Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Overcoming 'Mother Guilt' with a writing career

Share your Story

Writing for me is more than a hobby. I want to make it my career and I am well on  my way. I have just signed by 15th picture book contract and started my own company, Share Your Story, to help aspiring authors realise their dream of becoming published storytellers.

My goal this year is to be interviewed on radio and television about my writing.  The top reason is to increase brand awareness of Michelle Worthington - author. The second reason is to sell more books. The third reason is to get speaking engagements nationally at writers festivals and womens groups. The fourth reason is - because it would be so awesome!
Providing for my family and setting a good example for our kids is above other things why I want to be successful. Strangely enough, I wouldn't put this as my top reason for wanting to achieve this goal. When your goal is hard, and your dream is bigger than your comfort zone, can living a dream for someone else really be enough to keep you motivated? Is it so awful to want to achieve something just for yourself? Have we become so scared of being labelled 'selfish' and a 'bad mother' because we want to feel good about ourselves for something we alone have accomplished?  My kids love me and they want me to be happy, so does hubby. But, do they want the dream I have? Do they share my passion? The answer is no. Doing it for them is not enough. I have to do it for myself. What other people think of me is a huge achievement-blocker that needs to be overcome because when my goal becomes difficult to reach, it will be easy to stop and justify failure by saying it didn't turn out to be the right thing for my family and I will listen to the million reasons why I shouldn't keep trying. What if it was the right thing for me and I just gave in because it meant my family would have had to make some changes and sacrifices for me to achieve it? My goal is my salvation. When I do achieve my goals this year, with the love and support of my family, it will something I have done for myself and I want to be proud of that.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Book Review - The Boy on the Page by Peter Carnavas

The Boy on the Page
By Peter Carnavas
Target 5-10 year olds

A small boy lands on the page and quite by accident, discovers the joy and wonder of life.

Book Review

As an author, I always find it a bit uncomfortable when I read a picture book and it lets me see inside the head of the person who wrote it. Looking into Peter's head through this amazingly beautiful book is mystifying and a little bit scary that one person can be so singularly talented in both words and pictures. New Frontier Publishing is known for releasing books that may seem too out of the box for mainstream companies and they should be applauded for encouraging Peter to spill his imagination all over the page in every book he creates. His books are creations. They are the types of books adults love as much as children, which  makes it easier to read again and again. A great read for kids who read more into a story than is actually written.

About Peter

Peter's first picture book, Jessica's Box, was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Queensland Permier's Literary Award, selected as a Notable Book by the CBCA and shortlisted for the 2009 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award. It appeared recently on Play School. Peter was also shortlisted for the Crichton Award. His previous title, The Children Who Loved Books, has been selected for the 2013 Get Reading Campaign.

Other books by Peter

The Great Expedition
The Children who Loved Books
Sarah's Heavy Heart
Last Tree in the City
Jessica's Box


Saturday, 25 February 2017

My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington at Mater Little Miracles Day in the Park

Please join us on Sunday February 26th, 2017, 9am - 4pm at Pelican Park, Clontarf in order to help raise money for Mater little Miracles in support of premature babies.

This event is open to the public. Please feel free to invite whomever you think might be interested :)

If you can't make it to the event and would still like to help out by donating, please check out our online donations page, which is set up through Mater:


We are planning a fun family day. There will be free entry and some free live entertainment.

I will be reading and signing copies of My Brother Tom, a book for older siblings of premature babies to help them understand and cope with a stressful time. I will also have my other books for sale with a portion of proceeds going to the event.

In fact, we have just confirmed we will have famous YouTube children's entertainer Debbie Doo flying up ...from Melbourne to perform throughout the day. What an incredible woman! The kids are going to go nuts :)

We will also have characters from your kids' favourite tv shows and movies making appearances, such as Marshall from Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig, Goku from Dragon Ball Z, and Superman.

There will be face painting, jumping castles, a petting zoo, crazy hair stand, disco tent, and a few other fun things for the kids, all for a $2-$5 donation each towards the charity.

We'll have a couple of professional photographers doing themed photoshoots for a great price. So bring your little ones down to capture some great pics, and donate to an amazing cause :)
We will have superheros, princesses, and pop stars themed shoots.

These shoots will need to be booked in, so please contact us for more details.

There will be food and market vendors there on the day so don't forget to bring some extra cash if you would like to do some shopping and eating. These vendors have made generous donations towards the charity in order to be at our event so we'd love to give them lots of business as thanks :)

Please invite your friends and join us for what will not only be a fun-filled day for the kids, but also helping towards an extremely worthy cause :)

Friday, 24 February 2017

Share Your Story Australia

Share Your Story Australia is for aspiring authors who would like to get published but don't know where to start. If you would like to learn from published authors and industry professionals as they share the story behind the story, book now for one of our meet up events. The journey towards publication is different for each of our guest speakers and they will be sharing tips, trials and triumphs in a series of talks and Q and A panels in our one day seminars or providing hands on, practical information in our workshops. If you have a story you are wanting to get published, come and hear from those who have been there, done that to learn what worked and what to avoid. We will also be showcasing the guest authors works and they would love to personally sign books for you on the day. You will also have the opportunity to share your story in an open mic session and get feeback from industry professionals. Topics we cover in our workshops and seminars include self publishing vs traditional publishing, the submission process, marketing, social media for authors and industry trends.

