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Helping Other Writers - MJ Editing Services Review

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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.

Helping Other Writers - Do Not Use the Australian Self Publishing Group

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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.

My Visit to Lewisham Public School via Skype

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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?




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 …

My Second Visit to St Dominic's Centre for Hearing Impaired Children

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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.



Helping Other Writers - InDesign file template of an EPUB

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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.

My Visit to Beresfield Public School

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Well then, another amazing afternoon of giving out children’s books was had today at Beresfield Public School in NSW. As a part of the Books In Homes initiative to provide children across Australia with more books, myself and fellow Children’s Author Katrina Mckelvey visited the school to meet the kids and chat about the importance of reading and writing.

This all took place in a special Book Giving Assembly where the kids were presented with their well-deserved bundle of books that they got to choose for themselves. It was such great fun to be apart of! I don’t think I have ever experienced more high-fives in such a short amount of time!

The kids also put on an AMAZING performance of my new favourite song of ALL TIME... ‘Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches’ (Not only are the music and lyrics great, but the dance moves that go along with the song were perfectly choreographed and hilarious to watch.).

Fairy Floss For Brains - A Bedtime Story

A short children's story by Rob Towner
Old man Jeremy Dinkin was one of the happiest old people who ever lived. You want to know why? It’s because he had fairy floss for brains. It all happened twenty years ago during an operation on his head. His brain fell out on to the floor and the doctor accidentally mistook it for the big ball of pink fairy floss he was eating at the time. It was an easy mistake to make. You or I would have probably done the same.

My Books Now Live in Wyoming Public School's Library

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My books in a schools library...
During the week I got to visit Wyoming Public School. Now, the complete collection of all my books are available to read in their school library! They went ahead and gave me the coolest library book display in history!

My Visit to Wyoming Public School

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Recently I had the massive pleasure of visiting Wyoming Public School in NSW Australia to discuss the importance of reading and writing. The event was a Books In Homes initiative sponsored by Scholastic Australia. The Wyoming Public School principal was nice enough to give me a ten minute window to discuss my own journey into the world of reading and writing tales.

The Magic of Hanukkah - A Bedtime Story

The last instalment of the Romy’s Garden Adventures series was a Christmas themed tale which celebrated the magic of Christmas. So, just so I don’t seem biased to one religion, I thought it might be nice to do the next adventures as a Hanukkah special. Yeeeehaw! Go Judaism!

My Interview with Susanne Gervay

Today I got the chance to sit down with one of my favourite Australian children's book authors Susanne Gervay to answer some questions about my background in storytelling. Here's how the interview went.

My visit to St Dominic's

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Today I had the unbelievable pleasure of visiting the St Dominic’s Centre for Hearing Impaired in Mayfield NSW to read the first chapter of my upcoming children’s book ‘Animal Friends’ at a special school assembly. I even had my own sign language interpreter!

My Interview with Sydney Morning Herald

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I recently got a shout out in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper for my self-publishing efforts to push a children’s book in to Amazon’s best-seller’s list. The article written by Susan Wyndham titled ‘Exclusive world is now an open book’ is an amalgamation of several self published Australian author interviews.

The list reads as a veritable who’s who of Australian authors and it was a huge honour for me to be included in the story. Such other authors included Ben Hourigan, Matthew Reilly, Rachel Bermingham, Kim McCosker, and Dr. Robert James.

It was especially nice to be flying the flag for self-published children’s book authors as all other writers belonged to other genres.

Click here to read the full article.

Excerpt from the article is as follows:
Newcastle digital communications worker Rob Towner's self-published picture book Romy's Garden Adventures: Christmas City was Amazon's No.1 downloaded children's e-book, among the top 10 children's books and top 100 …