Guest blogger Pamela Ueckerman
Pamela Ueckerman grew up as much in Avonlea, Middle Earth and Narnia as she did in England. She also had a love affair with Spike Milligan’s limericks. She now lives in Melbourne and is the mother of two boys. Pamela teaches creative dance and writes stories that are infused with the magic of childhood.
After six months of looking forward to Kidlit Vic 2017, I almost didn’t make it as one of my children fell sick the day before. The stress! But, make it I did and oh my, it didn’t disappoint. Being in the same building with so many talented and caring authors, illustrators, editors and publishers for a whole day was incredibly inspirational.
The networking was priceless and the panels very informative. The 15-minute one-on-one assessment that I booked was worth every dollar and every minute of stress trying to decide what to submit. I didn’t book myself into any of the workshops this year as I wanted to attend the panels, but I intend to next year.
If you missed out on a ticket, do get yourself one next year as nothing can compare with being there. But, for those that did miss out and would love a taste of what we learned, here are some of the most interesting points that I took away from the panels.
Forgive me for this being quite author-focussed, it’s what I do, and remember that these are the views of a small selection of publishers and editors; in some cases, it’s one person’s opinion.
I highly recommend to all aspiring and emerging authors and illustrators to book a ticket to next year’s event and fully immerse yourself in it.
You can find more out about Pamela over on her website: www.ueckerman.net
For more coverage and different perspectives:
From an organiser's perspective: The KidLitVic 2017- Meet the Publishers Conference Wrap-Up by Nicky Johnson
Tania McCartney gives her view of KidLit, along with what she is up too on her blog, Works-in-progress, KidLitVic and Crystal Kite!
Romi Sharp reflects on her experiences on her blog, KidLitVic2017 Reflections
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25/5/2017 11:15:54 am
Thanks for that great summary of the KidLitVic 2017 day, Pamela. I took lots of notes but missed some of the points you made. It certainly is encouraging to hear them again and we mustn't be discouraged by the number of writers there on the day - all of us hoping and wishing to be published! Let's all keep at it.
25/5/2017 06:06:01 pm
Yes! Let's keep encouraging each other, Carole. We all have taken note of different points. It's great so many of took notes and are willing to share. Your post will be up in the next few days.
25/5/2017 01:22:17 pm
Excellent fact-filled post. Much appreciated by those of us who couldn't make it. Thanks Pamela and Megan.
25/5/2017 06:07:04 pm
Thanks, Sandy. Maybe next year you'll be able to make it.
26/5/2017 09:36:26 pm
It really was amazing, Carmel. Stay tuned. More insights from other delegates are on the way.
29/5/2017 05:26:34 pm
Found your comments very interesting, Pamela and have made a link to this blog in the 1 June issue of Buzz Words, the premier online magazine for those in the Australian children's book industry. If you'd like to read the latest issue, email me and I'll send it to you. Di
29/5/2017 06:07:25 pm
Hi Dianne. Thanks for dropping by and letting us know that you have enjoyed this blog so much that you have put a link to it in your 1st June issue of Buzz Words. I will let Pamela know.
21/1/2022 02:42:13 am
How long does the program last?
24/8/2022 03:53:01 pm
Sorry for the VERY late reply. I have been exceptionally unwell for many months.
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