Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kids Reading Books

It makes my soul smile that kids all around the world are reading children’s stories I have written. Here’s a video of Carter & Riley, some kids from the good old US of A, reading my book Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City sent to me by their mum Cristy.



Monday, March 3, 2014

Friends For Life

For checking out my story ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES and for supporting my writing adventures, I consider these fine folk my... FRIENDS FOR LIFE! If you too are a reader of this book, and would like to have your picture added to below, tweet your picture to @authorRT and it will be added asap.

guy with long hair and a book on his nose

guys takes a selfie with a picture book

cool looking kid with a book

hot girl touching a book to her head

lovely woman reading a book

a dog reading a book on kindle

kid looking down at a new book

cool guys with a book doing a pointy thing

cute girl reading a book and drinking

guy holding a book in his room

milf reading a book

big guy with glasses reads a book to his daughter

man with glasses holding a book

hot girl reading a book on computer screen

girl reading a book to her dog


If you don’t have Twitter, there is another way :D (Nature found a way) You can just email it to me. My email is robert DOT s DOT towner AT gmail DOT com.

Not sure where to get a copy? Click here to get yours.

Remember, the picture needs to have you and the book together for it to be included.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thanks Reddit

Last weekend I did an AMA on reddit where people could come and just ask me questions about anything and just kind of hang out. I had an absolute blast and met some really cool people all over the world. You can read the entire AMA here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MJ Editing Services REVIEW

Being fairly new to the whole writing children’s stories thing, I was quite oblivious to the importance of having a good editor up until the dying moments of launching my book. I had written my story, had my brother do a first draft edit / read through, gathered illustrations and was planning on launching the book within a matter of weeks.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

After Effects Promotional Video for a Book

Having recently released my children’s book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES, I decided it was high time to put together a promotional video to try and spread the word. The book is now available in the Apple iTunes iBookStore and I thought this would be a great thing to tell people...

Do Not Use the Australian Self Publishing Group

Hey guys, if you have stumbled across this post it’s probably because you are a would-be writer trying to make it on your own and are looking for some advice on the services of the Australian Self Publishing Group... just like I was a few months ago. I came across the services of the ASPG after a friend of mine forwarded an email she had received from the NSW Writers Centre.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Animated Book Trailer

My good friends at Sambo Media (Awesome animation company in Sydney Australia) were nice enough to create a trailer to promote my book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES. The clip features and elephant travelling through a television screen, falling through the clouds and doing a big smelly poo all over a parakeet standing on the ground below him. Classic.

The thinking here was to just make a book trailer that was unlike any other that had ever been created before. It had to be weird. It had to not make a whole lot of sense. And most importantly, it had to have poo in it. A perfect representation of the book itself. I think if you don’t like this trailer, there may be a good chance you wont enjoy reading the book. And that’s the purpose of a good trailer right?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Classroom Skyping With School Kids

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to hold a Skype session with the students at Lewisham Public School in NSW. Thanks to the magic of technology (my phone), I was able to chat with the kids about some of my favourite books I used to read when I was in School. Alice In Wonderland being one of them... no not the movie... I’m talking about the Lewis Carol story of the same name. The one that the film was based on. Did you know that the Alice In Wonderland book was actually banned from China in 1931 for depicting animals with human characteristics?

author skype with school kids

skyping author


I also got to share my book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES (another story portraying animals with human traits) with them and did a reading of one of the Chapters. Afterwards, it was time for some Q and A and I got to answer some of the children’s questions about what it’s like being an author and how important and enjoyable it is to read books.

The event was a part of celebrating Book Week and encouraging kids to read. Marvellous event! Every week should be Book Week if you ask me. I had so much fun and can’t wait to do it again. I would just like to thanks the students for offering me such a warm reception and the extremely helpful teaching staff at Lewisham for being so accommodating.

I will indeed be sure to visit Lewisham Public School in the future to deliver their School Library a signed copy of ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES and to meet and greet the kids in person. Will be sure to post proof of this happening to my Facebook page in the not too distant future.

If you are a student, teacher, librarian, groundskeeper or member of some sort of School faculty and you would like me to hold a Skype session with your school, details on how to get in touch with me are on my contact page. I am available to chat with student all over the world using the magic of Skype. Thanks Skype.

lewisham school kids australia

Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Launch For Book Week

Today I had the amazing pleasure of returning to St Dominic’s Centre for Hearing Impaired Children to launch my book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES.

The event coincided with the Book Week theme of ‘Across The Universe’, so everyone was dressed up in their fanciest outer space costumes. I myself was dressed as an outer space cheese grating cowboy from the planet that orbits the star Gamma Cephei... obviously.

playing games at school


Sunday, September 1, 2013

InDesign file template of an EPUB

When I created my latest children’s story, I looked everywhere online for an InDesign file template that would easily export an EPUB file and I couldn’t find one good enough. So, I started from scratch and just made my own. If you find yourself in a similar situation, well look no further. You can have mine.