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Why did I start making children’s books?

August 30, 2016 
From journalist of the year to scratching away in the indie author scene, why did I choose the path of children’s book author? Wind back the clock just a few years, and my career was peaking nicely. I had never written any children's books, but I was running the Australian branch of the biggest video games […]

A Very Strange Zoo - a new picture book out now

August 18, 2016 
Old Mat Media’s latest children’s picture book features a unique visual style, and some of the most amazing animals you will ever see. When I first saw the art of Argentinian Antonela Cárpena, I was immediately struck by its unique feel. My introduction to her work was an image of a house filled with various […]

101 best Facebook groups for children’s book authors and readers

July 2, 2016 
The hardest part of self-publishing your book is marketing and finding an audience. Here are the best Facebook groups for authors. If you’ve already self-published a book, then you are no doubt aware that writing the text and sourcing the images is the easy part – making readers aware of your book’s existence is where […]

Guide: setting the right expectations for your children’s picture book

June 29, 2016 
Wouldn’t it be nice if a million people bought your children’s picture book overnight? Of course, but is that a reality? What are the right expectations to set before you invest your time and money in indie book development? You’ve completed your book. It’s edited, illustrated and designed, and you’ve done your keyword research to […]

Willy Nilly is The Fastest Kid in the World - out now

June 14, 2016 
The third book in The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly by series Chris Stead is out now on iTunes and Amazon. The world exclusive reveal of The Fastest Kid in the World cover Start your engines… well push your billycarts actually. Willy Nilly is back in his third big adventure and it’s his most action-packed […]

Game Guy interview with creator Nicholas Abdilla

June 10, 2016 
Following the launch of Season 1 of his comic video game satire Game Guy, I have a chat with its creator, Nicholas Abdilla. When I first met Nick, he was as a reader. A genuine video games fan, he would read through Game Informer each month – of which I was editor at the time […]

How to shape story in a children’s book adventure

June 7, 2016 
There are many kinds of picture books, but if you want to tell a good adventure story, here is an approach I find works well. My children are my muse. I listen to the way they interpret the world and watch the way they play make believe. It provides an invaluable insight into how they engage […]

My daughter likes to suck things off the floor

April 23, 2016 
For all the good it’s doing her long-term immunity, I'm concerned by my daughter's never-ending desire to lick parts of the city. I often wonder if we get more prone to illness as we get older, or if we just get harder hit because we go too far in practicing cleanliness? My children are an argument […]

Willy Nilly's The Fastest Kid in the World cover reveal

April 22, 2016 
Enjoy the first official look at The Fastest Kid in the World, the third book in Chris Stead’s The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly children’s picture book series. Get excited picture book fans, our wonderful artist Ronzkie has just submitted the final image for the third Willy Nilly book. The last puzzle piece to fall […]

Willy Nilly stars in the Manly Daily

April 20, 2016 
Major Sydney newspaper, The Manly Daily, has published a write-up on Old Mate Media and our star character, Willy Nilly. The Manly Daily servers the entire Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, where I was born and raised. As such, it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. This […]
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