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.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Release Update

My first ever full length children’s book (that I have poured blood, sweat and tears into over the last several years) will be available from this website on 2 September 2013. Throw this date into your calendar.

Funny to think it has taken me this long to spit out 10,000 or so words. I promise that the next book release will come a lot sooner than this one. I have learnt so much about storyboarding ideas and time management.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Beresfield’s Book Giving Assembly

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.).

Friday, June 21, 2013

Christmas Book Video

After the success that my book Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City experienced during the last holiday season, I thought it might be high time I shared this book with everyone on the internet for free... in video form

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The President reads my stories

Political children’s book satire pushes democratic agenda

The Romy’s Garden Adventures series of children’s books I created has apparently become a hit with the kids at the White House in Washington DC. Barack Obama recently read the first instalment of the series at Sidwell Friends School where his daughters Maila and Sasha are known to attend.

president barack obama reading a children's book on the white house lawn

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to buy my books in bulk

Buying bulk loads of children’s books for a school or library?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fairy Floss For Brains

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.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Coolest Library Book Display Ever

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!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Harlem Shaking School Kids

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.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Magic of Hanukkah

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!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Writer Interview

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.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

My visit to St Dominic's

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!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Animal Friends CHAPTER TWO

As promised, Chapter Two of my upcoming children's book Animal Friends. Available on Amazon July 2013. Would really appreciate any feedback good, bad, constructive in the comment section below.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Animal Friends CHAPTER ONE

Ok guys. Here’s a sneak peak at the first chapter of Animal Friends, which will be released in July 2013. Would really appreciate your feedback and thoughts in the comment section below. Hope you like. I’ll give you all Chapter Two in March… Lots of love. Rob Towner.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

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 titles last month.

The catch? Towner was giving it away as a pre-Christmas promotion. Now buyers have to pay $2.99 for the e-book or $11.95 for the paperback.

He has had ''a tonne of success using alternative channels of communication'', and his site comes first when you Google ''kids author''.

''It's not about making money or sales,'' he said. ''It's about the love of telling a story.''

Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City, the book that featured in Amazon’s Top 100 books list, is available now. The story addressed theme’s of friendship and fun during the festive season.

You can also read the follow up book, Hannukah Antarctica exclusively for free right here. In this particular adventure, some favourite characters return for an epic southern hemisphere adventure including Colonel Mustard the Sausage Dog and Pengita the Penguin.

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author in sydney morning herald article