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First look at Wolves in the Wind

Award-winning author Chris Stead reveals the first image from his upcoming children’s picture book, Wolves in the Wind. Boy has it been busy. Regular readers will have noticed that our content has slowed down over the last few months. There is a good reason for that! Old Mate founders Chris and Kate have been hard […]
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Mindfulness children’s book Zary Little Wisdoms goes free

Meet Zary, the Spirit Warrior that will nurture your children through their times of need. Old Mate Media is delighted to announce the digital release of this wonderful mindfulness guide for children, Zary Little Wisdoms by Kay Andrews. What is Zary Little Wisdoms? Zary’s Little Wisdoms is an empowering book for kids. It’s full of […]
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Have a Willy Nilly Christmas

Nothing could be more fun than a Willy Nilly Christmas. It’s the holiday season and as a special treat, we’re sharing an early first look at the seventh book in The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly series. It’s Christmas time – yay! We’re putting down the keyboard for a few weeks to enjoy some time […]
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Celebrate the Amazon Australia launch with Australian made books

The Amazon Australia launch has finally happened, which is great news for Australian creatives trying to sell their books in their home market. At Old Mate Media, we make books for people all over the world, but we’re inspired by our home. We come from Australia; the land down under. Like many creative people in […]
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New book: Jasper The Very Lucky Little Kitten

Old Mate Media is excited to announce our latest release Jasper the Very Lucky Little Kitten. A special project by author Ken Mackenzie and illustrator Genevieve Clarke that has a truly worthy goal at its heart.   Old Mate Media has been working with English author Ken Mackenzie to publish his children’s book, Jasper The […]
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Where Do I Come From - a new children's picture book coming soon

Award-winning children’s book author Chris Stead reveals the first image from his upcoming release, Where Do I Come From? For quite a while, I have wanted to make a book that was set within Australia’s aboriginal culture. In particular, I find the Dreamtime, or The Dreaming, as a setting fascinating . This “time out of time” […]
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Austin the Australian is in production

Old Mate Media reveals a brand new children’s picture book taking kids to the land down under. There’s nothing quite as exciting as starting a new children’s picture book, and it’s something we get to do a lot here at Old Mate Media. Our latest project is particularly close to our hearts, given that we're […]
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Cybils Book Awards are open for nominations

The very popular Cybils Book Awards for children's and young adult literature are now open for public and blogger nominations. However, you'll have to be quick! Now is the time to get your favourites included before nominations close on October 15 2017. What are the Cybils Book Awards? The Cybils have been running for 11 […]
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Why IngramSpark’s new trim size is great news for children’s book makers

IngramSpark has just added a much needed new landscape trim size to its book options, although it comes with some caveats. Today IngramSpark announced a new trim size and not a moment too soon. The company's print-on-demand (POD) customers can now design a book to be landscape at 11-inches wide by 8.5-inches tall. This is great […]
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66% of children’s book readers seek better book design

Whether you’re hiring a designer and artist, or doing it all yourself, make no mistake, book design is one of the key indicators for purchase by children’s book readers. It’s right there in the name: picture book. Your lovely words help drive the story forward and flipping through each page, but the illustrations and design are […]
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