Sometimes you just have to take a leap and put yourself out there!
In December last year I found myself in a great Facebook Group for authors of children's books. Well... what a supportive bunch! I'm so glad I found them! If you are into doing ANY kind of creative endeavour, I highly recommend you do the same - find your tribe, and support and learn from each other. You never know where it might take you!
I am so excited because from this group a wonderful collaborative has grown for debut authors of children's books in 2019! The group is called 'On the Scene in 2019' and it features twenty international authors debuting picture books or middle grade books this year. Thanks to the hard work of the group administrators and swift action of the members, we now have a shiny new website just for us - the perfect place to find your child's next great read and support some sparkly new up and coming authors!
Putting yourself out there can be really hard and scary sometimes, I know it. There isn't a day when I don't think, 'Am I really going to do this?', and the real stinkers, 'Am I good enough? What right do I have to be publishing a book?'. Admittedly, I'm still learning to kick those negative thoughts aside but my excitement and happiness over doing something I've wanted to do for so long far outweighs the scary stuff and those bummer thoughts. I'm sure there will be plenty of challenges ahead, but I'm ready to take them on. Especially since I have your support and the support of my fellow authors in the On the Scene in 2019 group. I feel honoured to be part of their group let alone sharing web space with them!
You can find us (and your next favourite children's books :)) here:
Your support means the world to us, so I hope to see you there!
It's giveaway time again!
In the spirit of the new school year here in Australia, I'm giving away one of these lovely Brindie Books Teacher Observations Notebooks to some lucky teacher or friend of a teacher who loves to go a bit old school and keep all their formative assessment observations in one easy to find place.
Featuring crisp white pages, an index in the front, 5 pages per student for assessment and pages in the back of the book to note memorable or funny events/comments throughout the school year.
To be eligible to enter you must:
I don't mean to scare you, but Christmas is only a few weeks away, my friends. Time to do some serious thinking about gifts and plans for 2019.
I love a good planner, and I want to help you get your hands on a gorgeous Brindie planner for yourself (or a friend) before the Christmas rush sets in. Forget the hustle and bustle of the shopping centres, and do your (free) shopping from your bed in your pyjamas. I'm giving away one 8.5" x 11" week to an opening 2019 planner (click on image for more details) along with a sweet pen camouflaged as a key to one lucky person this week.
All you have to do is sign up to my newsletter and like my Facebook page before the end of this week and you're in the running!
Be quick! The entries close at midnight Friday 7 December 2018!
T&C's of entry:
*entrants must reside in Australia.
*entrants must sign up for the Lisa Kalma e-mail list.
*entrants must also like the Lisa Kalma writes Facebook page.
*an extra entry will be awarded to those who share the Facebook post.
*an extra entry will be awarded to those who tag a friend into the Facebook post.
P.S: I've got nearly 60 notebooks, journals, planners, teacher resources, author diaries, bullet journals and loads more over on my Brindie page on Amazon for you to check out. No pressure! Just sayin'!
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a writer, educator, and creative type. I live with my husband, son and cat in Canberra, Australia.