Useful links for writers

Paul Macdonald, The Children’s Bookshop, Sydney

PIE Productions: performance in Education, Sydney

Booked Out Speakers Agency, Melbourne.

Creative Net Speakers Agency (NB no agency fees charged)

Photo by: Paul Cristina

 Children’s Book Council of Australia
Voluntary , national children’s book organisation which administers the CBCA’s Children’s Book of the Year award, and publishes Reading Time magazine which has reviews and articles on Australian and New Zealand children’s books.

Australian Society Of Authors
National organisation for authors which provides contract advice, the stylefile showcase for illustrators ( and professional support. It has suggested fees for author speaking, and information about rights such as ELR and PLR (Educational Lending Rights and Public Lending Right) and CAL payments (Copyright Agency Licensing) which are important income sources for writers.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Australia
International organisation of authors and illustrators which offers marketing and conferences as well as an electronic newsletter and magazine.

Aussie Authors
Want to learn more about your favourite author, or be the first to know about new releases? Find out about up and coming authors? This is the place to be!

Sally Hall’s ‘Need to Read This

Dee Whites ‘DeeScribewriting Blog

Inside a Dog
A website for young people about reading. News, books, writer in residence, competitions, your say and more.

Search School Excursions, Incursions, Classroom Activities and Resources.

E-newsletter for children’s writers: Contact Di Bates: or visit website:

Pass it On
E-newsletter for children’s writers.

Partners in Crime, Sydney
Bi-monthly meetings with guest speakers on different aspects of crime. Annual writing competition: Queen of Crime award.

Sisters in Crime, Melbourne
Check website for meeting times, guest speakers. Annual writing competition: Scarlet Stiletto award.

SheKilda Festival
SHEKILDA Again – Australian Women’s Crime Writers’ Convention 2011. To celebrate women’s crime writing on the page and screen and bring a collective critical eye to the field.