Tuesday Writing Tips – Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney photoToday I’m pleased to welcome my very good writerly friend, Tania McCartney.

I’m so happy to be able to help Tania celebrate the release of the latest book in her Riley the little aviator series, Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo.

Tania has generously agreed to share some of her top writing tips on how she wrote this special book.

Tania’s Five Writing Tips

  1. Don’t be afraid to use big words, even for the very young. Kids love the sound of more complicated words, and they comprehend new (carefully-placed) words via association. Oh––and it very quickly grows their vocabulary; always a good thing.
  2. Employ synonyms. A kangaroo can only ‘hop’ and ‘bound’ so many times in one single text. I researched many and varied ways to help that roo gad about Canberra.
  3. If you’re working on a series, inject something new into each book, to keep your audience engaged and guessing. A book series tends to employ the same format and theme, so adding something new (eg: in Jumpy Roo, I added colour to the photos for the very first time) really keeps things fresh.
  4. Be mindful of your message. Subtlety is good. No one, not even the very young, likes to be hammered over the head with morals. I’m also a big fan of the book that has NO message, and is just good fun.
  5. Let your work marinate. A book is never finished, but allowing your work to settle awhile before revisiting will help hone and clarify the storyline. This can be so powerful, it could be the difference between a good piece of work, and a great one.

Riley the Jumpy Kangaroo cover MEDIUM

Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo – My Review

Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo is the fifth book in the Riley the Little Aviator series.

Riley is visiting Canberra when he encounters a very jumpy kangaroo who is frantically searching for something she is lost.

Small children who are prone to losing things (like I was) will definitely relate to this.

Riley follows the Jumpy Kangaroo around Canberra, and the reader is taken with him on a tour of Australia’s capital.

This book provides a great travel log for kids, but it’s also an appealing story in its own right – and filled with plenty of humour.

Riley standingLike all the Riley books, Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo is full of great photos and quirky illustrations by Kieron Pratt.

I like the fact that this book offers various levels of interest to the reader. There’s the travel/geography aspect, funny text, appealing storyline and the dynamic and colourful illustrations.

Book Launch

The Jumpy Roo book launch is being held at Floriade this year! Anyone living in or visiting Canberra on 15 September is invited along, but RSVPs are essential if you want a goodie bag and balloon! You can find out more here.

You can also visit the Riley the Little Aviator website (www.rileyaviator.com) to see updates, learn more about the places Riley visits, and see behind-the-scenes work. There’s also some Fun Activities for kids.

Learn more about Tania’s books at her website – www.taniamccartney.com.

Blog Tour Schedule

Bound along with Roo on a Very Jumpy Tour! Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August at the following destinations:

MONDAY 29 JULY

Tania McCartney’s Blog

taniamccartney.blogspot.com

Review

Book Giveaway

Kids Book Review

kids-bookreview.com

Interview and Review

Boomerang Books Blog

blog.boomerangbooks.com.au

Review

ReadPlus

www.readplus.com.au/blog_detail.php?id=3633

Review

Children’s Books Daily

www.childrensbooksdaily.com

TUESDAY 30 JULY

Instagram Book Giveaway

Posie Shoots

www.followgram.me/posieshoots

Review and Five Picture Book Writing Tips

DeeScribe

deescribewriting.wordpress.com

Review

ReadPlus

www.readplus.com.au/blog_detail.php?id=3666

Book Giveaway

HerCanberra

hercanberra.com.au

WEDNESDAY 31 JULY

Book Review

My Little Bookcase

www.mylittlebookcase.com.au

Guest Post – Behind the Scenes

Sheryl Gwyther’s Blog

sherylgwyther.wordpress.com

Review and Author Interview

Pass It On

jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/school-magazine

Review

Interview

Elaine Ouston Blog – On Writing

elaineoustonauthor.com

THURSDAY 1 AUGUST 

Review

BuzzWords

buzzwordsmagazine.com

Review

Creative Kids’ Tales

www.creativekidstales.com.au

Review

Guest Post – Roo’s Top 5 Canberra Stops

Bug in a Book

buginabook.org

Author Interview

Soup Blog

soupblog.wordpress.com

Sneak Peek

Tania McCartney’s Blog

taniamccartney.blogspot.com

 

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7 thoughts on “Tuesday Writing Tips – Tania McCartney

  1. Hi Tania, Congratulations on your Newest book in the Riley series. LOVED all your tips especially the one about using BIGGER words for children;’s books. Definitely makes reading more stimulating.
    Hi Dee, great review, Loved the Multi-level analysis … Karen 🙂

  2. Tania, congratulations on your next Riley book, looks like another beauty! Really enjoyed reading your tips, most helpful. And thanks, Dee for another great post.

  3. Always nice to share a leaf from someone else’s tree of knowledge. Great tips indeed ladies!

  4. Thanks for a super interesting post, Dee and Tania. Great tips. I especially loved number four. I read for entertainment, and think children should be allowed to do that too! I hope Riley hops everywhere!

    Alison

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