Author Archives: Katrina Germein

Australian Children’s Author
www.katrinagermein.com

190 Children’s/Artwork: Janeen Brian

ITEM: An original piece of artwork.

DETAILS: This artwork is unframed and measure 30cmx30cm. The artwork was created by illustrator Judith Rossell for the book ‘Too Tight Benito’, written by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Judith Rossell and published by Little Hare (2008).

CV: Janeen Brian is an award-winning author of picture books, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, short fiction and novels for young people and the educational market. She grew up in Brighton, South Australia, graduated as a Primary teacher and taught for over twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Janeen lives in Glenelg, South Australia with her husband Jon and has two grown-up daughters, Natalie and Cassie. To find out more visit Janeen’s website: http://www.janeenbrian.com/

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226 Written Assessment/Picture Book Manuscript: Meredith Costain

ITEM DETAILS: Meredith Costain will provide a written assessment (including tips on manuscript format, choosing and approaching publishers) of a picture book text of up to 500 words.

Meredith’s Picture Book CV:

TRADE TITLES
Musical Harriet (illustrated by Craig Smith)(Scholastic Aust, Sydney, ’95)
Totty’s Potty (Australian Family Magazine, Melbourne, 2000)
Doodledum Dancing (Penguin, Melbourne, 2006)
No Noise at Our House (Windy Hollow, Melbourne, 2008)
My Baby Love (Hachette Children’s Books, 2009)
Bed Tails (Penguin Books, 2009)

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260 Children’s/ Felice Arena Mega Pack

ITEM: Specky Magee Audio Pack signed by Felice Arena, includes SEVEN one hour CD’s of ‘Specky Magee’ back to back books (includes the reading of Specky Magee & the Great Footy Contest and Specky Magee & the Season of Champions).

PLUS

One author signed copy of EACH of the THREE books in the ‘Farticus Maximus’ series by Felice Arena.

DETAILS: Specky Magee is one of the most popular children’s book series in Australia. The books chronicle the life and times of teenager Simon ‘Specky’ Magee, an Aussie Rules football champion in the making. The best-selling series written by Felice and his former school mate and AFL legend, Garry Lyon, has won five Australian Children’s Choice Awards, and has sold close to half a million copies.

Farticus Maximus, fiercest gladiator of all time, has a gut-busting secret weapon — the potent strength of his flatulence. A wickedly funny Roman tale with other equally stinky stories!

BIO: Felice Arena is one of Australia′s best-loved children′s writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning books, including the Boyz Rule and Girlz Rock series as well as Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Sally and Dave, a Slug Story, Hey Cat, Farticus Maximus and of course the Specky Mageebooks.

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241 Children’s/Littledog 2 of 2: Katrina Germein

ITEM: One custom-signed hardback copy of the picture book Littledog, written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie and published by Scholastic Press ISBN 978-1- 74169-5526

DETAILS: Sam and his sister find Littledog during their beach holiday. Littledog is friendly, playful and cuddly. But where did Littledog come from and how long will he stay?

Littledog is one of those everyday-family-life stories told in pitch-perfect prose. Leanne Hall, Readings

A truly delightful storybook for younger readers. Rebecca Butterworth, Bookseller and Publisher

CV: Children’s author Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. To find out more visit Katrina’s website www.katrinagermein.com

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211 Children’s/One on One Workshop: Rosanne Hawke

ITEM: A one on one workshop with children’s and young adult author Rosanne Hawke.

DETAILS: This meeting can be conducted over the phone or in person at a South Australian location  negotiated between Rosanne and the winning bidder.

BIO: Rosanne Hawke has written 16 books for young people; many have been shortlisted or noted in awards. Rosanne has been an aidworker in the Middle East and now she teaches Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide. Her new book is called Marrying Ameera.

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246 Piano Recital: Anna Goldsworthy

ITEM DETAILS: One piano recital by concert pianist Anna Goldsworthy. The recital will comprise the music of Anna’s memoir Piano Lessons with some readings from the book, about 70 minutes duration. The recital is for the Melbourne area and requires a grand piano. The exact time and location to be negotiated between Anna and the winning bidder.

BIO: Anna Goldsworthy performs regularly in Australia and internationally as piano soloist and chamber musician. Solo appearances include at the Teatro Colon for the Buenos Aires International Music Festival, for the Orchestra of Colours in Athens, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series. Her debut solo CD, Come With Us, was released by ABC Classics in 2008.

