The Literature Centre in Fremantle loves children’s books, supports authors and nurtures emerging writers. It is increasingly difficult and competitive for Australian writers to be picked up by big-name publishers.
I really struggled with that and a friend recommended I contact The Literature Centre when I decided to self-publish Multicultural Me.
Jenny Doust, Senior Education Officer at The Literature Centre was incredibly supportive.
Here’s how they helped me:
- They organised an author mentor session for me with published children’s author Liliana Stafford. She was able to review my draft book, illustrations and give general feedback and recommendations. Liliana was wonderful because she listened to me and was realistic about what I should expect about the whole publishing process.
- I attended their “Peeking into Picture Books” workshop which was facilitated by Jenny. It opened my eyes to the world of picture book publishing.
- Jenny sat down with me for a one-on-one session and gave me invaluable, constructive feedback on my book just before it was published.
It was a creative, emotional and financial challenge getting Multicultural Me published, but I wouldn’t change a single thing.
Thank you Jenny and The Literature Centre for your friendship.