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).

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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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274 Pack of Cook Books: Murdoch Books

Item: A pack of cook books from this highly reputable publisher, worth $500!

Details: The books will be signed (where possible) –

Quay by Peter Gilmore

Eating In by Philip Johnson

365 Good Reasons To Sit Down To Eat by Stephane Reynaud

The Food I Love by Neil Perry

Balance and Harmony by Neil Perry

My Party by Pete Evans

Kitchen Classics: Asian Flavours From The Murdoch Books Test Kitchen


See more of their amazing range here.

CV: Murdoch Books is a proudly independent, Australian publishing company, under private ownership.

We began life as a subsidiary of Murdoch Magazines, which our Chairman and owner, Matt Handbury, purchased from News Limited in 1991. Under Matt’s ownership, Murdoch Books has grown rapidly to become a significant international publisher.

With our offices based in one of Sydney’s heritage-listed piers on the Harbour, we have full in-house editorial, design, production and publishing capabilities, complete with our extensive test kitchens on site. Our award-winning Australian sales and marketing team is supported by a fully owned subsidiary sales and marketing company in the UK. Our significant international market presence is assisted by our UK team who manage our extensive European foreign language and export sales, and our International Sales department located in Sydney sell to the North American market. With our books translated into more than 20 languages, Murdoch Books has carved out a reputation as a high quality international publisher.

Our mission as a company is to excite, delight and inspire our readers with beautifully produced books that have an unswerving commitment to integrity of content, innovation in design and high production values.

We are currently Australia’s seventh largest publisher and enjoy leading market positions in the Food, Gardening, Craft and History categories. While we relish our reputation in illustrated publishing, we are equally proud of the range and diversity of our rapidly growing Pier 9 narrative list, with its eclectic mix of fiction from around the world, memoir, biography, popular history and strong human interest stories.

Regardless of the imprint or the subject matter, however, every book on the Murdoch Books publishing program represents our commitment to publish the very best of the best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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126 Partial Manuscript Assessment – Sally Collings

Item: A constructive report on the first three chapters and outline of a non-fiction book (memoir, inspiration, whatever you’ve got). Email submission of up to 10K words from your book, plus the outline for the rest (up to 2K).

Brief Bio: Sally Collings worked in book publishing for almost twenty years, dividing her time between London and Sydney. Now based in Brisbane, she is a freelance writer and editor, working on books and magazines. Her work focuses on stories of inspiration in the broadest sense – from portraits of life after loss to accounts of academic excellence.

127 Free Advertising – Bug in a Book

Item: A years free advertising/promotions for a book industry business/publisher or Author/ Illustrator wanting to promote their book/s.

Details:

Brief Bio: Website: http://buginabook.com/

Bug in a Book is an Australian/New Zealand literacy website. Supporting Authors, Illustrators and Publishers and promoting our great children’s books to the parent and teacher market.

We believe in the importance of literacy to the development of children and hope to help parents and teachers encourage this wonderful skill in our most important citizens, our children. We aim to bring a variety of quality children’s literature to our subscribers as well as informative and relevant articles to create a positive resource. We hope to affiliate with other like minded organisations to help create this resource, as well as businesses which are of good quality and whose products are of interest to this market.

Bug in a Book is created by Angela Hall (writing and promotions) and Danielle Bagshaw (design and illustrations). Both have a background in child care and early learning, where their passion and joy of children’s books began. Watching the children gain so much from the stories as they are told and retold over and over, and secretly loving the stories themselves. Angela and Danielle developed the website and began their venture into the world of authors, illustrators and publishers. Joined recently by Rachel Mason (creative columnist) who uses her skills with words to share selections of our books with others and make reading fun! Bug in a Book is growing everyday and there is much excitement about where it is headed.

111 A signed copy of a rare hardcover US edition of They Came on Viking Ships – Jackie French

Item: A signed copy of a rare hardcover US edition of They Came on Viking Ships (published there as ‘Rover.’)

Details:

Book Information: As a puppy, Snarf is fortuitously rescued by a young girl called Hekja when he is badly injured, their simple but happy lives are changed unrecognisably when their village is raided by Vikings. This work is suitable for children aged 10-14.

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

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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112 A signed copy of The Tomorrow Book – Jackie French

Item: A signed copy of The Tomorrow Book

Details:

Book Information: ‘That’s REAL LIFE, your royal highness,’ said the butler kindly.

‘Well…’ said the little prince. “I think real life could be improved.’

The little prince loves reading the books in the palace library, but somehow the real world never seems as good as he imagines. So, when his parents leave him in charge, he and his friends start to change the world using the ideas from the books in the palace library. Together, they believe, the world can be perfect.

Brief Bio: Jackie French is a full-time writer and wombat negotiator who lives near Araluen, NSW. Her previous books, including Hitler’s Daughter and To the Moon and Back, have seen French awarded the CBC Younger Readers award and the Eve Pownall Award among more than 50 other awards in Australia and overseas. In October 2010 she was awarded a NSW Premiers History Award for her novel The Night They Stormed Eureka.

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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299 Report on a children’s or YA manuscript – Kate Gordon

Item: a report on a children’s or YA manuscript

Details:  Manuscript must be no longer than 50k words. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.

