The Ultimate Story Curation and Independent Publishing Podcast
About This Show
Dyan Burgess shares lessons from the independent publishing industry (in between feeding four young children). Tips and resources that she wished she had known to save time, money and heartache and juggling everyday family life while publishing step-by-step business books. As a new entrant to the publishing industry, it can be overwhelming and confusing. Here you will obtain information to know where to start. Whether you want to lift your business profile, obtain speaking opportunities or be known as an industry expert, publishing is a great first step to take.
Most Recent Episode
PODCAST – Emma Mactaggart
Nov 4 15
Emma Mactaggart is based in Toowoomba (in South East Queensland), and the Child Writes program is her brainchild. The program began in 2005, as Emma combined her love of children’s literacy with her desire to promote community respect for children by giving them a voice.
Believing everyone has the right to see their words in print has become a slight obsession for Emma. This has inspired her latest publishing project – the ‘how to’ guide for inspiring writers. Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture book is Child’s Play, was published in May 2012 and it won a GOLD Best Non-Fiction Adult eBook at the 2012 IPPY Awards. Emma was a finalist in the 2014 Condamine Alliance Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Heritage and a Finalist in the 2012 QRRRWN Strong Leadership Awards.
Her latest children’s picture book, Imagine, illustrated by Ester De Boer has just won a GOLD Best Children’s Illustrated eBook at the 2015 IPPY Awards in New York, USA and one of the illustrations, ‘Lyrebird’ was selected for exhibition in the Book Illustrated Gallery, for the Asian Festival for Children’s Content in Singapore.
For those who don’t want to listen to the podcast have a read below.
DYAN: What is it that we do to bring our books and ideas to the rest of the community? From that, it leads into to the next questions, which is describing your creative process. So what do you do to do what you do? Everyone has different methods, for example, some people like to get up early in the morning, or go for a walk or have a notepad with me. Personally, I always take notes, otherwise called sketch noting. You had mentioned various ideas of what inspires you and gets you started on your profiles on Writers’ Web and Child Writes. I thought sometimes when you then think about it again, you go actually my thoughts have evolved since that profile I did 12 months ago, and now I see that this is what inspires me because I’ve had events happen, which as you mentioned, events happen that builds who you are and that changes the initial journey.
EMMA: I think you’re absolutely right about evolving. This is what I love this is about a personal interview; I really wish we were sitting at a table having a coffee.
DYAN: Hang on there, I have a cup.
EMMA: There we go, a virtual cuppa, that will do. Whenever you write a profile, I find that the process is really safe. It