Australian Children’s Authors
The Book Chook is a great resource site for parents and teachers. Filled with links to awesome software, giveaways and ideas, The Book Chook makes reading fun for everyone.
Claire Saxby has written many, many children’s books including the picture book, Sheep, Goat and the Creaking Gate.
Dee White is the author of the recently released YA novel, Letters to Leonardo.
Gabrielle Wang is a well-established Australian author/illustrator with many amazing titles, including A Ghost in My Suitcase.
Jackie Hosking produces Pass It On, an industry networking newsletter. Jackie is passionate about poetry.
Karen Andrews is the author of the picture book, Surprise!
Karen Tyrrell is an aspiring author and co-ordinates a writing community in Logan City Council.
Katherine Battersby is an author/illustrator about to make her debut.
Kathryn Apel is the author of the delightful picture book, This is the Mud!
Katrina Germein is a multi-published picture book author with titles including My Dad Thinks He’s Funny and Littledog. She’s also one of the nicest people I know :)
Penni Russon is the author of Little Bird.
Renee Taprell is an aspiring picture book author who is actively writing and submitting. Renee’s blog is great for anyone wanting an insight into the journey towards publication.
Robyn Opie is the author of more than seventy books for children. Yep, you read right. Seventy!
Sally Murphy is the author of Pearl Verses the World and most recently, Snowy’s Christmas. She is one of the busiest people I know!
Sally Odgers has written almost a library full of books for kids. She also offers a manuscript assessment service that I can highly recommend.
Sandy Fussell is the author of the very popular Samurai Kids series.
Sheryl Gwyther is the author of Secrets of Eromanga and is passionate about Australian children’s literature.
Sue Whiting is a children’s book editor as well as a prolific writer. Her novel Freaky is part of the Lightning Strikes series at Walker Books.
Soup Blog is the companion to Alphabet Soup, the Australian literary magazine for kids aged 6-12.
Trudie Trewin really does own a truly-ruly thinking hat, and is the author of I’ve Lost My Kisses.
Virginia Lowe gives excellent advice on how to write picture books and also offers a manuscript assessment service.
Wendy Orr is the talent behind the hit novel, Nim’s Island. Her work has been translated into many, many different languages and her career has been long and illustrious.
Agents, Editors & Publishers
Book Ends Literary Agency represents authors for adults but offers some great advice.
Buried in the Slush Pile is an editor’s perspective on the children’s literature industry.
Call My Agent is the anonymous blog of a Sydney literary agent.
Dystal & Goderich Literary Management post about all things publishing.
Editorial Anonymous is a blog by a children’s book editor.
Janet Reid is a New York City Literary Agent.
Literary Rambles provides, among other things, snapshots of US agents who represent children’s literature. Very valuable source of information.
Mary Kole is an Associate Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency and a regular blogger. Her KidLit posts are filled with awesome information and should definitely be on your must-read list.
Nathan Bransford is a US literary agent who provides a great weekly summary of happenings in the world of publishing.
Pub Rants is a blog by literary agent, Kristin and offers some helpful commentary on the industry as a whole.
Rachelle Gardner is a US agent for WordServe, representing Christian authors in both the Christian and general markets.
The Rejecter is an anonymous assistant to a US agent who provides a great insider’s view into submissions.
The Rejectionist has a sharp tongue and heaps of advice. As an assistant to a New York literary agent, these posts are not for the faint-hearted. Sometimes the truth does hurt.
Christy K Robinson is a Christian writer and editor with a penchant for genealogy and music.
Dr Tom Bibey is a bluegrass playing physician with a passion for writing. I was lucky enough to be one of the beta readers for his novel, The Mandolin Case. I love his blog and his take on life. He’s a true southern gent.
Jonathan Crossfield is an Australian author and media specialist who produces the list of Top Australian Writing Blogs.
Kaye Dacus is a Christian romance author with some great teaching posts. Every aspect of writing is covered in Kaye’s Writing Series. Well worth a look.
Kim Justesen is a teacher, writer and presenter with some great stuff to share.
Patty Froese Ntihemuka is a versatile author who writes for both children and adults, mainly in the Christian market. She lives in Alberta, Canada where it is mind-bogglingly freezing.
Story Sleuths is a collaboration of writers who are passionate about quality literature. They critique award winning books across the spectrum, from picture books to YA, and try and work out why they are a cut above the rest. This one is a real gem.
Trudy J Morgan-Cole is an award winning author with many publishing credits. She lives somewhere in Canada even colder than Patty – New Foundland.