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Writing Children’s Book: Tips and Tricks

Writing children’s book might be a creative pursuit that you’ve never considered before, but why not try? Children are avid readers, and the market is thriving – in the US and the UK, the growth of children’s book industry outstripped that of the overall print book market, with ever-increasing sales in 2017. Personalised children’s book is also on the rise, with more and more companies offering the customisable service/item.

Interested in joining the industry? Here are a few tips from established writers on creating a children’s storybook.

 

Research the Category

What kind of book do you want to publish? Children’s book could be divided into six categories:

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After you’ve decided on the category, it is a great idea to look into two demographics: the child readers, and their guardians who will purchase and read the book with the children. “Your book will have to please parents and teachers just as much as children,” says author Eevi Jones. She recommends spending time with parents and teachers to get to know the buying audiences better. Don’t forget to read up on other books in the same category as yours to find out the popular themes, vocabulary and layouts.

 

Make Attractive Character(s)

This applies to all writing in general, but it’s especially important in children’s books to have appealing, multi-dimensional characters. “If you’re bored with a character, your reader will be, too,” say Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy, co-authors of Writing Children’s Books For Dummies. Make sure your characters are relatable to kids and serve a purpose to the story’s development and/or message.

 

Keep It Simple

Keep sentences short and easy to follow,” says Alan Durant, author of Daddy, I Can’t Sleep. In writing your story, Durant recommends a focus on rhythm or repetition to “make the language sing… Remember you are writing for an older reader (a parent or sibling perhaps) and a child listener.”

 

How will you write your children’s book?

Music: Twenty One Pilots to Visit Australia in ‘Bandito’ World Tour

After dropping two new singles, a new video and a date for their new album, Twenty One Pilots announced an accompanying world tour to complete the experience.

The ‘Bandito’ tour will see the duo performing in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand from October to March.

The full-length album, titled Trench, will be released on October 5. The two singles from the album, ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico and the Niners’ are now available for streaming on Youtube and Spotify.

Registration for the pre-order tickets for Australia, New Zealand and Europe is available now until Sunday, July 15 at 11.59pm ET. For more information, visit the Twenty One Pilots’ website.

The concert dates and venues:

December 7 — Perth, AU @ Perth Arena

December 10 — Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

December 13 — Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena

December 16 — Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena

December 18 — Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

December 21 — Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena

Music: Smash Mouth Announces 2018 Australian Tour

All Stars can get their get game on – Smash Mouth has announced an Australian tour.

The band, most well-known for their meme-fied song for the movie Shrek, is coming back to Australia after their last tour in 2013. They will be performing across seven cities in November.

See the list below for more information on venues and ticketing.

Thursday, November 8: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 9: Twin Towns Services Club, Gold Coast

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, November 10: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane

Tickets: Oztix

Wednesday, November 14: Albury SS&A Club, Albury

Tickets: Eventopia

Thursday, November 15: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 16: Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, November 17: Croxton Band Room, Melbourne

Tickets: Oztix

Music: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Reveals New Assistant Conductor

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor.

Farias, who won the position through a nationwide audition, is set to oversee between 85 to 90 concerts per year.

“Gonzalo is not only a superb conductor, he is a warm and communicative person who will reach out to our communities and make many friends for the VSO,” said the orchestra’s conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta. “We feel lucky that we have on our team such a brilliant musician and a great advocate for the orchestra.”

Before taking the role, Farias worked with Marin Alsop to hold a conducting fellowship at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Farias also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of Chile, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois.

He will conduct his first VSO gig on Thursday in Virginia Beach, featuring songs from box office hits such as The Incredibles, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and more.

Event: Top Dog Film Festival, Sydney

Dogs and flicks – what’s not to love?

After its launch last year, the Top Dog Film Festival is coming back this year in Cremorne. The afternoon will be a two-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people, with a carefully curated program of canine-themed films from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Adult tickets are $25.5, excluding booking fee. For more information and other dates, visit the Top Dog Film Festival’s website.

Sunday, July 15, 3.15pm | Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

Event: Still Life Painting Workshop, Sydney

Make the most out of your Sunday with this art workshop.

Peacock Gallery presents Still Life Painting Workshop with Sydney artist and former ARTBAR curator Anney Bounpraseuth. In this class, Bounpraseuth will share her vibrant practice and way of making.

Materials will be provided. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sunday, June 10, 12.30-2pm | Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn

Music: Dan Sultan Postpones His “Killer” Solo Tour

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has put the rest of his Australian tour on hold a day after apologising for his “inexcusable and disrespectful” behaviour at a recent Cairns show.

“Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support,” the management posted on Sultan’s Facebook page.

“We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased.”

Sultan was allegedly intoxicated during his performance on Saturday at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, with commenters describing the gig as a “sad spectacle” and a “train wreck”, where the musician “butchered” his song “My Kingdom”. In a clip posted on social media, Sultan could also be seen singing out of tune and forgetting the lyrics while covering Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”.

“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said on Monday.

“My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful. I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”

5 Seconds of Summer Tops Aria Singles Chart with ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer has reached #1 in Aria Singles chart with their new song, breaking the two-year drought of Australian songs on the top spot.

The alt-pop Youngblood is the first local song to rank first in the chart since The Veronicas’ In My Blood in July 2016. It is the lead single of 5SOS’ upcoming album with the same name. The quartet, which was formed during the members’ time at Norwest Christian College, Sydney, spent most of 2017 writing the album.

“Originally Youngblood wasn’t meant to be a single for us, we chose to release that, and you get it when you pre-order the album, which was meant to tie in with Youngblood [the album],” said guitarist Michael Clifford.

“And people just connected with it so much, and it’s such an organic way for a song to happen.”

Last week the band announced its upcoming homecoming tour set for August this year, following the album’s release on June 22.

Event/Exhibition: Meet the Maker: Little Rowan Redhead

Want to learn more about printmaking? Learn from the expert up and close at this workshop.

Australian Design Centre’s Meet the Maker is bringing printmaker Rowan Sivyer from Little Rowan Redhead, an Inner West Sydney painter and printmaker.

Sivyer will give a demonstration of her process of designing, transferring, carving and printing. You can have a go at printmaking with Sivyer sharing her techniques and answering your questions.

The event is free. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Saturday, June 2, 1-3pm | Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Visual Arts: 2018 Archibald Prize Goes to Yvette Coppersmith’s Self-Portrait

Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize for her self-portrait.

The work, titled ‘Self-portrait after George Lambert’, was chosen from among 57 finalists. The decision, made by the Art Gallery of NSW’s board of trustees, was unanimous.

“Yvette is a highly talented young artist who brings a deep and historical understanding of the tradition of contemporary art practice,” said the gallery’s director Michael Brand.

Coppersmith was also a finalist last year with a portrait of Gillian Triggs.

There were 21 self-portraits this year in the prize, a number which Brand said more than doubled the figures of recent years.

The Wynne Prize for landscape painting or figure sculpture went to Yukultji Napangati, while Kaylene Whiskey was awarded the $40,000 Sulman Prize her work ‘Kaylene TV’.