Brief Bio: Kate Gordon is the author of one published Young Adult novel – Three Things About Daisy Blue, published by Allen and Unwin, and one soon-to-be-published novel, Thyla, published by Random House Australia. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Literary Studies and has worked as a librarian and manager of the children’s/YA section of a major book shop. Kate currently produces manuscript assessments for the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

 

279 Signed copy of “Three Things About Daisy Blue” – Kate Gordon – 1 of 2

Item: One personally signed copy of Three Things About Daisy Blue, the new Young Adult novel by Kate Gordon.

Details:

Book Information: Daisy Blue is not happy. She doesn’t want to go to Bali. And she doesn’t want to keep a diary of her trip. And she doesn’t want to hang out with Paulina Gifford. She does want to be a size zero and famous.
Paulina Gifford is very studious. She is excited about the Bali trip and is keen to use her journal solely for recording her historical and cultural investigations. She thinks Daisy Blue is some kind of alien species.
But Bali surprises them both – and soon they are in danger of falling in ‘like’ with each other. Is it possible that the fashionista and the earnest nerd might find something in common?

Age Range: 12-16

Brief Bio: Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children’s librarian and manager of the children’s and YA section at a major book shop. Now, she is a FTW (full time writer).
Kate trained as an actor, but wasn’t very good at it. She writes on her couch, in the early morning, with her cat, Mephistopheles “Danger” Gordon sitting behind her making funny noises at birds.
Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she’s not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to. Visit her blog www.kategordon.com.au

280 Signed copy of “Three Things About Daisy Blue” – Kate Gordon – 2 of 2

Item: One personally signed copy of Three Things About Daisy Blue, the new Young Adult novel by Kate Gordon.

Details:

Book Information: Daisy Blue is not happy. She doesn’t want to go to Bali. And she doesn’t want to keep a diary of her trip. And she doesn’t want to hang out with Paulina Gifford. She does want to be a size zero and famous.
Paulina Gifford is very studious. She is excited about the Bali trip and is keen to use her journal solely for recording her historical and cultural investigations. She thinks Daisy Blue is some kind of alien species.
But Bali surprises them both – and soon they are in danger of falling in ‘like’ with each other. Is it possible that the fashionista and the earnest nerd might find something in common?

Age Range: 12-16

Brief Bio: Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children’s librarian and manager of the children’s and YA section at a major book shop. Now, she is a FTW (full time writer).
Kate trained as an actor, but wasn’t very good at it. She writes on her couch, in the early morning, with her cat, Mephistopheles “Danger” Gordon sitting behind her making funny noises at birds.
Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she’s not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to. Visit her blog www.kategordon.com.au

58 Personally signed copy of Thyla – Kate Gordon – 1 of 2

Item: One personally signed copy of Thyla, the new young adult novel by Kate Gordon, published by Random House. Not out until April, but as soon as it is out, Kate will sign copies and send it. You might even get your hands on it before anyone else!

Details:

Book Information: THYLA is a story of Tasmania: of darkness, of convicts, of devils and tigers, and of promises that stay true through the centuries. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and what Tessa really is.

“My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain. I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory – not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember. The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush. I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat’s story, I might discover my own – and stop it happening again.”

Age Range: 13+

Brief CV: Kate was born and raised on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, in a town known for its tulips, and where you can get the best fish and chips in the world. She is a former children’s librarian and manager of the children’s and YA section at a major book shop. Now, she is a FTW (full time writer).
Kate trained as an actor, but wasn’t very good at it. She writes on her couch, in the early morning, with her cat, Mephistopheles “Danger” Gordon sitting behind her making funny noises at birds.
Kate spends most of her time with her nose in a book, and when she’s not reading or writing, she likes bending herself into funny positions doing yoga, watching movies, playing Scrabble and listening to music you can headbang to. Visit her blog www.kategordon.com.au

 

128 Signed Copy of The Ottoman Motel – new YA novel by Chris Currie

Item: A signed copy of my upcoming novel “The Ottoman Motel” (published by Text Publishing). It’s not out until May, but as soon as I get a copy, it’s yours!

Details:

Book information: Welcome to Reception…

Simon and his parents arrive in the small town of Reception and check in to the Ottoman Motel. Then, while Simon is asleep, his parents disappear.

Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? Have they simply driven away and left him?

All Simon knows is that he is alone in a strange town. And, as a desultory police investigation begins, he realises he is unsure who he can trust.

The local police constable is kind; a B&B owner gives Simon a place to stay. The citizens of Reception have taken him in—but why does it seem as if no one is trying to find his parents?

The Ottoman Motel is not just an intriguing character-based mystery, but a moving study of fear and loss. With this assured and nuanced debut, Christopher Currie proves himself to be one of the brightest young novelists in Australia.

Brief Bio: Christopher Currie is a 28-year-old writer from Brisbane whose fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals internationally. In 2007, his novella Dearly Departed appeared in Five Mile Press’s Love and Desire: Four Modern Australian Novellas. The Ottoman Motel is his first novel.

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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1 Children’s / YA Manuscript Assessment 1 of 5: Emily Gale

ITEM: A report on a Children’s or YA manuscript (fiction)

DETAILS: Manuscript no longer than 80k words; can substitute with 3 picture books. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.
CV: Emily Gale was an editor of children’s books in UK for 8 years, working in-house for Penguin and Egmont, as well as freelance. She has published children’s books with Ladybird, Frederick Warne and Parragon, and a YA novel with Chicken House. Emily is currently a Reader for an Australian literary agent. See website for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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