Anna currently teaches piano at the University of Melbourne, and is Artist-in-Residence at Janet Clarke Hall. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Best Australian Essays 2007, 2008, and 2009, The Monthly, The Australian, The Australian Book Review and The Australian Literary Review. Her play, Maestro, co-written with her father, Peter Goldsworthy, enjoyed a successful season with the State Theatre of South Australia in 2009. Her musical memoir, Piano Lessons, was released in Australia by Black Inc in October 2009, and will be released in the United States by St Martin’s Press in late 2010.

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244 Children’s/Picture Book Manuscript Assessment: Katrina Germein

ITEM: Written feedback on a picture book manuscript.

DETAILS: Written feedback provided via email on a children’s picture book manuscript of up to 800 words. Katrina will respond personally to your manuscript and comment on the overall feeling, shape, rhythm and flow of your story. She will comment honestly about the, tone, clarity and emotional impact of your writing as she sees it. Katrina will outline what she believes are the strengths of your work and make constructive suggestions about ways to improve the text in her opinion. Katrina may also be able to pose questions about any ambiguous areas and mention other books of a similar ilk or theme. She will draw attention to any obvious typos, grammatical errors, or clunky parts in the writing. The report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript.

CV: Children’s author Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. Visit Katrina’s website at www.katrinagermein.com

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240 Children’s/My Dad Thinks He’s Funny 1 of 2: Katrina Germein

ITEM: One custom-signed hardback copy of the picture book My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Tom Jellett and published by Black Dog Books 978-1-74203-121-7

DETAILS: Fondly told from the point of view of a child My Dad Thinks He’s Funny is about a father with a joke for every occasion. Packed full of everyone’s favourite, familiar ‘dad jokes’ My Dad Thinks He’s Funny will make you roll your eyes and laugh out loud. Kids will love the literal meanings of the words and phrases used in this very funny picture book. Fran Knight, ReadPlus

CV: Katrina Germein writes books that delight preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. To find out more visit Katrina’s website www.katrinagermein.com

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263 Series/Cataclysm: Sean Williams

ITEM: Cataclysm Series. Four  paper back books written and signed by #1 New York Times-bestselling Australian speculative fiction writer Sean Williams.

DETAILS: “Hugely imaginative” - Adelaide Advertiser

Both prequel and sequel to the Books of the Change, this more adult series goes back to the origin of Sal Hrvati’s world then leaps forward to its most serious crisis.  The characters of the Books of the Change are older and more assured, but they face eternal problems: fractious families, fragile love-lives, apparitions from the past, and uncertain futures.

Sarah Douglass described the series opener as “an edge-of-your-seat, intelligent contemporary fantasy. Compulsively readable, utterly enthralling, seriously disturbing. One of the finest fantasy novels I’ve read in a long, long time.”

The Crooked Letter was the first fantasy novel in history to win both Aurealis and Ditmar Awards.

BIO: New York Times-bestselling speculative fiction author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia.  He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, including the Books of the Cataclysm and The Resurrected Man, and is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar & Aurealis Awards.  As well as his original work, he has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.  For a change of pace, he likes to DJ and cook curries.

264 Series/Astropolis: Sean Williams

ITEM: Astropolis Series. Three  paper back books written and signed by #1 New York Times-bestselling Australian speculative fiction writer Sean Williams.

DETAILS: A gender-bending murder mystery and a love story, a sexy post-apocalyptic celebration of the spirit, this series will showcase Williams writing solo in the space opera genre for the first time since his opener of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down-Under.  The scale will be huge, the tone fittingly gothic.

BIO: New York Times-bestselling speculative fiction author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia.  He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, including the Books of the Cataclysm and The Resurrected Man, and is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar & Aurealis Awards.  As well as his original work, he has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.  For a change of pace, he likes to DJ and cook curries.

253 Picture Book Set/Riley Books: Tania McCartney

ITEM: One copy of each of the three picture books in the Riley series written by Tania McCartney and illustrated Mo Qovaizi.

DETAILS:

Riley and the Sleeping Dragon: A journey around Beijing

Riley and the Dancing Lion: A journey around Hong Kong

Riley and the Curious Koala: A journey around Sydney

BIO: Tania writes “In November 2008, I self-published my first children’s picture book - Riley and the Sleeping Dragon, which will be made into a travelogue series for 0-8 year olds. Beijing Tai Tai – a memoir-style collection of blogs, columns and journal entries, was self-published in January 2009. And there are many more words in me yet.

