Monday, March 9, 2009


If you’re new to the world of blogging (as I was until four weeks ago) you may be interested to know that the word, blog, is a contraction of the word weblog or web log an online journal.
It was about … weeks ago I was invited to join an online discussion group to promote Australian Children’s Writing at
It was there I met several Australian published authors and learned something of their writing history. But this is no site for chitchat. It is a site set up specifically to publicise one another’s published work and enable fellow members of the group to take each other’s book on tour on their personal blogs. In this way an author and book is able to tour from one blog to the next and be exposed to readers/followers of each blog involved.
Once I understood the process I realised being a member of the group was not enough. I needed a blog. So here we are. This is my blog.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of the authors and books that have already been on tour and alert you to the tours yet to come.
Remember these authors are Australian writers introducing recently and about to be published Children’s Books. I invite you to check out the titles in bookshops or online for yourselves.

First cab off the rank - Sally Murphy from Corrigin in Western Australia. As you can see from Sally’s blog she has an impressive list of published titles under her name but the book that toured was The Big Blowie part of the Aussie Aussie Aussie series published by Aussie School Books and distributed by Blake Education. The Australian landscape is littered with BIG things - the big pineapple, the big rock, the big dog and many more so why not the BIG blowie. You can follow the big blowie’s journey from to on to stopping by and finishing at

The next book: The Writers: A Collection of Australian Writers' Biographies toured was by twelve year old Brenton Cullen of Kingaroy in Queensland. You can meet Brenton online at or and read a review of The Writers at Read and Reviewed.
During his tour, in answer to Sally Murphy’s question at : How long have you been writing for children? Brenton replied Since 2002. I have written fifty four manuscripts (plays, poems, stories included) but only two have been published!
On his tour Brenton also visited: Spinning Pearls on Sunday, 22 February and Tips for Young Writers on Monday, 23 February.

Flax the Feral Fairy by Sally Odgers (writing as Tiffany Mandrake)
also toured in the latter part of February. Tiffany Mandrake, the GOOD author of books about BAD fairies visited Dee White at to talk about this first title in her Little Horror Series which also includes Mal the Mischievous Mermaid (already out), Nanda the Naughty Gnome (coming soon), Tikki the Tricky Pixie (coming a bit later). You may like to travel back with Tiffany to listen in as she talks with Claire Saxby at: www.letshavewords.blogspot, Robyn Opie at, Sally Murphy at and Brenton Cullen at,

The next book tour begins on 18 March when Brenton Cullen goes on the cyber road with his book, Ronda's Gang and the Stolen Wallet. Visit with him as he talks with Dee White at and follow his trail as he meets up with Sally Odgers at, Sally Murphy at and Mabel Kaplan at
Also in March, Mabel Kaplan’s tour with Connie and the Pigeons will run from Monday to Friday 23-27 March. Her first touchdown will be where she’ll be interviewed by Sally Murphy. From there Mabel will be a guest of Sally Odgers at and before flying on to visit Dee White at


  1. Hey Mabel,
    I'm excited to see you enter the blogging world. I've been blogging since 2000, but have with my current blog since 2006. I'm also really excited about your book. Congrats. ;-)

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