Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Meawhile both Maureen and Fifi have managed to recover sufficiently to blog their impressions of and reactions to the Spinning Gold experience.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Those of us who attended the Educational Publishers Panel discussion at Spinning Gold heard from Derek Wenmoth that there are schools out there who would love to Skype an author or an illustrator.
We could look at a similar fee structure as they have. (Meet the author 10 -15 mins free, or in-depth visits for a time and fee determined by each author.)
Add your name in the comments below if you're interested, or email adele at adelejackson dot com ...
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Committee member Adele Jackson somehow managed to muster up some final reserves of energy last night to blog her thoughts on the conference.
Conference attendee Melinda Szymanik did likewise.
And we love this thought-provoking post about the conference from Derek Wenmoth, who was on Saturday's 'Educate the Future' panel.
More soon ...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Gecko Press, from 2011, will be looking to publish 2 or 3 NZ junior and mid-grade novels.
Please note: they are looking for Curiously Good fiction - see www.geckopress.com
If you've got a cross-over novel they'd be interested in that as well.
Let us know asap if you would like to pitch to them.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
And be sure to take a look at our sponsors page - we are extremely grateful to all these organisations.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Moira Wairama - writer and storyteller
Jillian Sullivan - author of novels, picture books and short stories
Frances Cherry - novelist, short-story writer and writing teacher
Alex Shinae - writer/illustrator
Plus - now seems like a good time to introduce the committee that has been beavering away to make Spinning Gold happen ...
The two driving forces behind Spinning Gold are:
Maureen Crisp - author, teacher and busy mother
Fifi Colston - illustrator, author, crafter and past NZ Post Awards judge.
Maureen and Fifi both happen to be past convenors of the Wellington Children's Book Association (which has incubated the conference). They have an enthusiastic committee working with them on Spinning Gold, and it includes, alphabetically:
Fleur Beale – writer and manuscript assessor
Margaret Cahill - editor at Learning Media, past WCBA convenor and occasional writer
Louise Davies - present WCBA convenor, children's song writer and WCC Community coordinator
Helen Fletcher - award-winning short film maker and budding writer
Holly Gooch - fledgling writer, teacher, mother and children's book addict
Eirlys Hunter - writer; teacher of Writing for Children at IIML, Victoria University
Adele Jackson - Storylines Wellington coordinator '08-'09, illustrator and designer
Johanna Knox - freelance writer, editor and researcher; homeschooling mother
Pippa Werry - author; contributor to School Journal and other educational publishers
Everyone on the committee is very excited about the conference!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Lorraine Orman - author, reviewer and librarian
Maria Gill - author of picture books, non-fiction books, readers, and more
Candice Paewai Reading - author and publisher
Vicki Simpson - whose Yo, Shark Bait won the 2006 Tom Fitzgibbon award
Susan Brocker - prolific author!
Tania Hutley - whose first children's book, Tough Enough, was published by Scholastic this year
Melinda Szymanik - entertaining blogger and author of 5 books including The Were-Nana
Barbara Murison - librarian, manuscript assessor, reviewer, and editor of Around the Bookshops.
If you have a blog or website, and haven't sent it to us - please do.
Next we'll try to gather up the websites of the Spinning Gold committee members, and post those. We'll also add links to the NZ book council pages for those conference attendees that have them, but not their own websites.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Four illustrators have sent us their addresses:
We have the prolific and highly experienced Philip Webb who has illustrated shelves full of picture books and educational publications.
There is Nikki Slade Robinson, illustrator of over 60 titles, and more recently author-illustrator of That’s not Junk!
We have Thaw Naing - freelance illustrator/comic book artist and concept artist.
And, last but most certainly not least, Wellington author-illustrator Ruth Paul, whose The King's Bubbles is a past NZ Post Children's Choice award winner.
You can go to these illustrators' links from this post, and we're also adding a new sidebar containing a growing list of conference attendees' wesbites.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Next, we'd love some links from conference attendees. If you have a website or blog, please send us the address and we'll put it up here on the Spinning Gold site. It's one way to start getting to know each other a bit before the conference starts.
Send your links to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know by leaving a comment here on the blog.