I am Australian wife and mother of two gorgeous children – Ella and Riley. We lived in Beijing, China for almost four years and currently live in Canberra, Australia. After that? Who knows.

I love Japanese sweets, French bubbles and Australian air. Mangoes and wasabi are good, too. I love to travel, learn languages, take photographs, craft, design, decorate and wrap presents.

My greatest joys – cuddles from my kids, tea with the girls, the eyes of my husband, seeing somewhere new, creating something new, and… writing.”

http://taniamccartneypress.blogspot.com/

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243 Children’s/Project Discussion: Katrina Germein

ITEM: One ninety minute meeting in an Adelaide cafe to talk about ways to improve your chances of becoming a published picture book author.

DETAILS:  An informal talk at an Adelaide location negotiated between Katrina and the winning bidder via email. The ninety minute meeting will provide an opportunity for an aspiring picture book author to pose questions about their work in progress and becoming a published picture book author. Katrina will respond to the questions by sharing her experiences of the road to publication and tips she has learnt along the way. Depending on the interests of the winning bidder Katrina will also speak generally about writing for children, children’s publishing, what makes a strong picture book text and support networks for children’s writers in Adelaide . (Coffee and cake included!)

CV: Children’s author Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. To find our more visit Katrina’s website www.katrinagermein.com

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255 Picture Book/The Race for the Chinese Zodiac: Gabrielle Wang

ITEM: One author signed copy of the picture book ‘The Race for the Chinese Zodiac’ written by Gabrielle Wang and illustrated by Sally Rippin.

DETAILS: A long time ago in ancient China, the Jade Emperor, ruler of heaven and earth, held a great race between the animals. He declared that the first twelve animals to cross to the other side of the mighty river would have a year named after them and thereby be forever immortalized on the Chinese Zodiac. The animals lined up on the shore eager to begin. Some chose to race honestly. Others were more devious. Some helped their friends along the way, while others raced alone. Some were distracted, while some focused with all their might on winning. But thirteen animals raced for only twelve places on the Zodiac. Who would come first? And who would miss out?

CV: Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her great grandfather came to Victoria during the Gold Rush. In her twenties she went in search of her roots, living in both China and Taiwan where she studied Chinese language and painting. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.

Gabrielle’s novel The Garden of Empress Cassia won the 2002 Aurealis Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and was a CBC Notable Book. The Pearl of Tiger Bay was shortlisted for the 2004 Aurealis Award and The Lion Drummer was named a Notable Book in the 2009 CBC Book of the Year Awards.

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195 Children’s and YA/Manuscript Feedback: Marianne Musgrove

ITEM: Written feedback on a children’s or YA manuscript.

DETAILS: Written feedback (via post) on the first 20,000 words of a children’s or YA fiction manuscript (shorter is fine, too) + a one hour phone call to discuss. If the manuscript is longer, Marianne will also read and comment on a synopsis of the remainder).

CV:Marianne Musgrove is an award-winning children’s author of “The Worry Tree”, “Lucy the Good”, “Lucy the Lie Detector” and “Don’t Breathe a Word”. Her books are published in several languages. She is also a descendant of King Henry VIII’s librarian so books are in her blood!
www.mariannemusgrove.com.au

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239 Children’s/My Dad Thinks He’s Funny 2 of 2: Katrina Germein

ITEM: One custom-signed hardback copy of the picture book My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Tom Jellett and published by Black Dog Books 978-1-74203-121-7

DETAILS: Fondly told from the point of view of a child My Dad Thinks He’s Funny is about a father with a joke for every occasion. Packed full of everyone’s favourite, familiar ‘dad jokes’ My Dad Thinks He’s Funny will make you roll your eyes and laugh out loud. Kids will love the literal meanings of the words and phrases used in this very funny picture book. Fran Knight, ReadPlus

CV: Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and her book Big Rain Coming has been published around the world, remaining in print over a decade after its release. Katrina’s book Baby Gets Dressed was selected as an Advertiser Little Big Book Club reading pack title and the hilarious My Dad Thinks He’s Funny instantly proved so popular that it was reprinted within a month of being launched. Katrina lives in Adelaide with her husband, their three children and an old dog named Sunny. To find out more visit Katrina’s website www.katrinagermein.com

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250 Cook Book/Keep The Table Laughing 3 of 3: Susan Whelan & Meredith Flynn

ITEM: One copy of the cook book ‘Keep the Table Laughing’ by Susan Whelan and Meredith Flynn signed by both authors.