Join us on Meet Up: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Share-Your-Story-Australia/

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Share Your Voice Poetry Competition

Share Your Voice Poetry Competition

All children are great storytellers, regardless of their unique abilities.
The “Share Your Voice” Poetry Competition has been established in order to provide school age children with disabilities the opportunity to be published in a professionally produced poetry anthology and gain an introduction into the world of creative writing.

The competition is designed to discover the writing talents of school-aged children with a disability and may use alternative forms of communication in order to develop their skills and enable them to find their unique voice through poetry. Children can submit a poem that they have either written, spoken to a scribe or created using any means of communication open to them. There is no entry fee, no prescriptive theme or topic, and the poetry may be incorporated as part of a school’s writing program or pursued by individual children working with an adult mentor or alone. The competition can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs.
Award winning international children’s author, Michelle Worthington, is available for author visits to facilitate workshops designed to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities learn about poetry and write their own poems for entry into the competition. Michelle is not one of the judges and all works will be in the children’s words. To contact Michelle to make a time for her to visit your school and for an outline of workshop fees, please find her contact details online at www.michelleworthington.com.

Winning poems will be published in a book titled” Can You Hear Me Calling?” which is due for release in October 2017. The winner will receive a cash prize of $50, second prize $25 and third prize $15 along with a copy of the anthology and a certificate.
Note: other poets will not receive payment or a cash award and will have the opportunity to purchase a pre-release copy of the anthology at a discounted price. The anthology will be available to purchase after the release date by the general public at the full RRP.

The judging panel is made up of poets and experts from the publishing sector. All published authors will be invited to a book launch to be held at the Wellington Point Community Hall on Saturday 21st October from 1pm to 3pm, where the winners will be presented with their cheque, book and certificate if they are able to attend. All published poets will receive a personal invitation to this event to celebrate their achievements. 


Enter the competition by uploading your original poem in a Word file at the online entry form below. Be sure to include your first name, last name, age, postal and e-mail address. Contest is open to school age students with a disability. Click here to read the official rules.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Cover Letter and Submissions Masterclass

Join internationally published award winning author and Director of Share Your Story, Michelle Worthington, in a Masterclass designed to get your story the best chance of being published. Topics include understanding submission guidelines and standard practices, researching potential publishers, what to include in the cover letter and how to sell yourself as an author. Publishers use a cover letter to quickly make a decision about whether an applicant demonstrates the background and professional experience they are looking for and it can make the difference between whether your manuscript gets the attention it deserves or even if it is read by the people who make the decisions. All printed resources are included in the price of the workshop, including a sample cover letter and a template to write your own. This practical workshop will give you the skills you need to feel confident in submitting your manuscript to publishers for consideration.
Tea, coffee and light refreshements will be served, and of course...chocolate biscuits.
Bookings essential

Date and Time


Redlands Healing Centre
557 Mount Cotton Road
Sheldon, QLD 4157

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cover-letter-and-submissions-masterclass-tickets-31768737148

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Writing Romance, Memoirs and Historical Fiction

Share your Story is for aspiring authors who would like to learn from industry professionals and established writers about the publishing industry and the process of getting a book published. Join international award winning author Michelle Worthington and her amazing guest speakers as they share the story behind writing romance novels, memoirs and historical fiction. Special guests include self publishing historical fiction superman Warwick O'neill, the inspirational memoir rockstar Caylie Jeffrie and romance writing diva Tina Clark. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Tea and coffee and refreshments provided, and of course...chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time


Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-romance-memoirs-and-historical-fiction-tickets-29603691438

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

LinkedIn Masterclass with Julie Mason

Businesses large or small that want more referrals, leads and sales with quality prospects and clients using LinkedIn have a powerful ally – Julie Mason. The highly-motivated businesswoman, keynote speaker and author loves nothing more than demystifying LinkedIn and sales strategy.

These days, Julie is known as ‘The Social Media Princess’ a name aptly bestowed upon her by her clients for her ability to make the confusing world of social media simple to understand and use, strategic, profitable and fun!

Through her coaching programs, speaking events and online webinars, Julie has helped and inspired thousands of people to make a significant difference in their business using social media and LinkedIn.

Julie is a passionate LinkedIn expert and specialises in creating strategies that promote your brand, enhance your reputation and generate big money leads for your business.
Julie’s message is simple – “With over 80% of B2B conversions coming from LinkedIn, can you afford not to use it correctly?”

Starting her first foray into cold-calling at the tender age of 5 years old, Julie was on a mission to raise money for the poor people through selling her crayola and paddle-pop stick masterpieces. She returned home to her shocked mother rattling her bag full of coins with great success! This was the start of Julie’s love affair with sales.

Julie has over 25 years experience in traditional sales and 15 years in door-to-door cold calling prior to discovering social media and starting to use those tools to build two successful businesses herself using the methods she now teaches others.

