Georgie's Blog

Georgie's Blog

Welcome to my blog – a place where I will share my journey; the things I learn along the way and the people and places that inspire me.

Never too old by Georgie Donaghey

I recently found myself deep in thought, with three kids and a busy life, time to reflect doesn't happen too often. While washing the dishes I'd drifted back in time to my youth, as I said time to reflect doesn't happen often and washing the dishes is usually when the rest of the household scatters, so I am guaranteed time to myself. My reflection ...
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Music and Writing by Georgie Donaghey

I've heard this talked about a lot lately and never really paid it much thought, as it goes hand in hand when I am writing. It wasn't until I attended a recent course at my local writers' centre and the presenter talked about the importance of playing music when he writes. The surprised reaction from his attentive audience got me thinking; how many...
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​Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 3 by Georgie Donaghey

Here is part 3 of my Author Etiquette article. Competitions Always read the guidelines. Never tell the organisers of that competition they are wrong unless you legitimately find an error within their guidelines. Never request to make a change to your submission after the competition date has closed. If it is a paid competition, always ensure y...
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Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 2 by Georgie Donaghey.

Here is part 2 of my Author Etiquette article. Reviewing Reviewing books is a great way to enhance your skills as an author and build your name within the community. It also helps bring your name to the attention of publishers. Some key points to remember when putting up your hand to review: Don't commit to review unless you have the time to do so....
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Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 1 by Georgie Donaghey.

Dear Ms Lawyer, I have a pending legal matter that needs urgent attention.I know you are no doubt busy with other cases but I believe reading through my 20,000 word complaint, providing detailed feedback as to what action I need to take should take you no more than a day or two. As you have undoubtedly dealt with dozens of these cases providing the...
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R E J E C T I O N – Not a four letter word but just as bad by Georgie Donaghey

I was recently asked by a writer friend how do I handle rejection? After so many of them I guess you could call me a rejection pro. I realised long ago being accepted by a publisher straight away wasn't going to happen. I had to earn my stripes. What I did know was I would be published. You've heard the phrase 'believe it and it will happen' well, ...
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Building Your Author Platform by Georgie Donaghey

We always endeavour to answer as many questions as we can and to provide you with the necessary tools and services to assist you on your journey to publication. After all, publication is what it is all about right? You work hard writing, editing, re-writing and editing your submissions until your brain is reduced to marshmallow. Is it a waste if yo...
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Mentor or Superhero? by Georgie Donaghey

During your writing career you will have many questions, be confronted with many obstacles and let's face it sometimes you will be pulling your hair out and wondering why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. It happens to all of us, even those who have been writing for many years. What is a mentor? A mentor is a person who guides a less ex...
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Faber Writing Academy Alumni by Georgie Donaghey

I am proud to say I am an alumni of the Faber Writing Academy. Although the children's writing community is wonderfully supportive, it can be soul-crushingly isolating. When you hit one of your writing goals, your writing family is there to celebrate your achievement. But the road to those achievements can be few and far between for the most part o...
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Spreading my 'Author Wings' through school visits by Georgie Donaghey - Part 2.

In my last blog post, I talked about my experiences with K-2 school visits. In this post, I share what I have learned from visiting grades 3 - 6. I guess it's more the older kids that scare me the most, although that fear is slowly being replaced with confidence that comes with each school visit. The older kid's sessions are where you can really le...
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Spreading my 'Author Wings' through school visits by Georgie Donaghey - Part 1.

Beaming little faces, big hugs, lots of laughter, high fives and the occasional tears. That sums up my experience with school visits. No joke, there have been tears shed and not by me. I've tipped toed around school visits over the years doing a few here and there, but as my book list grows so does the need for me to get out there. It's what I have...
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Welcome.

I have written and re-written this post dozens of times. After all, the first one should be magnificent; it should be memorable, it should inspire. Shouldn't it? Confidence is something I have always wrestled with, and despite my success with Creative Kids Tales, I find it hard to go out there and sell myself. For me, promoting myself is daunting. ...
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