Details:

Forget your glossy pix and obscure ingredients – this is about aussie mums cooking dinkum food and with plenty of chat about it….Even if you don’t cook, this is a fun read – and a great antidote to the pretentiousness of most cookbooks today. Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation

http://www.cclc.vic.gov.au/news/bookreviews.html#keepthetable

“The funniest Cooking Book you will ever come across!”

“Keep the Table Laughing” is full of quick, tasty and practical recipes for real people, it is also full of funny anecdotes from the authors making it very entertaining. Smart-Mums
http://www.smart-mums.com.au/site/1435875/page/804020

BIO: Susan Whelan is a full-time mother of three, with a passion for words and literature. During high school, she contributed articles to school magazines and was involved in several extracurricular creative-writing projects. Since then, her creative writing has been largely limited to regular journal entries and frequent correspondence with friends and family both interstate and internationally. In the past few years, her writing skills have been honed through essays related to her university studies. Susan is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on English and History. She is a member of the NSW Writers’ Centre and has recently been accepted as a member of Mensa.

BIO: Meredith Flynn is also a full-time mother, who until recently also worked in a busy travel agency, where she found that organising last-minute round-the-world itineraries was an absolute doddle compared with looking after two young children. Over the years she has particularly enjoyed the people-contact side of the job, both with her clients in Australia and during her travels overseas. Meredith’s interest in words and writing also began in high school where she was an active member of the public speaking and debating teams. This led her to completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in English and German literature.

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265 Mentorship/One hour: Wendy Orr

ITEM: One hour mentorship (face to face in Mornington Peninsula cafe, or over phone) with children’s author Wendy Orr.

BIO:Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, and spent her childhood in various places across Canada, France, and the USA, but wherever she lived, there were lots of stories, adventures and animals. Wendy fell in love with the mountains when she went to summer camp in the Rockies when she was eight. When she was twelve, she climbed Pike’s Peak in Colorado with her father and sister, and will never forget the thrill of reaching the top! Raven’s Mountainis set in the high mountain country of British Columbia in Canada. This area is the home of many wild animals, including grizzlies and black bears. And very occasionally, a rare white Spirit Bear from the central coast of British Columbia has also been spotted further inland… Wendy is the author of several award-winning books, including Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea, Spook’s Shack, Mokie and Bik, and for teenagers, Peeling the Onion.

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181 Picture Book/The Princess and Her Panther 1 of 2: Wendy Orr

ITEM: One author signed copy of ‘The Princess and Her Panther’ written by Wendy Orr and illustrated by Lauren Stringer.

DETAILS: What do you get when you take one brave, big sister, one not-so-brave little sister, a spooky night-time backyard, and heaps of imagination? The most magnificent camp-out ever!

From the author of many celebrated books including Nim’s Islandcomes the perfect story for chasing away the spooky shadows of the night. A warm assuring story accompanied by vibrant and rich illustrations by Lauren Stringer who has illustrated many beautiful books including her own story, Winter is the Warmest Season.

CV: Wendy Orr is an award winning children’s writer who lives with her husband in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne. She was born in Edmonton, Canada, in 1953, but spent her childhood in various places across Canada, France and the USA. After arriving in Australia in 1976, Wendy worked as an occupational therapist until 1991 when she was involved in a car accident. She started writing in 1986. In 2008 the movie of Nim’s Island produced by Walden Media and starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler screened in cinemas in the USA, Australia and around the world in New Zealand, Italy, the UK, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Malaysia and Israel and other countries when tie-in editions of Nim’s Island were published along with the sequel Nim at Sea. In 2007 Mokie and Bikwas published by Henry Holt in the USA and Nim at Sea, was first pubished in Australia by Allen & Unwin. More Mokie and Bik books will follow in the USA in 2009 and 2010. In 2006 three children’s books written by Wendy were published in Australia: Across the Dark Sea (National Museum Canberra), Too Much Stuff (Penguin Nibble); and Mokie and Bik (Allen & Unwin).

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218 Art Work/Original Watercolour: Maria Bogade

ITEM: Original watercolour painting by German illustrator Maria Bogad.

DETAILS: Artwork shown above measures 11.8 x15.7 inches and is signed by the artist.

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220 Have a Character Named After You: Chris Morphew

ITEM: Chris Morphew will name a minor character in an upcoming book after the winning bidder!

DETAILS: If you’re the winning bidder Chris Morphew will use YOUR name in an upcoming book in The Phoenix Files Series.

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