Kids’ Book Review Guest Posts

Kid’s Book Review is one of the best online resources for lovers of Aus­tralian chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, and Aus­tralian lovers of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. It’s a place brim­ming with reviews and inter­views and resources for read­ers of all ages, par­ents, stu­dents, teach­ers and librar­i­ans. So it was with great plea­sure I con­tributed twice to KBR in recent weeks. The first was a Guest Post enti­tled ‘Christo­pher Richard­son on the Jour­ney From Idea to Pub­li­ca­tion,’ and offers an insight into the twelve year odyssey from ini­tial idea to the pub­li­ca­tion of Empire of the Waves: Voy­age of the Moon Child in July 2015. As I reflect­ed recent­ly to a friend, there is per­haps too much self-mythol­o­gi­sa­tion in the pub­lish­ing world, so I want­ed to be hon­est about my set­backs and dis­ap­point­ments, as well as cel­e­brat­ing my success. 

The path to pub­li­ca­tion is sel­dom smooth, yet every set­back can be turned into an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn. Of course, it’s easy to say this in ret­ro­spect, but I’m glad my sto­ry was not pub­lished ear­li­er. In the end, it felt like all hap­pened at the right place, at the right time, and with the right pub­lish­er and edi­tors… but it also felt like I was ready. Before I only want­ed to be ready. And I was only ready hav­ing absorbed the lessons of those ear­li­er defeats. I will write more about this in the future, but this brief guest post is a good intro­duc­tion to my journey.

Some­what less seri­ous­ly, my sec­ond post was for the ‘12 Curly Ques­tions,’ thus offer­ing me the chance to exor­cise a few more demons from my youth, and also to con­fess my love of the Pet Shop Boys, Mar­i­lynne Robin­son and Barcelona. 

To learn more about my path from idea to pub­li­ca­tion, or to find out what spooked me as a child, head over to Kids’ Book Review, for these and many more jour­neys in Aus­tralian chil­dren’s writing.