Parenting blog launched Alstonville author’s success
AN ALSTONVILLE children’s author’s first book has been named a notable in this year’s Children’s Book Council of the Year awards.
Zanni Louise’s book Too Busy Sleeping, illustrated by Anna Pignataro, was published last September.
Ms Louise said her success was all thanks to the parenting blog, My Little Sunshine House, she wrote for many years.
“I started the blog after my daughter was born in 2010,” she said. “I wanted to be a writer and had heard blogging was a good place to begin.”
“One of my blog and Facebook followers was the managing director of Hardie Grant Egmont.
“She had just had a baby and enjoyed reading my reflections on parenting.
“When I announced on my blog I wanted to write for children, she sent me a private message, inviting me to contact her when I had a manuscript.
“It was an incredible opportunity, as children’s book publishing is notoriously hard to get into.”
Ms Louise’s second picture book with the same publisher, Little Hare/Hardie Grant Egmont, will be released in August.
“My hope is to be a professional children’s author, and that means to keep writing,” she said.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlist will be announced at the national conference in Sydney in May.
The Book of the Year awards will be announced on August 19.
Ms Louise said it was an honour to be recognised for something she loves doing.
“It’s very inspiring and motivating,” she said. “The children’s book industry is a wonderful industry to be part of – kind people, great books, expanding the imaginative creative world of children. I feel very lucky.”