Doors and Windows

So I’m referring to the phenomenon of one closing as another opens hence on the back of a recent rejection I’ve just received the news that The Croc and the The Croc and the Platypus-COVPlatypus has been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. So I am now, once again, feeling very grateful and humble at being in such terrific company. Please go here for the complete shortlist.

speech pathologyThe Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life.

Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years (you’ll find The Croc and the Platypus here)
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Indigenous Children.


Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. Learn more about the selection criteria for the Book of the Year Awards.

I’m reminded of the lyrics from the Alanis Morissette song Ironic

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

EDITING SERVICE SALEJust for fun I’ve made myself a little sticker and to help with the celebrations I will be offering half price manuscript edits for thespeech pathology month of July.

So if you have a rhyming manuscript, be it a poem or a story in verse, that just won’t behave itself, send it over and I’ll soon whip it into shape.

Thanks to everyone for all your support and encouragement over the years, particularly Walker Books who really have made this journey a wonderful one.

6 thoughts on “Doors and Windows

    • Thanks Carolyn – I guess the only way will be to keep at it and to keep an eye out for those open windows 🙂

  1. Superb, Jackie, and well deserved! Love your sticker, too! It’s nice to see my book on the list as well (fortunately for a different age category) after about 6 rejections in the last week …and goodness knows how many over the years. Shortlisting is not only good news for us. We both tried to get close to a traditional picture book being published for many years, never mind closing in on an award. When were we on our ACJ correspondence course together – 1998 or 1999? It really does show creators just starting out that people need to hang in for the long haul, keep writing, never give up and it can be done.

    Good luck!

    Any idea when the winners are announced?


    • Congratulations to you too Pete – the winners are announced on October 15th – fingers crossed 🙂 And so true what you say – you gotta hang in there.

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