018) is the first of a young adult duology. Its sequel ROGUE will be released late June, 2019. A.J.’s bestselling third novel, ZAC & MIA, won the 2012 Text Prize, the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and the 2014 Ethel Turner prize for young adults at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. ZAC & MIA is available in 14 countries and was adapted for American television in 2017/18. Her earlier novels are WAVELENGTH and SHUTTERSPEED. In 2018, A.J. completed a PhD at ECU on the topic of wonder in literature. A J. is originally from Queensland but has lived in Perth since 2004.

Venue

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101