In the past 12 months Julie’s clients have generated over $1,000,000 using simple strategies that are proven to work. Whether to position yourself as an Authority in your niche or to generate quality leads and sales, Julie has a strategy that will be tailored for your business needs.
For more details, follow Julie on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GuruJules/
Tea and Coffee Provided. Bookings essential.

The Colmslie Hotel
Wynnum Road
Brisbane, QLD 4170

Saturday, 22 April 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/linkedin-masterclass-with-julie-mason-tickets-31020262440


Monday, 13 February 2017

Goal Setting for Creatives

Share your Story is for aspiring authors, illustrators, musicians and creatives who would like to learn from industry professionals and established artists about the publishing industry and the process of getting published. Join international award winning author Michelle Worthington and her amazing guest speakers and panellists as they explore best practice on Time Management and Goal Setting for the Creative Industries. Special guests include self publishing guru Martii Maclean, anxiety coach and Daddy Daycare extraordinaire Reece Anderson, the inspiring Susan Bradley, children's author Michel Deverall , award winning screen writer Vacen Taylor and romance rockstar/event management diva Tina Clark. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Tea and coffee and refreshments provided, and of course...chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time


Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/goal-setting-for-creatives-tickets-29603528952

Friday, 10 February 2017

Website Design, SEO and Content Creation for Creatives

If you're like most small business, your website will be your primary marketing tool. It is your business 'shop window', open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, showcasing your products and services. If you are a creative business, this becomes even more important.
Join award winning international author Michelle Worthington, Wild Cat Design CEO Cath Koch and Digital Content Creator and Photographer Kerrin Smith for a masterclass discussing all aspects of web design, SEO optimisation and creating organic and effective content.

Cath Koch is passionate about small business web design. She enjoys seeing her clients vision become a reality and will be giving advice to start ups to get them up and running with a professional website, logo & business cards. She will be sharing her journey and discussing how most of her time is spent working with established business to improve their website content, website style or functionality. She will be providing practical advice to help your business grow thanks to a professional web presence and excellent Google Search Ranking.
Cath has over 15 years’ experience creating websites, having spent years working in digital image manipulation and graphic design prior to that. As a business owner, web designer and graphic designer, she offers a boutique service, providing individual time and attention to each client project.
Kerrin is a videographer and photographer and has worked with hundreds of clients to create visual marketing content. She is passionate about making quality multimedia products for her clients that are creative and interesting, as well as being powerful online marketing tools. She will be discussing how business owners should recognise the importance of creating video content for their businesses and will provide practical advice on where to start. She will be providing tips to overcome common barriers to making DIY videos including a lack of time, confusion about what equipment and software to use and a lack of confidence on camera.
Share your Story is for aspiring authors, illustrators, musicians and creatives who would like to learn from industry professionals and established artists about how to move forward in their chosen industry and the process of marketing their unique brand.

Tea and Coffee provided..and of course chocolate biscuits.
Bookings essential.

Date and Time


Redlands Healing Centre
557 Mount Cotton Road
Sheldon, QLD 4157

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/website-design-seo-and-content-creation-tickets-31622739465

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Picture Book Masterclass

Discover the principles of writing for children and learn to create dynamic and vibrant picture books in this exclusive masterclass with international award winning author of empowering picture book author, Michelle Worthington. Two time winner of the International Book Award for Children's Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children's Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books. Her goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant and special needs readers to fall in love with books. She will share with you her extensive industry knowledge, the basic principles behind writing for children, picture book publishing guidelines and updates on the current market and publishing environment. This masterclass is for anyone who is wanting to publish a picture book but places are limited as Michelle's expertise in this area is sort after all over Australia. Bookings essential as places are limited to ensure each participant gets one-on-one time with Michelle to discuss their picture book idea. Tea and coffee provided...and of course, chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time


Wellington Point Community Hall
347 Birkdale road
Birkdale, QLD 4159

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/picture-book-masterclass-tickets-29603340388

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Writing for Children Full Day Seminar

Writing for Children

Share Your Story events are for aspiring authors to learn from industry professionals and established writers to further their dream of being a published author. Join international award winning picture book author, Michelle Worthington and her special guests for a full day workshop on writing for children. Hear from multi-published children's author Aleesah Darlison, internationally published author Rachel Noble, bi-lingual author Melina Mallos, chapter book author Michel Deverall, self-publishing guru Martii Maclean, author/editor/publisher Julieann Wallace and the emerging talent of Yvonne Mes talk about the specifics of writing for children and how it is different from other types of publishing. Free parking. The cost includes tea, coffee, refreshments, a light lunch...and of course, chocolate biscuits!!! Bookings essential.

These are just some of the topics that will be covered. Looking forward to seeing you there.
-How to select a publisher
-The mechanics of submitting your work
-The editorial process
-The design process
-Selling systems and promotion
-Opportunities in e-book and self-publishing

Date and Time


Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
17 Runnymede Road
Capalaba, QLD 4157

Book now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-for-children-seminar-tickets-29602710504