St. Nicholas Day Workshop Submission Now Open !


Hello all & a special hello to all the Picture Book & Middle Grade author’s out there – because it’s time to send in your first 150 for the workshop! If you follow my blog then you’ll know what I’m … Continue reading

St. Nicholas Day 1st 150 Workshop (for PB & MG authors)


Hello all,  As promised I have something special lined up for those of you who are Picture Book and/or Middle Grade authors. I’m calling it St. Nicholas Day 1st 150 Workshop. Many of you will know of the Post-it-Forward pitching … Continue reading

Review – Rich & Rare A collection of Australian stories, poetry & artwork


Well, it’s been a while since I updated & there’s been a lot happening behind the scenes – but more on that later :) Today I’m reviewing “Rich & Rare” – another from the Ford Street Publishing stable. I was … Continue reading

Things that frighten me… by Nikola Vukoja #TalkFear #MentalHealthAwareness


As mentioned, here is my post for the #TalkFear Series

Originally posted on :

When I was first asked to participate, I considered what frightened me.

My brain works like a kaleidoscope and I saw a swirl of colours (I recently discovered I have synesthesia – for instance I see vowels as the colour red and I hear a sound and I see a colour – you can go here if you’re interested in knowing more. Many artists have it.

So I saw (in my head) all these colours swirling together representing tangible and intangible fears.


I thought I’d start with tangible fears first.

I’m afraid of rats (and mice to a lesser degree) but rats… seriously, I have to say it boarders on paranoia! Don’t believe me? Try this for a fun fact. Some time ago I owned and lived on a farm. I had cattle, a few goats, ducks, chickens, geese, guinea fowl, even pheasants.

In the winter time, I would have…

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#TalkFear #MentalHealthAwarness

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Today’s post is SUPER short, but the subject matter is very personal to me and (I think) is important.

The lovely and talented Louise Gornall ( @Rock_andor_roll ) is about to launch a series of blog posts here: about #FEAR and has asked a number of her author friends to contribute. Fellow authors will discuss everything from phobias to freak-outs to fears of failure to fears of stigma’s.

The series of posts is hoped to open up discussion on #fear especially #mentalhealth fears and demonstrating that none of us need be an island.

The series will begin today July 1st with Louise giving us an insight into her own fears. I will also be contributing – insert facing my fears – on her blog later this month.15e771dd90397d9fdaeec06e42321878

I urge everyone to get behind this movement by reading and (if so inclined) commenting on Lou’s blog and by also following the hashtag’s #TalkFear #MentalHealthAwarness on Twitter.

Today I have a special treat for you ‘all… Never Be Younger


Hi All,  Two of our very giving and exceptionally talented Nestpitch Team Members, Sharon Johnston and E.L Wicker, have contributed to an anthology and I am very honoured and happy to help them (and the other authors involved) promote Never … Continue reading

Unmask The Agent results for #Nestpitch2015

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And it’s that time – Unmask The Agent results for #Nestpitch2015!

Well, I guess I made the clues a little TOO cryptic this year because no one that entered got the entire 12-agents matched correctly.

All together there were 16 people who entered this year’s Unmask the Agent round, and, as there was no clear winner, per the rules, I generated a random selection (OK, I gave each entry a number and draw them out of a hat – yeah technical ha!) anyway… the winner of the $20 Amazon Gift Voucher was an Aussie! Congrats to DB Munro because you’re the winner of the Amazon Voucher.

I have already sent the winner an email & I’m sure the voucher will come in handy as winter sets in here in Australia – nothing better than curling up with a good book – right!


Over the next week or so I will be working out the stats (‘cos I love stats and I know many of you do also), showing, by category & genre, what was submitted, what was selected by the Mentors, and what was requested by the Agents.

As I tweeted recently, the #Nestpitch blog has rolled over the 25,000 hits mark. For me it was a big milestone, especially given the blog was started in late Jan-2014. As a thank-you, on May 31st I will be randomly selecting one person from those who submitted to #Nestpitch2015, and giving away ANOTHER $20 Amazon Voucher. And again the winner will be notified via email and announced on this blog.

I hope to see you ‘all popping in frequently of the coming weeks and months as we close off Nestpitch for 2015. We will keep you ‘all updated on the progress of those authors who had requests and of course, we will also run our semi-regular segment Five Minutes With…

Additionally, I am planning of running a workshop for PG & MG authors in early December – more details to come closer to the date.

For now, thank you for being part of Nestpitch, for supporting this blog and comp and a big thank you to all the Mentors, Slushies and Agents involved, because let’s face it, without their support, there would be no comps like #Nestpitch.

giphyAnd speaking of comps, don’t forget that Query Kombat is about to start. The fun starts on May 21st. Our very own Mentor SC is one of the hosts! For more info, go to:

Best of luck with that one if you’re planning on entering, and even if you’re not, go over to Michelle’s blog and check it out. There are dozens and dozens of interviews with agents and some many helpful tips that it’s a blog you should be following.