ask tania

Monday, 10 February 2014


Happily, I'm in an extremely busy production period. Sadly, this means I'm unable to answer questions at this time. Please check back to see when questions open again.

Isn't it just so nice to receive a helping hand? Goodness knows, I'm working in a community where extending kindness to others is rife, so I'm extending the love with this Ask Tania column for new writers/illustrators, self-publishers and other industry folk--hoping to pass on a little bit of all I've learned in nearly 30 years of professional writing, editing and publishing.

My Ask Tania column is for people to ask any kind of question on writing, editing, publishing, book marketing, blogging or any other literary topic. And if I can't answer the question, I'm sure I can point you in the direction of someone who can!

To ask a question, all you have to do is email me right here, with Ask Tania in the subject line. I'll publish all responses on my blog, so if you want to remain anonymous, just let me know.

Please ask a pointed question rather than something virtually unanswerable, eg: how do I get published? Answer: how long is a piece of string?

I'm looking forward to your questions!

Questions So Far ...

Writing Your 'About Me' for publishers and submissions

To Self-Publish or Not Self-Publish - HUGE question

Taking self-published books to a worldwide audience 

What is the importance of registering your book for CiP?

When should I put my illustrations 'out there'?

How do I become an author/illustrator?

How can unpublished authors get noticed?

How do I find a children's book illustrator?

Writing your manuscript submission cover letter

Coping with the manuscript submission waiting game

Writing a literary CV

How can I submit when publishers aren't open for submissions?

ISBNs, websites, marketing platforms, schools - HELP!

How do I prevent myself from being used?

When submitting to publishers, how should I lay out my manuscript?

What is the most widely used and accepted illustration software?

Being an author is physically tough. How can I keep fit?? 

How much do I present to a publisher in order to be taken seriously? 

Who pays for what when we get a publishing deal?

The work/life balance ... how do I write AND manage a household?  

I'm media-terrified. How do I promote my work without putting my foot in it? 

What's the best way to work towards becoming a full time author?

What's the process when commissioned to illustrate a book?

How do I throw an amazing book launch?

Picture Book structure--circular, narrative, characters, rhyming--HELP!

Non-Fiction Picture Books--where do I start when submitting to publishers?

What makes a great author website?

What's with these book awards that authors can buy? Are they worth it?

How do I make the most out of writing festivals and conferences?

Coping with publisher critiques at conferences and festivals

And check out my Fantastical Flying Creator for priceless tips and exercises on flying high in this jam-packed creative world. Click the poster below for more details.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-fantastic-flying-creator-e-workshop.html
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