With an excellent range of topics, this Conference session is going to be lively and informative. What Makes a Best Seller? Creating a best seller in today’s competitive market ... what are the ingredients? What makes a series succeed? What does a mass market publisher look for? What are the different elements for success in picture books, children’s and young adult literature?
Date: Saturday June 30 Time: 3-3:45 Speakers: Katrina Germein, Meredith Costain, Chris Kunz and Deborah Abela (participating chair).
Katrina Germein is a picture book author who writes stories that delight readers of all ages. Her first book, Big Rain Coming, is an Australian best seller and remains in print around the world more than a decade since its release. Katrina has won Notable Book Commendations from the Children's Book Council of Australia and in 2011 her book My Dad Thinks He's Funny was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Katrina's latest story, Somebody's House, will be published by Walker Books Australia in 2013. Aside from writing, sunshine makes Katrina happy and so does swimming in the sea with her three children.
Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to 'tween' fiction and narrative non‐fiction. Her books include Bed Tails, the Year in Girl Hell series and Musical Harriet, which was adapted for television by the ABC. Doodledum Dancing, illustrated by Pamela Allen, was an Honour Book in the CBCA awards. Meredith lives in inner-city Melbourne with a menagerie of pets who frequently wrangle their way into her stories. Her latest books Everything to Lose and Catch Me If I Fall are novelisations of the ABC TV series Dance Academy.
Chris Kunz is an Associate Publisher of Children's and YA Books at Random House Australia. She has created the Bindi Wildlife Adventures series and the RSPCA Animal Tales series as well as looking after some wonderfully talented Random House authors including Jacqueline Harvey, R.A. Spratt and Martin Chatterton. Before books took over her life, Chris script-edited and wrote for children's television, working with the BBC, Southern Star and Wark Clements. She has a Masters Degree in Theatre Studies.
Deborah Abela is short and not very brave which may go some way to explaining why she writes books about spies, ghosts, soccer legends and children living in a flooded city battling sea monsters and sneaker waves. She is a best selling author of the hugely popular Max Remy series and her latest book is, Ghost Club: The New Kid, and is the first in a new series. She is an ambassador for the National Year of Reading and the Premier's Reading Challenge. She's won many awards for her books including the 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book Award, USA, shortlisted for the KOALA, YABBA, Aurealis & the Speech Pathology awards, but mostly she hopes to be as brave as the characters inside her books.